2 Americans, 5 Britons captured by Russia in Ukraine freed in prisoner swap

CNN — Two American veterans and five British citizens who had been held by Russian-backed forces for months have been released as part of the prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine that was brokered by Saudi Arabia. Family members of Americans Alexander John-Robert Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, who were captured in June while … Read more

Russian mercenaries bombard Bakhmut as Moscow searches for a win

Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN — In the ruins of an apartment block tarred with soot and clouded in dust amid constant shelling, a small group of Ukrainian soldiers are face to face with a new type of Russian enemy: mercenaries, some of whom may be convinced sent to the front line. The battle is as heated … Read more

Kyrgyz leader urges calm after deadly conflict with Tajikistan

Story by Reuters — Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov urged his country on Monday to have trust in his army and strategic partners, and said there was no need for volunteer forces at the border with Tajikistan after deadly clashes there last week. At least 100 people were killed between September 14 and 16 in fighting … Read more

Russia finances hit by cheaper oil and costs of Ukraine war

London CNN Business — There are new signs of strain in the Russian economy as energy prices fall and nearly seven months of war in Ukraine prove costly seven months. Russia’s budget surplus all but disappeared over the summer, according to data published by the Russian finance ministry this week. At the end of June, … Read more

Premarket stocks: Ukraine’s victories are exciting Wall Street. The boost could soon fade

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. You can listen to an audio version of the newsletter by clicking the same link. London CNN Business — In the past week, Ukrainian troops have dealt a huge blow to Russia’s … Read more

Revealed: How Russia’s security service preys on young activists to turn them into informants

Amsterdam, The Netherlands CNN — Mikhail Sokolov knows Russian agents might be watching him. He says he spied on his own colleagues for Moscow for years. Now he says he is seeking asylum in the Netherlands, as he walks warily around the canals of Amsterdam, telling CNN about his recruitment as an informant, his betrayal … Read more

Ravil Maganov: Lukoil chairman dies after falling from a Moscow hospital window

Moscow/London CNN Business — The chairman of Russian oil and gas giant Lukoil has died after falling out of the window of a hospital in Moscow, according to Russian state media. “The man fell out of the sixth-floor window and died as a result of his injuries,” a source told TASS. Lukoil confirmed the death … Read more

UN says similar numbers of refugees are fleeing Venezuela as war torn Ukraine

CNN — More than 6 million Venezuelans have fled their country amid deteriorating conditions, matching Ukraine in the number of displaced people and surpassing Syria, according to the United Nations. The refugee crisis in Venezuela is striking because there is not a war in the country like Ukraine, where ongoing conflict has pushed people out … Read more

Gorbachev’s moral authority did little to stop Putin

CNN — It’s hard to sift history’s judgment from the hot takes, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s telegram of condolence on the death of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev does little to help. “He led our country during a period of complex, dramatic changes, large-scale foreign policy, and economic and social challenges,” the statement read. … Read more

JPMorgan forces sale of Russian oligarch’s megayacht

A $75-million superyacht linked to a sanctioned Russian steel billionaire was auctioned on Tuesday in Gibraltar, court sources said, in what is understood to be the first sale of its kind since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The Axiom was impounded by the Gibraltar authorities in March after JPMorgan said its alleged owner Dmitry Pumpyansky … Read more