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Kremlin Raises Rhetoric After U.S. Cites 'Real Concerns' Over Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine - RFE/RL 11.21.21

"For Putin, the Great Prize Has Always Been Ukraine: The Russian president takes pride in having restored his country’s power and prominence after the Cold War, but he won’t consider his legacy complete until Kyiv again becomes Moscow’s satellite" - SCW Newswatch: WSJ

U.S. Condemns Russia For 'Dangerous' Anti-Satellite Missile Test - RFE/RL 11.15.21

NATO Warns Russia Over ‘Large, Unusual’ Troop Build-Up Near Ukraine - RFE/RL 11.15.21

Russia Reports New Record Daily COVID-19 Deaths - RFE/RL 11.14.21

The Week In Russia: 'If You're Wondering When This Will Stop ...' - RFE/RL 11.12.21

RUSSIAN PRISON TORTURE: Exiled Russian Activist Added To Wanted List After Sharing New Prison-Abuse Videos - RFE/RL 11.12.21

RUSSIA & BELARUS: Kremlin Lashes Out At West, Defends Troop Movements, As It Boosts Role In Belarus-EU Border Crisis - RFE/RL 11.12.21

RUSSIA COVID: Russia's Daily COVID-19 Deaths Break 1,200 Mark For Fourth Consecutive Day - RFE/RL 11.12.21

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U.S. Condemns Russia For 'Dangerous' Anti-Satellite Missile Test - RFE/RL 11.15.21

Russian Rights Group Issues More Videos Of Alleged Rape In Prison - RFE/RL 11.10.21

Suspected Russian FSB Agent Found Dead In Front Of Berlin Embassy - RFE/RL 11.5.21

Poland Accuses Russia Of Backing Belarusian 'Attack' As Migrant Border Standoff Intensifies - RFE/RL 11.9.21

The Week In Russia: On The Offensive - RFE/RL 11.5.21

"Natural Gas Prices Fall on Putin Order for More Russian Exports; The Russian president told the state energy giant to pump more fuel to Germany and Austria to ease a supply crunch." - SCW Newswatch: WSJ

Russian Rights Group Issues More Videos Of Alleged Rape In Prison - RFE/RL 11.10.21

Poland Accuses Russia Of Backing Belarusian 'Attack' As Migrant Border Standoff Intensifies - RFE/RL 11.9.21

Suspected Russian FSB Agent Found Dead In Front Of Berlin Embassy - RFE/RL 11.5.21

Ukraine's Zelenskiy Defends Drone Strike On Russia-Backed Separatists - RFE/RL 10.30.21

The Week In Russia: On The Offensive - RFE/RL 11.5.21

The Week In Russia: 'Values' And The Virus - RFE/RL 10.29.21

Noted Belarusian Lawyer Who Defended Political Prisoners Deprived Of License - RFE/RL 10.26.21

'I Was Always Afraid Of Getting Caught': Former Inmate Who Leaked Russian Prison-Torture Videos Speaks Out - RFE/RL 10.22.21

'People Would Scream For Hours': Former Inmates Shed Light On Recent Russian Torture Revelations - RFE/RL 10.22.21

'Torture Machine': Russian Rights Defender Shares Shocking Prison Videos - RFE/RL 10.5.21

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SCW NEWSWATCH: "U.S., Georgia sign military training pact amid Russian threat on the Black Sea" - Defense News

U.S. Defense Chief Inks Cooperation Deal With Georgia On First Leg Of Visit To Black Sea Allies - RFE/RL

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russia’s Move to Cut NATO Ties Complicates Biden’s Pivot to China; Moscow will withdraw its diplomats and close the alliance’s Russian office following NATO’s expulsion of Russian officials as spies" - WSJ

Russia's Navalny [Imprisoned Opposition Figure and Anti-Corruption E-Journalist] Wins Sakharov Prize, EU's Top Human Rights Award - RFE/RL

Russia Faces Difficult Balancing Act as It Hosts Taliban - WSJ 10.20.21

FBI Raids Home Owned by Relatives of Russian Tycoon; Officials from the FBI conducted a raid of a Washington residence owned by the family of Oleg Deripaska, who figured prominently in the post-2016 investigations of Trump campaign officials. - WSJ 10.19.21

Russia accuses CNBC’s Hadley Gamble of being a ‘sex object’ sent to distract Putin - NY Post 10.19.21

Putin's Dominance Risks Destabilization: Fiona Hill's Insights On Russia, the U.S., And Their 'Unfortunate Parallels' - RFE/RL 10.19.21

