Masked men come to search Navalny’s headquarters

On January 27, law enforcement officers came to search building No. 175 on Lyublinskaya Street in Moscow, where arrested opposition politician Alexey Navalny lives, Ivan Zhdanov, the director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK, recognized by the Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent) said. The apartment of Navalny’s wife was searched as well. Investigative actions … Continue reading “Masked men come to search Navalny’s headquarters”

Biden Nominee for UN Envoy Reveals State Department Plans to Designate China’s Actions as ‘Genocide’

President Joe Biden’s nominee for the post of US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, revealed during her confirmation hearing in the Senate that the Department of State is reviewing the possibility of designating the actions of the Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang region as “genocide and crimes against humanity”. “I know that the State … Continue reading “Biden Nominee for UN Envoy Reveals State Department Plans to Designate China’s Actions as ‘Genocide’”

Secret Message: Did Putin Write Note Saying ‘Biden’ During WEF Session?

Russian President Vladimir Putin was listening to a moderator at the World Economic Forum who was mentioning his recent phone exchange with the US president when Putin wrote down a word. While there is no way to tell what exactly he wrote, some journalists suggested that Putin might have made a note saying “Biden” in … Continue reading “Secret Message: Did Putin Write Note Saying ‘Biden’ During WEF Session?”

Putin Urges Russian Foreign Ministry to Discuss Document on New START Extension With US

“To task the Russian Foreign Ministry with holding negotiations with the US side on signing an international agreement with key provisions that were approved by the government of the Russian Federation, and with ensuring the signing of the deal after an agreement is reached between the sides”, the presidential decree, published on the official legal … Continue reading “Putin Urges Russian Foreign Ministry to Discuss Document on New START Extension With US”

Video: Explosion Rocks Amsterdam Suburb During Anti-Lockdown Unrest

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – An explosion rocked the Amsterdam suburb of Osdorp on Tuesday night where protests against new coronavirus curfew restrictions were underway. Video shared on social media on Tuesday shows a white truck emit plumes of smoke before erupting in a loud explosion. Earlier on Monday, several Dutch cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem and … Continue reading “Video: Explosion Rocks Amsterdam Suburb During Anti-Lockdown Unrest”

Putin in First Talk With Biden: Normalisation of US-Russian Ties in Interests of Both States

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said in his first telephone talk with newly sworn-in US President Joe Biden that a normalisation of ties between Washington and Moscow is in the interests of both countries. Putin added that an improvement in the dialogue between the two powers would also benefit the whole world due to their influence … Continue reading “Putin in First Talk With Biden: Normalisation of US-Russian Ties in Interests of Both States”

Putin Submits Agreement on New START Extension for Ratification to Russian State Duma

“To ratify the agreement on the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the Russian Federation and the United States of America of April 8, 2010,” the bill says. The New START is proposed to be extended for 5 years, until February 5, 2026, according to accompanying documents to the draft ratification … Continue reading “Putin Submits Agreement on New START Extension for Ratification to Russian State Duma”

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Iran’s Zarif Hold Joint Press Conference in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif hold talks in Moscow. They are expected to discuss the main regional and international topics, including Tehran’s nuclear programme and possible restoration of the Iranian nuclear deal, as well as the current situation in the Persian Gulf, Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, and Afghanistan. Follow Sputnik’s … Continue reading “Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Iran’s Zarif Hold Joint Press Conference in Moscow”

Kremlin buffed by questions about Putin’s billion-dollar palace

The property in the village of Praskoveevka near the city of Gelendzhik on the Black Sea coast, which Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) claims to be Vladimir Putin’s palace, directly or indirectly belongs to one or several entrepreneurs, Putin’s official spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Indeed, this is a large object, and it […] The … Continue reading “Kremlin buffed by questions about Putin’s billion-dollar palace”

Russia, US Actively Negotiating New START Extension, Kremlin Says

On Monday, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev held a phone conversation with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. They discussed the New START extension and the prospects of boosting security cooperation. “We are indeed engaged in energetic contacts, as time is running out quickly before the expiration of the deal”, Kremlin spokesman Peskov said at … Continue reading “Russia, US Actively Negotiating New START Extension, Kremlin Says”

Reports Claim Explosion Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Allegedly Intercepts Ballistic Missile

Reports of an explosion being heard in the Saudi capital have started circulating on social media. Al Arabiya Editor-in-Chief Mohammed Khalid Alyahya reported that country’s air defences have intercepted a missile over Riyadh. Missile intercepted just now pic.twitter.com/ZqV9tbuMeY — Ahmad bhutta (@ahmedbhutta011) January 26, 2021 The journalist cited an account of a witness living in … Continue reading “Reports Claim Explosion Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Allegedly Intercepts Ballistic Missile”

