Secretary of State Blinken condemns Russia for Navalny sentencing
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the Russian government on Tuesday after Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was sentenced to more than two years in prison. The opposition leader's arrest last month has sparked mass protests across Russia, leading to hundreds of his supporters getting thrown in jail. The opposition leader has accused Putin of ordering the poisoning with the nerve-agent Novichok, but the Kremlin has denied any involvement. Last month, Blinken said that the Biden administration is reviewing other Russia-related issues including the hacking of SolarWinds, reports of bounties placed by Russia on American forces in Afghanistan, and potential election interference and will determine its response based on its findings.cnbc.com
U.S. top diplomat condemns 'harsh' crackdown on Russian protests, renews call for Putin critic's release
More than 4,500 people were detained by Russian authorities for participating in the protests, according to a monitoring group. "We renew our call for Russia to release those detained for exercising their human rights, including Aleksey Navalny," Blinken wrote in a tweet. Russian doctors treating Navalny denied that the Kremlin critic had been poisoned and blamed his comatose state on low blood sugar levels. Russian authorities had issued a warrant for Navalny's arrest, claiming that he had violated the terms of a suspended three-and-a-half year sentence he received back in 2014 for embezzlement charges. "It remains striking to me, how concerned, and maybe even scared, the Russian government seems to be of one man, Mr. Navalny," Blinken told reporters during a press briefing on Wednesday.cnbc.com
Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow
In this photo taken from video, Alexei Navalny kisses his wife Yulia as he is detained by police at the passport control after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Russia's prison service says opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany. The service earlier said that it would seek to have Navalny serve his 3 1/2-year sentence behind bars. Navalny decided to leave Berlin of his own free will and wasn’t under any apparent pressure to leave from Germany. Navalny fell into a coma while aboard a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow on Aug. 20.
Germany's Merkel: Don't link Navalny case to pipeline plan
FILE - In this file photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia. The German hospital treating Russian dissident Alexei Navalny says tests indicate that he was poisoned. But Merkel rejected the idea that the Navalny case should be linked to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea. Our opinion is that Nord Stream 2 should be completed," she said, adding: I don't think it is appropriate to link this business-operated project with the Navalny question." The U.S. argues the project will endanger European security by making Germany overly dependent on Russian gas.
Toxic tea: Multiple Russians hit by suspected poisonings
MOSCOW When Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny collapsed in an airplane bathroom Thursday, his supporters immediately suspected poisoning. If true, he wouldnt be the first prominent, outspoken Russian to be the target of toxic attack. A British inquiry found that Russian agents had killed Litvinenko, probably with President Vladimir Putin's approval. At the time of Litvinenkos poisoning, he had been investigating the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya three weeks earlier. PYOTR VERZILOVVerzilov, a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot, ended up in an intensive care unit after a suspected poisoning in 2018 and had to be flown to Berlin for treatment.
US slaps strongman ruler of Russia's Chechnya with sanctions
MOSCOW The United States on Monday slapped the regional strongman leader of Russia's republic of Chechnya with sanctions over human rights violations. Ramzan Kadyrov, 43, has run Chechnya like his personal fiefdom, relying on his security forces to quash dissent. International human rights groups have accused Kadyrov and his lieutenants of abductions, torture and killings of their opponents. Chechen authorities have denied those accusations, and federal authorities said a probe found nothing to support the charges. The Kremlin has relied on Kadyrov to stabilize Chechnya after two separatist wars, providing generous federal subsidies and dismissing international criticism of his rule.
Two suspects arrested over Nemtsov murder
Two suspects arrested over Nemtsov murder Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed as he walked over a bridge near the Kremlin. The head of Russia’s federal security service says the two arrested are suspected of carrying out the murder. Some think that the killing was ordered by the Kremlin because of Nemtsov’s criticism of President Vladimir Putin. Anthony Mason reports.cbsnews.com
Russians pay respects to slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
Russians pay respects to slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov Thousands are saying goodbye to Nemtsov on Tuesday, as a memorial service and burial are taking place. While the Kremlin vows justice, many are skeptical. Clarissa Ward reports from Moscow on how some believe President Vladimir Putin is responsible.cbsnews.com
Moscow Murder Mystery
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Russians march in solidarity with slain Putin political foe
Russians march in solidarity with slain Putin political foe Armed with flowers and flags, tens of thousands turned out in a somber but defiant display of solidarity with murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Following Nemtsov's murder, many Russian democracy activists say they are now afraid. Clarissa Ward reports.cbsnews.com
Thousands march in Moscow after death of Putin's political foe, Boris Nemtsov
Thousands march in Moscow after death of Putin's political foe, Boris Nemtsov Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed Friday. While Russian President Vladimir Putin promises to find the killer, some suspect the government's involvement in Nemtsov's assassination. Clarissa Ward reports from Moscow.cbsnews.com
Questions still surround murder of Putin’s political foe
Questions still surround murder of Putin’s political foe Boris Nemtsov denounced the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin hours before he was gunned down. As shocked Russians lay flowers on the bridge that marked the spot of his death, remaining opposition leaders expressed the sense of intimidation now taking hold in Russia. Charlie D’Agata reports.cbsnews.com
Putin opponent shot dead near Kremlin
Putin opponent shot dead near Kremlin An investigation is under way into the brazen killing of Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The opposition leader was gunned down as he walked near Kremlin today, hours after denouncing Putin's policies as "mad" on the radio. Vinita Nair reports.cbsnews.com