Return to home2015 Jan 2,
The Eurasian Economic Union, a trade bloc of former Soviet states,
expanded to four nations when Armenia formally joined, a day after
the union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan began.
2015 Jan 5, Kremlin critic
Alexei Navalny said he would no longer comply with the terms of his
house arrest and had cut off his monitoring tag.
2015 Jan 12, Ukraine, Russia,
Germany and France scrapped plans to hold a summit in Kazakhstan
later this week because of the failure to implement a four-month-old
ceasefire agreement fully and there was no sign of when it might be
2015 Jan 12, In Armenia a
family of six was killed at their home in the city of Gyumri.
Suspect Valery Permyakov, a Russian soldier who deserted his unit at
a Russian military base, was detained the next day while trying to
cross from Armenia into Turkey.
2015 Jan 15, The EU parliament
condemned Russia as a "potential threat to the European Union
itself" even as the EU foreign policy chief sought to resume
dialogue with Moscow to help end the conflict in Ukraine.
2015 Jan 16, Kremlin critic
Alexei Navalny was questioned by Russian investigators and his
offices were raided by police in what his colleagues called an
attack on his anti-corruption campaigning activities.
2015 Jan 16, A senior Russian
diplomat said far more than 800 Russians are fighting alongside the
Islamic State group. Those who have joined the group include people
from Chechnya and some other regions in the volatile North Caucasus.
2015 Jan 17, In Russia 3 iron
ore miners were missing and two others were been hospitalized after
an explosion deep underground in the town of Kushva in the Ural
2015 Jan 19, Austrian police
said they have arrested a suspected gang leader over the weekend who
Russian authorities suspect was involved in the killing of at least
six people. Among the victims allegedly killed by the gang was
Kazbek Pagiyev, a former mayor of Vladikavkaz, the provincial
capital of Russia's republic of North Ossetia. He was shot dead in
2008. Aslan Gagiyev fled Russia last year and was sought on an
2015 Jan 19, In eastern Ukraine
pro-Russian separatists renewed attacks on Ukrainian forces at the
Donetsk airport complex. Ukrainian officials said 3 soldiers have
been killed and 66 wounded over the past 24 hours. Ukraine's
military claimed that some 700 Russian troops crossed into the
country to aid rebels fighting for control of the country's east.
(AP, 1/19/15)(AFP, 1/19/15)
2015 Jan 20, Russian Defence
Minister Sergei Shoigu signed a military cooperation deal with Iran
that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US
2015 Jan 20, Schlumberger Ltd.
Said it will spend about $1.7 billion for a minority stake in a big
Russian energy company at a time when that country's relations with
the West are under strain and as energy prices hit multiyear lows.
2015 Jan 21, In four-way talks
in Berlin involving Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France foreign
ministers agreed a "demarcation line" between pro-Russian fighters
and Kiev's forces from which withdrawal of heavy weapons could
start. There were no details.
2015 Jan 21, In Switzerland
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko courted European support World
Economic Forum in Davos against what he says are 9,000 Russian
troops occupying 7 percent of his nation's territory.
2015 Jan 23, A Russian court
convicted journalist Yelena Klimova (26) under a controversial law
banning "gay propaganda" aimed at minors. She had set up the
“children 404" website to support gay, lesbian and transgender
teenagers. "The verdict was a fine of 50,000 rubles ($783).
2015 Jan 26, Russian security
forces raided independent Crimean television station ATR, seizing
equipment and telling employees they were looking for archival
footage of an anti-Russia protest last year.
2015 Jan 26, Poland led EU
criticism of bilateral farm deals with Moscow following a French
accord with Russia to lift its ban on live pig and pork imports.
2015 Jan 26, The US charged
three Russian citizens with trying to recruit NYC residents as
intelligence sources for potential US sanctions against Russian
banks and US efforts to develop alternative energy sources. Yevgeny
Buryakov, an employee in the Manhattan office of a Russian bank, was
arrested. Two other low level diplomats were believed to have
returned to Russia.
(SFC, 1/27/15, p.A4)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.23)
2015 Jan 27, Ukraine's
parliament approved a statement defining Russia as an "aggressor
state", which deputies said could pave the way for consequences
under international law, and called for more international aid and
stronger sanctions on Russia. The Russian-backed separatist
republics in the east were declared terrorist organizations formally
eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their
(Reuters, 1/27/15)(SFC, 1/28/15, p.A6)
2015 Jan 29, A Bosnian arms
exporter threatened to sue government officials who are blocking a 5
million-euro deal his company has with Ukraine because of objections
from Russia, which called on Bosnia not to supply Ukraine with
2015 Jan 29, The EU extended by
six months an existing set of sanctions against Russia and
pro-Russian separatist officials because of continued fighting in
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A7)
2015 Jan 29, Representatives of
the Syrian government and the opposition wrapped up four days of
consultations in Russia with a general statement avoiding any sharp
2015 Jan 29, Two pilots soaring
over the Pacific traveled farther than the 5,209-mile official world
distance record for human flight in a gas balloon. The Two
Eagles balloon passed a record set by the Double Eagle in
1981. Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia
began their flight from Saga, Japan, on Jan 25. On Jan 30 they
surpassed the 1978 duration record by spending over 138 hours in the
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A8)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A10)
2015 Jan 30, Russia's top
general said a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military
superiority over the West as Moscow forges ahead with a
multi-billion dollar plan to modernize its forces by 2020. Gen.
Valery Gerasimov said the Russian military would receive more than
50 new intercontinental nuclear missiles this year.
2015 Jan 30, In a decree
published online Russia’s government said that a company owned by
Arkady Rotenberg, a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, would
be given the commission to build a bridge linking Crimea to mainland
2015 Jan 30, In Russia the
Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences, one of the
country’s largest public libraries, went up in flames in south-west
Moscow. The main storage which contained rare medieval Slavic texts
didn't seem to be affected.
2015 Jan, Russia’s Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment introduced daily monitoring of
Lake Baikal levels in an effort to reverse the drying of the lake
due to a combination of climate change and growing use of
hydropower. In the past four months the lake’s water level has
dropped so low that experts are calling it a crisis.
2015 Feb 3, Russian
investigators agreed to free from detention a woman accused of high
treason after calling Kiev's embassy in Moscow to say Russian troops
might be heading to east Ukraine. Svetlana Davydova would, however,
have restrictions placed on her movements and she still faced the
charge of treason.
2015 Feb 4, The US ambassador
to NATO said that Russian soldiers were present in eastern Ukraine
in a command role and to operate advanced military equipment.
2015 Feb 5, The Russian film
"Leviathan," a harrowing portrayal of small-town corruption, opened
in about 450 theaters across Moscow and other cities. The
Oscar-nominated film was directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev.
2015 Feb 6, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande arrived in
Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the
2015 Feb 7, NATO and Russia
failed to narrow their differences over the Ukraine crisis in talks
but agreed they would keep talking to each other.
2015 Feb 7, Ukraine President
Petro Poroshenko brandished in front of world leaders several
passports taken from Russian soldiers in what he said was proof of
Moscow's "presence" in his country.
2015 Feb 10, Egypt's Pres.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Egypt and Russia have agreed to build a
nuclear power plant together. El-Sissi also said the two nations
signed agreements to improve natural gas business and investment.
They also agreed to create a Russian industrial zone along the Suez
Canal. This came during a joint press conference in Cairo with
visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
2015 Feb 12, Germany, France,
Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal on that offers a "glimmer of hope"
for an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine after marathon overnight
talks in Belarus. The deal envisages a ceasefire between Ukrainian
forces and Russian-backed separatists starting on Feb 15, followed
by the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line and
constitutional reform to give eastern Ukraine more autonomy.
2015 Feb 12, A Ukrainian
military spokesman said around 50 tanks, 40 missile systems and 40
armored vehicles had crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from
2015 Feb 15, Russian police in
Moscow detained Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner
and leading opposition figure, as he and supporters were handing out
leaflets urging people to take part in an "anti-crisis" march on
2015 Feb 16, The European Union
published a new sanctions list of individuals and entities. It added
9 more entities and 19 more individuals, including a Russian deputy
minister of defense, for their actions linked to the fighting in
eastern Ukraine. There was a week's lapse in the publishing of the
list because of the negotiations which led to an agreement between
Ukraine and Russia on Feb 12.
2015 Feb 17, Canada imposed
sanctions on Russia over its conduct in Ukraine, a move Moscow said
would fuel further tension in Ukraine and prevent the implementation
of the ceasefire.
2015 Feb 17, In Hungary PM
Viktor Orban hosted Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin and reached a
political agreement on a new gas deal.
(SFC, 2/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 19, Georgia condemned
the signing of a border agreement between its breakaway region of
South Ossetia and Russia, accusing Moscow of moving closer to
annexing a territory it supported in a five-day conflict in 2008.
2015 Feb 19, A German
government spokesman said Russian President Vladimir Putin has
agreed in a conference call with the leaders of France, Germany and
Ukraine to use his influence on separatists to start an agreed
prisoner swap with Ukraine.
2015 Feb 20, Ukrainian Pres.
Petro Poroshenko said that police evidence showed that a top Russian
presidential aide, Vladislav Surkov, had directed "foreign sniper
groups" who shot and killed protesters in Kiev a year ago.
2015 Feb 21, In Russia as many
as 40,000 ultranationalist bikers, pensioners, war veterans, members
of student organizations and activists from other pro-Kremlin groups
gathered in Moscow to protest US involvement in Ukraine. Critics
said many were paid to attend or bussed in.
(AP, 2/21/15)(AFP, 2/21/15)
2015 Feb 21, US Secretary of
State John Kerry said the United States and its allies are
discussing imposing more sanctions against Russia for undermining a
European-brokered truce in eastern Ukraine.
2015 Feb 23, The Russian
consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said it has suspended since Feb 20
all imports of cheese from Poland due to irregularities in
2015 Feb 25, Cyprus signed a
deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls
on the island.
2015 Feb 27, Russian opposition
politician Boris Nemtsov (55) was shot four times in the back by
assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the
Moskva River in central Moscow just before midnight with a Ukrainian
woman, who was unhurt. Opposition figure Ksenia Sobchak said Nemtsov
had been preparing a report on the presence of Russian troops in
(Reuters, 2/28/15)(Econ., 3/7/15, p.94)
2015 Mar 1, Tens of thousands
of Russians marched through central Moscow, carrying banners
declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in
memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.
2015 Mar 5, The Moscow City
Court found Roman Ushakov guilty of treason for handing over
classified information to the United States and sentenced him to 15
years in prison.
2015 Mar 5, Russian officials
sharply criticized US fast-food giants Coca-Cola and McDonald's for
their "unhealthy" products, comparing aggressive advertising
campaigns to a war on citizens.
2015 Mar 5, Energy-rich
Kazakhstan suspended Russian fuel and gas imports to protect its
domestic market from a surplus due to a weakened ruble which has
sent ripples of economic uncertainty through Central Asia.
2015 Mar 6, Russia’s Pres.
Putin announced a 10% pay cut for himself and those working for him,
including PM Medvedev and his entire Cabinet.
(SFC, 3/7/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 6, Kremlin critic
Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center and promised
that Russia's opposition will continue to challenge President
2015 Mar 7, In Russia the
Investigative Committee, a state body leading the investigation in
the Feb 27 murder of Boris Nemtsov, named two men, Anzor Gubashev
and Zaur Dadayev. as suspects.
2015 Mar 7, In Chechnya a man
killed in a standoff with police was wanted by police in connection
with Nemtsov's killing. When police arrived at an apartment block in
Grozny, the man threw one grenade at officers and then blew himself
up with a second.
2015 Mar 8, Russian authorities
said they were holding five men over the Feb 27 killing of Kremlin
critic Boris Nemtsov, one of whom served in a police unit in the
Russian region of Chechnya.
2015 Mar 8, Chechnya leader
Ramzan Kadyrov drew criticism from Russian government opponents
after praising Zaur Dadayev, a Chechen suspect in the murder of
Kremlin foe Boris Nemtsov.
2015 Mar 9, Russian President
Vladimir Putin bestowed the state Order of Honor on Ramzan Kadyrov,
the leader of Chechnya.
2015 Mar 9, Russian President
Vladimir Putin awarded a state honor to Andrei Lugovoy, a man
suspected by Britain of using radioactive polonium to poison Kremlin
critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.
2015 Mar 11, In Russia a blaze
broke out in a first-storey cafe at a shopping center Kazan,
Tatarstan province. 5 people were killed and 25 were thought to be
trapped under the rubble.
2015 Mar 11, The US placed
sanctions on eight Ukrainian separatists and a Russian bank, warning
that recent attacks by rebels armed by Russia violated a
European-brokered ceasefire in the war-torn country.
2015 Mar 11, It was reported
that the United States has asked Vietnam to stop letting Russia use
a former US base to refuel nuclear-capable bombers engaged in shows
of strength over the Asia-Pacific region, exposing strains in
Washington's steadily warming relations with Hanoi.
2015 Mar 12, In Kazakhstan two
Russians and an American landed after nearly six months aboard the
Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 14, Sweden-based Ikea,
the world's largest furniture retailer, said it is halting its
online magazine in Russia out of fears it violates the country's law
banning promotion of same-sex gay values to minors.
2015 Mar 16, Russia’s Pres.
Putin made his first public appearance since March 5 meeting Kyrgyz
President Almazbek Atambayev at the Constantine Palace outside
Russia's second city of St. Petersburg. More than 45,000 Russian
troops as well as war planes and submarines started military
exercises across much of the country.
2015 Mar 16, The Stockholm
Int’l. Peaced Research Institute reported that China has overtaken
Germany as the world’s third largest arms exporter with a 5% share,
behind the US at 31% and Russia at 27%.
(SFC, 3/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 18, Russia’s Pres.
Vladimir Putin signed a new treaty with the leader of South Ossetia,
a breakaway region of Georgia, that called for nearly full
(SFC, 3/19/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 18, GM said Opel will
leave the Russian market by December in the face of plummeting sales
in the economically troubled country. Chevrolet production will be
cut back significantly to focus on top-end products such as the
Corvette sports car and Tahoe SUV, which are imported into Russia
from the US.
2015 Mar 18, In Moldova airport
authorities banned a Russian television crew from entering Moldova
and sent them back to Moscow. They were traveling to cover elections
this weekend in the semi-autonomous region of Gagauzia, a region
where most voters disapprove of Moldova's European aspirations and
want closer links to Russia.
2015 Mar 18, Poland's foreign
minister says his government will reciprocate if Russia continues to
bill for Poland's diplomatic buildings after the Arbitration Court
in St. Petersburg allowed bailiffs to evict Poland's consulate
there, saying Poland owes some $1 million in rent.
2015 Mar 19, Moldova
authorities said two Russian journalists planning to travel to
Moldova to present a documentary on Crimea have been banned from the
country for five years.
2015 Mar 20, Russian President
Vladimir Putin called for a single currency with the Kremlin's
closest ex-Soviet allies at a meeting with his Kazakh and Belarusian
counterparts in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
2015 Mar 24, Jordan signed a
$10 billion deal with Russia to build the kingdom's first nuclear
power plant, with two 1,000-megawatt reactors in the country's
2015 Mar 25, Russian President
Vladimir Putin fired the governor of a far-flung region who has been
arrested on charges of corruption. Alexander Khoroshavin, governor
of the island of Sakhalin just north of Japan, was arrested earlier
this month on suspicion of receiving a bribe for building a power
2015 Mar 28, NASA said a
Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully
docked with the International Space Station after blasting off from
Kazakhstan. An American and two Russians floated into the
International Space Station, beginning what is to be a year away
from Earth for two of them.
(AFP, 3/28/15)(AP, 3/28/15)
2015 Mar 29, Saudi Arabia
accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy, telling an
Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East
while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar
2015 Mar 31, Crimea's
independent television station ATR went off air at midnight after
Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting
2015 Mar, Russian television
anchor Pavel Lobkov was targeted by the hacking group known as Fancy
Bear, nine months before his messages were leaked. He was one of at
least 200 journalists, publishers and bloggers targeted by the group
as early as mid-2014 and as recently as a few months ago.
2015 Apr 1, In Russia Zaur
Dadaev, a man charged with the killing of Russian opposition
politician Boris Nemtsov, told the court he was beaten and pressured
to confess. Dadaev was an ex-commander of the “North battalion," a
Chechen group made up of Pres. Ramzan Kadyrov’s irregular forces.
(AP, 4/1/15)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.55)
2015 Apr 1, Russia’s
statistical service said wage arrears have risen to $56 million as
the country’s economy contracted. Unpaid labor has led to strikes
around the country.
(SFC, 4/22/15, p.A5)
2015 Apr 2, The Russian fishing
trawler Dalny Vostok sank in minutes in the icy waters off Russia's
Far East coast, killing at least 56 of the 132 people. At least 13
others were missing. Investigators later said greed and corruption
were to blame for the sinking.
(AP, 4/2/15)(Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015 Apr 6, In Russia talks
began in Moscow on ending the war in Syria, but the absence of key
opposition groups meant there was little hope of progress in
resolving the conflict.
2015 Apr 7, Russia’s State Duma
voted overwhelmingly to strip Ilya Ponomarev of immunity against
prosecution. The opposition lawmaker was the sole deputy last year
to vote against the annexation of Crimea.
2015 Apr 10, Talks in Moscow
between the Syrian government and members of the domestic opposition
tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad broke up with no progress
made towards ending the war.
2015 Apr 12, In Russia the
government of Siberia’s Khakassia region reported that more than 70
people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of
control and swept through more than 20 towns and villages. By April
21 at least 34 people were confirmed dead and 393 people injured.
(AP, 4/12/15)(Reuters, 4/13/15)(AFP, 4/21/15)
2015 Apr 13, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated
S-300 air defense missile systems after Tehran's landmark outline
deal with the West over its nuclear program.
2015 Apr 15, In Russia a train
collided with a passenger bus near the border with Finland, killing
at least 3 people and injuring 27.
2015 Apr 16, Russia plans to
build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir
Putin said during a marathon call-in session with the nation. Russia
and NASA recently agreed to keep operating and financing the
International Space Station at least until 2024.
2015 Apr 16, Russian masked
police raided the Moscow offices of a civil society organization
funded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Police said they
suspected the group, Open Russia, was preparing banners, leaflets
and posters that contained calls for "extremist activity" and
planned to distribute them at an opposition protest April 19, which
2015 Apr 17, In Russia the
RPR-Parnas, co-founded by Nemtsov, and Party of Progress, led by
anti-graft blogger Alexei Navalny, agreed to run on a joint platform
in 2016 parliamentary elections, aiming to make a first step in
uniting fractious Kremlin adversaries after the killing of party
leader Boris Nemtsov.
2015 Apr 18, Ukraine's army
chief of staff listed for the first time some of the specific
Russian military units alleged to be fighting against Kiev alongside
pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. He named the Russian
army's 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, the 8th Mechanized Infantry
Brigade, the 331st Airborne Regiment and the 98th Airborne Division.
2015 Apr 19, Russian security
forces killed the leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North
Caucasus during a raid on a house in the Dagestan region. Four other
suspected militants were also killed with Aliaskhab Kebekov, aka Ali
Abu Mukhammad. Kebekov (b.1972) became the leader of the Caucasus
Emirate group in early 2014 after Russian security forces killed his
predecessor, Doku Umarov.
2015 Apr 22, Russia said it is
arming Iraq and Syria to help them fight Islamic State, calling the
radical militant group the main threat to his own country's
2015 Apr 22, Russia's
opposition led by the charismatic activist Alexei Navalny vowed to
contest next year's parliamentary elections as liberals firm up
plans to close ranks amid an intensifying Kremlin crackdown.
2015 Apr 22, Russia said an
experimental solid-fuel rocket went off trajectory after being
launched from the Plesetsk launch pad in the northern Arkhangelsk
2015 Apr 22, Margrethe
Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, sent Russia’s Gazprom a
charge sheet alleging market abuses.
(Econ., 4/25/15, p.59)
2015 Apr 23, The United States
accused Russia of building up its forces along the border with
Ukraine, boosting air defense systems in the country and training
Ukrainian rebels in the east.
2015 Apr 24, Russia charged
Ukrainian air force officer Nadia Savchenko (33) over the deaths of
two Russian journalists in a politically charged case that has
become emblematic of tensions between Kiev and Moscow.
2015 Apr 24, Poland’s Foreign
Ministry says it will not allow the Night Wolves, a Russian
nationalistic motorcycle group loyal to President Vladimir Putin, to
enter Poland to commemorate next week the 70th anniversary of the
end of World War II.
2015 Apr 25, In Russia some 20
riders from a nationalist motorcycle group began their run
commemorating the Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite
Poland's announcement that it would refuse to let them into the
2015 Apr 27, Polish border
guards blocked 10 nationalistic Russian bikers loyal to President
Vladimir Putin from entering Poland as part of a ride to commemorate
the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.
2015 Apr 28, A Russian court
ordered the seizure of a factory belonging to Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s confectionery business Roshen, hampering his
plans to sell assets.
2015 Apr 28, Russia’s unmanned
Progress vessel, loaded with 3 tons of goods for the Int’l. space
Station, began tumbling shortly after its launch from Kazakhstan.
2015 Apr 28, Russia’s Justice
Ministry said that the registration of the opposition Progress
Party, led by Alexei Navalny, has been cancelled because it has not
registered operation in at least half of Russia’s regions.
(SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 28, Russia’s unmanned
Progress M-27M, loaded with 3 tons of goods for the Int’l. space
Station, began tumbling shortly after its launch from Kazakhstan.
(AP, 4/29/15)(SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015 May 6, In Germany a Berlin
court overturned a federal entry ban on a group of nationalist
Russian bikers planning to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany 70
years ago by riding their motorcycles through the capital to mark
the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
2015 May 12, Russian opposition
activists said least 220 Russian soldiers have been killed in east
Ukraine in a report offering what they called "ample evidence" to
rebut President Vladimir Putin's denial his troops are fighting
there. The report, the last project of murdered Kremlin critic Boris
Nemtsov, also said Russia had spent more than 53 billion rubles
($1.04 billion) in 10 months to fund the conflict and deprived
people of 2.75 trillion rubles of money lost to inflation.
2015 May 15, Russia said it
wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in
compensation for cancelling a contract to deliver two Mistral
helicopter carriers. Paris was offering to pay 785 million euros.
2015 May 15, Cambodia, a
Russian fugitive, was arrested today for living illegally in the
Southeast Asian country after he was accused of embezzling $175
million in his homeland. Sergei Polonsky was arrested in coastal
Sihanoukville because his visa has been expired for two years. On
May 17 Polonsky was put on a flight to Moscow.
(AP, 5/15/15) (AP, 5/17/15)
2015 May 16, Russia lost a
Mexican satellite on launch just hours after a glitch with a
maneuver involving the International Space Station, the latest in a
string of embarrassing failures for its troubled space program.
2015 May 16, Ukraine said a
government soldier was killed and three were wounded in fighting
between government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Pro-Russian separatists in turn reported violations of the ceasefire
by Ukrainian forces. Ukraine's military detained two Russian
(AFP, 5/16/15)(Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015 May 17, Russian police
detained 17 protesters as they gathered in central Moscow to release
colorful balloons into the air to mark the International Day Against
Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
2015 May 18, Ukraine Foreign
Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Russia had tried to kill two
Russian servicemen detained in Ukraine on May 16, as the Kremlin
reiterated that there were no regular Russian troops fighting in
2015 May 19, Ukraine showed off
two purported Russian soldiers it captured during a gun battle with
separatist fighters in the industrial east of the war-wrecked state.
Ukraine's media said Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sargent
Aleksander Aleksandrov were both contract soldiers who had joined
the army's main intelligence branch.
2015 May 21, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin said Moscow and Baghdad are expanding military
cooperation during talks with Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi in the
2015 May 23, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law giving prosecutors the power
to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" and
shut them down.
2015 May 23, In Vienna,
Austria, Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest,
in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by
boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine
conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies.
2015 May 25, Russia’s justice
ministry listed Liberal Mission and Dynasty, two of the country’s
most respected foundations for science and education, as “foreign
(Econ, 5/30/15, p.49)
2015 May 28, President Vladimir
Putin declared all deaths of Russian soldiers during special
operations to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as
Moscow stands accused of sending soldiers to fight in eastern
2015 May 28, Moscow released a
blacklist of 89 European Union politicians barred from Russia in
response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
2015 Jun 2, The Dutch Safety
Board made a draft report on last year's crash of Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17 available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the
United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia and the
Netherlands. It did not publicize details of the confidential draft.
2015 Jun 4, Russia's Federal
Security Service (FSB) said it has broken up a ring that was
smuggling firearms into the country from Latvia. One Latvian citizen
and eight Russians were arrested in the case.
2015 Jun 4, NATO said Russia
was delivering sophisticated weaponry to rebels in eastern Ukraine,
renewing long-standing accusations amid the worst upsurge in
fighting in months between the Kiev government's forces and
2015 Jun 5, Russia successfully
launched a Soyuz 2.1A rocket from the Plesetsk launch pad placing a
military satellite into a designated orbit.
