Russian Security Officer Killed in Gun Attack on Moscow Security Headquarters

An unidentified gunman opened fire outside the Moscow headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on Thursday night, killing a security officer and injuring five other people. Few details of the incident have been released to the press as of Friday morning beyond an FSB statement that the gunman was “neutralized” at the scene and was not able to enter the headquarters building.

Russian Federal Security Service officer patrols a street next to the FSB security service's office in Moscow on December 19, 2019. - A member of the Russian FSB security service was killed on December 19, in a shootout with a gunman in central Moscow, state media said, quoting the FSB. …

25,000 Rally in Moscow to Demand Release of Anti-Putin Demonstrators

Moscow’s scaled-down version of the Hong Kong protest movement appeared to have quieted down after the city elections that provoked it came and went in August, but it experienced a resurgence on Sunday when 25,000 people marched to demand freedom for demonstrators who were arrested during the government crackdown. 

A protester holds a banner reading “Freedom to political prisoners! They haven’t to be arrested!” during a rally to support political prisoners in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russian Politicians Bail on Putin’s Corruption-Stained Party

The rumblings of a political earthquake have been heard in Moscow, where longtime members of President Vladimir Putin’s scandal-tainted United Russia party are bailing out and running as independents in Sunday’s city elections, even as actual independent candidates are forced off the ballot with administrative tricks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a State Council meeting at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok hosts the Eastern Economic Forum on September 4-6, 2019. (Vyacheslav Prokofyev, TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP)