China Tries to Sell Vladimir Putin’s Snoozefest Speech as ‘Calm, Restrained’

China’s state-run Global Times salivated over Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day address on Monday, praising Putin’s “calm, restrained” demeanor as a firm rebuke to Western pressure against his invasion of Ukraine – but also sensing that Putin was “leaving some room for negotiation” by delivering a somnolent speech when something more fiery had been anticipated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. - Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL …

Reports: Russia Detains 4,600 at Ukraine War Protests

Russia detained at least 4,600 people at protests against the war in Ukraine on Sunday, 1,700 of them in Moscow. Protesters used social media to accuse the police of using excessive force to make the arrests, including shots of detainees beaten bloody with police batons.

Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in central Saint Petersburg on February 24, 2022. - Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, killing dozens and triggering warnings from Western leaders of unprecedented sanctions. Russian air strikes hit military …

Russian Schools Test Facial Recognition Technology

Russian state media reported on Tuesday that dozens of Russian schools have deployed advanced biometric security systems, including facial and silhouette recognition technology, to prevent people “wanted by the authorities or potentially dangerous” from entering school grounds.

Nikolai Grunin, an employee at NtechLab, the company that won the city's tender to supply the facial recognition technology, demonstrates the technology during an interview with AFP on February 5, 2020. - A vast and contentious network of facial-recognition cameras keeping watch over Moscow is now playing a key role …