(SFC, 6/6/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 6, Russia's
anti-terrorism committee said police in the Dagestan region killed
militant Suleiman Zainalobinov during the night after they stopped
his car and he opened fire.
2015 Jun 11, Russian state
statistics revealed the number of citizens living below the poverty
line rose by 3.1 million in the first quarter as the economy reeled
from the plunging ruble and soaring inflation.
2015 Jun 13, In Azerbaijan
Russian President Vladimir Putin met Turkish counterpart Recep
Tayyip Erdogan for talks expected to touch on energy issues and the
Syria crisis. They met a day after attending the opening ceremony of
the inaugural European Games, hosted by Azerbaijan.
2015 Jun 15, A Russian defense
official said a plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy
weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most
aggressive US act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by
beefing up its own forces.
2015 Jun 15, In Armenia a
Russian soldier was found stabbed to death near the Russian military
base where he served. This was the second fatal incident involving a
Russian soldier at the base this year. He was believed to have been
killed by a fellow Russian soldier, who was taken into custody.
2015 Jun 16, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia will boost its nuclear arsenal by over 40
intercontinental missiles this year.
2015 Jun 17, European Union
governments agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia over its
actions in Ukraine by six months until Jan. 31.
2015 Jun 18, The Russian
government condemned the freezing of Russian accounts in France and
Belgium as part of an effort to enforce a $50 billion judgment for
the destruction of the Yukos oil company.
2015 Jun 19, Moscow warned that
state-linked foreign firms in Russia could be targeted for
retaliation to the freezing of Russian official assets in Western
Europe over legal claims from former Yukos shareholders.
2015 Jun 22, The EU extended
economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on
Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Russia in turn planned
to extend a ban on Western food imports for six months starting from
(AP, 6/22/15)(Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015 Jun 24, Russian President
Vladimir Putin extended a ban against most Western food imports for
a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions
against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict until January 2016.
2015 Jun 24, In Russia the only
member of parliament who voted against the annexation of Crimea from
Ukraine last year was formally charged with embezzlement in a case
he has described as politically motivated. Ilya Ponomaryov (39) is
now in the United States and was stripped of his parliamentary
immunity from prosecution in April. Russia’s federal Investigative
Committee said that it may put Ponomaryov on an international wanted
list if he fails to turn up for the investigation.
2015 Jun 24, In Russia a bus
carrying poultry factory workers collided with a truck in the region
of Siberia, killing at least 16 people and injuring nine others.
2015 Jun 26, Yevgeny Primakov
(b.1929), former Russian PM (1998-1999), died in Moscow. His career
included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars
in Iraq and NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.
(AP, 6/26/15)(Econ, 7/18/15, p.78)
2015 Jun 28, In Azerbaijan the
European Games came to a close. Russia sent its top athletes to the
games as a warm-up for next year's Olympics and was rewarded by
winning almost four times as many gold medals as its closest rival.
2015 Jun 29, Russian President
Vladimir Putin met with Syria's foreign minister and pledged his
support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. Putin called on all
Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.
2015 Jun 29, Canada announced
economic sanctions against Russian energy firms including natural
gas producer Gazprom over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.
2015 Jun 30, Russia expressed
disappointment over new sanctions imposed by Canada over Moscow's
role in the Ukraine crisis and warned that it would respond.
2015 Jul 1, The Russian gas
company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine after the
collapse of pricing talks. An EU official said the dispute would not
affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe.
2015 Jul 3, Russian lawmakers
voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search
results about a specific person at that person's request.
2015 Jul 3, Russia launched an
unmanned cargo ship from Kazakhstan to the Int’l. Space Station. The
Progress M-28 ship was set to dock on July 5.
(SFC, 7/4/15, p.A4)
2015 Jul 3, Slovakia's spy
agency in its annual report said Russian agents have significantly
increased their activities in Slovakia and all other NATO and
European Union countries in connection with the crisis in Ukraine.
2015 Jul 5, The Russian
Progress M-28 cargo ship successfully docked with the Int’l. Space
Station after two recent supply missions failed.
(SFC, 7/6/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 6, In far eastern
Russia 2 pilots of a Sukhoi Su-24 military jet were killed when the
plane crashed during a training mission near the Khurba aerodrome.
2015 Jul 8, Russian lawmakers
in the pro-Kremlin upper chamber called on authorities to blacklist
12 foreign NGOs as "undesirable", the first proposals under a new
law critics say is part of a clampdown on civil society.
2015 Jul 8, A UN resolution
condemning the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica as a
"crime of genocide" was vetoed by Russia, earning denunciations by
the US and Britain and by international human rights groups like
(SFC, 7/9/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 10, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin announced that India and Pakistan will join the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a group dominated by Russia and
China and also including former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
2015 Jul 12, In Russia 23
soldiers were crushed to death after their military barracks
collapsed in Omsk, Siberia.
2015 Jul 14, In far eastern
Russia 2 pilots were killed when a strategic Tu-95 bomber with seven
people on board crashed while landing outside of the city of
2015 Jul 16, The United States,
Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement to bar their
fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole. The
accord was also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway
2015 Jul 22, The MacArthur
Foundation, a prominent American non-governmental organization that
has operated in Russia for more than two decades, announced it was
leaving Russia because of the government's crackdown on foreign
groups. The group, which has worked in Russia since 1992, says it
has awarded more than $173 million in grants here.
2015 Jul 23, A Soyuz space
capsule carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese docked
smoothly with the International Space Station.
2015 Jul 24, Moscow's highest
court sentenced Ilya Goryachev (33), a leader of a militant neo-Nazi
group, to life in prison after he was convicted of ordering five
brutal killings, including that of a prominent human rights lawyer.
2015 Jul 28, In Russia Igor
Kalyapin, head of the Committee against Torture, told reporters that
the organization will be "liquidated" this week because they refuse
to comply with the law and thus admit that they "work for a foreign
benefactor." Kalyapin said they have set up a new head office that
won't accept foreign funding, thus being able to dodge the listing
of "foreign agent."
2015 Jul 29, The Russian
government formally branded the US National Endowment for Democracy
as an “undesirable" operation, forcing the organization to shut down
offices and cease issuing grants to Russian rights groups.
(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 29, Ukrainian Pres.
Petro Poroshenko vowed to push for justice despite Russia's veto of
a UN resolution that would have set up a tribunal to try those
responsible for shooting down passenger flight MH17 on July 17,
2015 Jul 30, A Kremlin aide
said Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the
non-delivery of two Mistral warships, but Paris the next day refused
to confirm a final agreement.
2015 Jul 30, The United States
imposed further Russia and Ukraine-related sanctions, adding
associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port
operators and former Ukrainian officials to its list of those it is
penalizing in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.
2015 Aug 2, Russia's
counterterrorism agency said its forces in Ingushetia province have
killed 8 militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State
group. Those killed included the group's leader, Adam Tagilov, who
was accused of staging December's attack in Chechnya's provincial
capital, Grozny, which left 25 people dead.
2015 Aug 2, A Russian Mi-28
military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron crashed during
an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another in the Ryazan
2015 Aug 2, In Russia police in
St. Petersburg detained several gay activists who held pickets in
defense of gay rights on Airborne Forces Day.
2015 Aug 2, Natalia Molchanova
(b.1962), Russian champion and the world’s greatest free diver, went
missing during a recreational dive near Ibiza, Spain. Search efforts
were abandoned on August 5.
2015 Aug 3, Russia said it has
merged several branches of its military into the Aerospace Forces, a
reorganization aimed at enhancing coordination and efficiency.
2015 Aug 3, Russia's Federal
Security Service (FSB) forces killed six Islamist rebels in in
Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria.
2015 Aug 4, Russia tightened
controls on imports of cut flowers from the Netherlands, a move that
comes amid a strain in ties over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines
plane in Ukraine.
2015 Aug 4, Russia's PM Dmitry
Medvedev ordered preparation of retaliatory measures against several
non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's
sanctions against Russia. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway,
Montenegro, Albania, Moldova and Ukraine joined the EU sanctions
2015 Aug 4, Russian police
broke into a family apartment in Nizhny Novgorod and found the
bodies of the six children and their mother hacked to pieces. Oleg
Belov was detained on suspicion of carrying out the murders. A woman
(52), identified as Belov's mother, was found hacked to pieces, in
the neighboring Vladimir region. Local media said Belov was
unemployed and lived on disability payments after being diagnosed
2015 Aug 5, In far eastern
Russia at least 16 people were killed and more than 50 others were
injured when two buses collided head-on on a highway linking
Khabarovsk, on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
2015 Aug 6, The Russian
government steamrolled tons of contraband cheese and destroyed fruit
with tractors in a public display of its commitment to its
one-year-old ban on Western foods. The move raised protests in
Russia, with people signing a petition urging the government to
instead donate the food to the poor suffering through the country's
2015 Aug 8, Six Russian
opposition activists ended their hunger strike in Novosibirsk after
one of them was hospitalized following 12 days of going without food
to protest being barred from elections.
2015 Aug 8, In Russia a
privately owned Cessna seaplane and a Robinson R44 helicopter
collided over the Istrinskoye reservoir outside Moscow late today
and fell into the water. All 9 people aboard the two crafts were
(AFP, 8/9/15)(AP, 8/10/15)
2015 Aug 8, Finland detained a
Russian citizen, Maxim Senakh, at the request of US federal
authorities on computer fraud charges. Senakh was accused in the
state of Minnesota of infecting computer servers with malware,
resulting in criminal gains worth millions of dollars. Russia later
called the move illegal.
2015 Aug 11, Russia and Saudi
Arabia failed in talks to overcome their differences on the fate of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a central dispute in Syria's civil
war that shows no sign of abating despite renewed diplomacy.
2015 Aug 11, Russian security
services said Magomed Suleimanov (39), the leader of a Caucasus
Islamist group in the Dagestan region, has been killed along with 4
others in a mountain raid near Gimry that included air strikes.
Suleimanov was suspected of staging the 2012 killing Said Afandi, a
leader of Dagestan’s Sufi Muslim brotherhood.
(AP, 8/11/15)(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 11, Russian officials
said more than 5,000 emergency workers were battling to put out
wildfires raging across forests in Siberia with over 1,250 square km
of woodland ablaze in at least six eastern regions.
2015 Aug 13, Russia's foreign
minister hosted a delegation of the main Syrian opposition group,
part of the Kremlin's new push for a mediation role in the Syrian
2015 Aug 13, Russia broadened a
food embargo imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over
Ukraine to include Iceland, a significant fish importer, as well as
Montenegro, Albania and Liechtenstein.
2015 Aug 15, A Russian Mi-8
helicopter crashed into the Sea of Okhotsk in the far east, and five
of the 16 people on board were missing and presumed dead.
2015 Aug 18, Russian police
said they had detained an "international criminal gang" that
produced contraband cheese worth some $30 million using banned
Western ingredients. An unnamed source in law enforcement said that
the rennet used by the ring had been imported illegally from
countries including Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which are subject
to Russian sanctions.
2015 Aug 19, Russia sentenced
Estonian intelligence officer Eston Kohver to 15 years in jail,
drawing ire from the EU after Tallinn said he was kidnapped
September 5, 2014, at gunpoint on its territory.
2015 Aug 22, Russia published a
government resolution affirming the country's claim to the seabed
and natural resources in the central part of the Okhotsk Sea between
the Kuriles and the Russian mainland, adding more than 50,000 square
km (19,000 square miles) to Russia's territory.
2015 Aug 22, Japan lodged a
protest over Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev's visit to one of four
disputed Pacific islands which have strained ties between the two
countries since the end of World War Two. The islands are known in
Russia as the Southern Kuriles and referred to as the Northern
Territories in Japan.
2015 Aug 24, An international
arbitration panel said Russia must compensate the Netherlands for
seizing a Greenpeace ship protesting at an oil platform in Arctic
waters in breach of an international treaty regulating the laws of
the sea. The Arctic Sunrise, sailing under a Dutch flag, was seized
by Russian authorities in September 2013 during a protest against an
offshore oil platform.
2015 Aug 25, In Russia Crimean
filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in a
Russian maximum-security prison for an alleged terror conspiracy.
2015 Aug 25, Russia’s Consumer
Protection Agency said recent inspection of selected goods by top
foreign brands such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble
have found high levels of toxic ingredients in them leading
authorities to begin removing them from stores.
(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 27, In Russia
Alexander Borodai, a former leader of pro-Russian separatist rebels
in eastern Ukraine, announced he was launching a support network for
Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of
2015 Aug 27, NATO opened a
training center in Georgia as it eyes closer partnership with the
Western military alliance. Russia called the move provocative.
(AFP, 8/27/15)(Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015 Aug 28, In Russia court in
St. Petersburg sentenced Mikhail Glushchenko, a former lawmaker, to
17 years in prison for organizing the 1998 assassination of Galina
Starovoitova, a leading democratic politician. Glushchenko insisted
that he organized the killing at the request of a powerful mafia
leader who was threatening him.
2015 Aug 29, Russia said Latvia
has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a
bureau in the country, a case that Moscow says is open
2015 Aug 29, The leaders of
France, Germany and Russia backed a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine
in a three-way phone call.
2015 Sep 2, Russia staged a
military parade to commemorate seizing Sakhalin and the nearby
Kurile islands chain from Japan in 1945, a move likely to inflame
tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.
2015 Sep 4, A Russian Soyuz
spacecraft carrying three new crew docked at the International Space
2015 Sep 7, A Greek official
said the United States has asked Greece to deny Russia the use of
its airspace for supply flights to Syria.
2015 Sep 9, Russia’s Foreign
Ministry confirmed that Russian military advisers were in Syria as
part of a long-standing agreement to provide military aid to the
(SFC, 9/10/15, p.A3)
2015 Sep 9, A Syrian military
official said Russian military experts have expanded their presence
in Syria over the last year. US officials said Russia has sent two
tank landing ships and additional aircraft to Syria in the past day
or so and has deployed a small number of naval infantry forces.
Germany's foreign minister warned Russia against increased military
intervention in Syria.
2015 Sep 11, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov called on world powers to help arm the Syrian
army, describing it as the most efficient force against the Islamic
2015 Sep 12, A Russian space
capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan, bringing home a three-person
crew from the International Space Station, including a
record-breaking Russian cosmonaut. Gennady Padalka completed his
fifth mission for a world record of 879 total days in space.
2015 Sep 13, Russia held local
elections. The Kostroma region was the only one of eleven regional
parliaments in allowing the anti-Putin opposition to run. Candidates
from the ruling United Russia party won the governor's seat in all
21 regions where an election was held, as well as in 11 regional
(SSFC, 9/13/15, p.A5)(AP, 9/14/15)
2015 Sep 15, Russian state news
agencies said French supermarket chain Auchan has been fined over
$370,000 by Russian officials over alleged food safety violations.
2015 Sep 16, Libya's coast
guard intercepted a Russian-flagged tanker suspected of carrying an
illegal shipment of petrol and detained 12 crew members from Russia.
2015 Sep 16, Ukraine's
parliament unanimously voted in favor of a recommendation for the
United Nations to revoke Moscow's right to block Security Council
resolutions in cases when "conflicts grow especially fierce".
2015 Sep 18, The United States
and Russian militaries renewed high-level contacts to discuss their
roles in the conflict in Syria.
2015 Sep 19, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said he has backed the establishment of an airbase in
2015 Sep 18, Russia delivered
new arms including warplanes as the regime increases attacks on
2015 Sep 19, Russian
investigators arrested and charged Komi region regional governor
Vyacheslav Gayzer (Gaiser) along with 18 others with serious crimes
including fraud and membership of a criminal group. Gayzer was
suspected of heading a criminal group along with other senior
officials including deputy Alexei Chernov.
(Reuters, 9/19/15)(SSFC, 9/20/15, p.A4)
2015 Sep 21, In Russia Israeli
PM Benjamin Netanyahu met Pres. Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss
ways of avoiding any unintended clashes in Syria between Israel and
Russian forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad.
2015 Sep 21, Russian radio
engineer Gennady Kravtsov, who once worked for military
intelligence, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for seeking work
with a Swedish company. The judge in the trial, which was held
behind closed doors, turned down all of the 23 motions the defense
filed and did not allow a single defense witness to testify.
2015 Sep 21, Lawyers for Sergei
Pugachev, a tycoon once dubbed "Putin's banker" because of his
influence in the Kremlin, said he has filed a claim against Russia
for more than $10 billion after his business empire was carved up
when he fell out of favor with President Vladimir Putin. The case
will likely to be heard in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The
2015 Sep 23, Russian President
Vladimir Putin in Moscow opened one of the biggest mosques in
Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government
frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian president Mahmud
Abbas were the guests of honor.
2015 Sep 23, It was reported
that Russia is planning a second major military base near the border
with Ukraine, where NATO accuses Russian troops of helping
pro-Moscow separatists fight Kiev's forces.
2015 Sep 25, Ukraine said it is
banning flights by Russian airlines from Oct. 25 as part of a wave
of sanctions against Russia over its support for separatists in the
east of the country. PM Arseny Yatseniuk added that any Russian
planes carrying military hardware or troops had also been banned
from flying over Ukrainian territory. The government statement also
forbade Ukrainian state companies from using Russian software,
particularly from the Russian anti-virus giant Kaspersky Lab.
Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that Russia would be forced to
take retaliatory measures.
2015 Sep 26, Russia exchanged
Estonian Eston Kohver, who had been convicted of espionage, for
Aleksei Dressen, a former Estonian policeman convicted of treason
for passing state secrets to Moscow.
2015 Sep 26, Moscow pressed its
military buildup at a new airbase in Syria. The US trained Division
30 of the New Syrian Forces handed over US provided military
equipment to the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front in exchange for
safe passage in northern Syria.
(AFP, 9/26/15)(Reuters, 9/26/15)
2015 Sep 27, An Iraqi spokesman
said Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have agreed to set up an
intelligence committee in Baghdad aimed at sharing and analyzing
2015 Sep 30, Russia launched
air strikes against Islamic State in Syria after Pres. Vladimir
Putin secured his parliament's unanimous backing to intervene to
prop up the Kremlin's closest Middle East ally. Russian air strikes,
which Moscow said targeted Islamic State fighters, hit a rebel group
in Hama province supported by Western opponents of Pres. Bashar
al-Assad. The Russian air strikes killed at least 36 civilians and
targeted areas where Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked fighters were
2015 Oct 1, Russia launched its
Progress M-29M cargo spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to the
Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 10/2/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 1, Two Lebanese
sources said hundreds of Iranian troops had reached Syria in the
past 10 days with weapons to mount a major ground offensive. Russian
jets struck targets near the cities of Hama and Homs in western
Syria on the second day of their surprise air campaign. The area
where it struck is held by a rival insurgent alliance, which unlike
Islamic State is supported by US allies including Arab states and
2015 Oct 1, The Pentagon
launched talks with the Russian military to discuss ways to avoid
mishaps in Syria between planes from the US-led coalition and
2015 Oct 2, Russia bombed Syria
for a third day, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups
rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting. The
US-led coalition called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets
other than Islamic State. Russia said it had bombed the Islamic
State stronghold of Raqa for the first time.
(Reuters, 10/2/15)(AFP, 10/2/15)
2015 Oct 2, The leaders of
France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine met in Paris to consolidate a
fragile peace in Ukraine. The Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said monitors have spotted a Russian
mobile TOS-1 'Buratino' weapons system in rebel-held Ukraine this
(AFP, 10/2/15)(Reuters, 10/2/15)
2015 Oct 3, Russian jets hit
Islamic State targets and other rebel groups in Syria, on a fourth
day of air strikes by Moscow in support of President Bashar al-Assad
which have dramatically escalated foreign intervention in Syria.
Russia said its air strikes have sown "panic", forcing some 600
"militants" to abandon their positions and head to Europe.
(Reuters, 10/3/15)(AFP, 10/3/15)
2015 Oct 4, In western Syria
air strikes by suspected Russian jets hit targets around the town of
Talbiseh. One resident said at least 5 bodies had been recovered
from the western part of the town. Russian planes also struck in
Homs and Hama provinces.
2015 Oct 6, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Russian strikes at Palmyra killed
15 Islamic State fighters and destroyed 20 vehicles and three
weapons depots. Another 4 Islamic State fighters were reported
killed near Raqqa. The Observatory said Russian jets carried out at
least 34 air strikes in the last 24 hours. Russia’s defense ministry
dismissed reports that its planes had launched air strikes against
2015 Oct 7, Russia and Syria
carried out what appeared to be the first major coordinated assaults
on Syrian insurgents and Moscow said its warships fired 26 missiles
at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach.
2015 Oct 10, Russia said it had
stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in
Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit
areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.
2015 Oct 11, Russian President
Vladimir Putin met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed
al-Nahyan to discuss security in the Middle East and the conflict in
2015 Oct 11, Russian war planes
pounded Syrian rebels unaffiliated with Islamic State, helping
Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh
setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. A senior
Hezbollah commander was killed in the battle while fighting on the
Syrian government's behalf.
2015 Oct 12, Russia’s Gazprom
resumed gas supplies to Ukraine after receiving prepayment of $234
million from Kiev, assuaging European fears about a new energy
crisis ahead of the winter heating season.
2015 Oct 12, The EU demanded
the "immediate" halt of Russian air strikes against moderate Syrian
rebel groups and warned a lasting peace was impossible under
Moscow-backed President Bashar al-Assad.
2015 Oct 13, Russia said its
air force hit 86 "terrorist" targets in Syria in the past 24 hours.
2015 Oct 13, The Dutch Safety
Board concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over
eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile in its final report on
the crash on July 17, 2014, that killed all 298 people on board,
most of them Dutch.
2015 Oct 14, Bulgaria denied
access to its airspace to a Russian plane carrying humanitarian aid
for Syria, as Moscow failed to file an application on time.
2015 Oct 14, In Syria Islamic
State militants battled rival insurgent groups north of the city of
Aleppo, where officials say the Syrian army is preparing an
offensive of its own backed by Iranian soldiers and Russian jets.
Russia said its jets hit 40 Islamic State targets in new strikes in
Syria over the past 24 hours.
(Reuters, 10/14/15)(AFP, 10/14/15)
2015 Oct 16, The Russian
parliament voted to sanction an arrest in absentia of Ilya
Ponomarev, the sole lawmaker who voted against the annexation of
Crimea last year. Ponomarev, who is currently in the United States,
is suspected of embezzlement related to his work for a state-funded
technological foundation. He said the motion is a politically
motivated attempt to kick him out of parliament.
2015 Oct 17, Russia said its
air force has made 36 sorties, hitting 49 Islamic State targets in
Syria in the last 24 hours.
2015 Oct 19, In Syria Russian
jets hit an Islamic State training camp and command post of Al-Qaeda
affiliate Al-Nusra Front as they bombed 49 targets in the latest
wave of strikes. Russian air strikes in Latakia province killed
rebel commander Basil Zamo and 4 other fighters from First Coastal
Division, a group armed by Pres. Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies.
A further 15 civilians were killed in the air strike in Jabal Akrad.
At least 3 Russians fighting alongside Syrian government forces were
killed and several more wounded when a shell hit their position in
(AFP, 10/19/15)(Reuters, 10/20/15)
2015 Oct 20, Russia's defense
ministry said its planes had flown 55 sorties and struck 60 Islamist
militant targets in Syria in the last 24 hours.
2015 Oct 20, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad flew to Moscow to thank Russia's Vladimir Putin
personally for his military support, in a surprise visit that
underlined how Russia has become a major player in the Middle East.
2015 Oct 20, In Syria 13 people
including medical staff were reportedly killed in Russian air
strikes against a field hospital in the northwestern province of
Idlib that was run by the Syrian-American Medical Society. Russia
later called the reports fake.
2015 Oct 20, The US and Russia
signed an agreement designed to minimize the risk of collisions and
other dangers as both countries carry out air strikes in Syria.
(SFC, 10/21/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 21, Russia said its
jets have hit 83 targets in Syria over the past 24 hours.
2015 Oct 22, The Russian
defense ministry said its planes had flown 53 sorties and struck 72
militant targets in Syria in the last 24 hours.
2015 Oct 23, The United States,
Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia met in Vienna to explore a political
solution to the Syrian civil war despite the basic US-Russian
disagreement over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's fate.
2015 Oct 23, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Russian air strikes in Syria have
killed at least 446 people, more than a third of them civilians,
since they began end-September.
2015 Oct 24, The Russian
defense ministry said its planes had flown 934 sorties and destroyed
819 militant targets in Syria since the start of its operation there
on Sept. 30.
2015 Oct 24, In Syria Vadim
Kostenko (19) a Russian soldier, reportedly hanged himself at a base
on the Syrian coast because of problems in his personal life. At his
funeral his father said there were no signs on the body to support
the official account.
2015 Oct 25, Direct flights
between Russia and Ukraine stopped as a result of continuing
tensions over Russia's annexation of Crimea and backing of
separatists in eastern Ukraine.
2015 Oct 26, The Russian
defense ministry said its planes had flown 164 sorties and struck
285 Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra militant targets in Syria in
the last three days.
2015 Oct 28, Russia said its
air force flew 71 sorties over Syria in the last two days, carrying
out 118 strikes on militant targets.
