Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with Prime Minister of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Nechirvan Barzani during their meeting at the the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 2, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia Becomes Primary Source of Funding for Kurdistan

The Russian government is now the primary funder of oil and gas deals in the autonomous region of Kurdistan and has yet to outline its position on next week’s Kurdish independence referendum, a report from Reuters has revealed.


Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Cuts Off Monitor Bracelet

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who has been under house arrest for alleged fraud involving a state lumber company, snipped off his monitoring bracelet with a pair of scissors and has refused to honor the arrest terms.