This Wednesday, three days before the political movement “Open Russia” hopes to mobilize nationwide protests against the Kremlin, Russia’s Prosecutor General blacklisted the group as an “undesirable organization,” banning all its activities.
This Saturday, Open Russia is planning anti-Putin demonstrations across Russia.
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While Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov implies Ukraine is “undemocratic” for voicing suspicions about Russia – which not only seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in March 2014 but has backed separatists in eastern Ukraine – Kyiv has valid grounds to implicate Russia in the murder of a Russian MP who fled to Ukraine fearing for his life, and who told reporters of threats made against him.
Voronenkov was a key witness in Ukraine’s treason case against deposed President Viktor Yanukovych. In January 2017, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko announced that Voronenkov had given testimony about two letters written by Yanukovych in February 2014, one of which was registered with the UN Security Council by Russia on behalf of Yanukovych by the late Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, in which Yanukovych requested Russian troops to put down the Maidan demonstrations.
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The meeting will allow to define Washington’s position and may set the tone for bilateral relations for years to come
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are holding talks with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow.
Russia still has many questions regarding the foreign policy course of the new US administration. The meeting between the two top diplomats will allow to define Washington’s position and may set the tone for bilateral relations for years to come.
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Michael Flynn, who was dismissed as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has told officials that he is willing to answer questions from congressional committees in return for immunity from “unfair prosecution” in the investigation over the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia.
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, on March 30 said his client “certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.”
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday.
Mr Navalny was one of at least 500 people who were detained after the protests.
The court in Moscow earlier fined him the minimum 20,000 roubles ($350) for organising the banned protests.
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MOSCOW — Not everyone who has a quarrel with Russian President Vladimir Putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances – far from it. But enough loud critics of Putin’s policies have been murdered that Thursday’s daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation of Kremlin involvement.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the shooting in Kiev of Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian Communist Party member who began sharply criticizing Putin after fleeing Russia in 2016, an “act of state terrorism by Russia.”
That drew a sharp rebuke from Putin’s spokesman, who called the accusation “absurd.” Throughout the years, the Kremlin has always dismissed the notion of political killings with scorn.
But Putin’s critics couldn’t help drawing parallels with the unexplained deaths of other Kremlin foes. “I have an impression – I hope it’s only an impression – that the practice of killing political opponents has started spreading in Russia,” said Gennady Gudkov, a former parliamentarian and ex-security services officer, to the Moscow Times.
Here are some outspoken critics of Putin who were killed or died mysteriously.
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