Moscow, Tehran Interested in Full Restoration of Iran Nuclear Deal, Russian Foreign Minister Says

Moscow and Tehran are both interested in the complete restoration of the Iran nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. DETAILS TO FOLLOW © Sputnik Sputnik News South Africa Today – World News – Russia The post Moscow, Tehran Interested in Full Restoration of … Continue reading “Moscow, Tehran Interested in Full Restoration of Iran Nuclear Deal, Russian Foreign Minister Says”

UAEREP Launches Fourth Cycle and Starts Receiving Project Proposals

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,-Monday 25 January 2021 [ AETOS Wire ] The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) announced the launch of its fourth cycle at the fifth International Rain Enhancement Forum (IREF), convened virtually under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and … Continue reading “UAEREP Launches Fourth Cycle and Starts Receiving Project Proposals”

Advisor to Winemaker? Putin Reveals What He Might Do After Presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently dropped what might be a hint about his plans after hanging up his political gloves, so to speak.  During a meeting with students on 25 January, which is observed as Students’ Day in Russia, Putin spoke fondly about winemaking, describing it as a “noble” pursuit. He then mentioned Boris Titov, … Continue reading “Advisor to Winemaker? Putin Reveals What He Might Do After Presidency”

Putin says what he thinks about ‘his palace’ that Alexey Navalny exposed

President Vladimir Putin stated that the palace on the outskirts of the city of Gelendzhik on Russia’s Black Sea coast, which Alexey Navalny referred to in hist most recent documentary, did not belong either to him or to any of his close relatives. During a videoconference meeting with students on January 25, Russian President Vladimir … Continue reading “Putin says what he thinks about ‘his palace’ that Alexey Navalny exposed”

Moscow Sees US Support for Unauthorised Rallies in Russia as Direct Meddling

US support for unauthorised rallies in Russia is direct meddling, says Russian Foreign Ministry. The country’s deputy foreign minister has expressed displeasure to the US ambassador over the embassy’s support of unauthorised rallies in Russia. “Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held a conversation with US Ambassador John Sullivan and expressed his strong objection to posts … Continue reading “Moscow Sees US Support for Unauthorised Rallies in Russia as Direct Meddling”

The E3 Decry Attempted Air Attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Capital Over Weekend

“The E3 – France, Germany, and the UK – strongly condemn the January 23 attempted aerial attacks on Riyadh. Proliferation and use of missiles and drones undermine the security and stability of the region, to which we are strongly committed,” the countries said in a joint statement. The states also reiterated their commitment to ensuring … Continue reading “The E3 Decry Attempted Air Attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Capital Over Weekend”

Bikinis Break Barriers as Indian Models Combat Moral Policing, Body Shaming Head On

For 22-year-old budding model Gehna Mahiarya from Udaipur city of the western Indian state of Rajasthan, doing a bikini shoot for the 2021 calendar of one of the country’s best-known beer brands, Kingfisher, was a “liberating” and “empowering” experience. Hailing from a conservative Rajput caste family, it wasn’t easy for Gehna, but with the support of … Continue reading “Bikinis Break Barriers as Indian Models Combat Moral Policing, Body Shaming Head On”

South Korea Culled Nearly 22Mln Farm Birds in 2 Months Due to Bird Flu, Reports Suggest

Strain H5N8 avian influenza was first detected at a bird farm in South Korea on 29 November — in ducks at a farm in the southwestern North Jeolla province. From then on, the outbreak continued and new cases were found weekly at farms all across the country. According to the report, a total of 72 … Continue reading “South Korea Culled Nearly 22Mln Farm Birds in 2 Months Due to Bird Flu, Reports Suggest”

Several People Detained in Unauthorised Protests in Russia’s Far East

Sputnik’s correspondents learned from local authorities that around 500 protesters took to the streets in Vladivostok and around 250 in Khabarovsk. No precise number of detained protesters were readily available. While most of the protesters marched peacefully and chanted anti-government slogans, flouting police warnings of their illegal rally, several scuffles broke out and led to … Continue reading “Several People Detained in Unauthorised Protests in Russia’s Far East”

Watch Russian Policewoman Hand Out Face Masks to Youth Attending Unauthorised Rally in Moscow

