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July 15, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Kremlin Papers Appear to Show Putin’s Plot to Put Trump in White House

Vladimir Putin personally authorized a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council, according to what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents. The key meeting took place on 22 January 2016, the papers suggest, with the Russian president, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present.

July 7, 2021 | Via Sky News

Nineteen Bodies Found After Plane Crash Russia

Nineteen bodies have been found following a plane crash in a remote area of far-eastern Russia, authorities have said. The Antonov An-26 aircraft carrying 28 people crashed on Tuesday near its destination town of Palana in the region of Kamchatka. The emergency ministry in Russia said the remains of 19 victims have been found so far, and one of them has been identified.

July 6, 2021 | Via Sky News

Plane Carrying 28 People Goes Missing in Russia’s Far East Region

A plane with 28 people on board has gone missing in Russia’s Far East region, the country’s emergencies ministry has said. The Antonov An-26 plane, with 22 passengers and six crew, was flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana when it missed a scheduled communication, local emergency officials said. According to the local transport ministry, it also disappeared from the radars.

June 23, 2021 | Via Reuters

Russian Forces Reportedly Fire Warning Shots at British Destroyer

A Russian military ship fired warning shots at a British Royal Navy destroyer after it entered Russian waters in the Black Sea, and a Russian jet dropped bombs in its path as a warning, Interfax cited Russia’s defense ministry as saying on Wednesday. The HMS Defender left Russian waters soon after the incident, having ventured as much as 3 kilometers (2 miles) inside.

June 17, 2021 | Via Fox News

Biden-Putin Summit

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down in Geneva for a widely anticipated summit, where despite the deeply strained U.S.-Russia relationship, both leaders claimed to have a “positive” dialogue. The White House said the goal of the summit was to continue work toward a “stable” and “predictable” relationship with Russia. “There is no substitute for face-to-face dialogue between leaders. None,” Biden said.

June 7, 2021 | Via NBC News

Putin Signs Law Taking Russia out of Open Skies Arms Control Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that formalizes Russia’s exit from the Open Skies arms control treaty, a pact that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries. Russia had hoped that Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden could discuss the treaty when they meet later this month at a summit in Geneva. But the Biden administration informed Moscow that it would not re-enter the pact.

May 28, 2021 | Via CNN

Russian Authorities Deny Entry to European Airlines

At least two European airlines have been refused permission to fly to Moscow by Russian authorities after the carriers requested to fly an alternative route bypassing Belarusian airspace. Russia’s move, underlining Moscow’s support for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, comes as the European Union mulls fresh sanctions against Belarus following what leaders have described as the state-sanctioned hijacking of a passenger flight over Belarus last Sunday.

May 20, 2021 | Via NBC News

U.S., Russia First Face-to-Face of Biden Admin

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov struck a polite tone Wednesday as they sat down for the first face-to-face engagement between high-level U.S. and Russian officials since President Joe Biden took office. The discussion on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial in Reykjavik, Iceland, lasted more than 90 minutes and touched on a wide range of issues underlying the tense relationship between Washington and Moscow.

May 12, 2021 | Via Reuters

Russia Jails Former Opposition Mayor

A court in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg jailed its former mayor for nine days on Wednesday after finding him guilty of using social media to urge people to protest for the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Yevgeny Roizman, who served as mayor of Russia’s fourth-largest city from 2013 to 2018, was charged with organizing an illegal rally after he urged his nearly 500,000 followers on Twitter to take to the streets.

May 11, 2021 | Via BBC

Children Killed in Shooting at Russian School

Seven children and a teacher have been killed in a shooting at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, officials say. More than 20 others, mostly children, were reportedly wounded. A 19-year-old suspect was detained. The attack happened 820km (510 miles) east of Moscow, in the mainly Muslim republic of Tatarstan. Responding to the shooting, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would review the country’s gun control laws.

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