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Articles by Anna Dolgov

Russian Minister: Security Concerns Justify Restricting Civil Rights

Russia's interior minister said restricting civil rights is justifiable if security considerations demand it, according to a television interview that was broadcast Thursday night.

Putin: Russia Ready to Cooperate With U.S. Coalition in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday his country is committed to cooperating with a U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria, according to the transcript released by the Kremlin.

Russian Opposition Deputy Sues Pro-Kremlin TV for Libel

Russia's only State Duma deputy known for his support of the political opposition, Dmitry Gudkov, said Wednesday he is suing NTV television for libel over the smear campaign the unabashedly pro-Kremlin network unleashed against him in a recent film.

U.S. Sanctions Russians With Financial Ties to Syrian Regime

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday announced sanctions against a Russian businessman who heads the World Chess Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, accusing him of assisting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Russian Official Proposes Revoking 'Irrelevant' International Agreements

The powerful head of the Investigative Committee proposed revoking international agreements that Russia deems contrary to its interests, media reports said Wednesday.

Russian Republic Blocks Access to Charlie Hebdo Twitter Feed

A city court in Russia's predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya has blocked access to the Twitter account of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, accusing it of insulting believers' feelings.

Putin: Russian Military to Remain in Caspian Sea Despite Region's Unease

President Putin said the Russian military would continue to use the Caspian Sea to launch attacks against Islamic State “for as long as necessary,” despite the concerns of former Soviet republics in the region.

Hagel: Russia, U.S. Must Fight Islamic State Together

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for including Russia in a consolidated global battle against Islamic State, and suggested putting aside the inevitable disputes for the sake of the fight against terrorism.

Ukraine Rebuffs PutinТs Offer to Restructure Russian Debt

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has rejected Russia's restructuring proposal for the repayment of Kiev's eurobond debt, and said the “aggressor state” should accept the same terms as other bondholders.

Russian Prosecutor Blames Tajik Baby Death on 'Damp'

The shack that housed a Tajik family whose 5-month-son died while the mother was held in police custody was “unsuitable for living,” Russian prosecutors said in an official response to a lawmaker's inquiry.

U.S. Diplomats Edit Comically Inept Fake Letter

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has mocked the pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia for using fake letters in the newspaper's attempt to illustrate what it cast as an exposé of Washington's meddling in Russia's politics.

Russia Increases Pressure on Islamic State in Syria

Strategic bombers belonging to the Russian air force have conducted bombings and rocket strikes on Islamic State positions, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Kadyrov Says 480 Chechens Have Joined Islamic State

Nearly 500 Chechens have joined the Islamic State terrorist organization, the head of Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Russia to Get 21st-Century Version of Kids' Pioneers Organization

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a schoolchildren's movement aimed at promoting national values and apparently modeled on the Soviet Union's Young Pioneers organization.

Russian Justice Ministry Proposes Further Checks to 'Foreign Agent' NGOs

The Justice Ministry has proposed legal amendments that would set a procedure for the government to shut down nongovernmental organizations deemed Уforeign agents,Ф state-run news agency TASS reported.

Free Syrian Army Groups Deny Reports of Moscow Visit

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday said it had hosted several delegations from the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, but representatives of the opposition alliance said the visit never happened, accusing the Kremlin of waging an information war.

Darth Vader Sculpture Replaces Soviet Leader Lenin in Ukraine's Odessa

A statue of Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine's Odessa has been converted into a monument to Darth Vader — the city's response to a law requiring the eradication of Communist Party symbols.

'Sadists' Law' Granted Preliminary Approval by Russia's Parliament

Russia's parliament has granted preliminary approval to a bill, dubbed УsadistsТ lawФ by critics, which details the acceptable use of physical force and weapons by prison guards against inmates.

Parents Ask Moscow School to Remove Girl With Down Syndrome From Yearbook

A Moscow school has allegedly moved to edit a girl with Down syndrome out of its yearbook, after several parents complained that her picture ruined the glossy album, a student's mother said.

Poroshenko Pressures TV Channel to Keep Putin Handshake Off-Air

A Ukrainian television channel has published a statement by its former producer, claiming officials from President Petro Poroshenko's administration banned the channel from broadcasting footage of a handshake the Ukrainian leader exchanged with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a recent meeting.

Zombies Hazardous to Russian Children's 'Spiritual' Health Ц Human Rights Official

A senior human rights official in the presidential administration has called for an evaluation of toys sold in Russia's stores, claiming that many are hazardous to the psychological and “spiritual” health of young Russians, media reports said Monday.

Russian Elderly to Receive Firewood Via Crowdfunding, Not Government Subsidies

Activists in Russia are collecting money to buy firewood to heat the homes of impoverished villagers who may otherwise struggle to get though the upcoming winter — a plight that has brought criticism of the government from anti-corruption figures.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister: MH17 Investigation May Again Request UN Tribunal

Countries seeking to prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine may once again ask the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal, Ukraine's foreign minister said.

Moscow 'Patriot' Rally Draws Dozens Not Thousands of Participants

A Russian television channel reported that thousands of people gathered in Moscow for a rally strengthening “patriotism” — but the rally never took place, according to photographers and bloggers at the scene.

Russian Prosecution Witnesses Identified Savchenko Sight Unseen

Witnesses for the prosecution in Russia's trial against Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko have claimed to identify the defendant despite being unable to see her face during their testimony via a video link-up, lawyers for the defense said.

Russian Investigative Committee Opens Criminal Case Against Putin Accuser

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case on charges of appeals for "terrorism" against an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister for his calls to publicize information about the "crimes" of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine and Syria.

Radioactive-Waste Processing Plant Endangers Russia's Lake Baikal

Local residents and environmentalists have appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the planned construction of a radioactive-waste processing facility near Lake Baikal in east Siberia.

Russian Version of 'Tumble' TV Show Denied BBC License

Britain's BBC Worldwide has declined to license the production of a Russian version of the “Tumble” television show because of Western sanctions imposed over the Ukrainian crisis.

Crimea Tourism Improves 34 Percent, Still Below Pre-Annexation Levels

More than 3.9 million people have visited Crimea so far this year, a 34 percent increase from 2014, according to regional authorities, but the number still marks a tourism decline on the peninsula since Russia annexed it from Ukraine.

Russian Security Service Orders Deportation of Buddhist Leader

Russia's Federal Security Service has ordered the deportation of a Buddhist leader who has been practicing in Russian regions for over a decade, reportedly deeming him a threat to national security.