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Moscow concert hall attack death toll rises to 60

The death toll from a terrorist attack at a packed music venue outside Moscow has climbed to 60, Russia’s Investigative Committee confirmed in the early hours of Saturday. According to health officials, nearly 150 are wounded, including several children.

Dozens killed, injured in mass shooting at concert hall near Moscow

Gunmen in combat fatigues burst into a big concert hall in Moscow and fired automatic weapons at the crowd, killing and wounding dozens of people.

Russia, China reach shipping agreement with Yemen’s Houthis: Report

The Yemen-based Houthi fighters have told Moscow and Beijing that their ships can sail freely through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden without fear of being attacked, Bloomberg has reported, citing sources.

Russia’s election commission says Putin set for landslide win in presidential election

Incumbent President Vladimir Putin is expected to win the presidential election, garnering over 87% of the votes, Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has reported.

Putin claims ‘neo-Nazi Kiev regime’ tried to disrupt Russian elections

The continuing Ukrainian incursions into and strikes on Russia's border regions are primarily aimed at disrupting the ongoing election in the country, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has claimed.

Inequality increased in Russia: Report

Income disparity among the Russian population raised last year, a report on the social and economic situation in the country by Rosstat, the official statistics agency, has suggested.

Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny laid to rest at Moscow cemetery

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was laid to rest at a Moscow cemetery Friday, exactly two weeks after his death was announced by Russia’s prison service.

Germany prepared Russia-NATO conflict scenario: Report

The German government has prepared a model for a potential Russian attack on NATO, Bild has reported. According to the tabloid, authorities in Berlin have described four distinct phases, culminating in potential nuclear strikes on NATO member states.

Putin claims Russia in possession of weapons capable of hitting targets on territory of its adversaries

Moscow's adversaries should remember that Russia has weapons capable of hitting targets on their territory, President Vladimir Putin of Russia said in his address to the Federal Assembly on Thursday.

Macron does not rule out Europeans sending troops to Ukraine, warns Russia could attack NATO states

French President Emmanuel Macron has argued that the deployment of forces to Ukraine by NATO members and other allies cannot be ruled out because Western powers must stop at nothing to ensure that Moscow does not defeat Kiev’s forces.

Early voting for Russian presidential election kicks off in several regions

Early voting in the presidential election began in several Russian regions. It is for the most part aimed at citizens who live in parts of the country that are difficult to reach. Also, sailors who will be at sea on the main days of the election, can cast their votes starting this Sunday.

Navalny’s body handed over to his mother

The body of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who died unexpectedly in prison days ago, was handed to his mother on Saturday in the Arctic city of Salekhard, his spokeswoman has confirmed, though it was unclear what will happen next to the body.

Navalny aides say Moscow gave Russian figure’s mother 3-hour ultimatum over burial

A spokeswoman for the late Alexei Navalny has stated that Russian authorities had told his mother he would be buried in the penal colony where he died unless she agreed within three hours to lay him to rest without a public funeral.

Discontent towards Russia’s Putin on rise: Former speechwriter

Discontent toward Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian society is on the rise, according to Abbas Gallyamov, Putin's former speechwriter.

UK imposes sanctions on six officials at prison where Russia’s Navalny died

Senior prison officials at the Arctic penal colony where the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny died will be banned from the UK and have their assets frozen, under sanctions announced by Foreign Secretary David Cameron.

EU calls for ‘international investigation’ into Russian opposition activist’s death

Moscow must allow an international investigation into the death of opposition figure and anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny, EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell has stated.

Alexey Navalny’s wife says Russian authorities hiding the opposition figure’s body

Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny says that Russian authorities are hiding her husband's body and “lying pathetically”, while waiting for traces of poisoning to disappear.

Iranian daily warns officials not to trust ‘KGB agent’ Putin

After the death of Russian opposition leader and government critic Alexei Navalny in an Arctic penal colony on Friday, the country’s President Vladimir Putin is once again in the spotlight for the incident.

Over 400 detained in Russia while mourning death of Alexei Navalny

More than 400 people were arrested in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group has reported.

UK says to take action over Russia opposition figure death

The United Kingdom will take action over the death in prison of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and is calling on other countries to do likewise, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron stated on Saturday.

Russia prison service confirms opposition leader Alexey Navalny has died

Jailed Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has died, the prison service of the Yamalo-Nenets Region, where he had been serving his sentence, reported on Friday.

Russia says close to ‘cancer vaccines’

Russian medical scientists are working on vaccines against cancer and a new generation of medication, President Vladimir Putin has claimed.

EU needs Moscow more than we need them:  Russia’s Putin

Moscow has shown true resilience by not bowing to foreign pressure, President Vladimir Putin has said. He stated that Russia is a “self-sufficient country”, whose economy is growing despite the sanctions, while EU member states are living through “difficult times".

EU has other problems to solve before creating ‘European Army’: Russia

The European Union should solve more important problems before forming its own army, Russia Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has stated, commenting on Italian Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani's statement.

Iranian daily harshly criticizes Russia’s stance on Gaza

An Iranian daily says Russia’s position on Gaza amid the months-long Israeli genocide of Palestinians in the besieged territory has been aligned with the US, warning officials in Tehran that Moscow is not a reliable partner in the international arena. 

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