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Putin Blames West for Ukraine War at Military Parade in Moscow

Russia's President Vladimir Putin presided over a huge military parade in Moscow marking victory over the Nazis in World War Two as the war in Ukraine entered its 11th week. Putin defended the "special operation in Ukraine" and blamed the...

Putin Cancels Storming of Mariupol’s Steel Works, Declares City “Liberated”

On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to cancel plans to storm a Mariupol steelworks, and declared the Ukrainian port city "liberated." Instead of launching a final assault on the Azovstal steel plant—the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance...

Russian Opposition Politician Vladimir Kara-Murza Arrested in Moscow

Russia's opposition politician, journalist, author, and filmmaker Vladimir Kara-Murza was arrested by the police in Moscow last week, the Washington Oxi Day Foundation announced. Kara-Murza is an OXI Courage Award recipient for his bravery in opposing authoritarianism in Russia. The...

Biden Accused Putin of “Genocide” in Ukraine

President Biden on Tuesday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of committing a "genocide" in Ukraine. The president made the accusation in a speech at an ethanol fuel plant in Iowa, where he blamed the Russian invasion for higher gas...

Putin Ally, Viktor Orban, Wins Fourth Term in Hungary Election

Viktor Orban, Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister and a longtime ally of Russia's Vladimir Putin, won Sunday's national elections, claiming a mandate for a fourth term. His right-wing Fidesz party won 53.1% of votes with 98% of the count complete, preliminary...

President Putin Demands Russian Gas Payments be Made in Rubles

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to cut off Russian gas to Europe if "unfriendly countries" don't pay in rubles, the Russian currency, by Friday. "If unfriendly countries do not pay in rubles from April 1, we will consider this a...

Putin Nixes Greece, France, Turkey Humanitarian Mission to Mariupol

Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected on Tuesday the initiative by Greece, France and Turkey to send a humanitarian mission to the besieged city of Mariupol in Ukraine. The office of French President Emmanuel Macron said that the operation was not...

Biden Calls Putin “Butcher” During Passionate Speech in Poland

Joe Biden condemned Vladimir Putin as a “butcher” who could no longer stay in power in a historic speech in Poland on Saturday. In what seemed to be a dramatic shift in US policy to back regime change in Moscow,...

Putin Provokes Russian Nationalist Fervor in Moscow Rally

Russian President Vladimir Putin stimulated the nationalist fervor of tens of thousands of Russians as he appeared in a Moscow rally on Friday hailing the "special operation" in Ukraine. Speaking in a rare public appearance at the Luzhniki stadium he...

Elon Musk Challenges Putin to “Single Combat” Over Ukraine

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has seemingly challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a one-on-one fight over Ukraine. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Musk challenged Putin to a fight -- with the stakes being Ukraine. “I hereby challenge Vladimir...