Russia closes diplomatic mission to NATO over spying accusations - UPI 10.18.21

NATO expels eight Russian diplomats accused of working as spies - UPI 10.6.21

Russia Again Reports New Record Number Of COVID-19 Deaths, Infections - RFE/RL

Russia Kicks Off Monthlong Census Amid Pandemic, Population Decline - RFE/RL

Russia Shows Its Growing Sway Over Global Energy Markets; Russia, the world’s largest exporter of gas in the world and the source of more than a third of Europe’s gas, has emerged as a critical supplier with the power to quickly alleviate the continent’s gas deficit. - WSJ

Russia Excluded From 30-Country Meeting to Fight Ransomware and Cybercrime - Newsmax

Russia Claims U.S. Warship Tried To Violate Its Territorial Waters In Sea Of Japan - RFE/RL

Russians flock to Serbia for Western-made COVID-19 vaccines; When Russian regulators approved the country's own coronavirus vaccine, it was a moment of national pride, and the Pavlov family was among those who rushed to take the injection. But international health authorities have not yet given their blessing to the Sputnik V shot. - Fox

The Week In Russia: COVID, A Killing, And A Crisis Of Confidence - RFE/RL - 10.8.21

The Week In Russia: Two Countries, Two Crackdowns - RFE/RL 6.4.21

NATO Chief Says Belarus Becoming 'More And More Dependent' On Russia - RFE/RL 6.6.21

German Domestic Intelligence Chief Warns Of Increased Russian Activity - RFE/RL 6.6.21

Kremlin's Clumsy Intimidation of Weaker Domestic Opponents Raises Embarrassing Questions Over Why Kremlin Feels Intimidated by Weaker Factions; Should Doubts Be Raised Over Level of Actual Kremlin Support - SCW 6.2.21

'This Is A Purge': Russian Authorities Dig Up Old Incidents To Sideline Potential Opponents - RFE/RL 6.2.21

How Russian Oil Companies Illegally Dump Massive Amounts Of Toxic Waste - RFE/RL 5.25.21

Russia's Covid-19 Sputnik Vaccine Immoral, Tied To Use of Fetal Tissue, Therefore Associated with Evil; Putin and Medvedev Emerge As Type of Covid Antichrists, Trying to Push Russian People to Embrace Hellfire with Vaccines of Evil Nature - SCW 5.23.21

PUTIN POPULARITY MYTH: Should We Ignore Outlandish Putin Poll Numbers? Russians may not have a clear outlet for their actual opinion on Putin

Russia’s Navalny Fights to Stay in Public Eye in Putin Standoff - WSJ 5.23.21

Russian Journalist Who Exposed Oil-Theft Schemes Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison - RFE/RL 5.14.21

How Russian Oil Companies Illegally Dump Massive Amounts Of Toxic Waste - RFE/RL 5.25.21

NATO Warplanes Scrambled Amid 'Unusual Peak' In Russian Air Activity - RFE/RL 3.30.21

Russian Physicians Demand Prison Medical Assistance For Navalny - RFE/RL 3.30.21

Moscow Says U.S. Destroyer Forced Out Of Russian Waters - RFE/RL

Poisons, Patents, Phone Logs Records Reveal Russian Scientists’ Ties To Military Intelligence - RFE/RL

Russian Health Minister Calls For Further Curbs As COVID-19 Cases Top 2 Million - RFE/RL

Navalny's Poisoning Spooked Russia. The Politicians He Nurtured Say 'It Motivated Us.'

RFE/RL Exclusive: Mystery Over Russian’s Suspected Poisoning Deepens With New FBI Records - RFE/RL

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Alexei Navalny Supporters Probe How the Russian Opposition Leader Was Poisoned; Team scoured his hotel room and found a water bottle they say has traces of Novichok, a nerve agent" - WSJ

U.S. Widens Sanctions Net Against Kremlin-Connected Backer Of 'Troll Factory,' Mercenary Group

RUSSIA: Putin's Kremlin Painting Itself Into a Corner with Navalny Assassination Attempt; Russian Regime Risks Being Tainted as Either Culpable, or Incompetent At Maintaining Law and Order

SCW NEWSWATCH: "U.S. beefs up force protection in Syria after run-in with Russia" - The Hill 9.18.20

Navalny's Team Says Water Bottle With Traces Of Novichok Found In His Hotel Room In Tomsk

What Do The Regional Election Results Tell Us About Putin's Russia?

