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19.01.21 Russia Ready For Quick Extension Of Last Arms Pact With US
AP
Moscow is ready for a quick deal with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last remaining arms control pact, which expires in just over two weeks, Russia’s top diplomat said Monday. Months of talks between Russia and President Donald Trump’s administration on the possible extension of the New START treaty have failed to narrow their differences. The pact is set to expire on Feb. 5. Biden has spoken in favor of the preservation of the New START treaty, which was negotiated during his tenure as U.S. vice president, and Russia has said it’s open for its quick and unconditional extension. Read more 
19.01.21 Two People Found Alive After Avalanche Hits Russia’s North Caucasus Region
TASS
Two people, who went missing after an avalanche cascaded down Mount Mussa-Achitara in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, in the North Caucasus, have been found alive, the Emergencies Ministry’s regional branch told TASS. "Two people have been found in the village [Dombay], they are alive," a spokesperson said. Earlier, the Emergencies Ministry’s press service reported that the whereabouts of two people after an avalanche hit the region were unknown. According to the region’s head Rashid Temrezov, this was a couple that lost contact while visiting the resort area. Read more 
19.01.21 Kremlin Foe Navalny Jailed For 30 Days; Allies Plan Protests
AP
A Russian judge on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on President Vladimir Putin’s government. The ruling followed a hastily set up court hearing at a police precinct where Navalny was being held since his arrest at a Moscow airport on Sunday evening, which sparked sharp reactions both at home and around the world. A crowd of Navalny supporters outside the precinct shouted “Shame!” as the judge announced the ruling and Navalny’s allies immediately called for protests. His arrest had already prompted a wave of criticism from U.S. and European officials, adding to existing tensions between Russia and the West. Read more 
19.01.21 Telegram Moderators Blocked Hundreds Of Calls For Violence During Unrest In US
TASS
Moderators of Telegram Messenger blocked hundreds of public calls for violence during unrest in the US early in January, its founder Pavel Durov said on his official channel on Monday. "Early in January, the team of moderators of Telegram began to receive an increasing number of messages about public activity related to actions by US citizens. The team acted resolutely, cutting off American channels encouraging violence. Thanks to these efforts, our moderators blocked hundreds of public calls for violence last week," he said. Durov added that Telegram welcomed peaceful protests and debates, but the service’s terms of service explicitly banned the spread of public calls for violence. Read more 
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