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Mar 25, 2021 - World

Navalny's lawyers fear for his health, accuse Russian officials of blocking access

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Photo: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Lawyers for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Wednesday that they fear his health is deteriorating in prison and that they were denied access by prison authorities when they arrived for a scheduled visit, ABC News reports.

Why it matters: Navalny's supporters fear that new attempts could be made to assassinate him while he is in prison, per ABC News.

Mar 23, 2021 - World

Poll: Russians warm toward China

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Data: Levada Analytical Center; Chart: Will Chase/Axios.

A majority of Russian respondents hold favorable views toward China, a recent survey found.

Why it matters: Russia is deepening its economic and diplomatic ties with China as the two nations draw closer together, bound in part by their shared animus toward Washington.

Mar 17, 2021 - World

Russia recalls ambassador to U.S. for "consultations" as tensions spiral

Photo: Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images

Russia's ambassador to Washington has been recalled to Moscow for "consultations" to determine how to move forward with relations with the U.S., the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

Why it matters: The news came hours after an interview aired in which President Biden agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer" and pledged to hold the Kremlin accountable for interfering in the 2020 election.

Biden says he believes Putin is a "killer"

President Biden said in an interview with ABC Wednesday that he believes Vladimir Putin is a "killer," and promised that the Russian president will "pay a price" for interfering in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Why it matters: Biden has pledged to take a hard line against the Kremlin, which has a history of attempting to assassinate and imprison dissidents and political opponents.

Mar 16, 2021 - World

Russia threatens to block Twitter over "banned content"

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ronny Hartmann/AFP via Getty Image

Russian authorities on Tuesday said they are prepared to block Twitter in a month's time if the social media giant does not comply with demands to remove upwards of 3,000 posts of banned content, AP reports.

Driving the news: Russia claims Twitter failed to heed previous warnings to remove posts about child suicide and pornography, and information about drugs. Authorities in the country have a fraught relationship with social media platforms, which for years have provided a forum for political dissent.

Mar 12, 2021 - World

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny taken to undisclosed location

Nalvany appearing via video chat from detention in January. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images

Lawyers for jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Friday he has been removed from the detention center where he was quarantining before transfer to a penal colony, and that prison officials refuse to say where he is.

Why it matters: The U.S. and European Union have demanded Navalny's release and sanctioned Russian officials for his poisoning in August with the nerve agent Novichok, a calling card of the Russian security services.

Mar 11, 2021 - World

Russia slows down access to Twitter

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaking with members of the government in Moscow on Wednesday. Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/TASS via Getty Images

Russia's government said Wednesday it will slow access to Twitter, claiming the social media giant has failed to remove illegal content from its platform.

Why it matters: Twitter and other U.S. internet companies have long been spaces for freedom of expression in Russia, though the government in recent years has limited its internet connection to the rest of the world to wrest more control over the country's domestic internet.

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Mar 10, 2021 - World

Rising global food prices could presage social unrest

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Global food prices have been rising for months, putting additional pressure on the world's poorest people.

Why it matters: Past spikes in the price of food staples have been connected to periods of social unrest, including the Arab Spring. If prices continue to rise — on top of the pain of the pandemic — the world could be in for a bumpy future.

Updated Mar 2, 2021 - World

U.S. sanctions Russian officials over Navalny poisoning and detention

Pro-Navalny protesters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo: Omer Messinger/Getty Images

The U.S. will sanction 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, the Biden administration confirmed on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The sanctions represent the first penalties the U.S. has imposed on Kremlin-linked officials since President Biden took office and pledged to confront Russian aggression.

Duckworth calls on Biden to release intel on alleged Russian bounties in Afghanistan

Tammy Duckworth pays respects to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sept. 25, 2020. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) sent a letter on Monday calling on President Biden's director of national intelligence to declassify and release intelligence on an alleged Russian campaign to pay bounties to the Taliban to target U.S. troops, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Biden's campaign called Donald Trump's response to the controversy last year "absolutely despicable," after the former president initially called reports on the alleged bounties a "hoax" and told "Axios on HBO" that he did not raise the issue in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.