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Air Force destroys surrogate cruise missile in hypervelocity projectile test" - UPI

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russian paramedics' accounts challenge Moscow's explanation for Navalny's coma - sources" - Reuters 9.14.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Navalny-backed candidates win Siberian cities in Russian election; Putin’s ruling United Russia party claims landslide victories in other regional elections" - Financial Times 9.14.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "After Weeks of Pressure in Belarus, Protesters and Lukashenko Locked in Dangerous Stalemate; More than 100,000 people protest; country's longtime leader set to meet Putin on Monday" - WSJ 9.14.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Putin bestows $1.5 billion loan in gesture of support for Belarus leader" - Reuters 9.14.20

Belarus leader visits Russia to secure support amid protests - Stars and Stripes

Germany Says 'Dark Clouds' Looming Over Russia Ties As Navalny Lies Critically Ill In Berlin Hospital - RFE/RL

RUSSIA: "Navalny Associate: Kremlin Involved in Opposition Leader's Poisoning"

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russian Baliffs Seize $460,000 From Navalny Ally Sobol" - AFP/ Barron's

Germany Mulls Russia Response As Navalny's Condition Remains 'Serious' - RFE/RL

Before He Fell Ill, Navalny's Every Move Was Tracked. What About The Poisoning? - RFE/RL

Russian Prosecutors Claim There's No Sign Of Crime In Navalny Case - RFE/RL

United States Deeply Concerned Over Russia's Navalny; U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo Issued Press Statement On Apparent Navalny Poisoning, Called for Investigation if Poisoning Confirmed - SCW

'Putin's chef' promises to ruin comatose Navalny with $1.2m bill; If Navalny survives, a Kremlin-linked businessman intends 'to strip' him and his allies 'of their clothes and shoes.' - Al Jazeera

VIDEO & ARTICLE: German Tests Indicate Kremlin Critic Navalny 'Poisoned'

Russia rejects investigation of opposition leader's alleged poisoning - Fox

German Medical Tests Show Navalny Was Poisoned; Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on Russia to bring attackers to justice - WSJ

Russia Denies Blame for Navalny Poisoning, Rebuffs Calls for Probe - The Kremlin said it had no involvement in the sudden illness of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny and questioned the assertion this week by German doctors that he was poisoned, pushing back against demands from Western leaders for an inquiry - WSJ

Kremlin says no need for investigation into Alexei Navlany falling ill - UPI

VIDEO & ARTICLE: Kremlin Critic Navalny Was Under Surveillance During Trip To Siberia, Says Report

VIDEOS & ARTICLE: "Extensive" Tests Under Way On Putin Foe Navalny At Berlin Hospital - RFE/RL

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Putin bets on Lukashenko keeping power in Belarus for now: sources" - Reuters 8.21.20

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrives in Berlin for treatment - UPI

Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Evacuated From Russia to Germany; Leading Russian dissident spent nearly 48 hours in a Siberian hospital after suddenly falling ill on a flight to Moscow - WSJ

SCW NEWSWATCH VIDEO: "Alexei Navalny, Russian Dissident Who Abruptly Fell Ill, Departs Siberian Hospital for Germany; Navalny’s plight could have a chilling effect on the opposition to President Putin, political analysts say" - WSJ 8.21.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny 'poisoned'" - UPI 8.20.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Another Putin Critic Falls Ill Opposition leader Alexei Navalny sips tea that may have been poisoned." - WSJ 8.20.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Lukashenko Says He Is Ready to Share Power in Belarus as Protests Mount" - Reuters 8.17.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Why Vladimir Putin is unlikely to invade Belarus" - Atlantic Council/ Anders Åslund 8.16.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russian Economy Shrank 8.5% in Second Quarter - Official Data; Fall in GDP is less severe than government and Central Bank feared" - AFP/ Barron's 8.13.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russia Registers World’s First Covid-19 Vaccine Despite Safety Concerns; Officials in Russia and the West express alarm at the speed the vaccine was developed and the methods used - WSJ 8.11.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Industry Body Calls Russian Covid-19 Vaccine a Pandora's Box" - Bloomberg 8.10.20

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RUSSIA NEWSLINKS

Biden, Putin Warn of Danger to Relations if Crisis Over Ukraine Escalates; Moscow has built up troops near Ukraine and issued demands to NATO and the U.S. - WSJ 12.30.21

Joe Biden holds call with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, NATO - UPI 12.30.21

Stunning Photos from the World's Northernmost City - Weather.com 12.8.21

G7 warns of ‘massive consequences’ if Russia invades Ukraine - Al Jazeera 12.12.21

