Putin’s Tough Talk

Russian troops massed on the border of Ukraine, a dissident gravely ill, new sanctions. What’s it all mean?

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Putin Warns of a Russian ‘Red Line’ the West Will Regret Crossing

In a state-of-the nation speech, President Vladimir Putin warned of a “fast and tough” response to security threats, in a message seemingly aimed at President Biden and delivered amid large protests.

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‘We Know How to Defend Our Interests’: Putin’s Emerging Hard Line

With an air of moral superiority, the Russian president seems intent on teaching President Biden and other Western leaders a lesson.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

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Alarm in Ukraine as Russian Forces Mass at Border

Few analysts believe that Moscow intends to invade. But as Russia’s military buildup proceeds, the tension is rising in war-weary Eastern Ukraine.

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Aleksei Navalny Needs His Doctors

Vladimir Putin may be able to save his nemesis’s life. He must.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

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Russia Will Expel Diplomats in Retaliation for U.S. Sanctions

The Russian government announced the expulsion of 10 diplomats and a travel ban for some U.S. officials in a response to sanctions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #lavrov-sergey-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data

A Treasury Department document shed more light on links between the campaign and Russian spies.

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Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia

Administration officials were determined to draft a response that would impose real costs on Moscow, as many previous rounds of sanctions have been shrugged off.

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‘You Can’t Trust Anyone’: Russia’s Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret

The country’s official coronavirus death toll is 102,649. But at least 300,000 more people died last year during the pandemic than were reported in Russia’s most widely cited official statistics.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Russian Troop Movements and Talk of Intervention Cause Jitters in Ukraine

Russia has amassed more troops on the Ukrainian border than at any time since 2014. Western governments are asking: Why now?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #kiselyov-dmitry-k, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine

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Navalny Declares a Hunger Strike in Prison Over Medical Care

Aleksei A. Navalny, one of Russia’s most prominent opposition leaders, said he would not end the strike until he receives proper medical treatment and asked to see a doctor of his choice.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’

At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

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Navalny’s Health Is Deteriorating in Prison, His Lawyers Say

Aleksei A. Navalny, a Russian opposition leader who survived a poisoning last year, has numbness in one leg so severe that he cannot put weight on it.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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The Art of the Vladimir Putin Photo Shoot

The Russian president has posed for some new publicity stills amid the snowy Siberian landscape.

#fashion-and-apparel, #photography, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #siberia, #your-feed-fashion

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In Russia, a Covid Lockdown Targets the Opposition

A court has confined 10 prominent opposition politicians and dissidents to house arrest, ostensibly for violating coronavirus safety rules.

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Biden Clashes With China and Russia in First 60 Days

It may look like the bad old days of the Cold War, but today’s bitter superpower competition is about technology, cyberconflict and influence operations.

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Russia Erupts in Fury Over Biden’s Calling Putin a Killer

The Kremlin described the U.S. president’s response to an interview question as “very bad,” and recalled its ambassador to “analyze what needs to be done” about the countries’ relations.

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Putin Authorized Russian Interference in 2020 Election, Report Says

The assessment was the intelligence community’s most comprehensive look at foreign efforts to interfere in the election.

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Navalny Greets Supporters From Prison: ‘Our Friendly Concentration Camp.’

In an Instagram post, the Russian opposition leader says he is well and has not been subject to violence, but described a dystopian existence in the prison camp where he will likely spend the next two years.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #siberia

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For Russians in a Pandemic, Lake Baikal Is the Place to See and Be Seen

Usually it’s foreigners who cavort at the world’s deepest lake in winter. But with many borders closed, Russians are arriving in droves to make TikTok videos and snap Instagram pictures.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lake-baikal-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #travel-and-vacations

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Born in Soviet Exile, They Might Die in a Russian One

Many victims of Stalin’s gulag are still unable to return to their families’ hometowns. Despite a court order, Moscow isn’t helping them.

#putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #stalin-joseph

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Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter

Moscow accused the social network of failing to remove content it deemed illegal. Soon after, a raft of government websites suffered a short outage.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-international-relations, #youtube-com

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How the Dead Hand of Imperialism Continues to Influence World Politics

Samir Puri’s “The Shadows of Empire” examines how the legacies of empires remain important in the “first empire-free millennium.”

#books-and-literature, #colonization, #crimea-ukraine, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #puri-samir, #putin-vladimir-v, #the-shadows-of-empire-how-imperial-history-shapes-our-world-book

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Biden Administration Announces First Sanctions on Russia in Navalny Case

The action came as the administration declassified an intelligence finding that the F.S.B., one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, was responsible for the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny.

