Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition politician, was detained for 30 days pending a court hearing.
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After initial hesitation ostensibly because of Trump’s lawsuits, Putin finally acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 elections following Monday’s electoral college vote.
Russia has long asserted dominance over neighbours. The election of pro-Western Maia Sandu as Moldova’s next president shows it is losing this grip.
Most world leaders acknowledged Biden’s victory and congratulated him. China, Russia and Iran are, however, yet to do so, which speaks volumes.
Russia meddled in the 2016 US election to ensure a victory for Trump. It has refused to acknowledge Biden’s win supposedly because Trump is filing lawsuits.
Historical memory and national identity have been a point of contention and subject for manipulation since independence in Ukraine, report.
Cyberattacks on elections are still a major concern. Microsoft is warning that it is seeing an increase in such attacts on its customers.
Russia interfered in the 2016 elections and there have been concerns it might do so again. Election officials are preparing for new Russian interference battle.
Recent constitutional amendments in Russia pave the way for Putin’s re-election but now-happening political upheavals cast a shadow over a 2024 bid for him.
Although suspected of being involved, the Russian government has launched a probe into the alleged poisoning of prominent politician Alexei Navalny.