Russia forced to use its own accident-prone jet technology as sanctions hit airlines

Russia is attempting to revive its accident-prone Cold War-era aviation industry after being pummelled by Western sanctions. State engineer Rostec said it would make 1,000 airliners by 2030 in an effort to end Russia’s reliance on Boeing and Airbus planes. Western sanctions means parts from these companies can no longer be supplied to Russia after … Read more

Russian forces on brink of encirclement in Donetsk town

Russian forces in the Donetsk region town of Lyman are on the brink of encirclement following Ukrainian gains to their north and east, pro-Russian military bloggers have said. The claims could not be immediately verified, but the reported Ukrainian gains appeared to match images and videos released on social media by Ukrainian soldiers. The fall … Read more

US and Nato ‘too scared of nuclear apocalypse’ to intervene in Ukraine war

The United States and Nato will be too scared of a “nuclear apocalypse” to intervene in the war in Ukraine – even if the Kremlin fires the deadly weapons in Europe, Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev has said. In another ratcheting up of the rhetoric, Mr Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security … Read more

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

The Russian military might yet finish Putin off

Putin’s latest nuclear threats signify above all that he is in grave danger at home. It was intended not just to cow the West but also to show strength to his henchmen who think he’s not been tough enough in Ukraine and to warn the plotters in Moscow that he will stop at nothing to … Read more

Putin’s chef admits to being the founder of military contractor Wagner

Mr Prigozhin’s stunning admission comes eight years after Russian journalists first unmasked him as the man behind the notorious military contractor. But the businessman vehemently denied it and even sued several Russian and Western journalists over the reports. Wagner first emerged in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and later expanded its operations to Syria, Libya, the … 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

Russians blocked from fleeing country by border guards

At Upper Lars in the Caucasus, at least 5,000 cars were lining up on Monday waiting to cross from Russia into Georgia, which has become one of the most popular routes of escape, according to Russian officials. Authorities on the Georgian side of the border said about 115,000 people and 37,000 cars crossed from Russia … Read more

What the US means when it says ‘catastrophic consequences’

“That could lose any support the action had in the UN and cede the international moral high ground. “Horizontal escalation is likely what they’ll be thinking. Make the Russians hurt elsewhere.” Such a response could see Russian military capabilities targeted in other regions of the world, for example in Syria, although this could risk spreading … 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