Police officers are handing out face masks to participants of the unauthorised rally at Pushkin Square in central Moscow. According to a Sputnik correspondent, the law enforcement forces are using loudspeakers to remind the public that the gathering is unsanctioned and they need to maintain social distance and wear masks and gloves to prevent the … Continue reading “Watch Russian Policewoman Hand Out Face Masks to Youth Attending Unauthorised Rally in Moscow”

Russian Foreign Ministry Warns US Embassy Against Meddling in Russian Affairs

Earlier in the day, the US Embassy in Russia published the locations and times of uncoordinated actions in Russian cities on January 23, while urging Americans to avoid such events. “Any attempts of such ‘coverage’ of unauthorized rallies will be considered as gross interference in the internal affairs of our country and will cause a … Continue reading “Russian Foreign Ministry Warns US Embassy Against Meddling in Russian Affairs”

Some 140,000 Chickens to Be Culled in Japan’s Toyama Prefecture Over Bird Flu – Reports

Toyama became the 16th Japanese prefecture hit by the disease, the Kyodo news agency reported. The authorities also introduced a quarantine to prevent the movement of eggs and chickens from the area around the infected farm. Bird flu outbreaks have previously been discovered in the prefectures of Kagawa, Fukuoka, Hyogo, Miyazaki, Hiroshima, Nara, Oita, Wakayama, … Continue reading “Some 140,000 Chickens to Be Culled in Japan’s Toyama Prefecture Over Bird Flu – Reports”

US Charges Ex-Employee of American Embassy in Moscow With Conspiracy to Defraud Refugee Program

The US Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian-native former employee of the US Embassy in Moscow with conspiracy to steal records and defraud the refugee program, according to a press release. “The indictment charges… Olesya Leonidovna Krasilova, 43, with conspiracy to steal US government records and to defraud the United States, theft of US … Continue reading “US Charges Ex-Employee of American Embassy in Moscow With Conspiracy to Defraud Refugee Program”

COVID-Free Turkmenistan Starts Sputnik V Trials – State TV

“The chief of the Ministry of Health during his report focused on the issues of the Sputnik V vaccine, which Turkmenistan was the first to register in Central Asia. As noted, trials of the vaccine have begun,” the channel said. Speaking to the government via video link, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow noted the importance of … Continue reading “COVID-Free Turkmenistan Starts Sputnik V Trials – State TV”

Biden Says US Economic Crisis Is Deepening

While delivering remarks on the economy Thursday, Biden presented a grim outlook by asserting the US is currently facing uncommon economic hurdles that will require federal intervention within the next several months.  “We remain in a once-in-a-century public health crisis that has led to the most unequal job and economic crisis in modern history. And … Continue reading “Biden Says US Economic Crisis Is Deepening”

Hungary, Russia Sign Agreement on Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine Deliveries, Foreign Minister Says

“Speeding up vaccination is a national priority. Due to slow deliveries of the vaccine, we were forced to look for a new source to secure quick deliveries of a reliable vaccine. It is a great honour and pleasure for me to announce that we signed an agreement today, under which Russia will deliver the vaccine … Continue reading “Hungary, Russia Sign Agreement on Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine Deliveries, Foreign Minister Says”

Moscow Warns of Response to Albania’s Decision to Expel Russian Diplomat

“We regret this a lot, as this is obviously a provocation aimed against the Russian-Albanian relations. Of course, this unfriendly step will not be left without a response,” Grushko said. On Thursday, Albania declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata, urging him to leave the country within 72 hours. The country’s foreign ministry said it … Continue reading “Moscow Warns of Response to Albania’s Decision to Expel Russian Diplomat”

Secret Warrants for ‘All Emails’ and Metadata of WikiLeaks Supporter Reveal Far-Reaching State Power

Somerset Bean is a British graphic designer who works with whistleblowers, journalists and activists. Bean (who prefers to be referred to by his pseudonym) discovered in 2019 that Google was served with a warrant by former special prosecutor Robert Mueller for the “contents and metadata of all emails” associated with his account, back in 2018. … Continue reading “Secret Warrants for ‘All Emails’ and Metadata of WikiLeaks Supporter Reveal Far-Reaching State Power”

Finland Seeking to Improve Exchange of Data Bases Between Northern Europe, Baltic States

In 2021, Finland chairs Nordic-Baltic Eight, a regional cooperation format that also includes Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. “As part of chairmanship, in the beginning of the year, Finland launched a project dubbed ‘The World’s Smoothest Cross-Border Mobility and Daily Life Through Digitalization.’ The project will focus on information exchange and day-to-day … Continue reading “Finland Seeking to Improve Exchange of Data Bases Between Northern Europe, Baltic States”