2015 Oct 29, In Russia 5 people
were killed in a night-time blast of household gas in an apartment
block in the Khabarovsk region of the country's Far East.
2015 Oct 29, The British-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there had been 595 deaths
in Syria from Russian air strikes since September 30. Russian
warplanes renewed strikes, including in the central province of Homs
and the northwestern province of Idlib.
2015 Oct 31, A Russian airliner
carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula
after losing radar contact and plummeting from its cruising
altitude, killing all aboard. The Airbus A321 was operated by
Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet. Egyptian
security sources said early investigations suggested the plane
crashed due to a technical fault. A militant group affiliated to
Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of the
plane. On Jan 29, 2016 an EgyptAir mechanic, whose cousin joined
Islamic State in Syria, was reported as a suspect in planting a bomb
on the Russian plane.
(Reuters, 10/31/15)(AP, 1/29/16)
2015 Nov 2, Russia said its air
force flew 131 sorties and hit 237 targets in Syria in the last two
2015 Nov 2, A Russian military
court in the North Caucasus city of Rostov-on-Don jailed Gadzhi
Magomedov for 17 years for allegedly fighting with the Islamic State
group in Syria. Pres. Putin has said that up to 7,000 people from
Russia and its former Soviet neighbors may be fighting for IS and
that he does not want to see them returning to their native
countries en masse.
2015 Nov 2, Russian state-owned
arms exporter Rosoboronexport said it is preparing a contract to
supply Iran with S-300 missile systems.
2015 Nov 3, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said it has confirmed 185 civilians
killed in Russian airstrikes in the past month. It also reported and
131 IS fighters as well as 279 rebels not connected to IS killed in
the Russian airstrikes. Air strikes by Russian warplanes on the
Islamic State-held city of Raqqa killed 42 people, including 27
(SFC, 11/4/15, p.A3)(Reuters, 11/6/15)
2015 Nov 5, Russia sent a plane
to rebel-controlled Yemen carrying what Moscow said was more than 20
tons of humanitarian aid for the conflict-torn country.
2015 Nov 5, NATO's
secretary-general sounded the alarm over the build-up of Russian
military forces from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean and called
on the US-led alliance to come up with a response.
2015 Nov 5, In Washington DC
controversial Russian media mogul Mikhail Lesin (57), who helped
found the RT English-language television network, was found dead at
the Dupont Circle Hotel.
2015 Nov 6, A spokesman for
Russian President Vladimir Putin said all flights to Egypt will be
suspended until proper security is in place there.
2015 Nov 7, Russian Federal Air
Transport Agency said it will send 44 planes to repatriate its
nationals from two Egyptian Red Sea resorts. Around 80,000 Russians
were stranded in Egypt.
(AFP, 11/7/15)(Reuters, 11/7/15)
2015 Nov 7, The World
Anti-Doping Agency said Russia had sabotaged the 2012 London Olympic
Games by running a state-sponsored doping program.
(SSFC, 11/15/15, p.A25)
2015 Nov 9, Russia announced
that it has agreed to push on with a deal to deliver S-300 missile
systems to Iran after Moscow halted an earlier agreement due to UN
sanctions slapped on Tehran.
2015 Nov 9, Russia's Defense
Ministry said its air force flew 137 sorties and hit 448 targets in
Syria in the last three days.
2015 Nov 9, Pyotr Pavlensky,
one of Russia's most radical political performance artists, was
detained after setting fire to the main entrance to the headquarters
of the FSB security service.
2015 Nov 10, President Vladimir
Putin said Russia will counter NATO's US-led missile defense program
by deploying new strike weapons capable of piercing the shield.
2015 Nov 10, Russia rejected
explosive accusations of doping and corruption and promised a rapid
response to avoid suspension from the 2016 Olympics due to the
scandal that threatens to spread far beyond the borders of Russia
2015 Nov 11, Russia's Defense
Ministry said its air force flew 85 sorties and hit 277 terrorist
targets in Syria in the last two days.
2015 Nov 12, The Islamic State
released a Russian-language video threatening attacks in Russia
2015 Nov 13, Russia said it has
banned incoming flights by Egypt's state-owned airline effective as
of Nov 14.
2015 Nov 13, Russia said its
air force flew 107 sorties and hit 289 terrorist targets in Syria on
2015 Nov 15, Speaking at a G20
leaders summit in Turkey US President Barack Obama vowed to step up
efforts to eliminate Islamic State in Syria and prevent it from
carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders
urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.
Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for
UN-sponsored peace talks and a ceasefire to resolve years of war in
(Reuters, 11/15/15)(AFP, 11/15/15)
2015 Nov 17, The head of
Russia's FSB security service said a homemade explosive device
brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month.
President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian navy in the
Mediterranean to establish contact with its French counterparts and
(AP, 11/17/15)(AFP, 11/17/15)
2015 Nov 17, France and Russia
staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria,
punishing the group for the Nov 13 attacks in Paris and against a
Russian airliner on Oct 31 that together killed 353 people.
2015 Nov 18, Russia set up a
taskforce to wipe out the "infection" of doping in track and field
as the country faces being banned from next year's Olympic
2015 Nov 18, The Russian
government said it has decided to introduce a ban on food imports
from Ukraine starting from January 1 because Kiev joined Western
sanctions over Moscow.
2015 Nov 19, Russia signed two
agreements to finance and build Egypt's first nuclear power plant,
in a ceremony attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
2015 Nov 19, Russian's military
blasted targets across Syria with long-range strategic bombers for a
2015 Nov 20, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said more than 1,300 people, around
two-thirds of them combatants, have been killed in Russian air
strikes in Syria since Moscow's aerial campaign began on September
2015 Nov 20, Russian and Syrian
warplanes carried out more than 70 strikes in eastern Deir Ezzor
province, killing at least 36 people including 10 children. Dozens
of oil tankers were destroyed. Russian Defense Minister Sergei
Shoigu said that more than 600 rebels had been eliminated as a
result of a cruise missile strike a target in Syrian Deir ez-Zour
(AFP, 11/20/15)(Reuters, 11/20/15)(AFP, 11/21/15)
2015 Nov 22, Russian law
enforcement officers raided a hideout in the North Caucasus of armed
militants allied with the Islamic State group, killing all 11 of
them in an exchange of fire on the outskirts of Nalchik, the capital
of the Kabardino-Balkaria republic.
2015 Nov 23, Russia said its
warplanes had hit 472 targets in war-torn Syria in the past two
days, including tanker trucks and oil infrastructure in territory
controlled by the Islamic State group.
2015 Nov 23, A Russian court
ordered the Church of Scientology in Moscow to be dissolved. A
church representative said the decision would be appealed.
2015 Nov 23, In Iran President
Vladimir Putin met with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Following their meeting a Kremlin official said Russia and Iran
jointly oppose "external attempts" to bring regime change in Syria.
President Vladimir Putin eased an export ban on nuclear equipment
and technology to Iran.
(AFP, 11/23/15)(Reuters, 11/23/15)
2015 Nov 23, Iran's ambassador
to Russia said that Moscow had started the procedure of supplying
Tehran with S-300 anti-missile rocket system.
2015 Nov 23, Ukraine ordered a
halt to all delivery of goods to Crimea. PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk
described the halt as temporary, but added that he had ordered the
Cabinet to prepare a draft of a "concrete" halt of goods and
services from Ukraine to Crimea.
2015 Nov 23, Pro-Ukrainian
activists prevented repairs to sabotaged power lines leading to
Crimea, keeping the Russian-annexed peninsula starved of electricity
for a second day and tensions between Moscow and Kiev high.
2015 Nov 24, Syrian fighters
destroyed a Russian helicopter with a missile, shortly after they
forced it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held
area in Latakia province.
2015 Nov 24, Turkey shot down a
Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had repeatedly
violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly
acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for
half a century. The pilot was shot dead by rebels as he parachuted
to the ground.
(Reuters, 11/24/15)(Reuters, 11/25/15)
2015 Nov 24, Power cuts in
Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people as tensions raged between Kiev
and Moscow over the annexed peninsula and Russia threatened to cut
off gas supplies to Ukraine.
2015 Nov 25, Russia sent an
advanced missile system to Syria to protect its jets operating there
and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish
air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian
2015 Nov 25, Russian forces
launched a heavy bombardment against insurgent-held areas in Syria's
Latakia province, near where a Russian warplane had been shot down
by Turkey the day before. Air strikes hit a crossing on the Syrian
side of the border with Turkey's southern province of Kilis. The
strikes reportedly hit a garage for commercial trailers, killing 3
(Reuters, 11/25/15)(AP, 11/25/15)
2015 Nov 25, The surviving crew
member of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey said the plane
received no warnings from the Turkish Air Force and did not fly over
Turkish air space. Navigator Konstantin Murakhtin was rescued by
Russian and Syrian special forces after ejecting from the plane. The
US said data showed the Russian aircraft had transited Turkish
(Reuters, 11/25/15)(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A4)
2015 Nov 25, Russia accepted
its "full suspension" from world athletics over widespread doping
without requesting a hearing from the International Association of
2015 Nov 25, Russia's natural
gas giant Gazprom said it would stop shipping fuel supplies to
Ukraine because Kiev had failed to make the required pre-payments on
2015 Nov 25, Ukraine decided to
stop buying gas from Russia and closed its airspace to its giant
eastern neighbor's airlines. The Ukrainian military said another
soldier was killed in a new bout of clashes across the shattered war
zone in the past 24 hours.
2015 Nov 26, Russia threatened
economic retaliation against Turkey and said it was still awaiting a
reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but
Turkey dismissed the threats as "emotional" and "unfitting".
2015 Nov 26, Russia vowed to
work "very actively" with track and field's governing body to
eradicate the doping culture that led to its blanket ban from
2015 Nov 26, In Russia 10
people on board a Mi-8 helicopter, including employees of Russia's
state oil company Rosneft, died when the aircraft crashed in the
Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.
2015 Nov 26, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Moscow for talks on Syria with Russia's
Vladimir Putin. They agreed to tighten cooperation in the fight
against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over
their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.
(AFP, 11/26/15)(AP, 11/27/15)
2015 Nov 27, Russia said it
would suspend its visa-free regime for Turkish nationals from
January 1 as it retaliates against Ankara for the downing of a
2015 Nov 27, In Syria suspected
Russian warplanes carried out several air strikes on the town of
Azaz near the Turkish border, killing an estimated 5 people
including a child.
2015 Nov 27, Ukraine said
Russia has begun to restrict coal supplies, days after the Kremlin
threatened to punish Kiev for a power blackout of Russian-annexed
Crimea. Ukraine depends on coal to fulfil around 44 percent of its
2015 Nov 28, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed "sadness" over Turkey's downing of a
Russian warplane that has severely strained relations. Erdogan said
the climate change summit in Paris next week could be a chance to
repair relations with Moscow.
(AFP, 11/28/15)(Reuters, 11/28/15)
2015 Nov 29, Russia’s National
Anti-Terrorist Committee announced that security forces had killed
the three militants in Dagestan after they refused to surrender.
2015 Nov 29, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes believed to have been
carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 people and
wounded dozens in the insurgent held town of Ariha. Ariha Today, a
Facebook page that covers events in the town, said the airstrikes
killed 40 people and wounding more than 70.
2015 Nov 29, Turkey recovered
the body of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov from northern Syria and
presented it to Russian diplomats, five days after shooting down his
warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between the two
2015 Nov 30, Russia said it
will restrict imports of Turkish fruit and vegetables as part of a
package of new sanctions following the downing of a Russian warplane
by Turkey last week. Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said his country
would not apologize to Russia for shooting down the warplane and
said he hoped Russia would reconsider sanctions.
2015 Nov, Russian authorities
declared the Soros Fund an "undesirable agent" and forced it to stop
working in Russia.
2015 Dec 2, Russia's defense
ministry said it had proof that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and
his family were benefiting from the illegal smuggling of oil from
Islamic State-held territory in Syria and Iraq.
2015 Dec 2, NATO invited
Montenegro to become the 29th member of the US-led military
alliance, defying Russia's warnings it would have to respond to what
it branded a threat to its security. Russia said it will end joint
projects with Montenegro if the ex-Communist country joins NATO.
(AFP, 12/2/15)(Reuters, 12/2/15)
2015 Dec 2, The Islamic State
posted footage online of Magomed Khasiev (23) in an orange jump suit
kneeling beside a lake in Syria and confessing in Russian to spying
on Islamic State militants. Another Russian speaker, this one in
camouflage fatigues, then uses a hunting knife to hack off the
kneeling man's head.
2015 Dec 3, Russian Energy
Minister Alexander Novak told reporters work on Turkish Stream, a
pipeline intended to pump Russian gas into southeastern Europe via
Turkey while bypassing Ukraine, had been suspended.
2015 Dec 3, The foreign
ministers of Turkey and Russia met in Belgrade in the first
high-level bilateral talks since the downing of a Russian warplane
by Turkish jets sparked an unprecedented crisis.
2015 Dec 4, Russian prosecutors
declared the US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the
Rule of Law (USRF) an "undesirable" organization, the fourth entity
to be banned under a controversial law targeting foreign groups
accused of political meddling in the country.
2015 Dec 7, The Kremlin said is
not interested in the allegations made in a recent documentary
because they do not concern the prosecutor general, but his sons.
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his team released
an investigation and a documentary online last week, detailing what
they described as shady deals involving sons of the prosecutor
general and other senior prosecutors.
2015 Dec 7, In Russia five
people were lightly injured when a grenade exploded at a bus stop in
central Moscow. The hand grenade went off on Pokrovka Street, an
area dotted with bars and restaurants.
2015 Dec 7, Syria's government
accused the US-led coalition of launching airstrikes a day earlier
on an army camp in Der el-Zour that killed 3 soldiers and wounded
13, which if confirmed would mark the first time US-led forces have
struck troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. A US military
official said the strike was from a Russian warplane.
(AP, 12/7/15)(SFC, 12/8/15, p.A4)
2015 Dec 8, Russia said that
recent air strikes against targets in Syria included the new Kalibre
cruise missile from its Rostov-on-Don submarine in the Mediterranean
(SFC, 12/9/15, p.A4)
2015 Dec 8, World Chess
Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (53), a Russian
citizen, said he would seek $50 billion from the United States over
his addition to a blacklist for alleged ties to the Syrian regime.
Ilyumzhinov has dismissed the charge, repeatedly telling local media
he has no economic interests in Syria or Iraq.
2015 Dec 8, Syria said it will
export more than 700,000 tons of citrus fruits to Russia to "fill
the gap" left by Moscow's ban on Turkish agricultural products.
2015 Dec 9, Russia said its air
force flew 82 sorties against 204 targets in Syria in the last 24
2015 Dec 11, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia has provided air cover, weapons and supplies
to a leading Western-backed opposition group in Syria and called for
closer coordination with the US-allied coalition.
2015 Dec 11, Russian
investigators charged ex-oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail
Khodorkovsky with organizing the 1998 murder of a mayor in Siberia.
Khodorkovsky, who now lives in London, has claimed that the new
probe into the mayor's murder was ordered personally by President
2015 Dec 11, Russia officially
launched its own rating agency as it seeks to counterbalance the
influence of Western agencies which have taken a pessimistic line on
the country's crisis-hit economy.
2015 Dec 12, Russian police
detained dozens of opposition activists who tried to hold a
demonstration in central Moscow on Constitution Day.
2015 Dec 12, In Russia a fire
swept through a home for people with mental illnesses, killing 23
patients and injuring another 23, many of whom were on medication or
otherwise unable to walk in Alferovka, a village in the Voronezh
2015 Dec 13, Russia warned
Turkey to stop staging what it called provocations against its
forces in or near Syria after one of its warships fired warning
shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean to avoid a collision.
2015 Dec 14, President Vladimir
Putin signed a law allowing Russia’s Constitutional Court to decide
whether or not to implement rulings of international human rights
2015 Dec 16, President Vladimir
Putin ordered his government to suspend Russia's free trade zone
with Ukraine from Jan. 1, making good on Moscow's threats to Kiev
which seeks closer ties with the European Union.
2015 Dec 16, Russia said its
air force made 59 sorties in Syria in the past 24 hours and hit 212
Islamic State targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Idlib,
Latakia, Hama, Homs, Khaseke and Raqqa.
2015 Dec 16, Ukraine accused
Russia of looting two of its oil rigs after Crimea-based oil and gas
firm Chornomornaftogaz moved the equipment off the coast of the
annexed peninsula into Russian waters.
2015 Dec 17, Indian defense
ministry sources said the Defense Acquisition Council has cleared
the purchase of five S-400 air defense systems from Russia.
2015 Dec 18, Ukraine PM Arseny
Yatseniuk said the government has imposed a moratorium on the
repayment of a $3 billion Eurobond held entirely by Russia, after
Moscow refused to accept the terms of a restructuring of the debt.
2015 Dec 20, The Syrian army
with the backing of Russian air power said it had seized the rebel
held town of Khan Touman in southern Aleppo. In northwest Syria air
strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes
killed 58 people in the center of the rebel-held city of Idlib. At
least 10 people were wounded in an explosion that hit a military bus
in the Mazzeh residential district of western Damascus.
(Reuters, 12/20/15)(AFP, 12/20/15)(AFP, 12/23/15)
2015 Dec 21, The EU extended
sanctions against Russia for six months for fueling the separatist
war in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.
(SFC, 12/22/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 22, Russian President
Vladimir Putin and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in a phone
call to coordinate their two countries' actions to fight terrorism
in the Middle East.
2015 Dec 23, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin welcomed Indian PM Narendra Modi. Their planned talks
were expected to focus on defense, nuclear and space cooperation.
2015 Dec 23, Russia's Defense
Ministry said its air force has carried out 302 sorties in Syria
between Dec. 18 and 23, hitting 1,093 Islamic State targets.
2015 Dec 23, Investigators said
Russia has issued an international arrest warrant for Mikhail
Khodorkovsky on suspicion of ordering a contract killing, prompting
the former oil tycoon to declare the Kremlin had gone mad.
2015 Dec 25, Russia’s
environment ministry said the country is warming more than twice as
fast as the average for the rest of the world, sounding an alarm on
the rise in floods and wildfires nationwide.
2015 Dec 25, Bangladesh's
state-run Atomic Energy Commission signed a deal with Russia to set
up two nuclear power plants, each with 1,200 megawatt capacity.
2015 Dec 29, Russian
investigators filed an indictment against four men accused of
involvement in the Feb 27 murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov,
a brazen killing which sent shockwaves among the opposition earlier
2015 Dec 29, In Dagestan one
person was killed and 11 injured in a shooting near the UNESCO
heritage citadel site in Derbent, which claims to be Russia's oldest
city and celebrated its 2,000th anniversary this year.
2015 Dec 30, A Russian court
sentenced blogger Vadim Tyumenstev (35), from the Siberian region of
Tomsk, to five years in jail for what it said was his extremist
activity on the Internet after he urged people to attend a protest
against high transport fares and criticized Russian intervention in
2015 Dec 30, Russia said its
air force made 121 sorties and hit 424 targets in Syria during
2015 Dec 31, The Russian
finance ministry said it will file a lawsuit against Ukraine after
Kiev failed to repay a $3 billion Eurobond and $75 million of
interest due today.
2015 Dec, Sibur, a Russian
petrochemical firm co-owned by Gennady Timchenko, sold 10% of its
shares to Sinopec, China’s largest state-owned oil refinery, for
$1.3 billion. In 2016 Sibur sold another 10% to China’s state-backed
Silk Road Fund.
(Econ 7/29/17, p.36)
2015 Irina Borogan and Andrei
Soldatov authored “The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s
Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries.
(Econ, 9/12/15, p.78)
2015 Bill Browder authorer “Red
Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for
Justice." Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in 2009 in a
Russian prison, had pieced together how corrupt officials had taken
over Browder’s assets and treated themselves to a $230 million tax
refund paid out in a single day.
(Econ, 1/31/15, p.73)
2015 Bobby Lo authored “Russia
and the New World Disorder."
(Econ, 8/1/15, p.73)
2015 Mikhail Zygar authored
“All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin." It
became available in English in 2016.
(Econ, 9/17/16, p.79)
2015 In Russia the total number
of registered HIV cases exceeded one million this year, with
authorities struggling to contain an epidemic that experts say could
be curbed by increased funding and more awareness campaigns.
2016 Jan 1, Ukraine's
free-trade deal with the EU came into effect, coinciding with the
start of Moscow's food embargo against Kiev that will force the
impoverished former Soviet republic to revisit its economic model.
2016 Jan 11, Russia detained
surgeon Ilya Zelendinov of Belgorod and prepared to jail him pending
trial after he punched a patient causing his death last Dec 29 in a
brutal attack captured on video.
2016 Jan 14, It was reported
that Russian authorities have burned more than 50 books and pulled
more than 500 other volumes from college libraries on the grounds
they contain sentiments "alien to Russian ideology." The books, most
of them humanities textbooks, were published with money from the
Soros Fund, which in November was declared an "undesirable agent"
and forced to stop its work in Russia.
2016 Jan 18, The Russian ruble,
battered by weak oil prices, fell to an all-time low against the
euro and dropped to its lowest level in more than a year against the
2016 Jan 19, Russia said its
air force has delivered more than 40 tons of humanitarian aid to
areas of Syria which are blocked by “terrorists."
2016 Jan 19, It was reported
that at least 17 people have died of H1N1 swine flu in Russia since
last month, as the virus appears to gain ground in the country.
2016 Jan 20, Ukraine ratcheted
up its trade war with Russia in reprisal for Moscow's seeming
efforts to slash its westward-leaning neighbor's economic ties with
other former Soviet states. PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Kiev was
adding 70 food and other products to its existing list of items
Russia cannot sell in Ukraine.
2016 Jan 21, The Russian ruble
hit another historic low against the dollar as currencies slid
across the former Soviet Union against the backdrop of low oil
2016 Jan 21, A British inquiry
concluded that President Vladimir Putin probably approved a 2006
Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander
Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London, prompting a row
2016 Jan 21, Dubai-based port
operator DP World and the Russian Direct Investment Fund said they
are launching a joint venture to develop ports, transportation and
logistics infrastructure in Russia.
2016 Jan 27, Judges at the
International Criminal Court gave its prosecutor a green light to
launch a new inquiry into allegations of war crimes during a brief
but bloody 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
2016 Jan 30, In Russia 12
people were killed after a fire in a sewing room in Moscow. The dead
were all workers from Central Asia and included 3 kids.
(Reuters, 1/31/16)(AP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan, Russia called off all
purchases of gas from Turkmenistan.
(Econ, 12/17/16, p.36)
2016 Feb 1, Russia's Defense
Ministry said its air force has carried out 468 sorties in Syria
over the past week, hitting more than 1,300 "terrorist" targets.
2016 Feb 8, Russia's Central
Bank effectively closed down two of the country's smaller banks
after it revoked their operating licenses, its latest effort to
consolidate the sprawling banking sector.
2016 Feb 8, In Russia
demolition crews arrived near a metro station in central Moscow to
destroy nearly 100 buildings that allegedly posed a danger to the
(Econ, 2/20/16, p.45)
2016 Feb 8, At least 4 Russian
servicemen were killed when a military helicopter crashed in the
west of the country.
2016 Feb 11, Russia's Defense
Ministry said that two US aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of
Aleppo on Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in
2016 Feb 12, Pope Francis
headed to Cuba to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in
Havana before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day
problems of drug-related violence and migration.
2016 Feb 14, Russia said
President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama agreed to
intensify diplomatic and other cooperation to implement an agreement
on Syria struck at talks in Munich.
2016 Feb 15, Ukraine PM Arseny
Yatseniuk said Russian trucks have been banned from crossing its
territory in response to a similar move by Moscow.
2016 Feb 16, Russia's energy
minister said that his country has agreed with OPEC members Saudi
Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to freeze oil production levels if other
producers do the same.
2016 Feb 16, In Russia at least
7 people, including two children, were killed when a gas explosion
caused part of a block of flats to collapse in Yaroslavl.
2016 Feb 17, Hungarian PM
Viktor Orban, on a visit to Moscow, called for better relations
between Russia and Europe.
2016 Feb 19, A task force set
up to discuss a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria met for
the first time in Geneva. Western powers rejected a Russian bid at
the UN to halt Turkey's military actions in Syria, as France warned
of a dangerous escalation in the nearly five-year conflict.
(Reuters, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/19/16)
2016 Feb 20, Russia said it has
reinforced its military base in Armenia with fourth-generation
fighter jets and a modernized helicopter.
2016 Feb 20, It was reported
that a bank collapse and the apparent disappearance of top sports
official and International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
vice-president Georgy Bedzhamov, decorated by President Vladimir
Putin, have caused further disruption to Russian sport, already
reeling from its doping scandal.
2016 Feb 23, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia violated opposition leader Alexei
Navalny's right to a fair trial, and has ordered the government to
pay him €56,000 euros ($61,700) in legal costs and damages.
2016 Feb 24, Afghan officials
took delivery of 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of
ammunition as a gift from Russia, another sign of deepening
involvement by Moscow in the war-torn country.