Russia will face 'massive consequences' if Ukraine attacked, G7 warns - UPI 12.12.21

Ukrainian president alleges Russia-backed coup planned next week - NY Post 11.26.21

Zelensky says Russia is planning coup against Ukraine: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday Russia is trying to recruit mining and steel tycoon Rinat Akhmetov in a planned coup against him early next week. - UPI 11.26.21

A U.S.-Russia war over Ukraine would be catastrophic Predictably, Washington 'experts' discharge advice that is not grounded in reality - Fox 11.27.21

Russia preparing to attack Ukraine by late January: Ukraine defense intelligence agency chief - Military Times 11.20.21

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: If the Russian military crashes through a forest, will NATO hear a sound? - Defense News 11.22.21

Russia Rebuts Growing U.S. Warnings of Attack on Ukraine: NATO countries say Russia’s military movements threaten Kyiv, though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans remain unclear. - WSJ 11.22.21

Putin Dispatches Russian Vessels to Shadow U.S. Warships During Flare-Up: A group of U.S. and allied ships were tailed by Russian ships and aircraft in the Black Sea as tensions climbed over Moscow’s military deployments. - WSJ 11.20.21

U.S. anger at Russian anti-satellite missile test debris - BBC 11.15.21

NASA Administrator Statement on Russian ASAT Test - NASA 11.15.21

Belarus funneled people to border with Poland, migrants say - UPI 11.13.21

BELARUS: EU faces down fresh crisis at its borders, as officials accuse Belarus of weaponizing migrant surge - Fox 11.12.21

RUSSIA & BELARUS: Putin’s Belarus Offensive - WSJ 11.11.21

BELARUS: Europe Sees ‘a New Type of War,’ Accusing Belarus of Weaponizing Migrants - WSJ 11.12.21

U.S. concerned about Russian military activity near Ukraine, as House Republicans press Biden to deploy troops; The Biden administration said this week it is "concerned" about Russian military activity near Ukraine's border, while maintaining that the U.S. commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty is "ironclad." - Fox 11.11.21

RUSSIAN PRISON TORTURE: Inside Putin’s ‘torture conveyor belt’ prisons where inmates are ‘raped and mutilated’; Vladimir Putin has been accused of overseeing a brutal prison system. - NY Post 11.11.21

RUSSIAGATE: Durham nuked Steele dossier credibility but news outlets that pushed it aren’t rushing to issue corrections - Fox 11.10.12

 

U.S. anger at Russian anti-satellite missile test debris - BBC 11.15.21

NASA Administrator Statement on Russian ASAT Test - NASA 11.15.21

Ex-marine locked up in Russian prison goes on hunger strike, family says - NY Post 11.8.21

'Six degrees of Brookings Institution': Jonathan Turley calls think tank Steele dossier nexus 11.8.21

U.S. Justice Department: Ukrainian, Russian indicted in ransomware attacks - UPI 11.8.21

U.S. charges two men over July 4 ransomware attacks, seizes $6M in payments - NY Post 11.8.21

U.S. concerned about Russian military activity near Ukraine, as House Republicans press Biden to deploy troops; The Biden administration said this week it is "concerned" about Russian military activity near Ukraine's border, while maintaining that the U.S. commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty is "ironclad." - Fox 11.11.21

Ex-marine locked up in Russian prison goes on hunger strike, family says - NY Post 11.8.21

'Six degrees of Brookings Institution': Jonathan Turley calls think tank Steele dossier nexus 11.8.21

U.S. Justice Department: Ukrainian, Russian indicted in ransomware attacks - UPI 11.8.21

Ukraine Wins Back Golden Treasures at Center of Dispute With Russia - WSJ 10.26.21

Crimean gold must return to Ukraine - Dutch court - BBC 10.26.21

Microsoft says Russian group behind SolarWinds attack now targeting IT supply chain - Fox 10.25.21

SolarWinds Hackers Continue to Hit Technology Companies, Says Microsoft - WSJ 10.25.21

Russian inmate who leaked torture videos alleges death threats - BBC 10.20.21

COVID-19: Russia, Ukraine, Romania hit records in deaths, cases - UPI 10.24.21

Russia suspends its NATO mission as Defense Secretary visits NATO aspirant countries - Fox 10.20.21

Putin keeps Russian workers home for a week as COVID deaths soar - Fox 10.21.21

FBI swarms DC home of Russian billionaire with ties to Putin - Fox 10.20.21

SolarWinds Hackers Step Up Attacks on Tech Companies: The Russia-linked hackers behind last year’s compromise of a wide swath of the U.S. government and scores of private companies have redoubled their efforts in recent months, Microsoft cybersecurity experts said. - WSJ 10.25.21

