Putin's aides shocked by his presidential power play

World / Politics Mar 18, 2020

Putin's aides shocked by his presidential power play

Vladimir Putin's surprise move to allow himself to remain as president until 2036 caught even many Kremlin insiders off guard, leaving some feeling deceived by his motivation for changing the constitution. His sudden reversal — approving a plan that he'd long publicly resisted — was ...

Anti-Putin activist 'forcibly drafted' and sent to Arctic base

World Dec 26, 2019

Anti-Putin activist 'forcibly drafted' and sent to Arctic base

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Wednesday that one of his allies had been forcibly conscripted and sent to serve at a remote Arctic base, in a move his supporters said amounted to kidnapping. Ruslan Shaveddinov, a project manager at Navalny's anti-corruption foundation, went missing ...

Russia detains more than 1,000 people in opposition crackdown

World / Politics Jul 28, 2019

Russia detains more than 1,000 people in opposition crackdown

Russian police rounded up more than 1,000 people in Moscow on Saturday in one of the biggest crackdowns of recent times against an increasingly defiant opposition decrying President Vladimir Putin's tight grip on power. The detentions came around a protest to demand that opposition members ...