Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

Former US security contractor Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals listed by the decree as being granted Russian citizenship. President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former US security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader. Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals granted Russian citizenship by the decree…

Putin signs decree to increase size of Russian Armed Forces

President orders Russian military to increase its number of soldiers by 137,000 to a total of 1.15 million. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to increase its number of soldiers by 137,000 to a total of 1.15 million servicemen amid Moscow’s military action in Ukraine. Putin’s decree, which takes effect on January…

Gas prices jump as Russia cuts German supply

Gas prices jumped after Russia further cut gas supplies to Germany and other central European countries after threatening to earlier this week. By Noor Nanji European gas prices rose almost 2%, trading close to the record high set after Russia invaded Ukraine.  Critics accuse the Russian government of using gas as a political weapon. Russia…

Turkey’s Baykar drone company ‘will never’ supply Russia: CEO.

Haluk Bayraktar tells Media that he is proud the Bayraktar TB2 has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance against Russia. Updated at 1809 EAT on Tuesday 19th July 2022. The CEO of Turkey’s Baykar, which makes the drones being widely used by Ukraine against Russian forces, has ruled out supplying the Bayraktar TB2 to Moscow….

Putin says West cannot isolate Russia or send it back in time.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 2013 EAT on Monday 18th July 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is impossible to cut Russia off from the rest of the world, and that sanctions imposed by Western countries will not turn the clock back on Russia’s development. Since sending troops into Ukraine on February 24,…

Ukraine devastates Russian artillery depots ahead of offensive.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1559 EAT on Thursday 14th July 2022. Ukraine destroyed a series of Russian ordnance depots in the 20th week of the war, demonstrating the efficiency of US-supplied HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) rocket systems and other Western systems, and worrying Russian military observers. These Ukrainian attacks appear to…

Russia denies dept default, blames Western financial agents.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 0838 EAT on Tuesday 28th June 2022. Russia’s finance ministry asked foreign bondholders to speak directly to those withholding their payments. Russia has rejected claims that is has defaulted on its external dept for the first time in more than a century, telling investors to go to Western financial agents for…

Russia Ukraine latest: UN says civilian casualties exceed 10,000.

The dead include hundreds of children killed mostly in intense shelling, missile and air strikes. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1220 EAT on Saturday 18th june 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin has told an event in St Petersburg that the country has weathered economics sanctions  imposed as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. The…

Discrimination: Reaction to Wimbledon’s Russia, Belarus ban.

Wimbledon has banned entry to players from Russia, Belarus due to the war in Ukraine. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1629 EAT on Friday 22 April 2022. Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players is “complete discrimination” and does not make sense, Andrey Rublev said, while world number one Novak Djokovic said he “cannot support”…

Russian flagship Moskva ‘seriously damaged’ by explosion.

Russia says damage caused by ammunition detonating ‘as a result of a fire’, Ukraine says it targeted the vessel with missile strikes. Published by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1058 EAT on Thursday 14 April 2022. Russia’s Black Sea flagship leading the naval assault on Ukraine has been “seriously damaged” by an explosion that a Ukrainian…