Category: The Bell

Chechen Government Walks Back Kadyrov’s Hint That Spetsnaz Fight in Syria; Says They’re Volunteers

February 9, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Although Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov implied that Chechen spetsnaz had been infiltrated ISIS, the Chechen government walked this back today, saying there were only Chechen volunteers in Syria. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The […]

Security Firm Reveals Russian Hackers Manipulated Ruble-Dollar Conversion Rate; Also Withdrew Via Credit Cards

February 8, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Last February, Russian hackers penetrated a Russian regional bank and were able to move the ruble-dollar conversion rate more than 15% in 15 minutes, according to Group-IB, a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm hired to investigate the attack Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including […]

Day 721: Ukraine Reports 61 Attacks Over 24 Hours

Fighting continues in the Donbass, with Ukraine reporting heavy mortar shelling in the Marinka area, where one Ukrainian soldier has been wounded. Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. For links to individual […]

Ukraine at War Day 719: Russian-Backed Forces Step Up Attacks on Eve of ‘Normandy’ Talks; Child Injured

February 7, 2016

The ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] press center said the Russian-backed forces were stepping up their attacks on the eve of the “Normandy quartet” talks by the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to be held February 13. A child was injured in fighting near Gorlovka. Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found […]

Russian Media Sees Kissinger Visit As ‘Greetings from GOP’ and Possible Back Channel for White House

February 4, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Yesterday Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met with President Vladimir Putin in a “private meeting” which a Russian analyst believes may have been a message from the Republican Party. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. […]

Kasyanov Files Complaint About Kadyrov to FSB; Kadyrov Says ‘Too Early’ To Think About Re-Election

February 3, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov continues to dominate the headlines as the stories of his threats against the Russian opposition and the impending end of his term continue to reverberate. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. […]

US State Department Publishes Additional Names of Russian Officials Involved in Magnitsky’s Death

February 2, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: The US State Department has published five additional names to the Magnitsky List of Russian officials responsible for the death of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky or other serious human rights violations. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic […]

Kadyrov Threatens Opposition Figures Kasyanov and Kara-Murza, Jr. with Video Through a Sniper’s Scope

February 1, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has been issuing threats against the Russian opposition for weeks, sent his most ominous message to date with a post of a video clip today on Instagram showing opposition figures through a sniper’s scope. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments […]

Day 713: 2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 5 Wounded; 2 Civilians Killed This Weekend in Donbass

January 31, 2016

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and five wounded and 2 civilians were killed as well this weekend in the Donbass, according to officials and news reports. Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. […]

Main Suspect in Nemtsov Murder To Be Tried in Military Court

January 29, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Zaur Dadayev, a former officer in Chechnya’s Interior Ministry troops, will be tried by a military court, Nemtsov’s lawyer has learned. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Recent Translations: –The […]