Russian opposition activist beaten up and raped by police

A Russian opposition activist was beaten up and raped by the police after he was arrested for reading poetry which criticised the Kremlin’s puppet governments in Ukraine.   Riot police stormed Artyom Kamardin’s flat late on Monday and beat him up along with his girlfriend and a friend who was staying with the couple, his … Read more

US whistleblower Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

US authorities have for years wanted Mr Snowden returned to the US to face a criminal trial on espionage charges. As president, Donald Trump said he would “take a look” at pardoning Mr Snowden, but never did. Mr Snowden married his US partner Lindsay Mills in a courthouse in Moscow and the couple have a … Read more

Vladimir Putin’s draft order is cause of Russian protests, officials admit

“Such excesses are absolutely unacceptable. And, I consider it absolutely right that they are triggering a sharp reaction in society,” said Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house.  In an apparent attempt to deflect blame from the Kremlin, she said that governors of Russia’s 85 federal regions held “full responsibility” for … Read more

Zelensky calls on Ukrainians to ‘sabotage’ Russian army from within

V olodymyr Zelensky has called on any Ukrainian in Russian-occupied territory conscripts to “sabotage” the army from within if they are conscripted. Speaking on Friday, Mr Zelensky condemned the referendums being held in four occupied regions – Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk. Voting began yesterday on whether occupied regions of Ukraine should … Read more

In Moscow, Putin’s ‘invisible war’ is now impossible to hide

Russian social media quickly coined the term “mogilizatsita” for Putin’s call-up, a mash-up of the Russian word mogila, or grave, and mobilisation. Unusually long lines to leave the country were reported overnight on Wednesday and Thursday morning at once-sleepy border crossings including those with Mongolia and Kazakhstan in the east and Georgia in the south, … Read more

I’m abroad staying with friends… but I may never return to Russia

For men across Russia, the war in Ukraine felt like a world away, safe in the knowledge it would be left to the professionals. On Wednesday that all changed as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists.  While Russia’s defence minister said the call will apply to those who have served, … Read more

Russia ‘may not have sufficient reserves or morale’ to withstand further Ukraine assault

I t is unclear whether Russian frontline forces have “sufficient reserves or adequate morale” to withstand another concerted assault in eastern parts of Ukraine, according to defence experts. British defence intelligence analysts believe Moscow has established a defensive line between the Oskil River and the town of Svatove following a successful counter-offensive from the Ukrainians, … Read more