‘Unacceptable’: Sweden Sounds the Alarm Over Clinics Performing ‘Virginity Repair’ Surgery

The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) has issued a warning call over clinics offering hymen restoration procedures to girls living in so-called cultures of honour. The procedure is not medically justified and may subject the patient to health risks. Hymen restoration, also referred to as “virginity repair”, rests on the notion that bride must … Continue reading “‘Unacceptable’: Sweden Sounds the Alarm Over Clinics Performing ‘Virginity Repair’ Surgery”

Russian Diplomat Declared Persona Non Grata in Albania Over Violation of Anti-Coronavirus Measures

Albania declared a Russian diplomat a persona non grata due to violations of anti-coronavirus measures, the foreign ministry of Albania announced on Thursday. The diplomat must leave the country within 72 hours, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “Unfortunately, contrary to promises, the diplomat has continued to violate the undertaken measures… With regret, the … Continue reading “Russian Diplomat Declared Persona Non Grata in Albania Over Violation of Anti-Coronavirus Measures”

‘Full Scale Wartime Effort’: Biden Signs Executive Orders for New COVID-19 Response Program

“Things are going to continue to get worse before they get better,” Biden frankly stated during the White House press conference on Thursday. “We didn’t get into this mess overnight and it’s going to take months for us to turn things around.” He noted that case and death numbers are going to continue to rise until … Continue reading “‘Full Scale Wartime Effort’: Biden Signs Executive Orders for New COVID-19 Response Program”

Beijing To Grow Free Trade Network With Int’l Partners Amid RCEP Deal, China’s Foreign Ministry Says

Beijing plans to boost its network of free trade agreements with international partners to promote investment globally, Gao Feng, Ministry of Commerce spokesman told the press on Thursday as quoted by the Global Times. China will aim to expand its network to numerous countries and organisations, including Norway, Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council, Gao … Continue reading “Beijing To Grow Free Trade Network With Int’l Partners Amid RCEP Deal, China’s Foreign Ministry Says”

Putin Discusses With Finnish President Arms Control, Pandemic Response, Kremlin Says

“They discussed bilateral relations with an emphasis on cooperation in countering the coronavirus,” he said. “The leaders exchanged views on security and stability issues on the continent in the context of arms control,” Peskov added. According to Peskov, “the president of Finland also raised the issue of the Russian blogger, who is now in a … Continue reading “Putin Discusses With Finnish President Arms Control, Pandemic Response, Kremlin Says”

UAE Authorises Emergency Use of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Against COVID-19

Earlier in the day, the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority announced that it approved the Russian vaccine for emergency use. “The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has authorized the use of Russian Sputnik V vaccine in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The vaccine was registered under the emergency use … Continue reading “UAE Authorises Emergency Use of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Against COVID-19”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Holds Her First Briefing

42-year-old Jen Psaki, who will serve as press secretary for the Biden administration, will hold her first media briefing in her new position on Wednesday, in Washington, DC. Psaki is expected to present a summary of the administration’s first steps in office. She was the White House communications director from 2015 to 2017 and the … Continue reading “White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Holds Her First Briefing”

Listen: Taiwan Airliner Warns Off US Tanker Aircraft Flying Just 250 Feet Away Over South China Sea

In the skies over the South China Sea last week, a US airborne tanker came perilously close to a Taiwanese passenger airliner, passing just hundreds of feet from the aircraft. On the morning of January 13, a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft flying south of Taiwan flew just 250 feet away from an EVA … Continue reading “Listen: Taiwan Airliner Warns Off US Tanker Aircraft Flying Just 250 Feet Away Over South China Sea”

Ex-US Ambassador to Russia McFaul Suggests Pairing RT Content With BBC Material

“The Biden administration should encourage American social media platforms to de-emphasize or at least provide more information about Kremlin-supported content. … When such content does appear in search results, companies should pair it with similar content from more reliable news organizations; every time an RT article or video appears, a BBC story should pop up … Continue reading “Ex-US Ambassador to Russia McFaul Suggests Pairing RT Content With BBC Material”

Navalny’s new documentary about Putin’s huge balance on the Black Sea is trending

Putin’s official spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) about Vladimir Putin’s palace near the city of Gelendzhik in Southern Russia was “nonsense and compilation.” According to him, the palace has “nothing to do with either the president or the Kremlin,” whereas the relevant topic of the bogus story … Continue reading “Navalny’s new documentary about Putin’s huge balance on the Black Sea is trending”

Rick Snyder May Have ‘Actively Covered Up’ Deadly Nature of Flint Water Crisis, Journalist Explains

