Journalists demanding media freedom detained in Russia Journalists were arrested on Saturday in Russia while protesting for media freedom after the Russian government labeled a media outlet a “foreign agent.” Russia says vital to help Afghans form inclusive governmentRussia called on Friday for rapid efforts to help form an inclusive interim government in Afghanistan after a deadly attack at Kabul airport, saying Islamic State was trying to capitalise on chaos in the country and endangering everyone. Kremlin ‘Condemns’ Deadly Kabul Attacks - The Moscow Times"Unfortunately, the pessimistic forecasts ... are being confirmed," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Russia laid groundwork for ties with Taliban, years ahead of its Afghan takeoverKremlin maintained contacts with the insurgent group, even though it considers it a terror group; Russian FM says Moscow 'in no rush' to recognize Taliban as new rulers Afghan crisis: Russia plans for new era with Taliban ruleWhile Western governments raced to get their people out, Russia appears unfazed by the takeover. News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend - The Moscow TimesMedia crackdown. Navalny sanctions. Merkel and Zelenskiy. Russia begins Afghan evacuation, holds military exercises in TajikistanRussia began evacuating more than 500 people from Afghanistan on Wednesday while at the same time holding military exercises for its tank forces in neighbouring Tajikistan. Putin, Xi Agree to Jointly Combat Afghanistan ‘Threats' - The Moscow TimesThe two leaders also spoke of the "importance of establishing peace" in Afghanistan and "preventing the spread of instability," the Kremlin said.