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Russia Says Dismantles REvil Hacker Group at U.S. Request
The hacking group, which is believed to be based in Russia, carried out a high-profile attack last year on IT software company Kaseya.
to the rescue
Russian Baby Tiger Fights for Life after Frostbite, Surgery
This year's harsh winter has "significantly complicated" life for Russia's tiger population, an environmental expert said.
Russia-Led Troops to Begin Leaving Kazakhstan in 2 Days — President
The CSTO mission of more than 2,000 troops was despatched at the peak of the crisis last week.
new year's message
Putin Says Russia 'Firmly' Defended Interests in 2021
The Russian president delivers a televised message every New Year's Eve at midnight.
Putin Says 'Effective Dialogue' With U.S. Possible
Tensions remain high between Russia and the U.S. over Moscow's military build-up on the border with Ukraine.
Putin Hails Multiple Launch Test of Hypersonic Missile
It was the first time Russian authorities reported a successful simultaneous launch test of several Tsirkon missiles.
new job title
Ex French PM Fillon Joins Russian Company Board
A number of former senior European politicians have joined Russian energy companies in the past.
Russia Expects Security Talks With U.S., NATO in January
Foreign Minister Lavrov reiterated that although Russia did not want conflict, it was prepared to take steps to defend itself.
Russian Businessman Appears in U.S. Court After Swiss Extradition
The United States accuses Kremlin insider Vladislav Klyushin, of insider trading to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.
Russia Expels 2 German Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move
Russia on Monday expelled two German diplomats in response to a spat with Berlin over a recent German court's ruling.
Belarus Says Diplomat Hurt in London Embassy 'Attack'
The Belarusian foreign ministry said that its embassy in London was attacked by suspects it suggested belonged to a "radical immigrant group."
Clowns Celebrate Russian Master Comic Nikulin
The beloved clown and actor would have turned 100 on Saturday.
Russia Defends Health Check Law for Foreigners
Foreigners present in Russia for more than three months will soon be required to pass a litany of medical exams every quarter.
Ukrainian Soldier Killed as Tensions with Moscow Soar
The latest death brings Ukraine's toll in the simmering conflict to 65 since the start of the year.
Russia Defends Veto of UN Climate Change Resolution
Diplomats said Russia's opposition was hard to understand given that the resolution itself "was not radical."
EU Imposes Sanctions Targeting Russia's Wagner Group
The shadowy private military company is accused of acting to destabilize Ukraine and parts of Africa on behalf of the Kremlin.
rate your driver
Taxi for Vladimir: Putin Says He Drove Cab After Soviet Fall
Putin said the disintegration of the Soviet Union three decades ago remains a "tragedy" for "most citizens."
Declaring Novaya Gazeta 'Foreign Agent' Would Be 'Stupid' – Muratov
The independent newspaper's editor-in-chief received the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.
Putin Says Conflict in Eastern Ukraine 'Looks Like Genocide'
The United States and its allies accuse Russia of planning an invasion of Ukraine and massing troops along Kiev's borders.
'history returns home'
Russia to Return Pre-War Jewish Archives to Greece
The archives, which Nazi forces plundered in 1942, had been transferred to Moscow after the Red Army took Berlin.
drawing a line
Putin Says Russia Has 'Right to Defend its Security' Amid NATO Tensions
The comments are Putin's first public remarks since his high-profile talks with U.S. leader Joe Biden.
Rosneft Told to Present Gas Export Proposal to Putin
The move comes as Europe grapples with record-high gas prices that some blame on Russia, which provides a third of all European gas.
political playing field
Kremlin Slams U.S. Olympics Boycott, Says Games Should Be 'Free of Politics'
The U.S. will not send any diplomatic or government officials to the Winter Olympics in Beijing over China's human rights record.
from the altar to a prison cell
Rogue Russian Monk Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison
Father Sergiy he rose to fame after publicly denying the existence of Covid and calling on Russians to resist virus restrictions.
Moscow Says West, Ukraine Threaten Russia Security
Putin declined to say whether Moscow planned to move troops across Ukraine's border as the West has been alleging for weeks.
