Tag: Federal Security Service

Russia Raids a Renowned Physics Institute, and Theories Abound

MOSCOW — The Lebedev Physics Institute in Moscow helped the Soviet Union detonate its first nuclear bomb, figured out how to build a hydrogen bomb and has stood for decades in the vanguard of Russian scientific achievement. Seven of its scientists have won Nobel Prizes. So it came as a shock last week when, shortly […]

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As Putin Meddles Abroad, He Cracks Down at Home

Vladimir Putin’s popularity among Russians may not be what it once was, but despite a slowing economy he still enjoys unchallenged popular support. Why, then, do his security forces deem it necessary to crack down on the most obscure instances of perceived dissidence? Why accuse a little-known freelance journalist of “inciting terrorism” over an article […]

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As Putin Era Begins to Wane, Russia Unleashes a Sweeping Crackdown

PSKOV, Russia — After a teenager blew himself up inside a branch of Russia’s secret police near the Arctic Circle late last year, a freelance journalist hundreds of miles to the south drew what she thought was “an obvious and banal” conclusion in her weekly radio commentary. Her conclusion — that relentless repression by Russia’s […]

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‘An Exorcism Must Be Done’: An Anti-Putin Shaman Sets Off Unrest

ULAN-UDE, Russia — A long-haired shaman arrived on foot from the frozen north, dragging a cart with yurt poles and a stove, and preaching that the president is a demon. Days later, a cabby, invoking the shaman, strode up to the Kremlin-allied mayor of this Siberian city, yelled a string of grievances and posted his […]

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Fears of Navalny Poisoning Are Rooted in Previous Attacks on Kremlin Foes

MOSCOW — The hospital treating the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny sent him back to prison on Monday, despite the strenuous objection of his doctor, who said he had apparently been poisoned with a “toxic agent” in the wake of some of the largest anti-Kremlin protests held in Moscow for years. The doctor, Anastasy […]

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A ‘Dark Lord’ Falls in Russia’s Growing Power Struggle

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — A veteran law enforcement official, the head of the regional branch of Russia’s version of the F.B.I., acquired such a fearsome reputation in the southern Russian city formerly known as Stalingrad that when he walked into a local restaurant last summer, the other customers got up and left. “Within a few minutes, […]

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Was the Downing of Flight MH17 State-Sponsored Murder?

In Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, lying — willfully, methodically, shamelessly — is the default response to any accusations of wrongdoing. Russia did not meddle in American elections. Accusations of systematic Olympic doping are malicious foreign inventions. The Novichok nerve agent killers in Salisbury, England, were there only to admire the cathedral’s spire. Russia has nothing to […]

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The MH17 Charges, Explained

An international investigative team on Wednesday charged four people, including three with ties to Russian intelligence, with shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. The long-awaited announcement, the culmination of an investigation by officials from five countries, is the first time anyone has been charged in connection with the […]

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