The Russian president stunned Obama when he proposed Steven Seagal as an intermediary between Washington and Moscow. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon and Rosie Gray tell the extraordinary story of the faded action star’s dalliances with the Kremlin.
Russia’s president spent four hours holding forth on everything from Ukraine to whether he should clone himself in an annual phone-in, but had little new to say.
The Russian word for twerking is tverking, in case you’re wondering.
Am vergangenen Sonntag versammelten sich ultrarechte Gruppierungen in St. Petersburg zu einer gemeinsamen Front gegen Freimaurer, Schwule und Lesben und „dreckige Marionetten der Zionisten“.
The former BNP leader claims the West is doomed without the help of the “Third Rome”.
The “fringe of the fringe” gathered in St. Petersburg on Sunday to rail against Freemasons, LGBT people, and “Zionist puppet filth.”
“They just grabbed everyone.” The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow has all the brutal hallmarks of Chechnya — and points toward its strongman leader.
Russia’s president declined to comment Monday on rumors that he was gravely ill, recovering from plastic surgery, attending the birth of his lovechild in Switzerland, overthrown by hardliners in a coup, or dead. “It’d be boring without gossip,” he said.
The belltower of the Novodevichy Convent, a UNESCO World Heritage site, caught fire late Sunday.
Russia’s president has not been seen in public for over a week, sparking rumors that he may be sick, recovering from Botox injections, or even dead.
Alexey Navalny speaks after the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov: “It’s obvious that the only plan the Kremlin has for us is destruction.” BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from Moscow.
Boris Nemtsov’s shocking murder just outside the Kremlin didn’t just silence a once-formidable Putin critic. Now it’s harder than ever to imagine a Russia where the truth will out and these things don’t happen.
Boris Nemtsov, one of the loudest critics of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead just outside the Kremlin on Friday.
Ukrainian troops began pulling out of Debaltseve on Wednesday after Russian-backed rebels surrounded the strategic railway junction. The defeat is a massive setback for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who denied that the town was surrounded in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
Photographer Max Avdeev embeds with the rebel fighters known as the First Slavyansk Brigade in Logvinove, Ukraine, to capture the horrific sights of conflict for BuzzFeed News. Warning: Several of the images in this gallery are NSFW and extremely graphic.
Rebels claimed on Tuesday to have taken control of “about 80%” of Debaltseve, a strategic railway junction that has been the scene of fierce fighting despite a cease-fire deal struck last week.
Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels largely abided by the cease-fire after it came into effect overnight. Fierce fighting continued, however, for the contested town of Debaltseve. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from Eastern Ukraine.
Kiev accused rebels of trying to seize as much territory as possible before both sides are due to halt fighting.
Ukraine’s 10-month attempt to reclaim its easternmost provinces has only made locals there hate the central government even more. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
The international airport that was once a beautiful and modern complex now lies in ruins after months of fierce conflict. Photographer Max Avdeev captures the sights for BuzzFeed News from Donetsk, Ukraine.