2016 Feb 25, In Russia
explosions at a coal mine in the far north Komi region killed four
miners, and a further 26 were missing at the Severnaya coal mine. On
Feb 28 emergency services said the 26 miners have died and rescue
operations have been halted after a third blast underground killed 6
(AFP, 2/26/16)(AFP, 2/28/16)
2016 Feb 26, Russian warplanes
carried out intense air strikes on rebel strongholds in Syria hours
before a ceasefire was due to come into force.
2016 Feb 28, Russian news media
reported that the Russian coordination center in Syria has
registered nine violations of a cessation of hostilities in the past
24 hours, but that the cessation of hostilities was holding in
2016 Feb 29, In Russia Mikhail
Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, presented a new book
about his life and times ahead of his 85th birthday. The 700-page
book called "Gorbachev in Life" is a collection of memoirs,
interviews, letters, documents and articles by him and others.
2016 Feb 29, Russian police
arrested Gulchekhra Bobokulova (38), a nanny from Uzbekistan, was
seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a Moscow
subway station. On March 3 she said she had beheaded the child to
avenge Muslims killed in the Kremlin's campaign of air strikes in
(AP, 2/29/16)(Reuters, 3/3/16)
2016 Mar 1, Russia called for
the Syrian-Turkish border to be closed, saying arms were being
hidden in humanitarian aid convoys and channeled to fighters of
Islamic State and its allies.
2016 Mar 2, Russia's state
prosecutor demanded a 23-year prison sentence for Ukrainian pilot
and lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko who is accused of killing two Russian
journalists in war-torn Ukraine.
2016 Mar 2, US astronaut Scott
Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko landed in Kazakhstan
after almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment
foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.
2016 Mar 2, In Russia some 15
tons (110 barrels) of oil spilled off from an idled pipeline on the
Pacific island of Sakhalin according to oil producer Rosneft. Local
ecologists said the scale of disaster was far larger.
2016 Mar 3, Russia's Defense
Ministry said in a statement it had registered 14 ceasefire
violations in Syria over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 3, Russia-based
Gazprom said The Bank of China will give it a 2 billion euro ($2.2
billion), five-year loan, the state-run energy company's largest
loan agreement from a single credit institution.
2016 Mar 3, Ukrainian pilot
Nadiya Savchenko, who is standing trial over the killing of two
Russian journalists in war-torn Ukraine, announced in court that she
was going on hunger strike and would refuse both food and water.
2016 Mar 4, Russia's Defense
Ministry said Turkey is shelling Kurdish units fighting against the
Nusra Front in Syria, while columns of trucks with various cargo and
weapons for rebels cross into Syria from Turkey daily.
2016 Mar 5, Russia's Defense
Ministry said it had registered nine ceasefire violations in Syria
over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 7, Russia's Defense
Ministry said that eight ceasefire violations had been registered in
Syria over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 8, Russia's Defense
Ministry said it had registered seven ceasefire violations in Syria
over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 8, Hundreds of angry
Ukrainians picketed Moscow's embassy in Kiev as global calls grew
for the release of Nadia Savchenko (34), a hunger-striking military
helicopter pilot on trial in Russia.
(AFP, 3/8/16)(Econ, 3/12/15, p.50)
2016 Mar 9, Ukrainian military
pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who is on trial over the killing of two
Russian journalists during the Ukraine conflict, vowed to press on
with a hunger strike without water unless Russia releases her.
2016 Mar 10, Nadezhda
Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot on trial in Russia, agreed to take
water but will continue a hunger strike following an appeal by
2016 Mar 10, European Union
governments extended sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians targeted
in 2014 over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
2016 Mar 10, Lithuanian
authorities said three journalists from Russian state television
have been expelled from the Baltic country after trying to enter a
forum for Russian opposition leaders.
2016 Mar 13, Russia accused
Turkey of sending its military across the Syrian border to prevent
Kurdish groups there from consolidating their positions.
2016 Mar 14, Russia's defense
ministry said it had recorded 14 ceasefire violations in Syria in
the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 14, In Kazakhstan a
joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life
on Mars blasted off for the start of a seven-month unmanned space
journey to the Red Planet.
2016 Mar 15, Russian warplanes
began leaving Syria as Moscow started to draw down forces that have
tipped the war President Bashar al-Assad's way. Russian Deputy
Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said the air force will continue
striking targets in Syria linked to Islamic State and other
terrorist groups despite a partial withdrawal.
2016 Mar 16, A second group of
Russian warplanes flew out of Syria in line with Moscow's decision
to withdraw most of its forces.
2016 Mar 17, President Vladimir
Putin honored Fyodor Zhuravlyov (27), a Russian soldier killed in
Russia's military operation in Syria, breaking four months of
official silence about his death.
2016 Mar 18, The European Union
called for more countries to impose sanctions on Russia over its
annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula two years ago, but the
Kremlin said Crimea was Russian land and its status non-negotiable.
2016 Mar 18, In Syria Russian
warplanes flew in support of government troops in an offensive to
recapture the historic town of Palmyra from the hands of the Islamic
2016 Mar 19, In Russia all 62
people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia
were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land
at Rostov-on-Don airport. There was strong wind at the airport with
a speed of 43 km per hour, with gusts up to 69 km.
2016 Mar 19, A Soyuz space
capsule carrying two Russians and an American docked with the
International Space Station. Their rocket took off in windy
conditions from Russia's space base in Kazakhstan at 2126 GMT March
2016 Mar 20, The Russian
Defense Ministry recorded five violations of a tentative ceasefire
agreement in Syria in the last 24 hours.
2016 Mar 21, Russia's state
statistical service said the number of people living in poverty last
year spiked up by nearly 20 percent.
2016 Mar 22, A Russian court
sentenced Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko to 22 years in jail
after finding her guilty of involvement in the killing of two
Russian journalists during the separatist conflict in eastern
2016 Mar 22, Finland's Defense
Ministry said its website had come under a cyberattack that forced
it divert web traffic to a temporary site. The latest incident
coincided with talks in Moscow between Finnish President Sauli
Niinistö and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on cross-border
cooperation and international issues including Ukraine and Syria.
2016 Mar 24, Syrian troops
backed by Russian warplanes advanced into the ancient city of
Palmyra, which has been under jihadist control for nearly a year. A
Russian special forces officer was killed in the combat operation.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 3/25/16)
2016 Mar 25, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will deploy a range of coastal
missile systems on the far-eastern Kuril islands, claimed by Japan,
as part of its military build-up in the region.
2016 Mar 25, Russian officials
said the body of a lawyer representing one of two Russian servicemen
on trial in Ukraine has been found buried in an abandoned farm south
of Kiev. Two men have been detained in connection with his murder.
Yuri Grabovsky was representing Alexander Alexandrov, a serviceman
captured along with another Russian, Yevgeny Yerofeyev, last year in
rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
2016 Mar 28, The presidents of
Russia and Iran agreed to step up bilateral contacts, including over
the Syrian conflict, in which both countries are allies of President
2016 Mar 29, A Russian police
convoy hit a bomb in the restive North Caucasus, killing one person
and wounding four others.
2016 Mar 30, Russia's RIA news
reported that around 20 Islamic State followers have been arrested
in Moscow trying to recruit new fighters for the group.
2016 Apr 5, President Vladimir
Putin said Russia is creating a national guard to fight terrorism
and organized crime.
2016 Apr 5, Azerbaijan and
Armenian separatists in Nagorny Karabakh said they had halted
fighting after four days of bloodshed, as international powers
scramble to resolve the worst violence in decades over the disputed
region. The ceasefire was brokered in Moscow. The 4-day war left an
estimated 200 people dead.
(AFP, 4/5/16)(Econ, 4/9/16, p.53)(Econ, 5/21/16,
2016 Apr 11, In southern Russia
3 suicide bombers blew themselves up as they tried to storm a rural
police station in the village of Novoselitskoye, causing no other
2016 Apr 11, Iranian media
reported that Russia has delivered the first part of an advanced
missile defense system to Iran, starting to equip Tehran with
technology that was blocked before it signed a deal with world
powers on its nuclear program.
2016 Apr 13, A Russian court
sentenced former naval officer Yevgeny Mataitis (39) to 13 years in
jail for selling state secrets to Lithuania concluding he was guilty
of state treason. The court said Mataitis had been gathering
information in the Kaliningrad region for six years.
2016 Apr 13, The Lithuanian
government said it has blacklisted 46 Russian citizens involved in
criminal prosecutions of several Ukrainians including the imprisoned
pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.
2016 Apr 14, Russia's Federal
Security Service and tax inspectors searched the offices of Mikhail
Prokhorov, a tycoon whose newspaper has published revelations about
people close to Vladimir Putin.
2016 Apr 18, A Ukrainian court
sentenced two Russian servicemen captured last year to 14 years each
in prison after finding them guilty of terrorism and waging a war in
eastern Ukraine. The ruling opened the door to a possible prisoner
swap between the two countries.
2016 Apr 19, President Petro
Poroshenko said Ukraine has reached a deal with Russia to free a
jailed Ukrainian pilot, suggesting that she will be swapped for two
Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine this week.
2016 Apr 20, A Dutch court
quashed a $50 billion award Russia had been ordered to pay the
former majority shareholders of Yukos, a major win for Moscow in the
high-stakes dispute over the dismantling of what was once Russia's
largest oil producer. The Dutch court said a Hague-based arbitration
panel in 2014 did not have jurisdiction to rule in the case because
the arbitration was based on an energy treaty that Russia had signed
but had not ratified.
2016 Apr 24, In Russia former
police officer Andrei Gosht and five relatives were discovered dead
in their home in Syzran, a village some 620 miles (1,000 km)
southeast of Moscow.
2016 Apr 26, The Supreme Court
in the Russia-annexed peninsula Crimea banned a Crimean Tatar group
in the latest step to marginalize the minority.
2016 Apr 28, Russia launched
its first rocket from a new Vostochny cosmodrome in the remote Amur
Region near China's border, a day after a technical glitch forced a
postponement of the event to carry three satellites into orbit.
2016 May 4, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will form three new military
divisions to counter what it believes is the growing strength of The
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) near its borders.
2016 May 4, Russia said it has
withdrawn around 30 aircraft from Syria, including all of its Su-25
attack planes stationed in the country.
2016 May 8, In Russia 5 members
of a motorcycle club were shot with a hunting rifle shortly after
dawn in Chelokhovo. A suspect (27) was arrested at his nearby home
and confessed to shooting the bikers after a conflict.
2016 May 9, An Australian law
firm filed a compensation claim against Russia and President
Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of
families of victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down
over Ukraine on July 17, 2014. The application names the Russian
Federation and Putin as respondents and seeks $10 million in
compensation per passenger.
2016 May 13, In Russia three
key editors at the top media holding firm RBC said they have
resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the
2016 May 13, A North Korean
coast guard ship detained a Russian yacht with a crew of five
people. Russia's Foreign Ministry sent a note to Pyongyang demanding
explanation for the cause of the detention. The yacht was released
on May 15.
(Reuters, 5/14/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)
2016 May 14, In Russia a brawl
at a cemetery involving up to 200 people has left two people dead
and 10 wounded. Police said the brawl was believed to have been
about control over providing burial services at the sprawling
Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow.
2016 May 15, Russian sports
minister Vitaly Mutko apologized for the doping scandal that
threatens the athletic superpower's participation in the Rio
2016 May 19, Russian
performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, known for his radical,
politically charged performances, was convicted of vandalism for a
pro-Ukraine protest and sentenced to 16 months in prison. He won't
have to serve prison time because the statute of limitations had
expired. He remained in custody while awaiting trial in Moscow in a
second case after he set fire to the doors of the Russian security
2016 May 19, Egypt’s official
gazette said Russia will loan Egypt $25 billion to finance building
and operating a nuclear power plant in Egypt.
2016 May 20, Moscow proposed
that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate
bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against
jihadists in the war-torn country from next week.
2016 May 22, In Syria Russian
warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo in Moscow's first
strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February
2016 May 25, Ukrainian military
pilot Nadiya Savchenko (35) arrived home to scenes of jubilation
after her release by Russia in a prisoner swap and she promptly
offered to fight again for Kiev in its conflict with pro-Russian
separatists. Russian State television showed Alexander Alexandrov
and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, descending the steps of an aircraft at
Moscow's Vnukovo airport after being handed over by Kiev.
2016 May 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin made his first trip to a European Union country this
year with a visit to Greece for a two-day visit expected to focus on
energy cooperation and Russian investments during talks with Greek
PM Alexis Tsipras.
2016 May, Dr. Grigory
Rodchenkov, the former head of a Moscow lab, told the NY Times of a
system of swapping out urine samples at the 2014 Sochi Olympics to
avoid positive tests.
(http://tinyurl.com/ja976aa)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.41)
2016 Jun 1, Russian social
media users voiced their outrage at Twitter's decision a day earlier
to suspend popular accounts parodying Pres. Vladimir Putin and other
2016 Jun 1, The Russian Defense
Ministry said that a temporary ceasefire, which it called a "regime
of calm", had taken effect for 48 hours in the Damascus suburb of
Daraya to allow for the distribution of humanitarian aid to
2016 Jun 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for talks
expected to focus on boosting bilateral ties and the situation in
2016 Jun 7, Russia's gas
monopolist Gazprom says it will resume selling gas to Ukraine,
following an official request from Kiev.
2016 Jun 9, Russian Maj. Sergei
Yeremenko, a pilot for the air force's elite aerobatic squadron,
died when his Su-27 fighter jet crashed near Moscow.
2016 Jun 12, European soccer's
governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the
Russian Football Union after violence marred the end of Russia's
Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille the previous evening.
2016 Jun 15, NATO chief Jens
Stoltenberg demanded that Russia withdraw its forces and military
hardware from Ukraine, and halt its support for pro-Moscow
separatists battling Kiev.
2016 Jun 16, Russia floated out
a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, said to be the world's biggest and
most powerful, to be used for hauling liquefied natural gas from its
2016 Jun 16, The Russian
Defense Ministry said a 48-hour cessation of hostilities has been
declared in the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo and activists
reported a relative calm in the city. Barrels bombs hit Aleppo just
hours after a temporary truce came into effect in the war-torn city.
Russian warplanes struck at rebels battling Islamic State militants,
including forces backed by the United States, in southern Syria.
(AP, 6/16/16)(AFP, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/17/16)
2016 Jun 16, France sentenced
three Russian fans to prison and planned to deport 20 others next
week for their role in the violence in Marseille that marred
Russia's opening soccer match against England.
2016 Jun 17, Russia's track and
field athletes were banned from competing for their country at the
Rio de Janeiro Olympics because the country has failed to do enough
to clean up a deep-rooted doping system that tainted athletes who
may be clean.
2016 Jun 17, The EU rolled over
for another year sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014
annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which the bloc deems illegal.
2016 Jun 17, The United States
expelled two Russian officials in response to an attack by a Russian
policeman on a US diplomat in Moscow earlier in the month. On July 9
Russia said it had expelled two US Embassy staff members in June
after a similar 'unfriendly' move by Washington.
2016 Jun 18, In Russia at least
11 children and their adult instructor died in a storm while boating
on a lake in the northwestern region of Karelia.
2016 Jun 18, France expelled a
Russian far-right leader of a football supporters group, Alexander
Shprygin, and 19 other fans after the troubles with England soccer
fans at Euro 2016.
2016 Jun 18, In Kazakhstan Tim
Peake, the first British astronaut on the ISS, Russia's Yury
Malenchenko and NASA's Tim Kopra parachuted down onto the Kazakh
steppe in their Soyuz capsule at 0915 GMT after spending 186 days in
2016 Jun 19, Russia said it had
reached an agreement with the United States to improve coordination
between their military operations in Syria, where they are backing
opposing sides of a civil war and launching air strikes.
2016 Jun 20, Russian
investigators announced they had completed a first probe into the
February 27, 2015, murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov,
describing the killing as a hit ordered by a low-ranking Chechen
official and other "unidentified" suspects. Five suspects currently
in detention had been reportedly offered 15 million rubles (about
$235,000) for the murder by Ruslan Mukhudinov and other individuals.
2016 Jun 21, The European
Union's Brussels envoys agreed to extend until the end of January
the energy, financial and defense sanctions on Russia over the
conflict in Ukraine, but formal approval is still pending.
2016 Jun 22, In China a
six-nation security forum opened in Beijing as a multilateral forum
involving high-level policymakers, defense ministry officials,
military officers, and researchers from China, Japan, North and
South Korea, Russia, and the United States.
2016 Jun 22, Moldova's foreign
ministry called on Russia to stop recruiting its citizens to the
Russian Army. It said the alleged recruitments violate bilateral
2016 Jun 24, The Russian
parliament adopted a set of controversial counter-terrorism
amendments which have sparked alarm among rights activists. The
amendments included introducing prison sentences for failure to
report a grave crime and doubling the number of crimes that Russians
as young as 14 years old can be prosecuted.
2016 Jun 24, In Russia Nikita
Belykh, the liberal minded governor of the Kirovsk region, was
arrested. He was accused of receiving a $445,000 bribe and faced 15
years in jail. Belykh claims he was set up. The next day a
Russian court ordered that Nikita Belykh be taken into custody for
(Reuters, 6/25/16)(Econ, 7/2/16, p.46)
2016 Jun 27, Russia said
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has written to Russian leader
Vladimir Putin to apologize over the shooting down of a Russian air
force jet by Turkey's military last November.
2016 Jun, Russia decriminalized
battery. The Duma exempted domestic abuse and made it subject to the
same two-year maximum sentence as racially motivated offences.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.46)
2016 Jun, Spanish authorities
arrested half a dozen Russian citizens with alleged ties to
high-ranking Russian officials and Colombian drug cartels.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.46)
2016 Jul 1, Russian
whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was cleared by track and field's world
governing body to compete as a neutral athlete in the European
championships and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 800-meter runner
had provided evidence to the World Anti-Doping Agency of widespread
cheating in Russia that led the IAAF to bar the country's track and
field athletes from international competition, including the Rio
2016 Jul 1, In Russia an Il-76
plane with a crew of 10 disappeared while on a mission to fight
forest fires in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. Wreckage of the plane
was found on July 3 along with 8 bodies.
(AP, 7/1/16)(AP, 7/3/16)
2016 Jul 1, The European Union
extended its economic sanctions on Russia until the end of January
next year in a widely expected decision after EU leaders called for
more progress in bringing peace to eastern Ukraine.
2016 Jul 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin signed into law a package of controversial
anti-terror amendments dubbed "Big Brother" measures by critics that
may cost internet companies billions.
2016 Jul 7, Russian officials
said at least 7 militants and one law enforcement officer have been
killed in clashes in Dagestan in the North Caucasus region.
2016 Jul 7, In Kazakhstan a
Russian space capsule was launched beginning a two-day trip to the
International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule carried Russian
Anatoly Ivanshin, NASA's Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi of Japan’s
space agency JAXA.
2016 Jul 8, In Syria militants
shot down a military helicopter near Palmyra, killing 2 Russian
pilots on board.
2016 Jul 14, Russia said it has
has conducted more than 50 air strikes since July 12 against Islamic
State (IS) jihadists near the Syrian city of Palmyra. Six Tupolev
bombers flew out of an airbase in Russia today and conducted strikes
east of Palmyra, near the cities of Arak and Sukhna, as well as in
the Homs region.
2016 Jul 18, An independent
Canadian investigator said Russia operated a state-dictated doping
system during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other events, in a
report likely to lead to demands for Russia to be completely banned
from the Rio Games.
2016 Jul 19, The Russian
intelligence agency FSB said it is conducting a probe of several
top-ranking crime investigators on suspicion of collusion with
2016 Jul 19, A British court
ordered disgraced Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova (38) to repay
organisers of the London Marathon almost £400,000 (476,000 euros,
2016 Jul 21, Russia lost its
appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a
decision which could add pressure on the IOC to exclude the country
entirely from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro.
2016 Jul 24, In Switzerland the
International Olympic Committee held showdown talks on whether to
ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping. The IOC said it
was up to each international sports federation to decide if Russians
could take part in Rio.
(AFP, 7/24/16)(AFP, 7/25/16)
2016 Jul 25, The FBI said it is
investigating how thousands of Democratic National Committee emails
were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton's campaign maintains was
committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump. It was later reported
that two teams of Russian hackers were at work. One nick-named Fancy
Bear was thought to be linked to military intelligence. The other,
code-named Fancy Bear, was believed to be linked to another part of
the Russian security apparatus.
(AP, 7/25/16)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.29)
2016 Jul, Russian police in
Samara detained American pastor Jim Mulcahy (72), claiming he was
planning to perform a same-sex marriage. Hours later, the American
pastor was fined $30 and ordered to leave Russia within five days.
2016 Jul 28, Russian President
Vladimir Putin fired the governor of the Kirov region, Nikita
Belykh, a month after he was jailed on a charge of accepting a
2016 Jul 28, Russian PM Dmitry
Medvedev accepted the resignation of Andrei Belyaninov, the
head of the customs agency, several days after investigators
searched his home and founds hundreds of thousand dollars stashed in
2016 Jul 30, Russia's
intelligence service said that the computer networks of 20
organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have
been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and
coordinated attack. The agency did not say who it suspected of being
behind the attacks.
2016 Jul 30, Russian President
Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone on a visit to Slovenia,
shaking hands and honoring dead soldiers as he tested Western
resolve in maintaining crippling sanctions against the Kremlin for
its role in Ukraine.
2016 Jul 30, In Syria dozens of
civilians left the besieged and battered opposition-held east of
Aleppo city through a "humanitarian corridor" to the government-held
west. Russia's defence ministry announced that four additional
"humanitarian corridors" will be opened from Aleppo, adding that 169
civilians have been able to get out so far.
2016 Jul 31, The Islamic State
called on its group members to carry out jihad in Russia in a
nine-minute YouTube video.
2016 Aug 1, In northern Syria a
Russian transport helicopter was shot down in opposition rebel
territory. All five crew and officers onboard were killed.
2016 Aug 2, In Russia the Yamal
regional governor's office said a child has died of anthrax in
Siberia in the first fatal outbreak of the bacterial disease
reported in Russia in 75 years. More than 2,300 reindeer have also
died in the outbreak in the region.
2016 Aug 3, In Russia Yaroslavl
Mayor Yevgeny Urlashov, the only opposition mayor of a major Russian
city, was found guilty of soliciting bribes and sentenced to 12½
years in a high-security prison. Urlashov pleaded not guilty to the
charges and claimed that he had been framed by his political rivals.
2016 Aug 5, In Russia petition
calling on Pres. Putinto sack PM Dmitry Medvedev, whose comments
about teachers' pay sparked outrage earlier this week, attracted
more than 160,000 signatures. Medvedev was asked by a teacher from
the Dagestan region why teachers are paid half as much as police
officers. He said that teaching is not a job for those seeking to
make a fortune and that teachers could always do odd jobs to
supplement their income.
2016 Aug 9, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held
their first meeting since the two leaders began healing a bitter
feud over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane.
2016 Aug 10, Russia's Federal
Security Service said it had thwarted two armed Ukrainian attempts
over the weekend to get saboteurs into Crimea and dismantled a
Ukrainian spy network inside the annexed peninsula. Ukraine denied
2016 Aug 16, Russian warplanes
took off from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters and
other militants in Syria.
2016 Aug 17, In Russia Usman
Murdalov (21) and his friend Sulim Israilov (18) armed themselves
with axes and attacked a traffic police post near Moscow. In a video
posted online a day later, they professed loyalty to Islamic State.
Murdalov and Israilov had worked together at a small manufacturing
company in Valerik, Chechnya, producing windows and doors.
2016 Aug 19, Russian warships
in the Mediterranean Sea fired cruise missiles at targets near
2016 Aug 21, Ukraine said
Russian activist Roman Roslovtsev, better known for his walks across
Red Square in a President Vladimir Putin mask, has requested
political asylum in their country.
2016 Aug 22, Ukraine said it
has launched a criminal investigation of 20 senior Russian
officials, alleging their involvement in crimes against Ukraine's
2016 Aug 25, Russia launched
large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat
readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic states.
2016 Aug 27, In Russia a fire
in a Moscow printing plant killed 17 people. A representative of the
Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia said all the dead were members of its
community. Some 500,000 Kyrgyz citizens worked in Russia.
2016 Aug, A Russian court
sentenced Alexander Belov, a leader of the banned Movement Against
Illegal Immigrants (DPNI) to seven and a half years in jail.
(Econ, 12/10/16, p.53)
2016 Sep 1, Russia’s new
data-localization law went into effect. It requires that personal
information from Russian citizens is kept in databases located
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.16)
2016 Sep 1, A coalition of NGOs
led by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said evidence is growing that Russia
is behind a significant increase in the use of cluster bombs in
Syria. More than 400 people were reported killed or maimed by the
banned munitions in the world last year.
2016 Sep 2, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin had a rare meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in
Vladivastok but there was no breakthrough in a territorial dispute
that has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally
ending their WWII conflict.
2016 Sep 5, At the G20 meeting
in China Russia and Saudi Arabia announced that they would start
working together to stabilize the market, including limiting output.
