Putin doubles down on Belarus ally, wary of protest contagion

World / Politics | FOCUS Sep 13, 2020

Putin doubles down on Belarus ally, wary of protest contagion

Russian President Vladimir Putin is tightening his embrace of beleaguered ally Alexander Lukashenko as the Belarusian ruler intensifies a crackdown on monthlong protests. Putin, who hosts Lukashenko for talks in Sochi on Monday, is determined opposition demonstrators won’t topple the Belarusian president, said five people ...

Berlin hospital says Alexei Navalny tests 'indicate poisoning'

World Aug 25, 2020

Berlin hospital says Alexei Navalny tests 'indicate poisoning'

The Berlin hospital treating leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Monday that test results indicated he had been poisoned, although Russian doctors quickly responded that they had not found the toxin in question. The revelation prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to call for the Russian ...