Putin Calls for Mutual Approval of Covid Vaccines
Russia has not approved any foreign vaccines for use, while its own vaccines are still awaiting WHO and EMA approval.
Russia Says Developing Sputnik Omicron Booster
Sputnik V's backers said the Omicron-adapted version of the vaccine "can be ready for mass-scale production in 45 days."
Russia Launches Classified Military Satellite
The satellite is believed to be part of the Kremlin's early warning anti-missile system.
U.S., Russian Military Chiefs Speak on the Phone
Western countries have raised alarm over reported Russian military activity near Ukraine.
face to face
Putin to Host Armenia, Azerbaijan Leaders as Fighting Renews
The planned summit follows some of the worst fighting between the Caucasus foes since last year's war over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Russia Spy Agency Dismisses Claims of Ukraine Invasion Plan
The U.S. is "painting a frightening picture" of Russian tanks crushing Ukrainian cities, the SVR said in a rare statement.
lack of contact
Belarus Leader Says EU Refusing to Discuss Migrants
Lukashenko said Germany's Angela Merkel promised him that Brussels would discuss the fate of the 2,000 migrants stranded in Belarus.
Russia's Putin Gets Covid Booster Jab
Authorities are struggling to convince people to get vaccinated even as a fresh wave of the virus is killing record numbers.
Kremlin Slams U.S. 'Hysteria' Over Ukraine Conflict
Western countries have accused Moscow of a troop build-up near Ukraine's borders in recent weeks.
U.S. Adds Russia to Religious Freedom Blacklist
A report by U.S. diplomats accused Russia of misusing extremism law "to restrict the peaceful activities of religious minorities."
Kremlin Hails EU-Belarus Contact Over Migrant Crisis
Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko's phone call with Germany's Angela Merkel was his first with a Western leader since last year.
Russia Criticizes Polish Use of Tear Gas on Migrants
Polish forces fired tear gas at stone-throwing migrants trying to cross the border from Belarus on Tuesday.
Putin Tells Macron U.S. Leading 'Provocative' Exercises in Black Sea
Putin's comments came after Western countries raised alarm over Russian military activities near Ukraine.
Macron, Putin Agree on 'De-Escalation' of Belarus/Poland Crisis – France
Tensions have soared as coordinated efforts by migrants to cross from Belarus into EU member Poland were thwarted.
Poland Says Large Group of Migrants Gathering at Belarus Border Crossing
Videos appeared to show hundreds of migrants in front of lines of Polish police and soldiers.
2 Russian Paratroopers Die in Belarus Drills Jump
Belarus and ally Russia held joint military drills near the western border with Poland where a migrant crisis is unfolding.
Russian Movements at Ukraine Border 'Rather Worrying' – EU
Washington this week demanded explanations from Moscow over reports of "unusual Russian activity near Ukraine."
Russia Moves to Close Respected Rights Group Memorial
Prosecutors accuse Memorial of systematically violating Russia's "foreign agents" law.
Moscow Vows Military Support for Mali, Denies Wagner Links
The Kremlin came under scrutiny this year over a reported deal to send 1,000 fighters from the Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenary group to Mali.
Smuggled Russian Royal Jewels Rake in $900K at Auction
The jewels belonged to grand duchess Maria Pavlovna the Elder, the aunt of the last tsar, Nicholas II.
Russia Drops Case Against Prison Torture Whistleblower
Sergei Savelyev fled Russia and asked for asylum in France after leaking videos of torture inside a Russian jail.
Putin, Lukashenko Discuss Migrant Stand-Off on Poland-Belarus Border
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki later accused Putin of orchestrating the unprecedented wave of migrants trying to enter Poland from Belarus.
in hot water
Denmark Detains Russian Research Ship in Legal Dispute
The state-owned Akademik Ioffe was detained over its previous commercial activities providing passenger trips.
At Least 5 Dead in Cargo Plane Crash Over Siberia
The Antonov An-12 aircraft "disappeared from radars" during its final approach outside the city of Irkutsk.
CIA Head Meets Russian Security Council Chief in Moscow
The meeting comes with Russia's ties with the West at their lowest levels in years.
