• Russia partners like China and India expressing concerns over Ukraine may have forced Putin's hand and driven him to try and end the war quickly, Russia scholar says

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a photo shaking hands prior to their talks on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Alexandr Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo/Associated Press
    Some of Putin's global partners expressed concerns about his war in Ukraine last week.
    Days later, Putin escalated the war by announcing military mobilization and threatening nuclear warfare.
    A Russia expert told Insider Putin may have acted out of fear of straining relationships...
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  • No mention of opposition leader Alexey Navalny was too small to attract scrutiny from Putin's vast surveillance state, according to report

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Participants of an unauthorized protest rally against of jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny shout, on January 23, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
    The Russian agency tasked with monitoring the internet was obsessed with dissident Alexey Navalny.
    The New York Times analyzed a trove of leaked Roskomnadzor records in a Thursday report.
    The documents highlight the dedicated nature of Putin's surveillance apparatus.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's dedicated surveillance state obsessively tracked and targeted the imprisoned opposition leader Alexey...
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  • One of Putin's closest allies sharply criticized Russia's decision to free right-wing Ukrainian Azov troops his forces battled during Mariupol siege

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov in Moscow, Russia, on September, 23, 2016. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
    Putin's military ally said he was blindsided by the Ukrainian-Russian prisoner swap.
    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that he was 'extremely unhappy' about the deal.
    In particular, he took issue with the fact that senior Azov Battalion fighters were freed.
    One of Vladimir Putin's top military allies broke rank and sharply criticized the Russian-Ukrainian prisoner swap, claiming he and his Chechen colleagues were blindsided. Ramzan Kadyrov...
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