Wow. Moscow has announced compulsory vaccination for all civil servants, teachers, transport and municipal workers, and everyone in the service industry. It's a stunning admission that the Sputnik drive has failed in Russia, with only about 12% vaccinated

Mad news out of Belarus, where authorities forced a @Ryanair flight to land in Minsk over a bomb threat. The seems to be a pretext to arrest a founder of @nexta_tv, which was key to organizing protests against Lukashenko. He could face the death penalty!

Two hours and hundreds of arrests later, there are still thousands of people stretching a mile in each direction in Moscow. This must be the biggest anti-Putin rally in years. People I spoke to weren’t necessarily political before, but what Russia did to Navalny infuriated them https://t.co/CcdwHIhGM4
Russian TikTokers practicing their English to avoid getting arrested during Navalny protests.

“If they try to throw you into the paddy wagon, you say, ‘You are violating my human rights!’”

A day after @navalny pranked an apparent FSB agent into revealing the details of his poisoning, Russia rushed to pass a law that would ban disclosing data about the security services – thereby banning the very investigations that exposed them.

Just astonishing. @navalny called up one of the FSB agents who Putin admitted tracked him, pretended to be an assistant to the head of Russia's security council, and extracted a 49-minute confession that they poisoned him. Unreal.

The great thing about this video is that Russia Today still denies it was filling in for striking workers at Belarus state TV, but Lukashenko just goes ahead and confirms it over the awkward objections of the RT reporter! https://twitter.com/mjluxmoore/status/1301042771390758912
Just unbelievable scenes in Minsk as a huge crowd chants “Resign!”

via @Belsat_TV https://t.co/09obiTSPxk
The footage streaming in from Minsk, in spite of an internet blockade and reports the army has been deployed against protesters, is just incredible https://t.co/B341GHSXHB
Steve King, the white supremacist GOP congressman in Iowa, is in deep trouble in his primary tonight. One of my great regrets is that his wild escapades in Moscow got buried in an even wilder story about Steven Seagal, where this probably wasn’t even one of the 10 craziest things https://t.co/0TUNzUEypZ
Ukraine's foreign minister says 82 of the dead on flight PS752 were Iranian, with a further 63 from Canada, 11 Ukrainians, 4 Afghans, and 3 each from Germany and the UK. Iran says there were 147 Iranians, which means many likely had dual passports.

The first fugitive Russian businessman to return home under promise of amnesty for a politically motivated prosecution was just - surprise! - sentenced to prison on the same charges, word for word, after they were already dropped once https://vedomosti.ru/politics/articles/2019/10/31/815249-biznesmen-iz-spiska-titova
Russia Today has been waiting its entire 14 years of existence to troll America this hard https://twitter.com/rt_com/status/1184313012171108353
Remember all those Russian defense advisors said to be propping Maduro? Hundreds of them have left the country because Venezuela’s not paying them. Great scoop by ⁦@tggrovehttps://www.wsj.com/articles/in-a-blow-to-maduro-russia-withdraws-key-defense-support-to-venezuela-11559486826
The editor of Russia Today, a totally independent TV channel that does not follow the Kremlin line at all, no sir, has a new medal from Putin to go with the one she got for the annexation of Crimea. “I serve Russia!” she says. https://twitter.com/m_simonyan/status/1131545626863386624
You know there’s a geopolitical crisis in process when Belarus gives nul points to Russia at Eurovision