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U.S. Accuses Russian Intelligence of Poisoning Navalny

The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against the Russian government for the attack and the imprisonment of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?

Nord Stream 2, a direct pipeline from Russia to Germany, isn’t going away. Neither is the clamor to cancel it.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-and-power, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states

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Looking for Something New in Russia’s ‘New People’ Party

Critics see an old trick, a phony opposition group blessed by the Kremlin as an alternative to the movement spawned by Aleksei A. Navalny.

#corruption-institutional, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #surkov-vladislav-y

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Rangers Star Takes Leave After Accusations He Assaulted a Woman in a Bar

Artemi Panarin denies the allegations made by a former K.H.L. coach. The team says their top scorer has been targeted for criticizing Vladimir Putin.

#assaults, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #panarin-artemi-1991, #putin-vladimir-v

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How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

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China Censors the Internet. So Why Doesn’t Russia?

The Kremlin has constructed an entire infrastructure of repression but has not displaced Western apps. Instead, it is turning to outright intimidation.

#censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #social-media, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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Russia Is Offering to Export Hundreds of Millions of Vaccine Doses, but Can It Deliver?

The Kremlin has scored propaganda points and bolstered several longstanding foreign policy goals by offering its Sputnik V vaccine around the world. But it has limited production capacity.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sputnik-v, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Israel and Syria Complete a Prisoner Swap, Mediated by Russia

An Israeli woman in her 20s was allowed to leave Syria for Russia, after Israel returned two captured shepherds to Syria.

#golan-heights, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #syria

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Lukashenko Jails 2 Journalists in Belarus for Covering Protests

After crushing mass demonstrations calling for his ouster, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has engaged in a broad crackdown on dissent and stepped up retaliation against critics.

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What We Learned From Mubarak

Regimes that muzzle their people’s voices eventually push people into venting their frustrations from muzzles of a different sort.

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A Life in Opposition: Navalny’s Path From Gadfly to Heroic Symbol

Even as a boy, the Russian opposition leader resisted authority. Now, he poses a growing threat to the country’s ultimate authority, President Vladimir V. Putin.

#content-type-personal-profile, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Biden Signals Break With Trump Foreign Policy in a Wide-Ranging State Dept. Speech

The president said that he would end support for Saudi Arabia in its intervention in Yemen and that the U.S. would no longer be “rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #obama-barack, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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‘I Am Not Afraid’: With Her Husband in Prison, Eyes Turn to Yulia Navalnaya

After Aleksei Navalny’s sentencing, his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, has been reluctantly thrust into a public spotlight, winning admirers but making her a target of Kremlin propaganda.

#moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #yulia-navalnaya

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Aleksei Navalny’s Courtroom Speech

“It’s the duty of every person to defy you.”

#navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v

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Declaring Democracy Won’t Be Subverted, Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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Pro-Navalny Protests Gives Opposition Movement Momentum

The editor of the Mediazona news site was jailed for 25 days in a sign of a tightening crackdown against free expression following the return to Russia of opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Vladimir Putin Has Become America’s Ex-Boyfriend From Hell

He’s not very important to us, but he keeps stalking us.

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Aleksei Navalny Is Resisting Putin, and Winning

The opposition leader was sentenced to prison, but he has mobilized a vast movement that’s not done growing.

#european-court-of-human-rights, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader, Appears in Court

The Russian opposition leader, who has long been President Vladimir Putin’s loudest critic, is accused of violating his parole in a 2014 prison sentence.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Putin Isn’t as Strong as He Looks

For the first time in a long while, the Russian president isn’t holding all the cards.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia

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Severe Punishment Awaits Protesters in Russia, Kremlin Says

The authorities said some protesters at the demonstrations calling for the release of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny could be charged with serious offenses carrying prison sentences.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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In Russia, Economic Slump Erodes Consensus That Shielded Putin

The rally-around-the-flag effect of President Vladimir V. Putin’s assertive foreign policy known as the Crimea consensus is unraveling with the economy.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #kaliningrad-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Pictures From Russia Protests

More than 4,000 people were detained, but allies of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny called Sunday’s demonstrations a success.

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Live Updates: Navalny Protests Underway Across Russia

Thousands of people took to the streets to show support for the jailed opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny for a second weekend, despite mass arrests and an imposing show of force by the police.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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