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In a Death, Details of More Russian Murder-for-Hire Plots

By Andrew E. Kramer

A Chechen man shot near Vienna last weekend had spoken publicly of giving Austrian and Ukrainian authorities information about contract killings. He also said there was a price on his head.

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Russia Bounty on Americans: Afghan Acted as Middleman

By Mujib Mashal, Eric Schmitt, Najim Rahim and Rukmini Callimachi

A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say. Friends saw him grow rich, but didn’t know how.

Deepfake Technology Enters the Documentary World

By Joshua Rothkopf

A film about persecuted gays and lesbians in Chechnya uses digital manipulation to guard their identities without losing their humanity. The step raises familiar questions about nonfiction movies.

A Russian Plot to Kill U.S. Soldiers

Why intelligence officials suspect Russia of paying militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

Russian Bounty Suspicions Were Supported by Financial Data

By Charlie Savage, Mujib Mashal, Rukmini Callimachi, Eric Schmitt and Adam Goldman

Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were most likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Putin Pushes Through Referendum Even as Virus Surges in Russia

By Ivan Nechepurenko and Andrew Higgins

The outbreak is raging outside Moscow, but President Vladimir V. Putin is committed to a national vote that could keep him in power for another 16 years.

Prominent Russian Director Is Convicted of Embezzlement

By Andrew E. Kramer

But in a surprise, Kirill Serebrennikov was given only a suspended sentence in a case that was seen as a warning to Moscow’s vibrant theater world.

Decades-Old Soviet Studies Hint at Coronavirus Strategy

By Andrew E. Kramer

A married pair of virologists in Moscow tested a vaccine on their own children in the 1950s. Now, a side effect they found is sparking new hope for a defense against the coronavirus.

Hit Hard by Coronavirus, Russia Holds a Mostly Mask-Free Victory Parade

By Andrew Higgins

Tens of thousands turned out for the delayed annual celebration of Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany but few, including veterans in their 80s and 90s, took precautions.

Russians Eat Burgers in Gloves. Should Everyone?

By Anton Troianovski

Status-conscious fast-food joints across Eastern Europe have offered their diners disposable gloves for years. The idea may find a wider audience in the pandemic era.

For Migrants in Russia, Virus Means No Money to Live and No Way to Leave

By Ivan Nechepurenko and Sergey Ponomarev

The coronavirus has highlighted migrants’ inferior status in Russia. With no jobs, and sometimes no health care, many want to go home — but find they can’t.

For Migrants in Russia, Virus Means No Money to Live and No Way to Leave

By Ivan Nechepurenko and Sergey Ponomarev

The coronavirus has highlighted migrants’ inferior status in Russia. With no jobs, and sometimes no health care, many want to go home — but find they can’t.

Too Close for Comfort, and the Virus, in Russia’s Communal Apartments

By Andrew E. Kramer and Sergey Ponomarev

Riding out a virus lockdown in an apartment shared with 20 or so other people is about as unpleasant as it would seem. Along with the virus, “a silent paranoia” spreads.

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