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U.S. charges two men over July 4 ransomware attacks, seizes $6M in payments - NY Post 11.8.21

British police charge 3rd suspect with poisoning ex-Russian spy, 3 others - UPI 9.21.21

Two GOP operatives charged with soliciting foreign campaign contribution - UPI 9.20.21

Russian students leap from windows as mass shooter kills at least 8 - NY Post 9.20.21

Putin Calls Self-Isolation Following Possible Coronavirus Exposure A 'Test' Of Sputnik V - RFE/RL 9.14.21

Is Russia’s defence chief emerging as Putin’s possible successor? Putin is still pondering the idea of another term, but as he approaches 70, bets are being placed on Sergey Shoigu. - Al Jazeera 9.14.21

Senate Republicans Vow to Block Treasury Nominations Until Nord Stream II Firm Is Sanctioned; Sens. Pat Toomey and Ted Cruz said they are prepared to approve the nominations, including two national security posts that oversee sanctions and counterterror finance, if the Treasury Department blacklists Russia-owned Nord Stream 2 - WSJ 9.13.21

Poland, Baltic States Discuss Security Against Backdrop Of Russian-Belarusian Military Drills - RFE/RL 9.13.21

[PDF] GEC Special Report: August 2020 Pillars of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem - State Department - August 2020

Putin ratchets up effort to crush Navalny's opposition with closed-door hearing - NY Post 4.25.21

Russia's Navalny to end prison hunger strike on 24th day - Fox 4.23.21

Russia orders troop pullback, but keeps weapons near Ukraine - Fox 4.22.21

U.S. Warns Russia Over Alexei Navalny’s Poor Health - WSJ

Biden's Sanctions Leave Russia's Stocks and Bonds in Stalemate - Barron's

Putin foe, Navalny bankroller opens up on opposition leader’s potential future Chichvarkin on Putin: 'The only sanction is arrest warrant' - Fox 3.26.21

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russia seizes on Suez blockage to promote merits of Arctic route; Moscow is busy highlighting the northern sea route and Nordstream as alternatives for world trade" - FT

SolarWinds Hack Got Emails of Top DHS Officials - Newsmax 3.29.21

Secretary of State Blinken warns Europe against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline Market Watch 3.26.21

Putin-Biden talks? Russia says absence of clear answer from US will be considered a 'refusal' Moscow says it's waiting for a response, while White House says Biden 'quite busy' - Fox 3.19.21

Putin challenges Biden to chat with him in a 'live' conversation; 'I want to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it actually live,' Putin said - Fox 3.18.21

Navalny Describes 'Clear, But Long' Road To Recovery After Poisoning

Alexei Navalny says he's recovering from poisoning- UPI

SCW NEWSWATCH: "U.S. beefs up force protection in Syria after run-in with Russia" - The Hill 9.18.20

Kremlin Critic Navalny Loses Appeal Against Jail Term - Newsmax 2.20.21

Three People Die in Partial Collapse of Arctic Processing Plant - Newsmax

Navalny-backed candidates win Siberian cities in Russian election; Putin’s ruling United Russia party claims landslide victories in other regional elections - Financial Times

Russian opposition makes gains in local elections - BBC

Russian Opposition Leader Hospitalized After Suspected Poison Attack - VOA

Doctors offer contradictory information on condition of Russia's Navalny - Reuters

Alexei Navalny to be flown to Germany after suspected poisoning; A German NGO is sending an air-ambulance with a coma-specialist team to pick up Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. He was taken seriously ill while on a domestic flight. - DW

Foundation says it is sending plane for Russia's Navalny - Reuters 8.20.20

France ready to welcome Russian opposition leader Navalny: Le Monde - Reuters 8.20.20

Activists trying to get Russia's Navalny to Germany - Bild - Reuters 8.20.20

Factbox: Who is Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny? - Reuters 8.20.20

Russia Opposition Blames Putin for Navalny’s Suspected Poisoning - Bloomberg

State Dept.: Russia spreads disinformation through 'a propaganda ecosystem' - UPI

Google deletes 2,600 YouTube accounts linked to China [and others tied to Russia, Iran] - UPI

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Beirut explosion linked to Russian ship storing ammonium nitrate left in port, called 'floating bomb'; Officials warned the ship was 'a floating bomb.'" - Fox

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Russia says it will begin mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in October" - UPI