Criminal charges have been brought against former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, along with a number of other former state officials, for their alleged role in the poisoning of the water supply of the city of Flint, along with the purported subsequent cover-up. In 2014, a Snyder-appointed emergency manager of Flint switched the area’s water supply from … Continue reading “Rick Snyder May Have ‘Actively Covered Up’ Deadly Nature of Flint Water Crisis, Journalist Explains”

Kim Jong-un Impersonator Arrested by Hong Kong Police on Firearm Possession Charges

“I was arrested by the HK police at my home on Oct 28th 2020. They had a warrant to search my home because according to them, a BB gun had been posted to my address in April 2020 to which I never actually received,” the comedian said in a statement posted on his Facebook account. … Continue reading “Kim Jong-un Impersonator Arrested by Hong Kong Police on Firearm Possession Charges”

Egypt and Qatar Have Agreed to Restore Diplomatic Ties, Cairo Says

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on a statement on Wednesday that Cairo has agreed to resume diplomatic ties with Doha. “The Arab Republic of Egypt and the state of Qatar has exchanged two official notes today, 20 January, according to which the two countries agreed to resume diplomatic relations”, the statement reads. It comes in … Continue reading “Egypt and Qatar Have Agreed to Restore Diplomatic Ties, Cairo Says”

RDIF Expects EU Regulator to Provide Scientific Recommendations on Sputnik V Vaccine Soon

Earlier in the day, EMA told Sputnik it held consultations with the Russian vaccine developers on potential authorization of the vaccine for the EU market. “RDIF confirms that the Scientific Review was held yesterday between Sputnik V and EMA scientific teams. Over 20 top international experts and scientists took part in the review. Recommendations based … Continue reading “RDIF Expects EU Regulator to Provide Scientific Recommendations on Sputnik V Vaccine Soon”

Ras Al Khaimah Adds New Landmark with the Longest Suspended Bridge in the Northern Emirates

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, January 20, 2021-(AETOSWire): Ras Al Khaimah has achieved another architectural landmark that will add to its touristic attractions: The longest suspended bridge that connects the two buildings of the new Mövenpick Resort Al-Marjan Island. Mövenpick Resort Al-Marjan Island, the hospitality project by RAK AMI Hotel, a company focused on … Continue reading “Ras Al Khaimah Adds New Landmark with the Longest Suspended Bridge in the Northern Emirates”

US Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Violate International Law, Russian Ambassador Says

US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 violate international law, the Russian ambassador in Washington Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday. The Department of Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on the Russian pipe-laying vessel Fortuna and its owner KVT-Rus for building the Nord Stream 2 gas-exporting route. “The United States went beyond decency in an attempt to … Continue reading “US Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Violate International Law, Russian Ambassador Says”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Holds Annual Press Conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is holding his annual press conference in Moscow. Reporters can only tune in online due to coronavirus restrictions, ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier said. As tradition dictates, the top diplomat will discuss Russia’s role on the international stage over the last 12 months.  *Follow Sputnik’s live feed to find out … Continue reading “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Holds Annual Press Conference”

President Putin Dunks Himself in Icy Water on Orthodox Epiphany – Video

Russian President Vladimir Putin has partaken in this year’s Orthodox Epiphany to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “I’ve been asked by many if Putin participated in an Epiphany dunk. You know that he traditionally does so, it’s his tradition. He stays loyal to traditions”, Peskov noted to journalists. Orthodox … Continue reading “President Putin Dunks Himself in Icy Water on Orthodox Epiphany – Video”

Ex-Swiss Ambassador to Russia Got Vaccinated With Sputnik V Before Departure, Embassy Says

“Shortly before leaving Moscow at the end of December 2020, Switzerland’s ambassador at the time, Yves Rossier, got a shot of Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V along with several other embassy personnel,” the representative said. Rossier had served as Switzerland’s ambassador to Russia since 2017. Krystina Marty Lang replaced him in January. Sputnik V was … Continue reading “Ex-Swiss Ambassador to Russia Got Vaccinated With Sputnik V Before Departure, Embassy Says”

Russia’s EpiVacCorona Vaccine Has 100 Percent Efficacy, Watchdog Says

The immunological efficacy of the Russia-developed coronavirus inoculation EpiVacCorona amounts to 100 percent based on the results of the first and second stages of clinical trials, according to the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor). “The overall efficacy of a vaccine is made up of its immunological and preventive … Continue reading “Russia’s EpiVacCorona Vaccine Has 100 Percent Efficacy, Watchdog Says”