Putin Calls for Boost to Drone Arsenal With AI
Drone development is part of a major push for weapons development under Putin.
Ukraine Denies Russian Military Buildup on Border as Defense Minister Quits
The reports of a Russian military buildup raised fears of a new escalation in fighting with pro-Moscow separatists.
Russia Warns of Strain on Doctors as Virus Spreads
The Kremlin said doctors working in red zones were facing "extreme physical and emotional stress" with the recent rise in cases.
Russia Slams Dutch Ruling on Crimean Gold as 'Dangerous Precedent'
Kiev hailed this week's court decision to return a priceless collection of Crimean gold to Ukraine as a victory over Moscow.
Russia to Delay Champagne Label Law by 2 Months – France
Only Russian producers of sparkling wines can use the term in Cyrillic, a move that caused outrage in France's Champagne region.
call for engagement
Russia Urges West to Engage With Taliban
The Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan said the European Union would be right to re-open its mission in the country.
Russians Now Must Travel to Warsaw for U.S. Immigrant Visas
The U.S. says Moscow's limit on the number of diplomatic staff it can keep in Russia has hindered its ability to issue visas.
out in the cold
Gazprom Could Cut Gas to Moldova if Contract Not Signed
Moldova declared a 30-day state of emergency after Moscow — its traditional supplier — raised prices.
'abundance of caution'
Namibia Halts Use of Russian Sputnik Jabs After S.African HIV Fears
Sputnik V's developer has said it would produce information to show that South Africa's concerns were "completely unfounded."
Navalny Calls Sakharov Prize an 'Honor,' Thanks European Parliament
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought went to Navalny after he was passed over for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
FBI Raids U.S. Properties of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch
Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has been under U.S. sanctions since 2018.
Russia's St. Petersburg Tightens Virus Controls
The country's second-largest city is clamping down amid a new surge in Covid-19 cases.
Putin Says Talk of Succession 'Destabilizes' Russia
"The situation must be safe and stable in order for power structures and state structures to work in a confident manner," Vladimir Putin said.
Russia Seeks to Prosecute U.S. Diplomats for Stealing Backpack
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that if their request was denied, the diplomats should "immediately" leave Russia.
Russia Threatens Facebook with Massive Fine
The fine calls for a total of "5 to 10 percent" of Facebook's "annual revenue" for repeatedly ignoring requests to remove banned content.
Russia Develops Tech for Monitoring 'Deviant' Behavior
The tech is said to "quickly track the spread of destructive subcultures among young people," preventing them from harming themselves and others.
Nord Stream 2 Operator Begins Filling Controversial Pipeline
With gas prices skyrocketing in Europe, the International Energy Agency has urged Russia to open the taps on the newly completed pipeline.
Get Sputnik Jab, Putin Tells Erdogan
The Russian president boasted of high antibody levels as he hosted the Turkish leader for talks.
Navalny Accuses Google, Apple of Becoming Putin's 'Accomplices'
Both tech companies took down his voting app during Russia’s parliamentary election last week.
France, Russia in Talks on Halting Champagne Label Law
Russia banned the use of the Russian translation of champagne on imported bottles, sparking outrage in France's Champagne region.
Top U.S., Russian Generals Meet in Helsinki
The meeting comes amid Washington's hopes for support to continue surveillance of extremists in Afghanistan.
Russian Opposition Politician Loses Vote Marred by Doppelgangers
Boris Vishnevsky made headlines after he claimed that two other candidates had changed their names and appearance to match his.
Russia Says 2 Militants Killed in Anti-Terror Raid
The militants were killed when they opened fire after being told to surrender, Russian counter-terror forces said.
where there's smoke
Astronauts Smell Smoke, Burning on Russia's ISS Module
The incident is the latest in a string of problems to spur safety concerns over conditions on the Russian segment.
