Russia has amassed more troops on the Ukrainian border than at any time since 2014. Western governments are asking: Why now?
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To secure the release of an Israeli civilian held in Syria, Israel agreed to finance a supply of Russian-made COVID-19 vaccines for Damascus, an official said.
Its prison camps, descended from the Soviet gulag, are notoriously harsh. But in a shift from the Stalin era, inmates have treated political prisoners with respect.
Trump's pre-election plan to show he had gotten something out of his mysteriously friendly relationship with Putin is facing headwinds.
How the incident will affect Russia's political scene will hinge in part on Navalny’s longer-term condition and whether he will be able to return home, analysts said.
Without the slightest premonition of any issues with his health, Pyotr Verzilov, a Russian opposition activist, suddenly fell violently ill two years ago and slipped into a coma, a common problem for opponents of the Kremlin. Verzilov, who is known for staging anti-government performance art, ...