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Siberian Official Who Killed Journalist Seeks Compensation for Ruined Vacation

A former Siberian official sentenced to probation after stabbing a journalist to death is suing for damages after his vacation was ruined by the case, a local reporter has said.

Culture Minister: No Funding for Artists Who Oppose the Kremlin

While Russia's administration embraces the freedom of artistic expression, it is not willing to support opposition-minded artists through state funding, the culture minister has said.

Conditional Currency Makes Comeback as Retailers Lose Trust in Russian Ruble

Along with the flashy cars of the new rich and the garbage bin food scavenging of the new poor, a distinctive sign of Russia in the 1990s were store price tags in a non-official currency — “u.e.”

British Tax Agents Raid Museum in Search of Putin's Faberge Egg, Report Says

The Faberge egg that President Vladimir Putin gave to the Hermitage Museum might have been bought in violation of EU tax regulations, according to an investigation by the British authorities, a news report said.

First Moscow Buildings Get Plaques Commemorating Victims of Stalin's Purges

An online crowd funding campaign has raised more than $27,000 to have memorial plaques installed on the former homes of the victims of Josef Stalin's Soviet-era purges.

African Doctor Stabbed in Stomach for Asking Russian Assaulter to Address Him by Name

An African doctor was stabbed in the stomach on the street in a town near Moscow for asking to be addressed by his name instead of a racial term.

Russia's Dozhd TV Defies Crackdown by Continuing Broadcasts From Apartment

Russia's main independent television channel, Dozhd, has been forced to leave its Moscow studio for the second time in as many months, but is continuing its broadcasts from an apartment in the capital.

Brawl Erupts in Ukraine Parliament (Video)

A dispute at a session of Ukraine's newly elected parliament has prompted lawmakers to resort to a more direct method of resolving political disagreements — a shoving match.

Lawmakers Propose Removing Ban on Official State Ideology in Russia

Lawmakers have drafted amendments to the Constitution that would abolish a ban on the existence of an official state ideology in Russia, a news report said.

Moscow Police Detain 25 People at Seminar on Maidan-Style Political Protests

Moscow police have released without charge 25 participants detained at a seminar on Ukrainian-style political protests, in a sign that authorities are looking to sniff out early signs of internal dissent in Russia.

Danone 'Insulted' by Accusation It's Milking Russian Peasants

Danone has demanded an apology from Russia's agriculture minister after he slammed the company for its reportedly substandard dairy products in the latest Kremlin assault against Western companies.

Russian Actor Given Bottle of Blood After Backing Rebels in Ukraine Conflict

Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, known for his support of pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, has been given a bottle filled with blood by a pro-Ukrainian activist in order to quell his "bloodthirstiness."

Ferguson Protesters Torch Russian News Agency's Car

Protesters in Ferguson have torched a car operated by  Russia's major state-run news agency, shortly before Moscow issued a statement reminding Washington of its obligation to uphold freedom of expression.

Lawyer Attacked After Defending LGBT Activist in St. Petersburg Court

A human rights lawyer who was employed to defend an LGBT activist said he was attacked after leaving a St. Petersburg court, identifying one of the assailants as an Orthodox activist and aide to a local anti-gay lawmaker.

Russian Authorities Probe Lurkmore Website Pages for Signs of Extremism

Russian authorities are looking into entries posted on the country's tongue-in-cheek online encyclopedia Lurkmore that mock Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as well as the Molotov cocktail.

Roofer Activist Changes His Name to 'Glory to Ukraine'

A Ukrainian roofer who painted a Soviet star on top of a Moscow landmark in his country's blue and yellow colors said he has officially changed his name to "Slava Ukraine," meaning "Glory to Ukraine."

Norway Suspends Political Contact With Russia, Prime Minister Says

Norway has suspended all political contact with Moscow and has canceled a previously planned joint military exercise with Russia because of the conflict in Ukraine, the Norwegian prime minister said.

U.S. Ambassador Tefft Unfazed by 'Inevitable' Slump in Russia Relations

U.S. Ambassador John Tefft says the crisis between Moscow and Washington can be resolved and that Western sanctions may be rolled back if Russia implements the terms of a peace plan for Ukraine that it co-signed.

Russia's Igor Strelkov: I Am Responsible for War in Eastern Ukraine

Russian national Igor Strelkov, a former commander of pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine, has claimed "personal responsibility" for unleashing the conflict across the border.

Russia's Ekho Moskvy Celebrates Victory as Radio Host Dodges Ax

Radio station Ekho Moskvy has scored a victory in its struggle to preserve editorial independence after its state-run corporate owner has revoked an order to fire one of the station's journalists.

Police Detain 46 Illegal Chinese Workers at Counterfeit Sneakers Sweatshop in Russia's Urals

Security officers have detained dozens of illegal workers from China working at a sewing shop in the Russian Ural Mountains, that some reports have linked to the local leader of the ruling United Russia party.

Russian Officials Left Puzzled After Fireball Explodes Above Sverdlovsk (Video)

A giant burst of light that lit up the sky above Sverdlovsk last week may have impressed local residents, but scientists, government officials and the military have been left scratching their heads.

Report Says 64 Pensioners in Eastern Ukraine Starved to Death

An assembly of town residents in eastern Ukraine has claimed that dozens of pensioners have died of starvation in their district, a news report said, amid increasing signs of severe food shortages in separatist-controlled areas.

Watchdog to Bring Charges Against Russian LGBT Teens Support Group

Russia's media watchdog has said it will bring charges against a journalist who runs an online support group for LGBT teenagers under a law that bans the promotion of "gay propaganda" to minors.

Russian Soldier Caught in Ukraine Disappears on Way Home, Parents Say

A Russian soldier who was captured in Ukraine and claimed to have fled his country in protest at its involvement in a "fratricidal war" has gone missing while traveling back to Russia, his parents said.

Russia to Rethink Study Abroad Program as East-West Relations Sour

The government is revising a program that allows graduates to study abroad at the state's expense and could limit it to nations and universities that are deemed friendly to Russia.

Soldiers' Mothers NGO Loses Appeal to Get 'Foreign Agent' Tag Removed

The Justice Ministry has refused to remove the "foreign agent" label it applied to the St. Petersburg branch of the Soldiers' Mothers non-governmental organization, saying it had no procedure to reverse the ruling.

Russia's RT Channel Threatened With Sanctions in Britain Over Bias

Britain's media regulator has threatened to bring sanctions against Russia's state-run broadcaster RT after ruling that it breached U.K. codes on impartiality in several of its newscasts on Ukraine.

Latvian Foreign Minister Reveals He Is Gay, Prompting Mixed Reactions in Russia

Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has come out as gay, advancing LGBT rights in former Soviet republics but prompting a few indignant remarks in Russia where "gay propaganda" is forbidden by law.

Firing of Ekho Moskvy Reporter Prompts Speculation Over Editor's Fate

A state-controlled media holding has fired an Ekho Moskvy radio journalist, citing ethical norms, and threatened to dismiss the radio station's long-standing chief editor Alexei Vendiktov.
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