Trump won’t talk bounties; touts ‘very good’ polls

President Donald Trump refused to say whether reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan came up during his phone call with President Vladimir Putin Thursday. He also dismissed recent poll numbers showing him trailing Joe Biden. (July 27)

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Thousands of anti-Kremlin protesters gather for rally over governor’s arrest | AFP

Thousands of people rally in the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk in protests supporting popular governor Sergei Furgal, who was detained on murder charges, and in a rare show of defiance against the Kremlin. The arrest of 50-year-old Furgal, who defeated a candidate from the ruling United Russia party to win the governorship in 2018, has sparked daily demonstrations in Khabarovsk.

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McEnany won’t say if Trump, Putin talked bounties

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wouldn’t say whether President Donald Trump addressed reports of Russian bounties offered on U.S. troops or election security during his phone call with President Vladimir Putin Thursday. (July 24)

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Russian Gulag historian arrives at court for sentencing | AFP

A Russian court sentences respected Gulag historian Yury Dmitriyev to more than three years in prison in a controversial sexual abuse case, his lawyer Viktor Anufriyev said to reportes outside the courthouse in northwestern russian city Petrozavodsk. The lawyer said he had not yet received the written verdict and it was possible that with time served in pre-trial detention Dmitriyev could be free in September. of outside courthouse

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Russia police search offices of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny | AFP

Russian police carry out a raid on the offices of main opposition leader Alexei Navalny as Kremlin critics accuse authorities of ramping up efforts to quash dissent.

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UK, US, Canada say Russia hacks vaccine trials

Western governments are accusing hackers believed to be part of the Russian intelligence service of trying to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine and calling out the Kremlin. (July 16)

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Over 140 detained after anti-Putin protest in Moscow | AFP

Russian police detain over 140 people following a protest in Moscow against changes to the constitution, according to the OVD-Info monitor, a group that tracks arrests at political protests. Earlier in the day, Kremlin critics gathered in Pushkin Square to collect signatures in order to contest the constitutional reforms in court. “We do not accept the results… We believe it was all rigged,” one of the protesters tells AFP.

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Police detain people at opposition event in Moscow | AFP

Russian police detain over 100 people after Kremlin critics gathered for a protest in central Moscow to protest controversial changes to the constitution, the OVD-Info monitor said. The group, which tracks arrests at protests, say 103 people have been detained. Many people including journalists were put in police vans, AFP correspondents reported from the scene. IMAGES

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Murder trial of Russian regional governor Furgal begins in Moscow | AFP

The trial of a popular governor of a region in Russia’s Far East, Khabarovsk, begins in a Moscow district court. Sergei Furgal, 50, was arrested on suspicion of ordering the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago. Authorities are probing two murders — including the fatal shooting of Furgal’s former business partner Oleg Bulatov in 2005 — and one attempted murder. IMAGES

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Protest in front of Russian embassy over death of Chechen dissident in Austria | AFP

Members and supporters of the Chechen community demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in Vienna after the killing of Martin B., a vocal critic of the Chechen Republic’s government. IMAGES

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Here’s Why Vladimir Putin Will Probably Be in Power Until 2036

Nearly 78% of Russian voters backed a series of constitutional reforms in this week’s referendum. One resets President Vladimir Putin’s term limits to zero in 2024, allowing him to serve two more six-year terms. Opposition figures denounced the vote, saying he was aiming to be “president for life”, a claim Mr. Putin denies. He is already the longest-serving leader in modern Russian history since Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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Pelosi hits Trump on Russia after intel briefing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly criticized President Donald Trump after U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings for congressional leaders about intelligence assessments of Russian bounties to kill American troops in Afghanistan. (July 2)

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