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24 April 2024 • 10:53am


Russian priest presiding over Navalny’s memorial suspended from duties

The Russian Orthodox Church has imposed a three-year suspension on a priest who presided over the memorial service for the late opposition chief Alexei Navalny final month, in response to a church assertion.

The Moscow diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church didn’t give a cause for the self-discipline, which has forbidden Dmitry Safronov from giving blessings, sporting the frock or bearing the church’s priestly cross till 2027.

“At the end of the period of penance, based on feedback from the place of obedience, a decision will be made on the possibility of his further priestly service,” mentioned the diocese in an announcement on Tuesday.

Russians lay flowers at a makeshift memorial for late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny following his funeral ceremony in Moscow.

Russians lay flowers at a makeshift memorial for late Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny following his funeral ceremony in Moscow.

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Mr Safronov will even be transferred to a different church in Moscow to behave as a psalm-reader.

On 26 March, Mr Safronov led the memorial service attended by hundreds for Mr Navalny, who was Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic inside Russia.

Mr Safronov was additionally one of many clergymen who publicly known as on state authorities to launch Navalyny’s physique to his household after the opposition chief died in an Arctic jail in February, in response to native stories.


Kremlin: Nato drills in Finland ‘increase risk of military incidents’

Russia has warned that the upcoming Nato workouts close to its border with Finland enhance the danger of “military incidents.”

Russian overseas ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, informed native RIA state information the drills are “provocative.”

Finland formally joined Nato earlier this month, ditching a long time of non-alignment to affix the navy alliance within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The nation shares a 832 mile border with Russia, so its entry, almost two years after making use of, will greater than double the dimensions of Nato’s border with the nation.

Commenting on the drills, deliberate to start out on Friday, Ms Zakharova mentioned: “Nato military exercises near the Russian borders are provocative in nature. Their task is to exert military pressure on the Russian Federation through a demonstration of force.”


Six injured in Russian missile assault on Kharkiv

Russian missiles injured six folks and broken residential buildings in Kharkiv early on Wednesday, the area’s governor has claimed.

The assault on Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis broken three residential buildings, two workplaces, three non-residential buildings and a fuel pipeline within the central district of town, mentioned the governor Oleh Synehubov in an announcement on messaging app Telegram.

Military experts operate at the site of previous aerial bombing in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Military consultants function on the web site of earlier aerial bombing in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

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Some 568 home windows and 33 automobiles had been broken, Mr Synehubov added, whereas town’s mayor Ihor Terekhov informed Ukrainian TV two S-300 missiles had been additionally used within the strike, however didn’t trigger important injury to residential areas.

Mr Terekhov mentioned the work to restore the fuel pipeline continued as town raced to revive provide on Wednesday morning.


Top Russian navy official arrested on bribery expenses

A Russian court docket has formally arrested a minister and charged him with bribery, in response to Reuters information company.

Deputy Defence Minister Timur Ivanov, who was as soon as accused by the crew of the late Alexei Navalny of dwelling a lavish way of life, was detained yesterday on suspicion of accepting “large scale” bribes.

He is suspected of taking a bribe value no less than 1 million roubles ($10,730, €10,025) and will face 15 years in jail if discovered responsible, in response to Russian information company TASS.

Mr Ivanov, who had been in his job for eight years, was answerable for giant building initiatives rebuilding the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol, which was closely bombarded and brought by Russia as a part of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Timur Ivanov, deputy defense minister, was arrested on suspicion of accepting a bribe, authorities said Tuesday,

Timur Ivanov, deputy protection minister, was arrested on suspicion of accepting a bribe, authorities mentioned Tuesday,

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President Zelensky: US is ‘beacon of democracy’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the US Senate’s approval of a $61bn (£49bn) package deal of assist for the war-torn nation as proof of Washington’s position as a “beacon of democracy”.

In an announcement on messaging app Telegram earlier in the present day, he mentioned he was “grateful” for the “vital aid to Ukraine.”

The US is already getting ready a $1bn (£802,000) navy assist package deal, the primary sourced from the invoice, with the majority following within the coming weeks.

This consists of automobiles, Stinger air defence munitions, extra ammunition for high-mobility artillery rocket methods and 155mm artillery ammunition.

In an interview shortly after the vote, Senate majority chief Chuck Schumer mentioned:  “This national security bill is one of the most important measures Congress has passed in a very long time to protect American security and the security of Western democracy.”


Fire after Ukraine drone assault on Russia’s Smolensk area

Fires broke out in a single day at gas and power services in Russia’s Smolensk district after a Ukraine-launched drone assault.

“Our region is again under attack by Ukrainian UAVs,” mentioned Vasily Anokhin, the governor of the Smolensk area in Russia’s west, on the Telegram messaging app.

In a separate incident, folks had been evacuated from components of Lipetsk, in southwest Russia, after a drone landed on an industrial park there.

Igor Artamonov, the governor of the area, mentioned that there have been no accidents, however close by residents had been evacuated as a precaution measure.


In Depth: Ukraine assist invoice clears the US Senate and ends of months of bitter impasse

The US Senate voted on Tuesday to approve $95bn in assist for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as a bipartisan resounding-majority joined forces to ship the long-stalled package deal to Joe Biden’s desk to signal.

The last vote was 79 to 18.

Our US Editor Tony Diver has the total story right here