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Moscow Official: Abandoned Hospital Mired in Urban Legends to Be Destroyed

The destruction of northern Moscow's deserted Khovrino hospital Ч which for decades has served as fodder for urban legends of satanic cults and animal sacrifices Ч is imminent, a Moscow official said Wednesday, Interfax reported.

Chechnya Threatens to Send Weapons to Mexico If U.S. Arms Ukraine

A Kremlin spokesman reminded Russia's republic of Chechnya that it is illegal for Russian regions to send weapons abroad, after the Chechen parliament threatened to supply arms to Mexico for it to fight the U.S.

Top Novosibirsk Lawmaker Quits Party, Blaming United Russia 'Hegemony'

A senior local lawmaker in Novosibirsk has withdrawn from the ruling United Russia party after nearly a decade in its ranks, saying the party has turned into a gathering of "yes-men" serving the executive power without the support of the people.

Pro-Kremlin Activists Trash Memorial to Murdered Opposition Leader Nemtsov

Activists from a pro-Kremlin movement have trashed a makeshift memorial to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead as he crossed Moscow's Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge last month.

Vandals Paint Swastika on Jewish WWII Monument in Volgograd

Vandals have painted a swastika on a memorial to Holocaust victims killed during World War II in Volgograd, in an attack that one religious organization said was inspired by a congress of far-right parties held in the country this week.

Putin Given Plan for High-Speed Railway Through Siberia to Alaska

The head of Russia's Academy of Sciences has submitted to President Vladimir Putin a proposal for building a high-speed railway that would cut across most of Siberia and all the way to the Bering Strait.

Health Care Workers to Hunger-Strike in Protest of Labor Conditions

Health care workers in central Russia have threatened to go on hunger strike as of Monday to protest what they describe as "repercussions" against co-workers who demanded better working conditions and higher salaries at previous protests.

Krasnoyarsk Officials Want Monument to Soviet Dictator Stalin

Municipal lawmakers in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk want to install a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, a news report said, amid increasing attempts by Russia to glorify its Soviet past.

Russian Journalist Ksenia Sobchak Reported to Have Fled Russia

Russian journalist Ksenia Sobchak was reported to have left the country following rumors of the existence of a hit list targeting political dissidents, though the star herself called the news "exaggerated."

'Extremist' Content in Activist's Nemtsov Banner Actually Putin Quote

A  banner denounced as "extremist" actually cited Russian President Vladimir Putin, an activist has said.

Rumors of Putin's Illness Run Rife in Russian Media

The Kremlin has denied reports President Vladimir Putin has health problems after media found fault with the official accounts of the leader's closed-door meetings.

Nemtsov Probe Exposes Widening Rift Between Kadyrov, FSB

The Boris Nemtsov murder investigation is the latest episode of an ongoing struggle between Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Russia's federal law enforcement officials.

FSB-Kadyrov Power Struggle Eclipsing Nemtsov Murder Probe, Media Says

The investigation into the murder of Boris Nemtsov hints at a power struggle between the FSB and President Vladimir Putin's protege Ramzan Kadyrov, based on details emerging in public statements and media reports.

Moscow City Hall Takes Pity on Those Without a Russian Husband

The Moscow city administration is planning to offer the capital's struggling residents a new social service — a husband for an hour, a news report said Tuesday.

A Closer Look at Nemtsov's Comments on Charlie Hebdo

What were the statements made by Boris Nemtsov on Charlie Hebdo that supposedly led to his death?

Putin vs Petrov Ч Fact and Fiction in House of Cards

How do Russian events and personalities in the hit series House of Cards square with their real-life counterparts?

Russian 'Anti-Maidan' Activists to Fight Western Influence With Voodoo

"Anti-Maidan" activists are turning to voodoo in a bid to advance their pro-Kremlin and pro-Orthodox Christian agenda.

Starving Ukrainian Pilot Jailed in Russia Promises to Consider Ending Strike

Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has promised to end her hunger strike if her health seriously deteriorates, her lawyer said, ahead of the prisoner's scheduled appearance in a Moscow court on Wednesday.

Russia's Gulag Museum Shuts Doors Amid Mounting State Pressure

A museum commemorating the victims of Soviet-era political repressions is closing down after months of government pressure.

Ukrainian Lawmaker Detained at Nemtsov March to Face Moscow Court

A Ukrainian lawmaker detained in Moscow during a march in honor of Boris Nemtsov has been released, but is due to appear in court on Monday on a misdemeanor charge.

Russian Academic Resigns After 'Patriotic' Comment on Nemtsov Murder

A deputy dean at one of Russia's top academic institutes has resigned following widespread outcry over his remarks on the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Russian Lawmakers Rebuked for Proposing End to Food Import Ban

A Pro-Kremlin party has reprimanded its maverick lawmakers after they said Moscow's food import ban had hurt Russians and proposed limiting President Vladimir Putin's power to impose new sanctions.

Photos of Kids With Weapons in Russian Kindergarten Prompt Internet Storm

Photos of Russian preschoolers posing with semi-automatic rifles and grenade launchers that outraged many users of social networks were taken at a recent holiday event at a kindergarten in St. Petersburg, organizers confirmed, insisting, however, that the weapons were not real.

Ukraine to Establish 'Internet Army' to Fight Online Russian Propaganda

Ukraine's Ministry of Information Policy has called on its citizens to enlist in the country's "information forces" to battle against online propaganda spread by Russian trolls and pro-Kremlin media.

Armed 'Resistance Fighters' Detained Near Russia-Ukraine Border

Russian border guards have detained three armed men who drove in from eastern Ukraine aboard a heavy truck and described themselves as "resistance fighters," a news report said.

Russian Top Officials Warn Arming Ukraine Will Lead to Full-Blown War

With increasing calls in the U.S. to supply weapons to Ukraine, senior Russian politicians have underscored fears that arms deliveries would lead to an escalation of the conflict.

Children's Ombudsman Wants Probe Into U.S. Adoptions of Russian Orphans

Russia's children's ombudsman has appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office to investigate the apparent adoptions of 11 Russian orphans by U.S. parents last year, despite Moscow's ban, a news report said.

Russian Border Guards Want to Build Anti-Tank Ditches Near Ukraine

Security officials in southern Russia are looking for a contractor to dig an anti-tank ditch that would separate parts of the Bryansk region from Ukraine.

Ukraine Security Service Detains Journalist on Charges of Treason

Ukraine's security service has detained a journalist on suspicion of treason after he released a video calling for his countrymen to avoid military draft amid the conflict in the east of the country.

Swastikas Cover 'Blood-Stained' Russian Supermarket Amid Boycott

Several Russian politicians have called for a boycott of a supermarket chain in St. Petersburg whose employees accused an 81-year-old customer of stealing butter in an incident that resulted in her death.