.Moscow, Russia
Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician the president of Russia. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • A televised phone-in with Putin was targeted by "powerful" cyberattacks, said a report
  • The annual session sees Putin field in real-time queries submitted by Russians
  • This year's phone-in lasted nearly four hours and repeatedly faced connection problems

.Moscow, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and US President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting in Geneva on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin met US counterpart Joe Biden on Wednesday
  • The two leaders met to ease soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington
  • Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington had all but broken down since Biden took office

.Moscow, Russia
Dmitry Gudkov was detained on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: AFP File)

  • Dmitry Gudkov faces up to five years in prison if convicted
  • Police conducted searches in his country house outside Moscow
  • Dmitry's father announced the detention on Twitter

.Moscow, Russia
Russia opened three new probes against jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who began a hunger strike three weeks ago at his penal colony. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Alexei Navalny revealed that Russia has opened three new probes against him
  • The 44-year-old jokingly called himself the "mastermind of the criminal underworld"
  • Navalny is completing a two-and-a-half-year sentence in a prison camp outside of Moscow

Alexie Navalny is an anti-corruption activist serving two-and-a-half years in a penal colony (Source: Instagram/ @navalny)

  • The case is against the political network of Alexie Nevalny and his supporters 
  • The proceedings on Monday took place behind closed doors 
  • It is part of a campaign to outlaw President Vladimir Putin's opposition 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Israeli paramilitary border police officers stand guard (AP/PTI)

  • Putin and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to fighting between Israel and Palestinians
  • Both leaders also expressed support for a two-state solution to guarantee peace
  • Guterres said the UN was "fully ready" to resume the work of the Quartet and facilitate dialogue between the two sides

  • Navalny appeared in court shaven-headed
  • I am just a horrible skeleton, the Kremlin critic said 
  • The hearings are set to resume on May 17

.Moscow, Russia
Alexei Navalny, Russia's best known opposition politician, is serving two-and-a-half years in a penal colony. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • The activities of Navalny's offices and FBK were immediately suspended: FBK's director 
  • A final court ruling on designating the group as extremist was still due
  • Navalny's office in Moscow said the group will already "no longer be able to work" as usual

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
US President Joe Biden has offered his Russian counterpart to meet in a neutral country. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Kremlin is still considering Joe Biden's offer 
  • Tensions between Russia and the West have escalated sharply
  • Moscow and the West have clashed over conflict in Ukraine, sanctions on Russia and jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

.Moscow, Russia
Police have been arresting demonstrators, protesting for Navalny's freedom. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Navalny went on hunger strike in late March
  • Experts believe that Navalny is being given inhuman treatment
  • Alexei Navalny is serving time in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov