Apple and Google have come under pressure in recent weeks, with Russian officials telling them to remove the Smart Voting app from their online stores.
In today's Top of the World, Biden delivers his first State of the Union address; Turkey enters its first nationwide lockdown amid surging COVID-19 cases and deaths; and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny appears in court for first time after three-week hunger strike.
Vladimir Milov tells The World that after the third week of Navalny's hunger strike in prison, "there is a grave danger to his health."
In today's Top of the Word: Breakaway European soccer clubs launch new league; Russian dissident Alexei Navalny hospitalized after third week of hunger strike; New Zealand and Australia create two-way travel bubble with quarantine-free travel.
Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday said it was expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany for attending a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded his release on Tuesday as he faced a court hearing in Moscow in a case that could send him to prison for up to 3 ½ years. And, US President Joe Biden condemned the military’s takeover of Myanmar. Also, Biden is expected to continue an effort on immigration reforms by taking on one of the former Trump administration’s most controversial policies on Tuesday — the separation of families at the US-Mexico border.
Moscow braced for more protests seeking the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces a court hearing Tuesday after two weekends of nationwide rallies and thousands of arrests in the largest outpouring of discontent in Russia in years.
The military of Myanmar on Monday overthrew the country’s democratic government in a coup d’état. And, demonstrators across Russia took to the streets protesting President Vladimir Putin and demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Also, people around the world are sending their best wishes to Captain Sir Tom Moore who has been taken to the hospital with the coronavirus.
On Saturday, Russian police clashed with thousands of protesters who took to the streets amid freezing temps across the country, demanding the immediate release of opposition figure and prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny.
President Joe Biden seeks a five-year extension with Russia on the New START treaty — the only deal left that limits the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals — with just weeks before it expires on Feb. 5.
A judge in Russia has ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny be jailed for 30 days. And, a large group of migrants from Honduras headed to the US were violently met with tear gas and batons early Sunday as they tried to make their way through Guatemala. Also, Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine and his party have dismissed the elections results as “fraud.”