Putin Says U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Ended in 'Tragedies'
Putin said the U.S. army tried to "engrain their norms" in Afghanistan for two decades, which he characterized as a futile exercise.
show of solidarity
Ukraine Marches With NATO Allies on 30th Independence Anniversary
Most of the marching Ukrainian soldiers had fought against pro-Russia separatists in an ongoing conflict in the eastern Donbass region.
lack of structure
Moscow-Led Bloc 'Concerned' Taliban Yet to Form Govt
Moscow is concerned about instability in Afghanistan spilling over to neighboring ex-Soviet states in Central Asia where it houses military bases.
Putin Warns of Influx of Afghan Militants Disguised as Refugees
"Who is among these refugees? How can we know?"
ready for liftoff
Russian Rocket Launches 34 New UK Satellites
It was the fifth launch this year for British operator Oneweb, which aims to provide broadband internet everywhere in the world.
Letter from prison
Jailed Navalny Calls on West to 'Take Action' on Global Corruption
"No money, no soldiers" are needed to implement these measures, he said, "only political will."
Russia Brands Independent Monitor 'Foreign Agent' Ahead of Election
The decision is likely to hamper the monitor's work during the Sept. 19 vote.
Failure to comply
Russia Fines Google Again for Not Removing Banned Content
The fine is the latest in a series of escalating penalties against the U.S. tech giant.
Russia Hails 'Positive Signal' From Taliban
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov praised the Taliban for supporting "inclusive" political dialogue.
Russia Reports Record Virus Deaths Second Day in a Row
Russia, the fourth worst-hit country in the world in terms of cases, has since June been hit by a wave of infections driven by the Delta variant.
Navalny Allies Face Fresh Criminal Charges
Both Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov now live outside Russia to avoid criminal prosecution on other charges.
back in business
Russian Tourists Fly in to Egypt's Red Sea Resorts After 6-Year Ban
Moscow had barred direct flights to Egypt after the 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner shortly after takeoff from a Red Sea resort.
Belarus Protest Leader Kolesnikova Goes on Trial
Maria Kolesnikova, who has become a symbol of the protest movement in Belarus, faces up to 12 years in prison.
IOC to Probe Belarus Officials Over Athlete's Forced Flight
Kristina Tsimanouskaya is expected to stay at the Polish embassy in Tokyo until her departure to Warsaw.
Russia Extends Navalny Spokeswoman's House Arrest
Kira Yarmysh has been under house arrest since February on accusations of breaching Covid-19 restrictions at a protest in Navalny's support.
fear of prosecution
Russian Legal Group With Navalny Link Disbands
Team 29 is an association of lawyers and journalists fighting for freedom of speech in Russia and worked on high-profile espionage and treason cases.
U.S. Software Firm Moves to Restart After Huge Ransomware Attack Linked to Russia-Based Group
The White House reiterated the warning President Joe Biden gave to his counterpart Vladimir Putin about Russia harboring cybercriminals.
the show must go on
St. Petersburg Euro 2020 Quarter-Final to Go Ahead Despite Covid Surge – Organizers
The city has seen a surging outbreak due to the highly transmissible Delta variant first identified in India.
Jailed Belarus Activist, Girlfriend Moved to House Arrest
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskya described the move as "good news" but said the pair is "still being held hostage."
Finnish Football Fans Bring Virus Back From Russia
Thousands of Finnish fans traveled to Russia to support their team in the Euro 2020 championships.
Russian Military Helicopter Crash Kills 3
The Mi-8, which belonged to the Russian National Guard, went down "following an air incident" on a training flight.
Belarus Denounces 'Destructive' New Western Sanctions
The sanctions followed global outrage over the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk to arrest a regime critic.
Moscow Records Pandemic High for Covid Cases Second Day Running
The new cases are being driven by the highly infectious Delta variant first identified in India and have threatened to overwhelm Moscow's hospitals.
4 Dead After Plane Carrying Parachutists Crashes in Siberia
Local prosecutors said that the failure of one of the plane's engines caused the crash.
in the deep end
Heavy Rains in Crimea Trigger Floods, State of Emergency
Images on social media showed water rushing through Yalta's streets, sweeping aside cars and reaching up to the second story of buildings.
U.S., Russia Agree to Return Ambassadors – Putin
Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington had all but broken down since Biden took office.