News of the Day: 20 August 2021

The Moscow Times: Russia on Friday reported 20,992 new coronavirus cases and 785 pandemic deaths.

Amnesty International: The anniversary of Aleksei Navalny poisoning and attempted killing marks one year of shameful injustice, says Amnesty International. The Russian authorities last week hit Navalny with yet another absurd criminal charge, while his supporters’ calls for accountability have been brutally repressed, and those behind the assassination attempt enjoy absolute impunity.

RFE/RL: Amnesty International has slammed Russia’s “utter disregard for justice” for its failure to investigate the poisoning of jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny one year ago.

RFE/RL: On the anniversary of jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s poisoning, Britain imposed targeted sanctions on Russian intelligence operatives amid blistering international criticism aimed at Moscow’s alleged role in the attack.

The Moscow Times: German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to free his jailed opponent Alexei Navalny on the anniversary of a nerve-agent attack on the politician, whose life was saved by Berlin doctors. 

The Moscow Times: The Kremlin has failed to mention French President Emmanuel Macron’s calls for Russian President Vladimir Putin to release his critic Alexei Navalny from jail in its readout of the two leaders’ phone conversation Thursday.

RFE/RL: On the anniversary of Aleksei Navalny’s poisoning, Britain and the United States imposed targeted sanctions on Russian intelligence operatives as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to release the jailed opposition politician.

RFE/RL: A student at Moscow State University from Chechnya has been sentenced to five years in prison on a criminal charge of attacking police officers during January 23 rallies in support of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny.

The Moscow Times: Russia added the independent Dozhd broadcaster and the investigative site Important Stories (iStories) to its registry of “foreign agents” on Friday.

The Moscow Times: At least 20 Russians who attended protests calling for the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny this winter have received real prison terms, the independent news website MediaZona reported Friday.

The Moscow Times: Russia has ordered Apple and Google to remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s app from their app stores as his movement faces unprecedented pressure ahead of key elections next month. Navalny began actively promoting the app after the authorities last month blocked access to his main website and 49 other associated sites and called for blocking social media linked to him. 

RFE/RL: A wave of wildfires has hit Russia’s Republic of Mari El in the Volga region, blanketing the republic’s capital, Yoshkar-Ola, in a thick layer of smoke.

RFE/RL: A Russian-Chinese company has been charged with violating environmental safety regulations in Russia’s Republic of Chuvashia, where expanding Chinese investment has sparked protests over alleged corruption.

Human Rights in Ukraine: Russia’s Ministry of Education has approved school history textbooks which present Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea as “a peaceful process” which did not involve the deployment of a single Russian soldier. 

The Guardian: Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s president and most popular politician, was holding firm last night against the dawn coup which ousted President Gorbachev. The action by communist hardliners threatened to end the longest and most successful period of democratic advance in the country’s tumultuous history.

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