Vladimir Putin

Arrest of Poisoned Dissident Alexei Navalny Prompts Protests in Russia

Dozens of protesters demonstrated on Monday outside of a Moscow police station demanding the release of prominent Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, whom authorities arrested at a Moscow airport upon his return to the country and placed on trial for violating the terms of a suspended prison sentence.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is escorted out of a police station on January 18, 2021, in Khimki, outside Moscow, following the court ruling that ordered him jailed for 30 days. - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Monday urged Russians to stage mass anti-government protests during a court hearing after his …

Putin: Russia ‘Harmless and Squeaky Clean’ Compared to the West

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed deteriorating relations between Russia and the West in a Thursday press conference, describing his country as “harmless and squeaky clean” relative to them and highlighting U.S. withdrawal from military treaties with Russia and NATO expansion into the former Soviet bloc as evidence of western culpability, the Russian state-owned Tass reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on the transport system development via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia to Catalogue Foreigners in Police Biometric Database

The Russian Interior Ministry told state media on Saturday that it plans to create a national biometric database over the next three years that can identify both Russian citizens and foreign nationals using facial recognition, fingerprints, and genetic data. 

A Ukrainian border guard scans fingerprints of a Russian citizen crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border on the checkpoint of Goptivka, near Kharkiv, on January 3, 2018. Ukraine introduced biometric control for Russian citizens and those of 69 other countries starting from January 1 claiming a significant number of illegal migrants enter …