• Putin enacts law requiring approval for Russian lawmakers' foreign travel due to security concerns

    On Saturday, July 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a new federal bill requiring lawmakers from the State Duma and members of the Federation Council to obtain approval from the parliamentary leadership for any travel abroad.

    Previously, Russian lawmakers only needed to notify authorities of their travel plans, explains Interfax. The new legislation shifts this from a notification system to one requiring approval. The process and timelines for obtaining such approvals are now …

  • Russia decides to boycott Paris Olympics broadcast

    For the first time in 40 years, the Olympics won’t be broadcast in Russia, as television channels have refused to air the event, reports Sports.ru, citing informed sources.

    "A political decision was long made that under current circumstances, airing the Olympics without the flag and anthem on 'Channel One' and 'Russia-1' is impossible," a source told the news outlet.

    According to the source, until the last moment, there was a discussion about broadcasting on the channel "Match TV," but only …

  • Ukraine Defense Intelligence reports multiple failed assassination attempts on Putin

    The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is aware of multiple assassination attempts on Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, said the Head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, in an interview with NV. According to Budanov, all attempts to kill Putin have, so far, been unsuccessful.

    Budanov also noted that Putin has long ceased to be a compromised figure within his own circle. As an example, Budanov recalled stories from his grandmother, who witnessed …

  • Germany crafts comprehensive troop deployment strategy in response to potential Russian aggression

    Germany is formulating a plan to deploy troops in the event of a Russian attack. Up to 800,000 military personnel and more than 200,000 units of equipment may need to be transported through Germany to Eastern Europe.

    As part of the "Operational Plan Germany" (OPLAN DEU), the Bundeswehr, in collaboration with NATO allies, is devising a scheme to move troops towards Eastern Europe should Russia launch a military attack on the Alliance, reports DW.

    According to Der Spiegel, in the event of an RF …

  • Mysterious deaths in Russian detention linked to Deputy Defence Minister bribery scandal

    In a Moscow detention centre cell on July 8, Igor Kotelnikov, a businessman tied to the high echelons of Russia's Ministry of Defence, passed away. The Russian Telegram channel VChK-OGPU reported the FSB had demanded Kotelnikov testify against former deputy defence minister Timur Ivanov, who was arrested in April over bribery allegations.

    According to the news outlet, Kotelnikov was known for securing lucrative contracts for the Russian Defence Ministry. FSB officials reportedly visited him …