2016 Sep 6, A German court
dismissed appeals by 84 Russian athletes seeking to compete at the
Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Another 10 Russians had a similar
application rejected a day earlier as punishment for state-backed
doping in the country.
2016 Sep 12, The Chinese and
Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China
Sea, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces
against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
2016 Sep 18, Russia held
elections for a new national parliament. Vladimir Putin won even
greater supremacy over Russia's political system after the ruling
United Russia party took three quarters of the seats in parliament,
paving the way for him to run for a fourth term as president. The
official turnout was 48%.
(AP, 9/18/16)(AP, 9/19/16)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.50)
2016 Sep 18, Moscow said air
strikes by a US-led coalition on the Syrian army threatened the
implementation of a US-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria and bordered
on connivance with Islamic State.
2016 Sep 18, Czech police
detained Oleg Vorotnikov (38), a founding member of the Russian
underground art collective Voina, wanted in Russia over a series of
high-profile stunts that authorities branded insulting and violent.
Vorotnikov was released on Sep 21 and allowed to stay in the
Czech Republic during extradition proceedings. Prague had not yet
received an official extradition request, which must be filed within
(Reuters, 9/20/16)(Reuters, 9/21/16)
2016 Sep 19, In Russia Yevgeny
Zhilin (40), a prominent Ukrainian separatist figure, was fatally
shot in the Gorki-2 neighborhood west of Moscow. Zhilin has been on
Ukraine's wanted list since 2015.
2016 Sep 22, In Russia 8
firefighters were killed as they battled a blaze at a warehouse in
2016 Sep 23, Russian President
Vladimir Putin reshuffled his inner-circle again by giving the
parliament speaker's job to Vyacheslav Volodin, his chief domestic
strategist and the man who oversaw a vote that further strengthened
the dominance of the main Kremlin party.
2016 Sep 23, German security
officials say a cyberattack believed to be directed by Russia
targeted journalists and lawmakers in a sophisticated email phishing
attempt between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15.
2016 Sep 25, Syrian and Russian
warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo as
government and rebel forces battled for control of the high ground
in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington's Syria
policy in tatters.
(Reuters, 9/25/16)(AFP, 9/25/16)
2016 Sep 28, A Dutch-led
inquiry into the July 2014 downing of Flight MH17 over eastern
Ukraine said the Boeing 777 was shot down by a BUK missile system
from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian
separatists, and that the system was brought in from Russia and then
taken back there. Russian missile-maker Almaz-Antey said the BUK
missile was fired from territory held by the Ukrainian army and the
prosecutors' findings were not supported by technical evidence.
(AFP, 9/28/16)(Reuters, 9/28/16)
2016 Sep 30, Russian
firefighters battled to extinguish wildfires that have engulfed
forests in eastern Siberia and forced schools to close in its
Irkutsk region. Some two million hectares had been on fire and large
amounts of carbon disgorged by the fires represented an
environmental threat and a danger to local communities.
2016 Sep, In Russia prison
staff reportedly beat and kicked Ildar Dadin (34) and put his head
down a toilet bowl while he was in an isolation cell. Dadin came to
prominence when he was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence under a
controversial law that punishes repeated participation in
unsanctioned rallies, after he demonstrated against President
Vladimir Putin's rule.
2016 Oct 3, Russia’s Pres.
Vladimir Putin withdrew his country from a plutonium disposal treaty
that was signed with the US in 2000.
(SFC, 10/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 4, Rebels said they
had repelled a Syrian army offensive in southern Aleppo as Russian
and Syrian warplanes continued to pound residential areas in
besieged parts of the city where thousands of civilians are trapped.
25 deaths in government-held west Aleppo were documented as a result
of rebel shelling.
2016 Oct 4, The United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights warned Russia over use of
incendiary weapons in air strikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo,
where he said attacks on civilian targets may amount to crimes
2016 Oct 5, Czech police
arrested a Russian hacker in a Prague hotel. He was suspected of
cyberattacks in the United States. After the arrest suspect Yevgeniy
Nikulin collapsed, received first aid treatment and was
hospitalized. LinkedIn had confirmed a breach in May and cooperated
with the FBI to track the suspect down.
(AP, 10/19/16)(SFC, 10/20/16, p.C4)
2016 Oct 7, Russia's lower
house of parliament ratified a treaty with Syria that allows the
Russian military to stay indefinitely in the Mideast country.
2016 Oct 7, Estonia said a
Russian jet violated its airspace, hours after neighboring Finland
said two similar planes passed over its territory as it prepared to
sign a defense pact with the United States.
2016 Oct 9, The Russian
government announced that Rosneft’s 330 billion ruble ($5.3 billion)
bid for Bashneft, a state-controlled oil firm. Igor Sechin, head of
Rosneft, orchestrated the deal which had been rejected by Bashneft’s
former owner Vladimir Yevtushenko.
(Econ, 10/22/16, p.45)
2016 Oct 10, In Russia the
Basmanny District Court ruled that the Novaya Gazeta report linking
Rosneft Chairman Igor Sechin to the St. Princess Olga yacht was
untrue. The newspaper used social media and ship tracking data to
allege that Sechin was the yacht's possible owner. Novaya Gazeta
says it will appeal the court's ruling.
2016 Oct 10, Russia's defence
ministry said that the country was poised to transform its naval
facility in the Syrian port city of Tartus into a permanent base.
2016 Oct 10, In Turkey Russia’s
President Vladimir Putin met counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in
Istanbul, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects on his
first visit to Turkey since a crisis in ties. Erdogan and Putin
reached a deal to proceed on the Turkish Stream project to carry
Russian natural gas to Turkey and on to the EU.
(AFP, 10/10/16)(SFC, 10/11/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 11, In Syria regime
ally Russia carried out its heaviest strikes in days on Aleppo. The
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 people, among them four
children, were killed in raids in the Bustan al-Qasr and Fardos
neighborhoods. At least five children were killed in rebel fire on a
school in the southern city of Daraa.
2016 Oct 12, Egypt's military
announced it will host Russian troops for war games along the
Mediterranean coast, the latest step in the two countries'
rapprochement and another sign of Moscow flexing its muscles in the
2016 Oct 14, The Russian city
of Orel unveiled the country’s first monument to Czar Ivan the
Terrible, who reigned from 1547-1584.
(SFC, 10/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 14, Russian President
Vladimir Putin ratified an agreement with the Syrian government that
allows Russia to use the Hmeimim air base in Syria indefinitely.
2016 Oct 14, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said Russian
and Syrian warplanes again pounded Aleppo’s opposition-controlled
eastern districts, though it did not have any immediate information
2016 Oct 16, The European Space
Agency dispatched an experimental probe on the final leg of its
quest to land on Mars, part of a mission aimed at exploring the red
planet's atmosphere and searching for signs of life. The ExoMars
mission was a joint endeavor by Europe’s and Russia’s space
(AP, 10/16/16)(Econ, 10/22/16, p.71)
2016 Oct 17, The
editor-in-chief of Kremlin-funded television network RT said that
all its bank accounts in Britain have been closed down.
2016 Oct 17, A Lithuanian court
called former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to testify in a mass
trial related to the 1991 crackdown on the country's independence
2016 Oct 17, In Syria
airstrikes by Russian warplanes on rebel-held areas in the northern
province of Aleppo killed at least 36 people, including children.
2016 Oct 18, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said airstrikes in Syria were to be suspended
starting from 10 a.m. today. He said the suspension is intended to
prepare for the opening of humanitarian corridors for the rebels to
2016 Oct 18, Lithuanian
President Dalia Grybauskaite said Russia's transfer of
nuclear-capable missiles to its western outpost of Kaliningrad this
month was an aggressive move against the whole of Europe.
2016 Oct 19, In Kazakhstan two
Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut soared into orbit in a Soyuz
spacecraft at the start of a two-day journey to the International
2016 Oct 19, In Syria a pause
in Russian and Syrian strikes on Aleppo held into a second day,
ahead of a brief ceasefire aimed at allowing civilians and rebels to
quit the devastated city. Around 620 rebels and their families began
evacuating the besieged town of Moadamiyat al-Sham, southwest of
Damascus, under a deal with the government.
2016 Oct 20, The Syrian
military said a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into
force to allow people to leave eastern Aleppo, a move rejected by
rebels who say they are preparing a counter-offensive to break the
blockade. Russia has told the United Nations it will stop bombing
eastern Aleppo for 11 hours a day for four days.
2016 Oct 21, In Russia 3 crew
members and 16 passengers died when the Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter
came down late today in adverse weather conditions in northwest
2016 Oct 23, In Russia 3 people
were killed and 13 others injured after an explosion, believed to
have been caused by gas, hit a high-rise apartment building in
2016 Oct 23, Russian police
killed two suspected terrorists in a shootout in in Nizhny Novgorod.
A bomb was found in the suspects' car.
2016 Oct 24, Syrian government
forces and their allies captured strategic high ground in embattled
Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad —
said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting
in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts. 16 civilians, including
three children, were killed in heavy bombardment across rebel-held
(AP, 10/24/16)(AFP, 10/24/16)
2016 Oct 28, The UN General
Assembly voted Russia off the Human Rights Council.
(SFC, 10/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 30, A Russian Soyuz
space capsule landed in Kazakhstan, bringing astronauts Kate Rubins
of NASA, Japan's Takuya Onishi and Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia back
to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space
2016 Oct, Russian blogger
Ruslan Sokolovsky was detained for posting a video on his blog
showing him playing “Pokemon Go" on his phone in a church on the
supposed site of where the last Russian czar and his family were
killed in Yekaterinburg. On May 11, 2017, he was convicted of
inciting religious hatred and given a suspended sentence.
(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A2)
2016 Oct, The US began beaming
“Current Time," a 24-hour Russian language TV channel, to Russia. It
was only available online or by satellite.
(Econ 6/17/17, p.26)
2016 Nov 1, Britain's Treasury
Chief Philip Hammond promised that the UK will strike back against
cyberattacks amid fears that state-sponsored hackers jeopardize
society. The Kremlin dismissed as untrue allegations by the head of
Britain's MI5 intelligence agency that Russia is mounting
cyber-attacks and other aggressive measures which pose a growing
threat to Britain.
(AP, 11/1/16)(Reuters, 11/1/16)
2016 Nov 2, In Russia the
Moscow office of rights group Amnesty International was sealed off
by municipal officials without warning and staff could not get
2016 Nov 2, Moscow declared a
10-hour humanitarian truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia seeks "honest
cooperation" for a political solution in Syria -- "the sooner the
better". Russia said it would extend the moratorium to Nov 4.
(AFP, 11/2/16)(SFC, 11/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 3, Moscow declared a
10-hour humanitarian truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia seeks "honest
cooperation" for a political solution in Syria -- "the sooner the
better". Russia said it would extend the moratorium to Nov 4.
(AFP, 11/2/16)(SFC, 11/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 3, The Russian
Parliament adopted an anti-doping bill that includes prison terms
for coaches found guilty of coercing young athletes into using
2016 Nov 6, In Russia a gas
explosion hit a two-story apartment building before dawn in Ivanovo,
250 km (150 miles) northeast of Moscow. Six people were killed and
four seriously injured.
2016 Nov 9, President Vladimir
Putin said Russia is ready to do its part to fully restore ties with
Washington following the election of businessman Donald Trump as the
next US President.
2016 Nov 15, Russian President
Vladimir Putin dismissed Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev over
allegations he extorted a $2 million bribe from top oil producer
Rosneft, a case that could expose fault lines in the Russian
leader's inner circle.
2016 Nov 15, Russia launched
coordinated missile strikes against rebels in Syria and Moscow for
the first time used its only aircraft carrier in combat.
2016 Nov 16, Russia dealt the
International Criminal Court a fresh blow as the court's top
officials urged nations to support the tribunal hit by a wave of
unprecedented defections. Moscow has never ratified the world's only
permanent war crimes court, but in a heavily symbolic move on the
opening day of the ICC's annual meeting, it said it was formally
withdrawing its signature to the tribunal's founding Rome Statute.
2016 Nov 16, Russia overturned
a criminal conviction against opposition politician Alexei Navalny
following a European court decision, but ruled he must face a fresh
trial. He was convicted of embezzlement in 2013 along with a
businessman associate in a trial he and his supporters see as
2016 Nov 16, Russian security
services raided the offices of Rosnano, a state technology company
headed by Anatoly Chubais, an economic reformer of the 1990s.
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.45)
2016 Nov 17, In Russia economy
minister Alexei Ulyukayev was arrested on bribery charges. He was
the first serving cabinet minister to be arrested in decades.
2016 Nov 25, Russian President
Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to US actor Steven
Seagal (64) and said he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how the
fractious ties between Moscow and Washington are starting to
2016 Nov 25, Russian aircraft
maker MiG said Vano Mikoyan (b.1927), one of the developers of the
MiG fighter jets for the Soviet and then Russian air force, has
2016 Nov 29, Russian government
officials said they plan to send 100,000 tons of wheat in
humanitarian aid to Syria this year.
2016 Nov 29, Libyan military
commander Khalifa Haftar, the dominant figure in the divided
country's east, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow
and said he was seeking Russia’s help in his fight against Islamist
militants at home.
2016 Nov 29, Pirates hijacked
the Greek-flagged Saronic Breeze off the coast of Benin and sailed
the vessel to Nigeria before abandoning it near the southeastern oil
capital of Port Harcourt. A Russian captain and two crewmen were
2016 Nov 30, President Vladimir
Putin named deputy finance minister Maxim Oreshkin (34) as Russia's
new economy minister, two weeks after former economy minister Alexei
Ulyukayev was detained and accused of bribery.
2016 Nov, Russia announced the
placement of missile defense systems on Etorofu and Kunashiri
islands, part of the lower Kurile island chain also claimed by
(Econ, 12/10/16, p.40)
2016 Nov, In Russia a cull of
reindeer began in the northern Yamal region. The cull this year was
raised from 70,000 to 100,000 and would continue to the end of
January. Opponents of the plan said traditional pasture lands of the
Nenets people are disappearing due to the growth of the oil and gas
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A6)
2016 Dec 1, In Kazakhstan an
unmanned Russian cargo ship blasted with a load of supplies to the
International Space Station, but Russian space officials said they
weren't getting data from it. The Progress MSD-04 cargo craft broke
up over Siberia.
(AP, 12/1/16)(SFC, 12/2/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 4, In Russia at least
12 people, including nine members of a children's acrobatics team,
were killed in a road collision in eastern Siberia.
2016 Dec 5, In Syria opposition
rebel shelling in Aleppo killed two nurses and eight
(SFC, 12/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 7, The CEO of Rosneft,
Russia’s state-controlled oil company, said that it had agreed to
sell a 19.5 percent stake to Swiss commodities giant Glencore and
Qatar's sovereign wealth fund.
2016 Dec 7, In Ireland a Dublin
judge ordered Irish authorities to unfreeze 100 million euros ($107
million) in cash belonging to exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, ruling that police had provided no evidence that the
funds were illegally gained as Russia contends.
2016 Dec 8, Germany's domestic
intelligence agency said Russia is trying to destabilize German
society with propaganda and cyberattacks ahead of the country's
2016 Dec 9, In France Kazakh
opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov was released from prison after
France's highest administrative authority blocked his extradition to
Russia, where he is accused of embezzling billions of dollars.
2016 Dec 9, Syrian warplanes
launched fresh raids on the last rebel-held districts in Aleppo, as
key regime ally Russia vowed the assault would continue until
opposition fighters left the battleground city. The UN human rights
office said hundreds of men from eastern Aleppo have gone missing
after leaving rebel-held areas.
(AFP, 12/9/16)(Reuters, 12/9/16)
2016 Dec 9, A senior US
official said the CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the
2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White
House, and not just to undermine confidence in the US electoral
system. The next day Trump challenged the veracity of the CIA
(Reuters, 12/10/16)(SSFC, 12/11/16, p.A10)
2016 Dec 10, OPEC and other
non-OPEC producers, including Russia, reached their first deal since
2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut after more
than two years of low prices that overstretched many budgets and
spurred unrest in some countries.
(Reuters, 12/10/16)(SSFC, 12/11/16, p.A4)
2016 Dec 10, Syria's military
and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo as
Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back
and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week. Hundreds
more civilians fled what remained of the opposition's enclave in
(Reuters, 12/10/16)(AP, 12/10/16)
2016 Dec 12, Italian energy
company Eni said it would sell a 30 percent stake in an offshore
Egyptian gas field to Rosneft. The Russian company will pay $1.125
billion for the holding in the Shorouk concession, which contains
the giant Zohr gas field, and $450 million to cover past
expenditures on the project.
2016 Dec 13, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny (40) announced he would run for president in
2018 after a court victory allowed the outspoken Kremlin critic to
be a candidate.
2016 Dec 15, Japan and Russia
agreed at a hot spring resort in southwest Japan to revive security
talks and start discussing economic cooperation on disputed islands
at the core of a row that has kept them from signing a peace treaty
formally ending WWII.
2016 Dec 15, Serbia's PM
Aleksandar Vucic said Russia will arm Serbia with fighter jets to
boost its defenses amid a row with neighboring Croatia, a member of
2016 Dec 15, President Barack
Obama promised that the US will retaliate against Russia for its
suspected meddling in America's election process, an accusation the
Kremlin has vehemently denied.
2016 Dec 16, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of
talks, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a
territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two.
2016 Dec 18, A Russian
Investigative Committee said that at least 18 people were poisoned
after consuming a bath lotion containing methanol in Irkutsk. Eight
of them have died and the 10 others have been hospitalized in grave
condition. By Dec 19 the death toll had reached 49.
(AP, 12/18/16)(AP, 12/19/16)
2016 Dec 19, The European Union
extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months after
completing the legislative process for a decision endorsed last week
by national leaders at an EU summit.
2016 Dec 19, Serbia said that
it will purchase six Russian MiG-29 combat jets in a move likely to
add to tensions in the Balkans amid Moscow's apparent efforts to
prevent the volatile European region from joining Western
2016 Dec 20, In Syria President
Bashar al-Assad's army closed in on the last rebel enclave in
Aleppo. Russia, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to help broker
a Syrian peace deal. They adopted a document they called the "Moscow
Declaration", which set out the principles that any peace agreement
2016 Dec 21, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin demanded restrictions on the sale of surrogate
alcohol. At least 77 people died in the Irkutsk region of Siberia
from drinking bath oil laced with methylated spirit in search of
(Reuters, 12/21/16)(SFC, 12/23/16, p.A2)(Reuters,
2016 Dec 21, The Kremlin said
it did not expect the incoming US administration to reject NATO
enlargement overnight and that almost all communications channels
between Russia and the United States were frozen.
2016 Dec 22, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russian air strikes in Syria have killed
35,000 rebel fighters since the start of operations there and
prevented the collapse of the Syrian state.
2016 Dec 25, A Russian military
Tu-154 plane carrying members of the world-famous Russian army choir
to Syria crashed into the Black Sea killing 92 people on board.
2016 Dec 26, Russia’s Defense
Ministry said its troops have found mass graves in Syria’s Aleppo
with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation.
(SFC, 12/27/16, p.A3)
2016 Dec 27, Representatives of
Russia, China and Pakistan met in Moscow and warned that the
influence of Islamic State (IS) was growing in Afghanistan and that
the security situation there was deteriorating.
2016 Dec 27, Russian rescuers
the clock found the main black box from the Syria-bound military
plane that crashed Dec 25 into the Black Sea with 92 people on
2016 Dec 27, Russia activated a
pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea with President Vladimir
Putin hailing it as a step that would power economic growth on a
peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
2016 Dec 27, Russia said that a
US decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened
the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a
move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria.
2016 Dec 28, Russian
investigators said they had opened a criminal case into a group of
men who filmed themselves crushing a bear to death by repeatedly
driving over it in off-road vehicles in the Siberian tundra.
2016 Dec 28, In Latvia US
senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues
called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the
presidential election by hacking American political sites and email
2016 Dec 28, International
observer body the Organization for Security and Co-operation in
Europe (OSCE) confirmed being the victim of a "major" cyber-attack
in early November. The Russian hacker’s group APT28 was believed to
be behind the attack.
2016 Dec 28, Turkish state
media said Turkey and Russia have agreed a ceasefire for all of
Syria that should come into force at midnight, but rebel groups said
no such official truce had been agreed.
2016 Dec 29, Russia's security
agencies said they have arrested seven people in Dagestan suspected
of preparing New Year's terror attacks in Moscow on orders from the
Islamic State group in Syria. One police officer and two suspected
militants were killed in a shootout outside the city of Khasavyurt,
(AP, 12/29/16)(AP, 12/30/16)
2016 Dec 29, Syria's army and
key ally Russia announced a nationwide ceasefire to take effect at
midnight, in a major potential breakthrough after nearly six years
of civil war. The ceasefire did not include Islamic State or the
Kurdish YPG militia.
(AFP, 12/29/16)(Reuters, 12/29/16)
2016 Dec 29, Pres. Obama
sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials,
kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned
compounds in the US in response to Russian election hacking.
(SFC, 12/30/16, p.A1)
2016 Dec 29, Michael Flynn, the
national security advisor to US Pres.-elect Donald Trump, spoke on
the phone in Washington to Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Flynn
later denied having discussed the new US sanctions against Russia,
but it turned out that he did. On Feb 13, 2017, Pres. Donald Trump
removed Flynn as national security advisor.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.10, 21)
2016 Dec 30, Vermont’s
Burlington Electric Department confirmed it had found on one of its
laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland
Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.
2016 Dec, In Russia Ruslan
Stoyanov, head of Kaspersky Labs computer incidents investigations
unit, was arrested. Stoyanov was arrested along with a senior
Russian FSB intelligence officer and both faced charges of treason.
Kaspersky later said the investigation dated back to the time before
Stoyanov was hired by Kaspersky.
2016 Charles Clover authored
“Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism."
(Econ, 4/23/16, p.72)
2017 Jan 5, America's top
intelligence official said that Russia undoubtedly interfered in the
US 2016 presidential election but stopped short of using the
explosive description "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call
isn't within the purview of the US intelligence community. Senior US
officials said the CIA has identified Russian officials who fed
material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party
leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir
Putin through third parties.
(AP, 1/5/17)(Reuters, 1/6/17)
2017 Jan 6, Russia's military
said it has begun scaling down its deployment to Syria, as the
regime intensified its bombardment of a rebel-held district home to
the capital's main water source.
2017 Jan 11, President-elect
Donald Trump angrily denounced the publishing of claims he had been
caught in a compromising position in Russia and attacked US
intelligence agencies over the leak of the information. President
Vladimir Putin's spokesman said the Kremlin has not collected
compromising information about Trump.
2017 Jan 11, Eastern Libyan
military commander Khalifa Haftar was given a tour of a Russian
aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, a show of Kremlin support for
the faction leader who opposes Libya's UN-backed government.
2017 Jan 17, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia's policy of refusing to allow
Americans to adopt Russian children was discriminatory, a decision
Moscow said it would appeal.
2017 Jan 17, Moldova's new
Pres. Igor Dodon, who is visiting Russia on his first trip abroad,
voiced hope for rebuilding "strategic" ties with Moscow and hinted
that the ex-Soviet nation could eventually shelve a trade pact with
the European Union.
2017 Jan 17, In Syria Russian
warplanes carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets south of
al-Bab in coordination with Turkey.
2017 Jan 17, Ukraine said it
has filed a case against Russia at the United Nations' highest
court, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly
funding separatist rebel groups in eastern Ukraine. Kiev also is
seeking compensation for deadly incidents including the 2014
shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
2017 Jan 18, Russian
authorities said they have extended US intelligence leaker Edward
Snowden's Russian residency permit by three years.
2017 Jan 18, Syria and Russia
signed an agreement allowing Russia to significantly expand its
naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartus and keep using it
for 49 years.
2017 Jan 21, A group of Russian
hackers claimed to have shut down the website of the African Cup of
Nations soccer tournament in a protest at organizers holding it in
Gabon, where Pres. Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed
elections last year.
2017 Jan 21, Russian security
forces in Dagestan tracked down and killed two suspected militants
in the village of Vperyod, Kizlyar region.
2017 Jan 21, In Syria six
Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in
Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.
2017 Jan 23, In Kazakhstan
indirect 2-day talks began in Astana between the Syrian government
and rebels. The talks were hosted by Russia, Turkey and Iran.
(Reuters, 1/23/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.39)
2017 Jan 24, The Russian
military says its bombers have struck Islamic State positions in the
province of Deir el-Zour in the third such raid in four days.
2017 Jan 24, In Kazakhstan
Russia, Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring
parties and agreed to monitor its compliance. On the ground rebels
faced continued fighting on two fronts, which could undermine the
2017 Jan 25, In Syria six
long-range Russian bombers struck Islamic State targets in Deir
2017 Jan 28, In Russia over
2,000 people rallied in St. Petersburg to protest plans by the city
authorities to give the landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral to the
Russian Orthodox Church amid an increasingly passionate debate over
the relationship between the church and state.
2017 Jan 29, In Dagestan
Russian security forces killed three suspected militants during a
firefight in the town of Khasavyurt.
