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Ivan Nechepurenko
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People lay flowers on Sunday at a memorial near the Crocus City Hall outside Moscow, where over 130 people were killed and more than 140 injured Friday night in an attack.
WORLD
Mar 25, 2024
In Russia, fingers point anywhere but at Islamic State group for concert hall attack
Despite hinting that Ukraine is responsible, Russia has not presented any evidence, and Ukrainian officials have dismissed the accusations.
A church service was held on Wednesday for the 74 people killed in the Russian IL-76 military transport plane crash in the Belgorod region that borders Ukraine.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 25, 2024
Military plane crashes in Russia, killing all on board, Moscow says
Russia accused Ukrainian forces of launching missiles from the nearby Kharkiv region of Ukraine that struck the aircraft, but the claims could not be verified.
Firefighters work to extinguish burning cars following what Russian authorities say was a Ukrainian military strike in Belgorod, Russia, on Saturday.
WORLD
Dec 31, 2023
Ukrainian missile attack on Russian city kills at least 20: officials
Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Ukraine had hit Belgorod with two missiles and several rockets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to present medals to soldiers in Moscow on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 9, 2023
Putin, bidding to cement his legacy, will seek re-election
In the absence of genuine political opposition, Putin is all but assured of winning another six-year term that will prolong his authoritarian grip.
The damaged facade of an office building in the Moscow City complex following a reported Ukrainian drone attack in Moscow, on Sunday
WORLD
Aug 1, 2023
Small strikes and big ambitions in Ukraine’s attacks on Russia
The stepped-up drone and missile attacks show a will to hamper the Kremlin’s military logistics, and to remind ordinary Russians of the cost of war.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 14, 2023
How Western goods reach Russia: a long line of trucks through Georgia
With Western sanctions barring many imports, a lot of what Russia needs now travels a slow, crowded truck route through the Caucasus Mountains from Georgia.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 2, 2022
Brace for bombs, fix and repeat: Ukraine’s grim efforts to restore power
Even as Ukrainian workers race to restore basic services like electricity, heat and water, new Russian airstrikes send them back to the starting line.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 24, 2022
Ukraine war comes home to Russians as Putin imposes draft
A day after Putin announced a call-up that could sweep 300,000 civilians into military service, the Russian leader's escalation of the war effort was reverberating across the country.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 10, 2022
Ukraine attacks Russia along northern front, swiftly making gains
In an address to the nation, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Ukrainian military had captured scores of villages and large chunks of Russian-occupied territory.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 18, 2022
Ukrainian holdouts in Mariupol surrender to an uncertain fate
The surrender directive, issued late Monday, made the soldiers prisoners and ended the most protracted battle so far of the nearly 3-month-old Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 2, 2022
One Russian tycoon criticized the war. Retribution came the next day.
Oleg Y. Tinkov was worth more than $9 billion in November. Then, last month, Tinkov, the founder of one of Russia's biggest banks, criticized the war in Ukraine in a post on Instagram.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 22, 2022
Calling off steel plant assault, Putin prematurely claims victory in Mariupol
The move avoids, for now, a bloody battle in the strategic port city that would add to Russia's mounting casualty toll.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 7, 2022
More Russians consider costs of war in Ukraine as casualties mount
Six weeks after the start of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the reality of war is increasingly intruding into the lives of regular families as death notices and body bags arrive.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 2, 2022
Shaken at first, many Russians now rally behind Putin’s invasion
Polls and interviews show many Russians now accept the Kremlin's assertion that their country is under siege from the West. Opponents are leaving the country or keeping quiet.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 3, 2022
A war the Kremlin tried to disguise becomes a hard reality for Russians
Even as the Kremlin gets more aggressive in trying to shape the narrative, many Russians are now realizing that their country is fighting a deadly conflict.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 8, 2022
In Kazakhstan’s street battles, signs of elites fighting each other
The reasons for the bloody crisis in Central Asia remain murky, but experts say popular discontent could mask an old-fashioned power struggle within the ruling faction.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 20, 2021
Russian election shows declining support for Putin’s party
The weekend's elections came amid a harsh crackdown on dissent by the Kremlin and murmurings of popular discontent.

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