max seddon

max seddon


moscow correspondent @FT. in soviet russia, news reports you: max.seddon@ft.com

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Lukashenko's inauguration today was held in such secrecy that even Putin didn't know it was happening. “I personally had no information about this,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Meanwhile on Russian state TV. “Denmark has opened a bestiality fair where you can rape turtles!” says MP @ZhuravlevRodina 

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Tinkoff, Russia's top online bank, says tech giant Yandex is in talks to buy it for $5.5bn. The huge merger would give Russia's best tech company a very powerful banking arm at a time when Sberbank and other banks are muscling in on its turf

Artist’s impression of Macron’s reaction

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Random Twitter accounts with 45 followers and Russian media nobody reads are Threatening Democracy by amplifying... the president of America? People wouldn’t know what he was saying otherwise? Seems a bit like failing to see the wood for the trolls

Alexei Navalny has checked out of hospital in Berlin after recovering from his Novichok poisoning. Really remarkable given everything that happened to him

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Lukashenko inaugurated himself in complete secret this morning, without so much as a TV feed and while military vehicles shut down the city center. Not something you do if you believe you really won 80 per cent of the vote. Just incredible

Here is Lukashenko addressing Belarus’ political and security elite, who may be the only constituency he has left at this rate

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Incredibly, doctors say "complete recovery is possible" after Navalny's novichok poisoning. “One of the characters from Lord of the Rings was looking at me, and believe me, it sure wasn’t an elf. I was very upset and thought they’d never discharge me.”

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Just unbelievable scenes in Minsk as a huge crowd chants “Resign!” via @Belsat_TV 

Unprecedented number of young Russians who've known no president but Putin came to protest him today. This looks like being the iconic shot

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More than 47,000 people - double the number of a few weeks ago - protested in Moscow today. The Kremlin’s attempts to kill the pro-democracy movement are only making it stronger

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Several teenage girls arrested in Petersburg just in the last few minutes

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This morning, police told Alexei Navalny’s family that he had been poisoned with a “lethal toxin.” An hour later, doctors suddenly announced they found no traces of poison in his system and refused to let him be medevaced to Germany. He’s still in a coma.

Russian TV's live broadcast from Paratroopers' Day is interrupted by a drunk paratrooper. The inevitable ensues

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