2017 Jan 30, In Syria six
long-range Russian bombers launched an air strike against Islamic
State positions in Deir al-Zor province, destroying two command
points and several arms storehouses.
2017 Jan 31, Russia sources
said Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev, who worked for the cyber
wing of Russia's FSB domestic intelligence service until their
arrests in December, are accused of cooperating with the CIA. Ruslan
Stoyanov, head of the investigation unit at Moscow-based
cybersecurity giant Kaspersky, was also reported detained.
(AP, 1/31/17)(AFP, 2/1/17)
2017 Feb 1, Libyan sources said
around 70 soldiers from the forces of commander Khalifa Haftar have
been sent to Russia for treatment, in one of the first overt signs
of cooperation between Moscow and one of Libya's armed factions.
2017 Feb 2, Kremlin critic
Vladimir Kara-Murza (35) was hospitalized after collapsing in
Moscow. On Feb 7 his wife said he suffered from "acute poisoning" by
an unknown substance, two years after a suspected poisoning nearly
2017 Feb 2, Belarus said it
suspected Russia was trying to restore a formal border zone between
the two countries, a move it said flouted agreements on freedom of
movement and trade and raised questions about Moscow's real intent.
2017 Feb 2, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia violated the rights of opposition
politician and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny by breaking
up demonstrations and detaining him on seven occasions between 2012
2017 Feb 2, The US Treasury
Department said it will allow companies to do some transactions with
Russia's Security Service (FSB), despite cyber-sanctions put in
place by former President Barack Obama.
2017 Feb 3, Belarussian
President Alexander Lukashenko said a Russian move to create border
zones near his country's frontier looked like a political attack and
that Moscow had threatened to halve oil supplies to Minsk.
2017 Feb 4, Alexei Navalny,
Russia's most prominent opposition figure, opened his first regional
office for a presidential bid, despite an imminent court verdict
that could bar him from running.
2017 Feb 4, It was reported
that Louis Marinelli, leader of the “Yes California" campaign to
make California its own country, has partnered and received
financial support from the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, a
Kremlin-supported political group. Marinelli was reported to be
living and teaching in Russia.
(SFC, 2/4/17, p.A1)
2017 Feb 6, The EU’s top
diplomats vowed to uphold sanctions against Russia for destabilizing
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 8, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny accused the Kremlin of trying to block him
from running in next year's presidential election after a court
found him guilty of embezzlement. A court in Kirov found Navalny
guilty of embezzlement in relation to a timber firm called Kirovles,
and gave him a five-year suspended prison sentence.
2017 Feb 9, In northern Syria a
Russian warplane "accidentally" hit a building on with Turkish
soldiers inside, killing at least three troops and wounding 11 near
al-Bab. Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government
forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, the first confrontation
between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area.
(AP, 2/9/17)(Reuters, 2/10/17)
2017 Feb 16, In Syria four
Russian servicemen were killed when they their vehicle was struck by
a roadside in the center of the country. The loss raised the total
Russian combat casualties so far in Syria's war to 27.
2017 Feb 18, The Kremlin
announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order
for Russia to recognize passports and other documents issued by
separatist rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine. Russian lawmaker,
Vladimir Dzhabarov, said the measure does not formally recognize the
rebel authorities as legitimate.
2017 Feb 18, Russia's Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said after meeting with his Ukrainian, German
and French counterparts in Munich that a Feb. 20 ceasefire between
Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists has been agreed.
2017 Feb 20, Vitaly Churkin,
Russia's envoy to the United Nations, died suddenly in New York, one
day before turning 65.
2017 Feb 21, Ukraine's Pres.
Petro Poroshenko called for new sanctions against Russia over its
decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in
eastern Ukraine, while the Kremlin accused Ukraine of denying vital
documents to people in the rebel regions.
2017 Feb 22, Russia's highest
court overturned the conviction of Ildar Dadin, a jailed opposition
activist, and ordered him released more than a year after he was
sent to prison. In December 2015 became the first person to be
convicted of breaking a new law against protesters.
2017 Feb 22, Russia
successfully launched a cargo ship to the International Space
Station (ISS) from Kazakhstan.
2017 Feb 26, Thousands of
Russians marched through Moscow shouting slogans such as "Russia
will be free!" and "Putin is war!" to mark two years since
opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.
2017 Feb 26, Russian opposition
activist Ildar Dadin was released from his jail in the remote Altai
region in southern Siberia after Russia's Supreme Court annulled his
2½-year sentence last week because of procedural violations.
2017 Feb 26, The United States
called on Russia to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine,
accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting
2017 Feb, Russia’s state-owned
Rosneft signed a cooperation agreement with Libya’s National Oil
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Mar 2, Russian opposition
politician Alexei Navalny accused PM Dmitry Medvedev of controlling
a property empire including mansions, yachts and vineyards financed
by oligarchs through a network of shadowy non-profit organizations.
2017 Mar 6, Russian and South
African communications officials pledged to work on collaborative
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Mar 6, Ukraine’s deputy
foreign minister accused Russia of financing terrorism by shipping
arms, ammunition and funds to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine
and of discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean
(SFC, 3/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 7, Russia’s Culture
Ministry said children under age 16 won't be able to go to the new
Disney film "Beauty and the Beast" in Russia because it includes a
2017 Mar 7, In Turkey the top
generals of the Turkish, Russian and US military met in Antalya in a
bid to step up coordination in Syria and avoid clashes between rival
forces in the fight against IS.
2017 Mar 9, It was reported
that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has dismissed 10 senior law
2017 Mar 9, Moldova's
parliament accused Russia's intelligence service of intimidating
politicians, following an investigation into alleged money
laundering by Russian officials.
2017 Mar 13, The EU said it has
prolonged for six months until Sept. 15 a blacklist of Russian and
Crimean individuals and firms accused of undermining Ukraine's
integrity and independence.
2017 Mar 14, RIA news agency
reported that President Vladimir Putin has approved a decree
allowing some troops from Georgia's breakaway region of South
Ossetia to be incorporated into the Russian army.
2017 Mar 14, Russian-led peace
talks on Syria were derailed as rebels backed by Turkey boycotted a
third round of meetings in Kazakhstan and the Kremlin indicated
there were international divisions over the process.
2017 Mar 15, United States
charged two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers with
masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts, the
first time the U.S. government has criminally charged Russian spies
for cyber offences. The indictment named the FSB officers involved
as Dmitry Dokuchaev and his superior, Igor Sushchin, who are both in
Russia. The alleged criminals involved included Alexsey Belan and
Karim Baratov, who was arrested in Canada a day earlier. Belan was
arrested in Europe in June 2013 but escaped to Russia before he
could be extradited to the US.
2017 Mar 18, Russian
authorities said Vladimir Evdokimov (56), a former top space agency
official, has been found dead with two stab wounds in a prison where
he was being held on charges of embezzlement. He had been jailed in
December on charges of embezzling 200 million rubles ($3.1 million)
from the MiG aerospace company.
2017 Mar 19, Russia concluded
an agreement with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to set up a
military base in northwestern Syria. Russia will be training YPG
fighters, who control the area, as part of the fight against
2017 Mar 20, Japan and Russia
agreed to step up work toward resolving a longstanding territorial
dispute through cooperation in a range of areas.
2017 Mar 20, A Russian group of
reporters said they have uncovered details of a complex system in
which $21 billion were allegedly transferred illegally out of the
country through a network of banks. The reporters in Moscow had
obtained bank records that show that funds were transferred
worldwide via 112 bank accounts in Eastern Europe.
2017 Mar 21, Bosnia and Russia
signed an agreement to settle Moscow's $125 million Soviet-era debt
to the Balkan country. In 2003, Russia took over the responsibility
for the Soviet Union's debt to the former Yugoslavia estimated at
2017 Mar 22, Tensions between
Russia and Ukraine spread to the May Eurovision Song Contest after
Kiev banned Russian contestant Yuliya Samoilova (27) from entering
the country over a past performance in Moscow-annexed Crimea.
2017 Mar 22, The US White House
acknowledged that Paul Manafort, Pres. Donald Trump’s former
campaign manager, had worked for a Russian billionaire to advance
the interests of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. Manafort had signed a
$10 million contract in 2006 with Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin
ally, in a business relationship that lasted to at least 2009.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 23, In Ukraine former
Russian parliamentarian Denis Voronenkov (45) was killed by an
assailant who was armed with a pistol and later died in hospital
after being shot in the chest and head by Voronenkov's bodyguard.
Voronenkov was key witness in a treason case against former leader
Viktor Yanukovich. Ukraine soon identified the assailant as Pavel
Parshov (28) and said he had been trained in Russia by Russian
(Reuters, 3/23/17)(AP, 3/24/17)
2017 Mar 23, In Ukraine fire
and explosions caused the detonation of ammunition in several sites
at a military base at in Balaklia in the Kharkiv region. One woman
was found dead in a home that was hit by a shell. Ukraine suspected
the Russian military or its separatist rebel proxies were
responsible and cited a possible drone attack.
(AP, 3/23/17)(AP, 3/24/17)
2017 Mar 24, President Vladimir
Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le
Pen in the Kremlin, bestowing a level of international recognition
that has so far eluded her in the countdown to France's presidential
2017 Mar 24, In Chechnya six
Russian soldiers were killed after successfully repelling an assault
on a military facility at Naurskaya. The Islamic State militant
group claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 26, Russian police
detained dozens of protesters across the country, including
opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the
streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation
of PM Dmitry Medvedev. Riot police arrested more than 1,000 people
in Moscow alone.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.43)
2017 Mar 27, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days behind bars and fined
after staging the biggest anti-corruption protests in years, an act
branded a "provocation" by the Kremlin.
2017 Mar 30, Visa requirement
between Russia and South Africa were scrapped allowing up to 90 days
of trouble-free travel.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Mar 31, Russian
prosecutors moved to block calls on social networks for more street
protests in Moscow and other Russian cities following a wave of
rallies that have cast a new challenge to the Kremlin.
2017 Mar, Russia’s Ministry of
Justice asked the Supreme Court to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Christian denomination. Members in Russia numbered about 170,000.
(SFC, 4/5/17, p.A5)
2017 Apr 1, Russian
investigators opened a criminal case against unidentified internet
users calling for what authorities say is an illegal anti-government
protest in central Moscow on April 2.
2017 Apr 1, Acclaimed Russian
poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b.1932) died in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1961
he gained international acclaim with the poem “Babi Yar," that told
of the Nazi slaughter of almost 34,000 Jews and denounced the
anti-Semitism that had spread throughout the Soviet Union.
(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.C11)
2017 Apr 2, In Russia police
detained more than 20 anti-corruption protesters who took to the
streets of Moscow in a follow-up of last week's large-scale
2017 Apr 3, In Russia an
explosion ripped through a subway train in St. Petersburg, killing
14 people and injuring 50 others. The blast came as Russian
President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city, his hometown. Within
two hours authorities found and deactivated another bomb at a
separate busy St. Petersburg subway station, Vosstaniya Square by
the Moscow railway station. Kyrgyz officials soon identified the
suspected suicide bomber as Akbarzhon Jalilov (Akbarjon Djalilov),
born in the city of Osh in 1995. One of the injured people died on
April 21, raising the death toll to 15. On May 11 suspects Bakhram
Ergashev, Ibragimzhon Ermatov and Makhamadyusuf Mirzaalimov were
charged with involvement in a "terrorist act" and with having
illegally used explosives. Seven other suspects awaited charges.
(AP, 4/3/17)(Reuters, 4/4/17)(AFP, 4/21/17)(AFP,
2017 Apr 4, In Russia two
suspects shot two traffic police officers dead at point-blank range
and seized their weapons in the city of Astrakhan.
2017 Apr 6, Russian security
agents arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber
accused of attacking the St. Petersburg subway on April 3 and
deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where the suspects
2017 Apr 6, In Russia the
National Guard in the city of Astrakhan found suspects, who had
killed two traffic police on April 4. They refused to surrender and
fired back at officers. In the ensuing gunbattle, all four gunmen
were killed and three National Guard officers were wounded.
2017 Apr 6, Pres. Trump
announced a missile barrage on an air base in Syria in retaliation
against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack
against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war. US
officials informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes.
(AP, 4/7/17)(Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017 Apr 7, Russian PM Dmitry
Medvedev complained that US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian
airbase were one step away from clashing with the Russian military.
Russia the US-led coalition of its intent to suspend a communication
channel for avoiding air accidents in the crowded airspace over
2017 Apr 7, In Spain Russian
computer programmer, Pyotr Levashov, was arrested in the city of
Barcelona. Levashov was suspected of being involved in hacking
attacks linked to alleged interference in last year's US election.
2017 Apr 8, Russia said
cosmonaut Georgy Grechko (85) has died. He made three trips into
space (1975 – 1985), spending a total of 134 days off the Earth. His
longest was a stay of more than three months aboard the Salyut-6
space station in 1977-78.
2017 Apr 10, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny walked free after spending 15 days in jail
over a rally he led against alleged massive corruption by PM Dmitry
2017 Apr 10, In Kazakhstan NASA
astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russia's Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei
Borisenko touched down after spending 173 days in space.
2017 Apr 11, The Russian
Defence Ministry said on that two of its soldiers had been killed in
a mortar attack in Syria and a third was fighting for his life.
2017 Apr 11, G7 industrialized
nations meeting in Rome urged Russia to pressure the Syrian
government to end the six-year civil war, but rejected a British
call to impose new sanctions on Moscow over its support of President
2017 Apr 12, Russian President
Vladimir Putin met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in
Moscow as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a
chemical weapons attack in Syria. Putin used the meeting to give his
views on why US-Russian relations had reached such a low point.
(AP, 4/12/17)(Reuters, 4/13/17)
2017 Apr 12, Russia banned the
use on its territory of US-based Zello, a smartphone app widely used
like a walkie-talkie to organize demonstrations and other
gatherings. A Russian law demands that Internet services store
copies in Russia of all messages sent via them for six months and
make them available to authorities on demand.
2017 Apr 12, President Donald
Trump declared that US relations with Russia "may be at an all-time
low." His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the
other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President
Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
2017 Apr 13, Russian police
stormed into the home of nationalist leader Vyacheslav Maltsev and
taken him to Moscow for questioning. Maltsev was being questioned in
connection with an investigation into an attack on a policeman at an
opposition rally in Moscow last month.
2017 Apr 13, A Russian court
said billionaire Alisher Usmanov has launched legal action against
opposition leader Alexei Navalny over an accusation of bribery in
his report into alleged corruption by PM Dmitry Medvedev.
2017 Apr 13, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia failed to adequately protect
victims of a 2004 school siege in the city of Beslan that left more
than 330 people dead. Moscow said it would appeal.
2017 Apr 13, Russia's state-run
Channel One said it would not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest,
after rejecting proposals for contestant Yulia Samoilova to take
part via video link or be replaced, after Ukraine slapped her with
an entry ban over a concert she gave in annexed Crimea.
2017 Apr 13, The UN demanded
that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention and killing of gay and
bisexual men. Russia’s Novaya Gazeta had recently published a series
of reports saying recent waves of crackdowns in Chechnya have seen
more than 100 men arrested and at least three killed.
(SFC, 4/14/17, p.A2)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.44)
2017 Apr 13, US President
Donald Trump said "things will work out fine" between the United
States and Russia, a day after he said US-Russian relations may be
at an all-time low.
2017 Apr 17, Russian officials
announced an agreement with Google to settle a two-year-old case
against Google for requiring the pre-installation of some of its
apps on mobile devices using the Android system. Google is to pay
439 million roubles ($7.8 million) in fines and will not limit the
pre-installation of third-party apps.
2017 Apr 19, Russian
counterintelligence agency FSB said two suspects, both from Central
Asia, were killed in a shootout when they resisted arrest in a home
in the Vladimir region east of Moscow.
2017 Apr 19, Russian journalist
Nikolai Andrushchenko (73) died of his injuries six weeks after
being attacked in St. Petersburg. His assault was linked to articles
in the newspaper about corruption in St. Petersburg.
2017 Apr 19, Judges at the UN's
highest court rejected a Ukrainian interim request to order Russia
to stop supporting troops in the east of the country, saying its
request did not meet legal requirements under an international
terrorism treaty. The court ordered Russia to halt discrimination of
ethnic Crimean Tartars.
2017 Apr 20, Russia’s Supreme
Court declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization,
banning the group from operating on Russian territory and putting
more than 170,000 worshippers in the same category as Islamic State
(SFC, 4/21/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 21, In far eastern
Russia an armed man killed two people and injured another before he
was shot dead at the office of the FSB intelligence agency in
2017 Apr 21, In Russia the
leader of an Islamic State "sleeper cell" and one of the cell's
members was killed late today in a shootout with police in the
2017 Apr 21, PEN, a Norwegian
press advocacy group, finally gave an award to Edward Snowden in
Moscow after several failed attempts to win a legal guarantee in
Norway that the former National Security Agency contractor could
travel freely without risk of being extradited to the United States.
2017 Apr 24, Top US military
officials said the United States must confront Russia for providing
weapons to the Taliban for use against US-backed forces in
2017 Apr 25, Russia's justice
ministry restored public access to the financial reports of
charities linked to the prime minister after taking them off its
website following claims of corruption.
2017 Apr 25, Russian officials
announced they will begin supplying electricity to
separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian
government cut off the power because of millions in unpaid bills.
2017 Apr 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to discuss a dispute
over four islands that has kept the two countries from signing a
peace treaty ending World War II.
2017 Apr 27, The Kremlin said
that an opposition protest planned for April 29 was illegal and
police would deal with anyone who showed up accordingly. Russian
police raided the Moscow office of Open Russia, an organization
founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a top foe of President Vladimir
Putin. Open Russia, which helps opposition candidates and political
prisoners, called for the protest.
(Reuters, 4/27/17)(AP, 4/27/17)
2017 Apr 27, In Russia unknown
attackers doused opposition leader Alexei Navalny with green
antiseptic, burning one of his eyes.
2017 Apr 27, The Russian naval
intelligence ship Liman sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast after
colliding with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H carrying livestock. All
78 personnel on board were evacuated.
2017 Apr 28, In Russia Nataliya
Fyodorova, an activist of the liberal opposition Yabloko party,
suffered burns to her face and partial loss of her sight as a result
of an attack near the entrance to her apartment building. Fyodorova
has actively protested city development plans, including plans to
build a shopping center in her Moscow neighborhood.
2017 Apr 29, Several hundred
Russians lined up in central Moscow under the gaze of riot police to
hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit,
as similar protests took place in other cities. Police detained
dozens of activists in Saint Petersburg.
(Reuters, 4/29/17)(AFP, 4/29/17)
2017 May 1, Russian police
detained 17 young activists protesting against the persecution of
gay men in Chechnya at a May Day parade in Saint Petersburg.
2017 May 2, In Russia the
mayor’s office of Moscow published a list of 4,566 buildings, home
to some 1 million people, that will be up for demolition. It was
part of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s plan for an urban makeover. May
residents were furious.
(Econ 5/6/17, p.50)
2017 May 4, Russia blocked
access to Chinese social media app WeChat, developed by Tencent
Holdings, for failing to give its contact details to Roskomnadzor,
the Russian communications watchdog.
2017 May 4, It was reported
that France has granted political asylum to Russian artist Pyotr
Pavlensky (33), who once memorably nailed his scrotum to Red Square
to denounce state power.
2017 May 4, Iran, Russia and
Turkey signed an agreement calling for the setting up of four
"de-escalation zones" in war-torn Syria at the cease-fire talks in
Kazakhstan and said that President Bashar Assad's air force would
halt flights over the designated areas in the country's north,
center and south. Members of the Syrian opposition delegation
shouted in protest and walked out of the conference room in Astana.
The opposition said it could not accept creating safe zones in Syria
because it threatens the country's territorial integrity and said it
would also not recognize Iran as a guarantor of the peace plan.
(AP, 5/4/17)(Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017 May 5, Russian President
Vladimir Putin backed an official check into reported brutal attacks
on gay men in Chechnya in his first public comment after German
Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted him on the issue.
2017 May 5, Russia’s Defense
Ministry said the agreement on safe zones in Syria will come into
force from midnight tonight, but that its air force will continue
striking Islamic State elsewhere in the country.
2017 May 5, In France the
Cartooning for Peace group, founded by French cartoonist Plantu,
said cartoonists were increasingly becoming the victims of
repressive crackdowns on free speech. Ten countries including
Russia, Turkey and India were condemned for censoring, locking up or
threatening cartoonists in a new report published by the group.
2017 May 6, Russia's Defense
Ministry said its military chief of staff and the chairman of the US
joint chiefs of staff have confirmed their readiness to restore a
communications channel aimed at preventing midair incidents between
Russian and US warplanes over Syria.
2017 May 8, The Islamic State
group released a video showing the beheading of an alleged Russian
agent who it said had infiltrated its ranks as a fighter to spy on
the militant group. Moscow denied the claim.
2017 May 9, A Dutch appeals
court ruled that Russian authorities knowingly plunged oil giant
Yukos into bankruptcy in 2006 by ordering it to pay huge tax bills,
the latest ruling in a long-running battle over the assets of a
Dutch Yukos subsidiary.
2017 May 10, President Donald
Trump welcomed Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Vladimir to
the White House marking his highest level face-to-face contact with
a Russian government official since taking office. Before that
session, Lavrov stopped at the State Department to see Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson.
2017 May 12, A global
cyber-attack infected computers at businesses, healthcare facilities
and other organizations in dozens of countries, disrupting
operations at some facilities. Spain said several Spanish companies
had been targeted in ransomware cyberattack that affected the
Windows operating system of employees' computers. Kaspersky Lab, a
Russian cybersecurity firm, said it had recorded at least 45,000
attacks in as many as 74 countries.
(AP, 5/12/17)(Reuters, 5/13/17)(SFC, 5/13/17,
2017 May 12, Federal
prosecutors in New York announced late today a surprise settlement
between the US government and Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, the
owner of Prevezon Holdings. The Russian-owned group of companies
agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle US civil allegations that
the firms laundered proceeds of a $230 million tax fraud, ending a
politically charged case days before it was set to go to trial.
2017 May 13, Russia's central
bank said it had detected "massive" cyber-attacks on domestic banks,
which successfully thwarted them. State-owned Russian Railways also
successfully defended itself from a cyber-attack.
2017 May 14, In Russia
thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moscow to rally
against a bill to tear down Soviet-era low-rise apartment building.
2017 May 16, Ukraine imposed
sanctions on Russia's largest internet group Yandex and other
popular online firms, saying it wanted to guard against
cyber-attacks, and the Kremlin threatened retaliation.
2017 May 17, North Korea
launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok to
develop links and boost economic cooperation.
2017 May 19, Stanislav Petrov
(b.1939), a former Soviet military officer known in the West as "the
man who saved the world" for his role in averting a nuclear war over
a false missile warning at the height of the Cold War, died in
Fyazino, a scientific town in Moscow Oblast.
2017 May 19, The Venezuelan
Foreign Ministry announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has
promised to start delivering several tons of wheat each month after
speaking on the phone with President Nicolas Maduro.
2017 May 22, Turkey and Russia
signed a memorandum on lifting trade restrictions against each
other, after Ankara and Moscow agreed at a meeting this month to
settle trade disputes.
2017 May 26, In Russia a small
crowd gathered outside Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to watch
the unveiling of a 1.5 ton cube shaped like a six-sided die called
the “Monument to the Anonymous Peer Reviewer." The five visible
sides were carved with phrases such as “Minor Changes" and “Revise
(Econ 6/3/17, p.74)
2017 May 28, A Russian
airstrike targeting Islamic State leaders outside Raqqa reportedly
killed more than 300 militants. Russia announced the strike on June
16 and said IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been among those
(SFC, 6/17/17, p.A4)
2017 May 29, In Russia five
people were killed in Moscow by falling trees and one person died
after being hit by bus stop debris torn off by high winds as
thunderstorms and strong winds buffet the city and its surrounding
areas. The death toll soon rose to 16 with more than 200 others
(AP, 5/29/17)(Reuters, 5/30/17)
2017 May 29, French Pres.
Emanuel Macron held talks with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin at
Versailles. Macron pushed for cooperation on Syria and against the
Islamic State group and launched an attack on two Russian media
outlets he accused of spreading lying propaganda.
(SFC, 5/30/17, p.A2)
2017 May 29, Moldova's
pro-European Union government expelled five Russian diplomats, a
move the ex-Soviet country's Moscow-backed president Igor Dodon says
has led to the worst crisis in bilateral relations in 25 years.
2017 May 31, A Russian court
ruled against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a defamation lawsuit
brought by Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia's richest businessmen,
ordering the removal of a popular video from the internet, released
in March, which details PM Dmitry Medvedev’s alleged secret wealth.
Navalny vowed to appeal and refused to comply.
(Reuters, 5/31/17)(SFC, 6/1/17, p.A2)
2017 May 31, Russia's Foreign
Ministry said it had ordered two Estonian diplomats to leave Russia
within five days, a move it said was retaliation for Estonia's
expulsion of two Russian diplomats.
