Russia, Ukraine spar over fighting near nuclear facility
A fire at a munitions depot inside Russia forced the evacuation of two villages near the border with Ukraine, while two civilians were reported wounded by Russian shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as both sides traded accusations about fighting near the facility in southern Ukraine.
How Russia is framing the war: Critical race theory, organ harvesting and Nazis
“Americans are accustomed to walking on scorched earth,” Nikolai Patrushev, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most loyal and most powerful aides inside the Kremlin, said in a jarringly expansive interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Tuesday that touched on a variety of cultural and geopolitical grievances. Using the kind of Soviet-era rhetoric that is more reminiscent of 1982 than 2022, Patrushev aimed his remarks not only at ordinary Russians but also, perhaps, to war dissenters in the West.news.yahoo.com
With all eyes on Ukraine, Putin to send his envoy to Balkans
With all eyes on a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending his top security envoy to the Balkans where Moscow has been trying to maintain influence mainly through its ally Serbia, according to reports. Serbia’s pro-government media said Monday Nikolai Patrushev, the powerful secretary of the Kremlin’s Security Council, is due to arrive in Belgrade in the coming days for talks with Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic.news.yahoo.com
Russia's security strategy envisages 'forceful methods'
Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the presidential Security Council, said that the document foresees that Moscow could take “symmetric and asymmetric measures to thwart or avert unfriendly actions that threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.” In an interview published Monday by the government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta that those “primarily will be special economic measures, but also coercive forceful methods if necessary."news.yahoo.com
Navalny releases recording of call to his alleged poisoner
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday Dec. 21, 2020, released a recording of a phone call he said he made to an alleged state security operative who revealed details of how the politician was poisoned. Bellingcat and other media outlets identified the man Navalny said he spoke with as Konstantin Kudryavtsev, a trained chemical-weapons specialist. Navalny said he phoned the alleged FSB operative hours before the Bellingcat report was released. While posing as a Security Council aide, the politician asked “what went wrong" and why Navalny survived the poisoning. The FSB told the Russian state news agency Tass that the recording Navalny released was fake.