Charles Maynes

Independent radio producer and reporter based in Moscow

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Putin turns down Biden talks and defends Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy grid

Friday, December 02, 2022

The Kremlin dismissed the idea of talks with President Biden to end the war in Ukraine and said its assault on Ukrainian infrastructure was an "inevitable" response to Kyiv's attacks.


'Golden billion,' Putin's favorite conspiracy, explains his worldview and strategy

Monday, November 21, 2022

The conspiracy theory claims global elites plot to hoard the world's wealth and resources, leaving the rest of the planet to starve — and it's gaining traction in Moscow amid the Ukraine war.


Russia sends Brittney Griner to a penal colony

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The U.S. basketball star was transferred to a prison colony in Mordovia — 300 miles southeast of Moscow — to begin serving out a nine-year sentence on drug charges.


Ukraine regains control of Kherson

Saturday, November 12, 2022

After nine months of occupation, Russian forces have abandoned Kherson, Ukraine. As Ukrainians celebrated, Russia claimed the retreat was a smart move militarily.


Ukrainian troops enter Kherson city after Russia retreats

Friday, November 11, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his forces are taking back Kherson, following Russia's withdrawal from the strategic southern city.


A Pussy Riot member describes what Brittney Griner can expect in Russian penal colony

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Maria Alyokhina was sent to a penal colony as a member of the feminist punk collective. Authorities "teach you how to forget your right to choose," she says. She urges Griner "to not forget yourself."


Russia says it's withdrawing from the key city of Kherson, but Ukraine is skeptical

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Russia announced a withdrawal from Kherson, Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government said there's "no signs" Russian forces left without a fight.


U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner has been sent to a Russian penal colony

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Griner has been moved from a detention center outside of Moscow and is being sent to a Russian penal colony to begin serving out her nine-year sentence on drug smuggling charges, her lawyers said.


Russia is suspending a Ukraine grain export deal that has helped keep food prices down

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Russian says it has moved to suspend its implementation of a U.N.-brokered deal which under which the United Nations says more than 9 million tons of grain and other food products have been exported.


Russia says it enlisted 300K new troops to fight in Ukraine and doesn't plan for more

Friday, October 28, 2022

Russia's defense minister says the military reached its target of adding 300,000 troops to fight in Ukraine. The recruitment effort led many Russians to protest and flee the country.


Putin makes unsubstantiated claim that Ukraine has plans to use a dirty bomb

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Russia has given no evidence of Ukraine planning to use a bomb that would spread radiation on its own territory. The U.S. has warned Russia may be setting a pretext for its own future actions.


Moscow appeals court upholds Brittney Griner's 9-year sentence

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

A Moscow appeals court upheld American basketball player Brittney Griner's 9-year sentence on drug smuggling charges.


Brittney Griner's prison sentence is upheld in a Russian court

Monday, October 24, 2022

The decision effectively sends Griner to serve out her nine-year term in a Russian prison colony, even as the U.S. and Russia appear set to reengage in talks for a possible prisoner swap.


Putin orders martial law in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered martial law in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine.


Putin orders martial law in occupied Ukrainian areas as Kyiv's forces gain ground

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The move signals Russia's growing frustration over Ukrainian advances in areas the Kremlin claimed to annex. It came hours after Kremlin-appointed officials ordered civilians to evacuate Kherson.


Explosive suicide drones rock Ukraine's capital, hitting residential buildings

Monday, October 17, 2022

Explosions rang out across Kyiv early Monday, a week after nationwide strikes rocked the city for the first time since June.


2 attackers opened fire on volunteer troops preparing to deploy to Ukraine

Saturday, October 15, 2022

The Russian Defense Ministry called the shooting a terrorist attack and said the shooters were from former Soviet republics. Eleven soldiers were killed and 15 wounded in the incident.


Russia arrests 8 people for the blast on a Crimea bridge as Ukraine denies involvement

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Security agents arrested five Russians, two Ukrainians and an Armenian as suspects in the explosion, which disabled a critical link between Russia and the Ukrainian peninsula it annexed in 2014.


Russia's strikes on Ukraine may also have been meant to quell doubts at home

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Russia carried out a barrage of airstrikes across Ukraine on Monday. But what has been the reaction in Moscow to its own military escalation? The Russian assaults were widely condemned by the West.


Deadly missile strikes hit Kyiv as explosions reported in other cities across Ukraine

Monday, October 10, 2022

The attacks came only hours after Russia blamed Ukraine for a weekend explosion that partially damaged a strategic bridge that connects Russian-occupied Crimea to mainland Russia.