2017 May 31, The Russian
Foreign Ministry said it has ordered five Moldovan diplomats to
leave the country within three days, in retaliation for the
expulsion of five members of its embassy in Moldova earlier this
2017 May 31, The Russian
defense ministry said its warships have fire four cruise missiles at
Islamic State positions in the area of Palmyra, Syria. There was no
information on when the missiles were launched.
(SFC, 6/1/17, p.A4)
2017 Jun 2, A Russian Soyuz
capsule, carrying astronauts Russia's Oleg Novitsky and Thomas
Pesquet of France, landed in Kazakhstan after a half-year aboard the
International Space Station. NASA's Peggy Whitson's mission aboard
the space station has been extended by three months.
2017 Jun 3, In Russia a drunken
man shot nine people to death after an argument broke out during a
festive dinner in Redkino, about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of
2017 Jun 5, Natalya Sharina
(59), the head of Russia's only state-run Ukrainian library, was
convicted of inciting hatred against Russians in a case that she
compared to a Stalin-era political show trial. Masked police
arrested her in October 2015, confiscating books that the
authorities called illegal anti-Russian propaganda.
2017 Jun 5, Lithuania started
building a 130km fence on its border with the Russian exclave of
Kaliningrad in an attempt to curb smuggling and illegal immigration
and strengthen the EU's external border.
2017 Jun 8, Russia's President
Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed close ties
between the two nations during their meeting on the sidelines of a
summit of an alliance dominated by Moscow and Beijing. The leaders
are attending a two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (SCO), which also includes India, Pakistan and several
ex-Soviet Central Asian nations.
2017 Jun 8, Portugal's public
prosecutor brought charges of espionage, disclosing state secrets
and corruption against a Portuguese spy and a Russian secret service
agent. The two men were arrested in Rome. A statement said the
Portuguese spy is in custody in Lisbon but an Italian court refused
to extradite the Russian, who was freed.
2017 Jun 9, The Russian
parliament gave preliminary approval to a controversial plan to tear
down Soviet-era, low-rise apartment blocks that would relocate 1.6
million people in Moscow, as hundreds of protesters rallied outside.
The bill will go up for the third and final reading next week, where
it can only be adopted or rejected.
2017 Jun 10, In Russia Lom-Ali
Gaitukayev, one of five men convicted in 2014 for gunning down of
Kremlin critic Politkovskaya in 2006, died of liver failure while
serving a life term. Gaitukayev was the uncle of Rustam Makhmudov,
who was also handed a life term for shooting Politkovskaya outside
the block of flats where she lived. Former Moscow policeman Sergei
Khadjikurbanov was given a 20-year term for helping to prepare the
killing while two of Makhmudov's brothers were handed shorter terms.
2017 Jun 12, Russian
authorities detained opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Protest
gatherings in cities from Far East Pacific ports to St. Petersburg
were spearheaded by Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who has
become the Kremlin's most visible opponent. Police arrested 866
demonstrators in Moscow and 658 in St. Petersburg and about 50 of
them remained in custody a day later.
(AFP, 6/12/17)(AP, 6/12/17)(AP, 6/13/17)(Econ
2017 Jun 14, In Russia
Alexander Reimer, the former head of the penitentiary system, was
sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding the state. He was
convicted of taking part in selling electronic monitoring bracelets
to the prison service at inflated prices. Two other high-ranking
prison officials were also found guilty in the case and sentenced to
terms of up to six years.
2017 Jun 14, The US Senate
voted to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy and
individuals over its interference in the 2016 US election campaign
and its aggression in Syria and Ukraine. The measures were attached
to a bill targeting Iran.
2017 Jun 16, Russia announced
that the Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have
been killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria on May 28.
(AP, 6/16/17)(SFC, 6/17/17, p.A4)
2017 Jun 16, A Russian court
cut Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's jail term by five days after he
appealed a one-month sentence handed down this week for calling a
2017 Jun 20, The European Court
for Human Rights ruled that Russia’s law banning dissemination of
so-called gay propaganda to minors violates the right to freedom of
(SFC, 6/21/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 20, The Trump
administration announced that it has imposed sanctions on two
Russian officials and three dozen other individuals and companies
over Russian activities in the Ukraine. Soon after the announcement
Pres. Trump met with Ukraine’s Pres. Petro Poroshenko.
(SFC, 6/21/17, p.A3)
2017 Jun 21, Russian President
Vladimir Putin and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer signed a
statement on "strengthening a strategic dialogue on foreign policy
issues" following talks at the Kremlin.
2017 Jun 22, A Moscow court
sentenced Leonid Volkov, an ally of opposition leader Alexei
Navalny, to five days in jail for organizing a webcast of massive
anti-government protests earlier this month.
2017 Jun 25, Russian security
forces said they have killed two suspected militants during a gun
battle in the volatile Dagestan region.
2017 Jun 27, A major ransomware
attack hit computers at Russia's biggest oil company, the country's
banks, Ukraine's international airport as well as Danish global
shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk. Germany's Metro said its wholesale
stores in the Ukraine have been hit by a cyber-attack and the
retailer was assessing the impact.
2017 Jun 27, A Swiss government
information technology agency said ransomware known as Petya seems
to have re-emerged to affect computer systems across Europe, causing
issues primarily in Ukraine, Russia, England and India.
(Reuters, 6/27/17)(Econ 7/1/17, p.72)
2017 Jun 28, The European Union
officially extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months
for destabilizing Ukraine.
2017 Jun 29, A Russian court
convicted five Chechen men of murdering opposition leader Boris
Nemtsov in 2015, but the late politician's allies said the
investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had
ordered his killing remained at large.
2017 Jun 30, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin extended Russian counter-sanctions on the European
Union until the end of 2018. Russia said it has suspended payments
to the Council of Europe for this year, retaliation for its
delegation there being stripped of its voting rights after the
annexation of Crimea.
2017 Jul 2, In Russia fourteen
people died, two of them children, were killed when a long-haul
passenger bus collided with a truck 900 km (550 miles) east of
Moscow. In southern Russia a passenger car span out of control and
collided with a tree and a parked vehicle, killing five people
2017 Jul 4, China and Russia
proposed that North Korea declare a moratorium on nuclear and
missile tests while the United States and South Korea refrain from
large-scale military exercises.
2017 Jul 6, Russian
investigators raided the Moscow election headquarters of Kremlin
critic Alexei Navalny and police entered a warehouse, where
activists said they confiscated pre-election pamphlets.
2017 Jul 6, In Russia a Moscow
court sentenced Vladimir Anikeyev on a conviction of hacking the
accounts of several prominent Russians, including the spokeswoman
for PM Dmitry Medvedev. He was arrested last November, but the
arrest became known only after Russian news media reported that two
officials of the Federal Security Service's cybercrime unit had been
arrested on treason charges.
2017 Jul 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin told US President Donald Trump that Moscow had not
meddled in the US elections, and Trump accepted it, according to
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Trump and Putin engaged in a
conversation during a G20 dinner.
(Reuters, 7/8/17)(SFC, 7/19/17, p.A4)
2017 Jul 7, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail after serving 25 days
for organizing a wave of protests.
2017 Jul 9, US President Donald
Trump pledged to work "constructively" with Russia but ruled out an
immediate easing of sanctions while the countries remain at odds
over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
2017 Jul 9, US Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson told Russia that it must take the first steps to
reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine and that American and European
sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed course in the
2017 Jul 10, Russia’s PM Dmitry
Medvedev signed a package of anti-doping measures including orders
for the Russian Sports Ministry and national sports federations to
develop a scheme for "confiscating income and property from
athletes, coaches, doctors and other specialists" involved in doping
2017 Jul 10, Russia confirmed
that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had discussed forming a joint
Russian-US group on cyber security, an idea that has provoked uproar
in Washington, but said it was only a tentative proposal.
2017 Jul 12, A Moscow court
convicted one of Russia's most flamboyant tycoons, Sergei Polonsky
(44), of fraud. The property developer, who symbolized the excess of
the oil-fueled boom times, walked away a free man after the judge
said too much time had elapsed since his crime for the sentence to
have legal force.
2017 Jul 12, It was reported
that the Russian city of Vladivostok has embraced cheap North Korean
painters. Human rights groups said most of the laborer’s earnings
are confiscated by the state.
(SFC, 7/12/17, p.A3)
2017 Jul 13, A Russian court
sentenced Zaur Dadayev, convicted of murdering opposition leader
Boris Nemtsov in 2015, to 20 years in jail. Four other Chechen men
convicted of being his accomplices received jail sentences ranging
from 11 to 19 years.
2017 Jul 17, A magnitude 7.8
earthquake struck off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
2017 Jul 18, An international
tribunal ordered Russia to pay damages and costs of nearly 5.4
million euros ($6.2 million) to the Netherlands for unlawfully
seizing a Greenpeace ship protesting at an oil platform in Arctic
waters. The Arctic Sunrise, sailing under a Dutch flag, was seized
by Russian authorities in September 2013 during a protest against an
offshore oil platform.
2017 Jul 18, Separatists in
eastern Ukraine proclaimed a new state, Malorossiya (Little Russia),
that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the
rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to play
down the announcement, saying it was merely part of public
2017 Jul 18, Britain's National
Cyber Security Center said it had never certified products from
Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab.
2017 Jul 22, Russia's Defense
Ministry said an agreement has been reached with the Syrian
opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the East
Ghouta area near the Syrian capital Damascus.
2017 Jul 23, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko demanded Russia's Vladimir Putin halt
arms supplies to rebels as the leaders of France and Germany tried
to revive a peace plan.
2017 Jul 26, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian
government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost
half a century, official documents show.
2017 Jul 26, The family of
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Hungarian
Jews during World War II before disappearing under Soviet rule, sued
Russia's security service for access to its files.
2017 Jul 28, The US Senate
approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia,
Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign.
Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction in the number of US
diplomats in Russia and said it was closing down a US recreation
retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia.
2017 Jul 30, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin said that the US diplomatic missions in Moscow and
elsewhere in the country will have to reduce their staffs by 755
people in response to American sanctions over the Kremlin’s
intervention in the 2016 US presidential elections.
(SFC, 7/31/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 1, In Russia three
people were killed and four injured in a shootout at a courthouse in
a Moscow suburb. Prosecutors said the gang members were placing
spikes on roads in 2014, forcing the motorists out of their vehicles
and shooting them dead.
2017 Aug 2, Russia’s Novaya
Gazeta reported that a Russian court has ordered Russia-born
reporter Khudoberdy Nurmatov to be deported to his native Uzbekistan
where he might face torture. Nurmatov, aka Ali Feruz, is openly gay,
a human rights activist and a correspondent for the independent
Novaya Gazeta newspaper. On August 4 it was reported that the
European Court of Human Rights has halted the impending deportation
(AP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/4/17)
2017 Aug 2, Moldova declared
Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non grata in
the wake of a diplomatic spat that saw his plane barred from flying
over Romania. Rogozin is under an EU travel ban over Russia's
annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.
2017 Aug 2, US President Donald
Trump reluctantly approved sanctions against Moscow calling the
legislation "significantly flawed" and adding that some of its
provisions were unconstitutional.
2017 Aug 3, Russia's Defense
Ministry announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in war-torn
Syria, paving the way for the delivery of sorely needed humanitarian
relief to rebel-held areas north of the city of Homs.
2017 Aug 4, A Russian court
extended probation for opposition leader Alexei Navalny by one year,
a sentence that should bar him from running for office until at
2017 Aug 4, In eastern Russia
rescuers at Alrosa’s Mir diamond mine in the Sakha region searched
for 9 miners still unaccounted for after water leaked into an
underground shaft with more than 100 workers inside. One of nine
missing was rescued the next day. On Aug 26 Alrosa said it has
called off the search for the missing miners.
(AFP, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/5/17)(AP, 8/26/17)
2017 Aug 4, A British judge
refused to extradite a London-based Russian businessman who is
accused of organizing the killing of a retail tycoon in his
homeland, saying there was little solid evidence against him.
Russian officials say Georgy Shuppe (46) arranged the January 2014
murder of Alexander Mineev, who was shot 22 times with a Kalashnikov
rifle on the outskirts of Moscow.
2017 Aug 4, In Syria Russian
military police deployed north of the central city of Homs, setting
up checkpoints and observation points as part of a cease-fire in a
third safe zone, but opposition activists said the truce was
violated by government forces.
2017 Aug 7, Russia said it will
speed up work on reducing dependency on US payment systems and the
dollar as a settling currency in response to the new sanctions.
2017 Aug 7, In Russia two
members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot were detained after a
protest outside the prison colony in Siberia's Yakutia where
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is being held.
2017 Aug 7, Indonesia said that
it will barter coffee, palm oil and other commodities for 11
Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, calling US and European sanctions
against Russia an opportunity to boost the Southeast Asian nation's
2017 Aug 8, Russian President
Vladimir Putin visited the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia and
assured it of Moscow's military support, an act of defiance to
Western governments that have condemned Russia's backing for the
2017 Aug 8, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny launched a new YouTube attack against
President Vladimir Putin's close associates. The video described the
assets of billionaire brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg and their
sons. Navalny's video charged that they won lucrative government
orders unfairly and included footage of their palatial mansions.
2017 Aug 10, Russian opposition
politician Sergei Udaltsov (40), freed this week after completing a
four-and-a-half-year prison term, urged a boycott of next year's
presidential elections, calling them "dishonest".
2017 Aug 10, A Moscow court
jailed Russian journalist Alexander Sokolov (29) after finding him
guilty of organizing an extremist group and attempting to overthrow
the authorities in a trial denounced by human rights groups as
2017 Aug 14, Russia's FSB
security service said that it had captured a gang planning major
attacks on Moscow transport networks and shopping centers, directed
by members of the Islamic State jihadist group from Syria.
2017 Aug 14, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomed Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, the
head of Libya's eastern military forces, as part of efforts to boost
its influence in the chaotic country. Hifter is a rival to the
internationally recognized government in Tripoli led by Faez Sarraj.
2017 Aug 17, Spacewalking
cosmonauts set free the world’s first satellite made almost entirely
with a 3-D printer.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A7)
2017 Aug 19, In Russia seven to
eight people were wounded in a knife attack in the Siberian city of
Surgut. The attacker (b.1994) was shot dead by police. The militant
Islamic State group said one of its fighters had carried out the
2017 Aug 20, It was reported
that a Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its
gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU
sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary
hearings next month.
2017 Aug 21, Russia said it has
intensified its air campaign in Syria to help Pres. Bashar Assad’s
forces drive Islamic State militants from Deir el-Zour, killing an
estimated 800 militants across the country this month alone.
(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 21, The United States
began to scale back its visa services in Russia, drawing an angry
reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin
ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular
2017 Aug 22, Russia detained
and charged the theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov (47)
with fraud in a move that critics denounced as the latest sign of
increasing censorship of the arts. In recent years Serebrennikov has
fallen out of favor with the authorities and has criticized a
government clampdown on artistic works, warning last year that
"everything is returning to the most pathetic Soviet practices". On
Dec 4 a court ruled that Serebrennikov should stay under house
arrest at least until late January, rejecting a plea for bail.
(AFP, 8/22/17)(AP, 12/4/17)
2017 Aug 22, US Treasury
officials said the United States is imposing sanctions on Chinese
and Russian companies and individuals for supporting North Korean
weapons programs, including those dealing in Pyongyang's energy
trade and helping North Korean entities gain access to the US and
international finance system.
2017 Aug 23, A Moscow court put
revered theater director Kirill Serebrennikov (47) under house
arrest on charges of embezzling $1.1 million, the latest step in a
case widely seen as part of a crackdown on freedom of expression in
2017 Aug 23, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia to voice concern about Iran's
efforts to expand its foothold in Syria.
2017 Aug 25, In southern Russia
at least 14 people died after a bus carrying construction workers
veered off a pier and plunged into the Black Sea on the Taman
2017 Aug 30, Ukraine said
Russian propagandist Anna Kurbatova will be forcibly returned to
Russia. Kiev accused her of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda.
2017 Aug 31, In Russia
unidentified assailants attempted to set fire to a building housing
the studios Alexei Uchitel, whose film "Matilda," set for release in
October, describes Nicholas II's relationship with ballerina Matilda
2017 Aug 31, The US State Dept.
ordered Russia to shutter its San Francisco consulate and close
trade offices at its missions in Washington and New York. It gave
Moscow 48 hours to comply.
2017 Sep 1, Russian vowed to
respond to a US order to shut the Russian Consulate in San Francisco
and offices in Washington and New York, but also indicated that
Moscow was not inclined to raise the stakes in the diplomatic
tit-for-tat between the two countries.
2017 Sep 2, In Russia a biplane
flying in an airshow just outside Moscow crashed in front of
spectators, killing both people aboard.
2017 Sep 3, China’s state news
agency Xinhua said President Xi Jinping and Russian President
Vladimir Putin agreed to "appropriately deal with" the latest
nuclear test by North Korea. Putin was in China for the summit of
business representatives of the BRICS nations.
2017 Sep 5, President Vladimir
Putin said Russia will ask the UN Security Council to send
peacekeepers to patrol the front line in eastern Ukraine.
2017 Sep 5, In Russia a boy
(15) walked into a full classroom in the Moscow suburb of
Ivanteyevka with an air gun hidden under a raincoat. He attacked a
teacher and opened fire. The teacher was hospitalized with a brain
injury. A student who jumped out of the window suffered a fracture,
while two others who jumped had bruises.
2017 Sep 8, Russian Finance
Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters that Venezuela is having
problems with fulfilling its obligations on its debt to Russia.
2017 Sep 8, Swiss commodities
trader Glencore said that it and Qatar Investment Authority, the
rich Persian Gulf emirate's sovereign wealth fund, have agreed to
jointly sell a 14.16 percent stake in Rosneft to CEFC China Energy
2017 Sep 10, Prominent Russian
political commentator and writer Yulia Latynina said she has left
Russia fearing for her life. Latynina, who works as a columnist at
the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has been critical of the Kremlin's
policy in the Chechnya republic in the Caucasus, as well as the
2017 Sep 13, The US banned
federal agencies from using Kaspersky Labs software citing concerns
about Kaspersky's ties to Russian intelligence services. The
anti-virus company has repeatedly denied the existence of any such
2017 Sep 14, A spokesman for
Russian President Vladimir Putin said hundreds of bomb threats made
by anonymous telephone callers against major public buildings this
week amount to "telephone terrorism."
2017 Sep 14, Russia’s Zapad
(West) 2017 maneuvers, mainly in Belarus this year, got underway
involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft. The exercises
will last until Sept. 20.
2017 Sep 14, The European Union
said it has extended sanctions by a further six months against
dozens of Russian citizens and companies deemed to have a role in
threatening the stability and independence of Ukraine.
2017 Sep 14, In Syria the
Russian Navy fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in
the suburbs of Syria's Deir al-Zor at Islamic State targets in the
eastern province of Deir el-Zour as pro-government forces closed in
on the militants holed up in the eponymous capital.
(AP, 9/14/17)(Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017 Sep 14, Ukraine welcomed
Russian President Vladimir Putin's declared openness to deployment
of United Nations peacekeepers in separatist-controlled areas of
eastern Ukraine, but said Russian troops must not join such an
2017 Sep 15, Turkey’s foreign
ministry said Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to post observers
on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria's Idlib
region, which is largely controlled by Islamist militants.
2017 Sep 17, Russia and Iraq
restored scheduled commercial airline services for the first time
since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability
returning to the war-torn country.
2017 Sep 18, Russian
President Vladimir Putin attended the weeklong war games with
Belarus that have demonstrated the Russian military's resurgent
might and made neighboring countries nervous.
2017 Sep 19, Russia unveiled a
statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle
that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and
the best known Russian brand abroad.
2017 Sep 20, Russia agreed to
accept a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights criticizing
its handling of the 2004 Beslan siege which left 330 dead. Russia is
required to pay a total of three million euros ($3.2 million) in
compensation to 409 surviving hostages and relatives of the
2017 Sep 21, Russian police
said they had detained four men, including the leader of a radical
religious group, in connection with an arson attack related to the
film “Matilda," by award-winning director Alexei Uchitel. Three of
the men were charged with arson, including their alleged role in
setting fire to two cars parked outside the office of Uchitel's
2017 Sep 21, Russia filed a
counter-extradition request with Spanish authorities to stop the
extradition of Pyotr Levashov, a notorious spammer, to the US where
he is wanted on charges of fraud and unauthorized interception of
(SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 22, In northwestern
Syria Al-Qaida-linked militant positions were hit by Russian cruise
missiles fired from the Veliky Novgorod submarine in the
Mediterranean. A day earlier three Russian troops were wounded after
militants encircled Russian military officers outside Idlib.
(SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 24, The Russian
Defence Ministry said that Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov
had been killed by Islamic State shelling near Deir al-Zor.
2017 Sep 25, Russian police
arrested Natalia Baksheeva and her husband Dmitry Baksheev (35) in
the city of Krasnodar. They were suspected of killing a woman
in an abandoned house earlier this month after a drunken brawl.
Investigators said construction workers found a phone on the scene
with the man's photographs posing with body parts. Authorities said
the couple may be responsible for the death or disappearance of as
many as 30 people.
(AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A2)
2017 Sep 25, In Syria Russia
bombed positions of US-backed forces in a major natural gas field
they recently captured from Islamic State militants. The SDF said
the airstrike killed one of its fighters and wounded two others in
the Conoco gas field, in Deir el-Zour province. Russia's Defense
Ministry denied the report.
(AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/26/17, p.A2)
2017 Sep 25, The UN human
rights office said in a report that Russia is violating
international law in Crimea, including by imposing Russian
citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of
prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia.
2017 Sep 26, Russia's
communications agency threatened to block access to Facebook if the
company refuses to store its data locally. A 2015 Russian law on
personal data obliges foreign companies to store it in Russia.
2017 Sep 27, President Vladimir
Putin announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical
weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the
United States of not following suit.
2017 Sep 27, A Russian court
found Ilmi Umerov (60), a Crimean dissident opposed to Russia's
annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, guilty of separatism and sentenced
him to two years in a prison colony. Umerov, who suffers from
Parkinson's disease and attacks of high blood pressure, was deputy
head of the Crimean Tatars' semi-official Mejlis legislature before
it was suspended by Moscow after it took control of the peninsula in
2017 Sep 28, Russia’s Pres.
Vladimir Putin visited Turkey for talks that focused on Iraq, Syria
and bilateral trade.
(SFC, 9/29/17, p.A2)
2017 Sep 28, The Russian
Foreign Ministry told the United States to step back from a
confrontation over military observation flights before the two
countries became embroiled in another round of tit-for-tat
2017 Sep 28, Ukraine's
Commander in Chief Viktor Muzhenko said Russia has withdrawn only a
few units from Belarus and had lied about how many of its soldiers
were there in the first place. A Belarussian defense ministry
spokesman later said the last train of Russian troops and equipment
had left Belarus today.
(Reuters, 9/29/17)(Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017 Sep 29, Russian police
took opposition leader Alexei Navalny into custody in Moscow and
detained his associates in a city where he was heading for a rally.
2017 Sep 29, A Russian soldier
fired his Kalashnikov rifle at his comrades waiting to have target
practice at a base outside the town of Belogorsk near the border
with China and then fled. The soldier offered resistance to arrest
and was shot dead early the next day following a massive manhunt.
2017 Oct 1, North Korea opened
a second internet connection with the outside world, this time via
Russia, a move which cyber security experts said could give
Pyongyang greater capability to conduct cyber attacks. Dyn Research,
which monitors international internet traffic flows, said it had
seen Russian telecommunications company TransTeleCom routing North
Korean traffic since about 0908 GMT today.
2017 Oct 2, Russian President
Vladimir Putin met with the president of Turkmenistan on a rare
visit to the gas-rich Central Asian nation.
2017 Oct 2, A Russian court
sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 20 days for calling
for an unsanctioned protest.
(SFC, 10/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 3, Russia carried out
airstrikes in Syria that it later said critically wounded Abu
Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation
Committee. 12 other militant commanders were also believed killed.
(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 3, Islamic State
released a video that it said showed two Russian soldiers captured
by its fighters in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, where Russia has
been backing the Syrian military against militants.
2017 Oct 4, In Russia jailed
government critic Alexei Navalny called on his supporters to hold
street protests this weekend across Russia, in defiance of an
official ban, to demand that Navalny be allowed to run in next
year's presidential election.
2017 Oct 4, Russia said it will
retaliate tit-for-tat over a new Canadian law that will impose
sanctions on officials from Russia and other nations considered
guilty of human rights violations.
2017 Oct 4, In Moscow
Venezuelan Pres. Nicolas Maduro met with Russian Pres. Vladimir
Putin and thanked him for his political and diplomatic support in
difficult times. Putin said Russia would continue its economic
cooperation with Venezuela, including on major projects.
2017 Oct 4, A Greek court ruled
to extradite Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik to the US,
where he is wanted in connection with a $4 billion bitcoin fraud
2017 Oct 4, An official
document issued by the Russian consulate in Damascus showed that at
least 131 Russian citizens died in Syria in the first nine months of
2017 Oct 5, The Russian Defense
Ministry said its submarines have fired 10 cruise missiles at
Islamic State positions outside the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen,
one of the last major IS strongholds in the country.
2017 Oct 5, Saudi Arabia signed
preliminary agreements to buy S-400 air defence systems and receive
"cutting edge technologies" from Russia during King Salman's
landmark visit to Moscow.
2017 Oct 6, In Russia more than
130 fake bomb calls prompted the evacuation of some 100,000 people
in the Moscow area.
(SFC, 10/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 6, In Russia at least
16 people were killed when a train slammed into a bus that had
broken down on a level crossing near the town of Pokrov, east of
2017 Oct 7, In Russia
supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied across the
country, heeding his call to pressure authorities into letting him
enter the presidential race with a wave of demonstrations on
President Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday. Riot police detained at
least 10 opposition protesters in central St Petersburg.
(AP, 10/7/17)(Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017 Oct 7, Russia’s defence
ministry said some 120 Islamic State fighters and 60 foreign
mercenaries were killed in a series of Russian air strikes in Syria
over the past 24 hours. The ministry also said three senior IS
commanders including Omar al-Shishani had been confirmed dead as a
result of an earlier Russian strike. The Pentagon said in 2016 the
notorious fighter had been killed by American troops in Iraq.
2017 Oct 9, It was reported
that Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of
thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search
products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 US presidential
2017 Oct 9, Ukraine's chief
prosecutor blamed Vladimir Tyurin, a Russian crime lord linked to
Russia's security agency, for ordering the killing of renegade
Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov last March.
2017 Oct 10, Russia said it had
dropped accusations against CNN International of violating Russian
media law and the US channel could continue broadcasting in Russia.
2017 Oct 10, In Syria a Russian
military jet crashed while taking off from the Hmeymim air base in
an incident that killed its two-man crew.
2017 Oct 11, Russia’s domestic
security agency said it has detained six people in Crimea accused of
involvement in an extremist organization, a move described by one of
the suspects' lawyer as part of Moscow's crackdown on the Crimean
2017 Oct 12, A group of senior
officers from the general staff of the Russian armed forces could
not attend the joint briefing with the Chinese military at the UN in
NYC because they were not issued US visas.
2017 Oct 13, Russia
successfully launched a satellite into orbit that will monitor
Europe's atmosphere, helping to study air pollution. The European
Space Agency's Sentinel-5P satellite was launched by a Rokot missile
from the northwestern Plesetsk launch pad.
2017 Oct 14, An unmanned
Russian cargo ship was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to take
supplies to the six astronauts aboard the International Space
2017 Oct 15, Russia resumed sea
trips to isolated North Korea after a two-month break. The ferry
line, the only one between the two countries, was opened in May to
carry passengers, predominantly Chinese tourists, and cargoes. It
stopped operating in August because the port in Vladivostok refused
to provide services to the vessel after the company failed to pay
2017 Oct 16, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea
in order to comply with a UN Security Council resolution introduced
in response to Pyongyang's missile tests in late 2016.
2017 Oct 18, Ksenia Sobchak
(35), a celebrity Russian TV host, announced her intention to run in
the March 2018 election. She is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, the
reformist St. Petersburg mayor in the early 1990s. President
Vladimir Putin once worked as her father's deputy.
2017 Oct 20, Russia formally
handed over six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, part of an arms
delivery that has the potential to accentuate tensions in the
2017 Oct 22, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was released from detention after spending
around three weeks in jail.
2017 Oct 23, In Russia Tatyana
Felgengauer (32), a presenter for the Echo of Moscow radio station,
suffered a knife attack after a suspect entered the radio station's
building in central Moscow and blinded the security guard with a
spray. The attacker, identified as Boris Grits (48), was caught.
(AFP, 10/23/17)(AP, 11/8/17)
2017 Oct 24, Russia cast a veto
at the UN Security Council preventing the renewal of the mandate to
a mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The mission's mandate is due to expire in mid-November.
2017 Oct 23, In Chechnya a
Russian National Guard officer killed four other servicemen before
he was killed by guards in Shelkovskaya.
(SFC, 10/24/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 25, Crimean Tatar
activists Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz, who opposed to Moscow's
annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, were released from prison and
flown to Turkey. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko thanked Turkey's
president for helping broker the release.
(AP, 10/25/17)(Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017 Oct 26, Norwegian rescuers
searched for a Russian helicopter which went down with eight people
on board at sea off the coast of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
On Oct. 29 Norwegian rescue officials said the wreckage of the
Russian helicopter has been located on the seabed east of Cape Heer.
(Reuters, 10/26/17)(AP, 10/29/17)
2017 Oct 26, Twitter Inc
accused Russian media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik of
interfering in the 2016 U.S. election and banned them from buying
ads on its network, after criticism in the United States that the
social network had not done enough to deter international meddling.
2017 Oct 27, In China Vlada
Dzyuba (14), a Russian model, died after working on a photo shoot in
Yiwu, about 300 km (186 miles) south of Shanghai. A Chinese modeling
agency that hired the girl denied media reports that a "slave
contract" contributed to the teen's sudden death.
2017 Oct 29, Hundreds of
Russians gathered in central Moscow to honor the victims of
Stalin-era purges, with many calling for the release of jailed
activist Yury Dmitriyev, who researched mass graves. Dmitriyev (61)
was arrested last year and accused of producing pornography, charges
2017 Oct 30, Russian journalist
Ekaterina Gordon (37) became the second woman to enter the country's
presidential race, saying she wanted to use the election to campaign
for the rights of single mothers and children.
2017 Oct 31, The Russian
submarine “Veliky Novgorod" launched three "Kalibr" missiles at
Islamic State targets in Syria's Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Oct 31, The US Treasury's
Office of Foreign Assets Control published an amendment which bans
US entities from helping sanctioned Russian oil companies in
exploration or production for deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale
projects anywhere in the world.
2017 Nov 1, Russian President
Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran for trilateral talks with Tehran and
2017 Nov 1, The Russian Defense
Ministry said in a statement that six long-range bombers struck
Islamic State positions in Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Nov 2, Russia dismissed a
report by a UN-led panel that blamed the Syrian regime for the April
4 sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun as
"superficial and unprofessional".
2017 Nov 2, In Syria six
Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near
the town of Abu Kemal.
2017 Nov 3, Russia's top
domestic security agency said it has detained a group of suspects
accused of planning firebomb attacks on official buildings. It said
the suspects belonged to the Artpodgotovka (Artillery Bombardment)
group founded by opposition activist Vyacheslav Maltsev, a former
regional legislator from Saratov. He unsuccessfully ran for the
federal parliament in 2016 and left Russia during the summer. In
October he was arrested in absentia on extremism charges.
2017 Nov 3, The Tversky court
in Moscow confirmed that opposition leader Alexei Navalny has filed
a lawsuit against Pres. Vladimir Putin over repeated refusals by
authorities to sanction rallies for his supporters.
(SFC, 11/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 3, The Russian Defense
Ministry said that six Tu-22M bombers unloaded bombs on IS targets
near Boukamal. Two Russian submarines in the Mediterranean also
launched six cruise missiles at IS targets.
2017 Nov 3, Russia’s FSB, the
successor to the Soviet-era KGB, said on its web site that it had
arrested all the members of Artpodgotovka, an anti-government
movement in the Moscow region, and seized 15 bottles of Molotov
cocktail. It said the group had planned extremists actions on Nov.
4-5 Unity Day weekend.
2017 Nov 3, Russian authorities
said they were investigating whether 141 Baikal earless seals
starved to death after their carcasses began washing up last weekend
on the shoreline of Lake Baikal.
2017 Nov 3, Canada banned and
froze assets of 30 Russians linked to the case of Russian lawyer
Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison after exposing a $230-million
tax fraud. Russia quickly reacted to the sanctions by announcing
2017 Nov 4, Russian riot police
detained dozens of people at a nationalist anti-Kremlin march on a
public holiday known as the Day of National Unity. Some 200-300
people participated In the march.
2017 Nov 4, Russian Tu-22M3
long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of
Albu Kamal in Syria.
2017 Nov 4, A Russian
helicopter was raised from the seabed where it had crashed last
month off Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago with eight people on
board. None of the missing people were inside the helicopter that
went down Oct. 26.
2017 Nov 5, Russian security
services said they had detained 263 people in the center of Moscow
for "breach of public order".
2017 Nov 6, US Commerce
Secretary Wilbur Ross denied wrongdoing over business ties to a
shipping firm linked to Vladimir Putin's inner circle, detailed in a
vast leak of financial documents that also revealed Britain's Queen
Elizabeth II's investments in tax havens. The findings emerged as
part of the Paradise Papers released by the US-based International
Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which was behind the
Panama Papers made public last year.
2017 Nov 7, In Russia thousands
of Communist party members and supporters marched across downtown
Moscow to mark the centennial of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution even
as the Russian government ignored the anniversary.
2017 Nov 7, Estonian
prosecutors said a Russian citizen was detained over the weekend
over suspicions of spying and preparing a computer crime on behalf
of Russia's domestic security agency.
2017 Nov 8, Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow opposed a draft UN
resolution to extend the mandate of the investigation by the United
Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
2017 Nov 8, Moscow's finance
minister said Venezuela has agreed to Russia's terms for
restructuring its debt. As of 2016 Venezuela's official debt to
Moscow stood at $2.8 billion.
2017 Nov 9, In Russia at least
three people were killed when a corner section of a nine-storey
residential building collapsed due to a suspected gas explosion in
the provincial city of Izhevsk.
2017 Nov 9, Four more Russian
cross-country skiers were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi
Olympics, including three-time silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin,
and were banned from all future Olympics. President Vladimir Putin
disputed the bans, saying that United States interests were trying
to use doping scandals to discredit his government and influence the
country's presidential election in March.
2017 Nov 9, Britain accused
Russia of carrying out a "thinly veiled political attack" on the
head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog, escalating a row over
the agency's investigation into toxic attacks in Syria.
2017 Nov 9, A report by
France's nuclear safety agency said an apparent accident at a
Russian facility is suspected of causing a recent spike in
radioactivity in the air over much of Europe. It said the release of
the isotope Ruthenium-106 posed no health or environmental risks to
European countries. The Ruthenium appeared to come from an accident
in late September involving nuclear fuel or the production of
2017 Nov 10, In Vietnam on the
sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
summit President Donald Trump used a speech to denounce multi-nation
agreements embraced by the region and deliver what appeared to be a
rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says have put
Americans out of work. Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin shook hands
at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit dinner.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said nations need to stay committed to
economic openness or risk being left behind.
(AP, 11/10/17)(Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017 Nov 10, In Vietnam
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Moscow for its "timely
assistance" in defeating pro-Islamic State militants who took over a
southern city for months, expressing his willingness to buy Russian
weapons on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC). Duterte also defended his country’s brutal crackdown on
drugs and said that at age 16 he had killed a person.
(Reuters, 11/10/17)(SFC, 11/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 11, US President
Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he
denied accusations that Russia meddled in last year's US election
after the two met briefly at the APEC summit in Vietnam and agreed a
statement on Syria.
2017 Nov 12, Turkey said its
purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles has been
completed. Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Ankara is still
discussing a further deal with a European consortium to help it
develop its own missile defense system.
2017 Nov 13, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for
talks focusing on the situation in Syria.
2017 Nov 13, Spain's defense
and foreign ministers said they had evidence that state and
private-sector Russian groups, as well as groups in Venezuela, used
Twitter, Facebook and other Internet sites to massively publicize
the separatist cause and swing public opinion behind it in the
run-up to the Oct. 1 referendum.
2017 Nov 14, Russia's top
domestic security agency detained 69 suspected members of an
outlawed Islamic group during a raid near Moscow.
2017 Nov 14, Human Rights Watch
said Russian authorities have intensified a crackdown on Crimean
Tatars in an apparent bid to silence dissent on the Black Sea
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 15, The Russian
Finance Ministry says it has signed a deal to restructure
2017 Nov 15, In Syria six
Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the
town of Albu Kamal in Deir al-Zor Province.
2017 Nov 16, President Vladimir
Putin signed a decree which said Russia's armed forces numbered just
over 1.9 million people, including over 1 million military
2017 Nov 16, Russia named nine
US government-sponsored news outlets likely to be labeled "foreign
agents" under a new law that is being rushed through parliament in
response to what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian
2017 Nov 16, In central Russia
at least 14 people were killed in a collision involving a bus and a
logging truck in the Mariy El region.
2017 Nov 17, Russia cast a
second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council
to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of
chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
2017 Nov 17, In Syria six
Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the
town of Albu Kamal in Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Nov 19, In Turkey top
diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Antalya to discuss the
civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city
of Sochi Nov. 22.
2017 Nov 20, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for three hours
of talks to lay the groundwork for a new push by Moscow to end
Syria's conflict now that Islamic State's territorial caliphate is
2017 Nov 20, French police
arrested Suleiman Kerimov (51), a Russian businessman and lawmaker,
at Nice airport in connection with a French tax evasion case.
Kerimov built his multi-billion natural resources business through a
combination of debt, an appetite for risk, and political
2017 Nov 21, The Russian
Meteorological Service said in a statement that it recorded the
release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and
classified it as "extremely high contamination." Rosatom's Mayak
plant nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of
2017 Nov 22, Vladimir Putin
called for "concessions and compromise" from all parties in Syria's
six-year conflict as he kicked off a key summit in Sochi with the
leaders of Turkey and Iran aimed at reviving stuttering peace
2017 Nov 22, Two more Russian
athletes were stripped of their Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi
Games, leaving the United States as the country with the most
2017 Nov 23, Meeting in Russia
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the
International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, asked
Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United
States. Bashir also said he wanted to ramp up military ties and
praised Moscow's military campaign in Syria.
2017 Nov 24, Russia's Defense
Ministry said six TU-22M3 long-range bombers had carried out air
strikes on Islamic State targets on the western bank of the
Euphrates river in Syria.
2017 Nov 25, Russia’s RIA news
agency reported that President Vladimir Putin has signed a law which
will allow authorities to list foreign media operating in Russia as
2017 Nov 25, Russian Defense
Ministry said Russian long-range bombers hit Islamic State targets
in the northeast of Syria.
2017 Nov 26, Syrian government
airstrikes and shelling outside Damascus killed at least 23
civilians. Six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers hit Islamic State
targets in Deir al-Zor province. The Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on Al-Shaafa, an
Islamic State-held village, killed 34 civilians, including 15
(AP, 11/26/17)(Reuters, 11/26/17)(AFP, 11/26/17)
2017 Nov 28, Russian weather
satellite Meteor M 2-1 and nearly 20 micro-satellites from various
nations failed to enter their designated orbits following the launch
from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. It wasn't
immediately clear if they fell into the ocean or were stranded in
2017 Nov 29, Kremlin-backed RT
published a letter from the Executive Committee of the Congressional
Radio And Television Correspondents Gallery saying the channel's
Congressional press credentials had been withdrawn due to its
registration as a foreign agent in the United States.
2017 Nov 29, Washington urged
tough action at an emergency meeting of the Security Council held
today to respond to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM). US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s call for
nations to "cut off all ties with North Korea" was rejected by
2017 Nov 30, Russia's
government published a draft agreement between Russia and Egypt
allowing both countries to use each other's air space and air bases
for their military planes. The draft was set out in a decree, signed
by PM Dmitry Medvedev on Nov. 28.
2017 Nov 30, Russian Security
Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev said Moscow was already
preparing to withdraw its military contingent from Syria.
2017 Nov 30, Denmark passed a
law that could allow it to ban Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
from going through its waters on grounds of security or foreign
2017 Dec 1, In Russia Leonid
Volkov, the campaign chief of Russian opposition leader Alexei
Navalny, was jailed for 30 days over an unauthorized Sept. 29 rally.
Volkov has already served four days of his sentence and is set to be
released on December 26.
2017 Dec 1, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a US threat to destroy North Korea
in the event of a war was "a bloodthirsty tirade" and that military
action against Pyongyang would be a big mistake.
2017 Dec 1, Russia’s Defense
Ministry said six Russian long-range bombers have hit Islamic State
targets in Syria's Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Dec 1, Ukraine head
Patriarch Filaret said the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will never
return to Russia's fold, accusing Moscow of "lying."
2017 Dec 5, Russia named Voice
of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and seven affiliated
news services as foreign agents. The Russian parliament prepared to
ban the organizations from attending its sessions in response to
similar US actions against English-language Russian network RT.
(SFC, 12/6/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 5, Russia arrested
Norwayian pensioner Frode Berg, a former guard working on the
Norwegian-Russian border. FSB security service later said it caught
the Norwegian taking secret documents about the Russian Navy from a
2017 Dec 6, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin announced he would seek re-election in March 2018, a
contest opinion polls show he will win comfortably.
2017 Dec 6, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said his government will allow Russians to compete as
neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The
International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian team from
games as punishment for doping violations at the 2014 Sochi
2017 Dec 8, Russian authorities
denied that a radioactivity spike in the air over Europe this fall
resulted from a nuclear fuel processing plant leak in the Ural
mountains, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity
2017 Dec 9, Russia said it was
fully committed to a Cold War-era pact with the United States
banning intermediate-range cruise missiles, a day after Washington
accused Moscow of violating the treaty.
2017 Dec 11, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of
Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing, declaring
their work largely done. Putin added that Russia would keep the
Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province and its naval facility
in the port of Tartous. The Russian defense ministry has said
41 of its troops have died in Syria. The St. Petersburg-based
website Fontanka has said 73 private contractors have been killed
fighting in Syria.
(Reuters, 12/11/17)(Reuters, 12/12/17)(SFC,
2017 Dec 11, Bulgaria said it
has asked Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG to overhaul and maintain
its 15 aged MiG-29 fighter jets in a four-year deal worth up to 81.3
million levs ($49 million).
2017 Dec 11, Egypt and Russia
signed a final contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear
power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.
2017 Dec 12, Russia suspended
its diplomatic presence in Yemen and all its staff left the country
due to the situation in the capital Sanaa. Russia’s foreign ministry
said some diplomatic staff will be working temporarily out of the
Saudi capital Riyadh.
2017 Dec 13, A senior executive
at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a
spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted that the
Ruthenium-106 isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's
production cycle but said its levels are negligible.
2017 Dec 13, Russia's FSB
security service began detaining members of an Islamic State cell
who had been planning attacks in public places. Over the next 24
hours seven members of the group were detained in St Petersburg.
2017 Dec 14, The EU extended
sanctions against Russia because of the stalled peace process in the
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 14, Three astronauts
returned to Earth from the Int’l. Space Station (ISS) after nearly
six month in orbit. A Russian Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan
with NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Russia’s Sergey Ryazansky and Paolo
Nespoli of the European Space Agency.
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.A4)
2017 Dec 15, The Russian
Central Bank said it has started bailout proceedings for private
lender Promsvyazbank, the country’s ninth-largest lender.
2017 Dec 15, In Russia former
economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty of soliciting a
$2 million bribe and sentenced to eight years in jail, in a case
that has shone a rare light on infighting among the elite ahead of a
2017 Dec 15, Russia’s Federal
Security Service (FSB) said seven suspected followers of the Islamic
State have been arrested for allegedly planning to carry out terror
attacks in St. Petersburg. The arrests were enabled by information
provided by America’s CIA.
(SFC, 12/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 15, Russia and Egypt
signed a deal in Moscow to resume flights between Moscow and Cairo
starting from February, after more than a two-year break.
2017 Dec 17, Russian security
operatives killed three suspected militants in a raid in the village
of Gubden, Dagestan province.
2017 Dec 17, In Kazakhstan a
Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the
US blasted off for a two-day trip to the Int’l. Space Station. Anton
Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle will join Russia's
Alexander Misurkin and Joe Acaba and Mark Vandde Hei of NASA, who
have been aboard since September.
2017 Dec 18, The Russian
foreign ministry said it was recalling officers serving at the Joint
Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in Ukraine, accusing the
Ukrainian side of obstructing their work and limiting access to the
2017 Dec 18, Russian
agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor banned all imports of
agricultural products from Sri Lanka starting today, saying it found
an insect known as the Khapra beetle in the packaging of a
consignment of Sri Lankan tea. The beetle is one of the world's most
destructive pests for grain and seed products.
2017 Dec 18, Moldova recalled
its ambassador to Russia for consultations in response to the
harassment and intimidation by Russian authorities of Moldovan
politicians and officials. The Chisinau government says its
officials are being mistreated partly to derail a Moldovan
investigation into an alleged Russian-led money laundering
2017 Dec 20, In Russia Maria
Alekhina, an activist from the punk collective Pussy Riot, and two
photographers were detained during a protest outside the
headquarters of the FSB, the main intelligence agency in Moscow,
after unfurling a placard saying "Happy birthday, butchers!".
2017 Dec 20, The US Treasury
Dept. said it is slapping five Russians with sanctions under the
(SFC, 12/21/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 21, The Russian
parliament voted to extend Russia's lease of a naval base in Syria
for 49 years, following Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial
pullout of Russian troops from the war-torn country.
2017 Dec 21, Russia's Rosatom
nuclear agency signed an agreement in Khartoum to build a nuclear
power plant in Sudan, a month after a meeting between President
Vladimir Putin and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.
2017 Dec 22, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said a total of 48,000 of Russian troops have
taken part in Moscow's military campaign in Syria.
2017 Dec 22, A group of Russian
scientists sounded the alarm over what they said were attempts by
Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the security service (FSB), to
openly justify Stalin's mass purges, the first such attempt in
2017 Dec 23, President Vladimir
Putin presented his vision for modernizing Russia, while some of his
challengers in next March's presidential vote were formally
nominated for the race. He pledged to offer broader incentives for
business, fight corruption and pour extra resources into the
underfunded health care and education system.
2017 Dec 24, In Russia more
than 15,000 people nationwide endorsed the candidacy of Alexei
Navalny (41), seen as the only Russian opposition leader who stands
a fighting chance of challenging strongman Vladimir Putin in a March
2017 Dec 25, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running in next year's
presidential election after officials ruled he was ineligible to
take part due to a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up.
Navalny said he would appeal and called on his supporters to boycott
the election and campaign against it being held.
2017 Dec 25, In Russia four
people were killed when a Moscow bus ploughed into a pedestrian
underpass in the west of the city.
2017 Dec 26, Russia’s defense
minister said it has started establishing a permanent military
presence at naval and air bases in Syria, as parliament ratified a
deal with Damascus to cement Russian presence in the country.
2017 Dec 26, Angola’s
Russian-built AngoSat 1 satellite successfully entered orbit after
launch from the Baikonur pad in Kazakhstan, but experts couldn't
immediately establish contact. By Dec. 29 state-run Energia company
engineers established communications with the craft and received
data indicating that all its systems are operating properly.
2017 Dec 27, In Russia
opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced a series of rallies
across the country in January to press home his call for a boycott
of next year's presidential election, a move likely to draw a sharp
response from the Kremlin and police.
2017 Dec 27, Russia said it
will supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400 surface-to-air
missiles for $2.5 billion under a deal that is almost complete. The
deal has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of
NATO, but the Russian missile system cannot be integrated into
NATO's military architecture.
2017 Dec 27, In Russia Ilya
Averyanov, a factory's former director, opened fire in the Moscow
pastry factory, wounding a guard. He reportedly shot in self defence
to stop people taking the factory from him. Averyanov fled the scene
but was arrested the next day.
(Reuters, 12/27/17)(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 27, Russia’s RIA news
agency reported that Moscow will limit the scope of US military
observation flights over Russia from Jan. 1 next year in retaliation
for US curbs on similar Russian flights over the United States.
2017 Dec 27, In Russia an
explosion injured 13 shoppers in a branch of the Perekrestok
supermarket chain. Investigators opened a criminal case into the
blast, which they say was caused by a homemade bomb packed with
pieces of metal.
2017 Dec 28, In Russia Andrei
Rudomakha, head of the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus
NGO, and a group of activists were assaulted late today in Krasnodar
upon returning from the Black Sea coastal city of Gelendzhik where
they were documenting the illegal construction of a mansion for
2017 Dec 29, A Moscow court
sentenced William Browder, the financier who has advocated for a US
law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses, to nine
years in prison in absentia over tax evasion and funneling money
overseas. The Tverskoy District Court also sentenced Browder's
associate Ivan Cherkasov to eight years in prison for avoiding taxes
and illegally funneling funds overseas.
2017 Dec 29, Turkey and Russia
signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400
surface-to-air missile batteries, finalizing a deal set to deepen
military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin.
2017 Dec 30, Russia's Supreme
Court dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei
Navalny against a decision by the country's central election
commission to bar him from taking part in next year's presidential
2017 Dec 30, Russia's main
domestic security agency said it has arrested a man suspected of
setting off the Dec. 27 explosion at a supermarket in St.
2017 Dec 30, Two senior Western
European security sources said Russian tankers have supplied fuel to
North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by
transferring cargoes at sea. The Russian Foreign Ministry denied
claims that UN sanctions against North Korea had been breached by
Russian tankers transferring fuel to North Korean tankers at sea.
(Reuters, 12/30/17)(AP, 12/30/17)