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Russia: UN human rights office ‘appalled’ at death of Navalny in prison
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Russia: UN human rights office ‘appalled’ at death of Navalny in prison

Mr. Navalny, 47, had lost consciousness and could not be revived, according to media reports. “If someone dies in the custody of the State, the presumption is that the State is responsible – a responsibility that can only be rebutted through an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation carried out by an independent body,” said OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell,...

Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov
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Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov

As the glittering skyscrapers of Dubai continue rising ever higher, new evidence shows this glitzy emirate has also constructed a massive offshore haven enabling some of the world’s most repressive regimes and drug cartels to shield wealth and escape consequences for human rights abuses. An in-depth investigation drawing on leaked property records and intelligence sources...

Some Russian Banks May Have Swapped Gold for Dollars, Report Says
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Some Russian Banks May Have Swapped Gold for Dollars, Report Says

Some Russian banks appear to have maneuvered around a ban on shipping dollars and euros to the country by trading gold in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, according to research from a financial-intelligence company. The sanctions on export of banknotes were introduced after the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. The report compiled by Sayari found...

UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’
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UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’

Sheikh Mohamed phones ‘dear friend’ Russian president to discuss war in Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East. Vladimir Putin and the president of the United Arab Emirates vowed to further develop their“friendly relations” after discussing the war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas conflict in a phone call. Putin, who is subject to an international...

Ill-Will Hunting for Russia’s Musical Dissidents
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Ill-Will Hunting for Russia’s Musical Dissidents

The Kremlin is intensifying attacks on anti-war Russian musicians and artists living abroad. At the beginning of the all-out war in Ukraine, the Kremlin faced anti-war resistance from many Russian popular artists. It responded with a media smear campaign against anti-war rappers, rock bands, and stand-up comedians. But since many anti-war artists chose exile rather...

Russia angles for drone-making partners in the Middle East
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Russia angles for drone-making partners in the Middle East

Russian defense exports agency Rosoboronexport has said it wants to establish drone production facilities in the Middle Eastern region, including the UAE, as Moscow attempts to grab market share in a region it deems receptive to the idea. State-owned Russian media agency TASS cited the export agency as saying it would make overtures to regional...

Russian Media Outlet Reviews Russia’s 2023 Middle East Diplomacy: ‘Russia Has Become The Wisest Player In The Middle East’
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Russian Media Outlet Reviews Russia’s 2023 Middle East Diplomacy: ‘Russia Has Become The Wisest Player In The Middle East’

“The UAE Has Become Russia’s Main Trading Partner In The Arab Region” “Russia’s policy in the Middle East in 2023 was particularly active. Moscow managed to improve relations with Arab countries and Iran, strengthen dialogue with Turkey and maintain normal relations with Israel. All this was the result of strict adherence to the two diplomatic...

Russia’s Iran-UAE balancing act in the Gulf islands dispute
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Russia’s Iran-UAE balancing act in the Gulf islands dispute

Having repeatedly sided with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over Iran in a long-standing dispute regarding three Gulf islands, Moscow appears to be risking its ties with Tehran. The Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa islands in the Strait of Hormuz were taken over by Iran in 1971 after British forces withdrew from the UAE following the country’s...

Cop29 host Azerbaijan to hike gas output by a third over next decade
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Cop29 host Azerbaijan to hike gas output by a third over next decade

Environmentalists condemn news of higher forecast production which is also seen as a conservative forecast. Azerbaijan, which is hosting this year’s UN climate talks, plans to increase its fossil fuel production by a third over the next decade, according to an analysis shared exclusively with the Guardian. The forecast indicates the Cop29 host will grow...