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Libya Unity Govt Says Russian Mercenaries Evacuating
UN experts confirmed earlier this month US media reports that a shadowy Russian paramilitary organization had sent its fighters to back Khalifa Haftar...
Russian Prosecutors Demand 18 Years for Ex-US Marine in Spy Trial
Paul Whelan's lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told reporters that the prosecutor had requested 18 years "in a harsh regime colony" for his client.
Russian Police to Probe Siberia Street Party
Russians can face up to seven years in prison for violating anti-virus lockdown rules.
Alligator Who Survived Berlin WWII Bombing Dies at 84
When the alligator was brought to Moscow in July 1946, rumors began circulating that he had been part of Adolf Hitler's personal collection.
Russia Expects 'Significant Increase' in May Deaths – Minister
"There will be a significant mortality increase" despite doctors trying to "save the maximum number of patients."
Russia Calls U.S. Leaving Open Skies Treaty a 'Blow' to European Security
The pact is rooted in Cold War efforts to prevent a conflict between the two countries.
U.S. Plane With Donated Ventilators Lands in Russia
"In times of crisis, the United States and Russia must work together," the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said.
'merit to the fatherland'
Putin Bestows Birthday Medal on Loyal Defense Chief
Shoigu, one of Russia's most popular officials, already has a chestful of medals.
calling for action
Russian Activists Urge Probe Over Young Girl's Genital Cutting
Activists say that the practice is rife in the conservative majority-Muslim Northern Caucasus.
U.S. Blocks Russia's UN Text on Mercenaries in Venezuela
Russia called on the Security Council "to unequivocally condemn the attempt of invasion" in Venezuela.
Britain, U.S. Denounce Russia's Role in Libya Conflict
Ambassadors from the three countries clashed during a United Nations video conference.
Russian MMA Star Khabib Urges 'Discipline' Amid Dagestan Virus Outbreak
The coronavirus situation in Nurmagomedov's home region has been described as a "catastrophe" by officials.
Russian PM Says Growth of New Coronavirus Cases Stopped
Russia on Monday reported under 9,000 virus infections for the first time since the beginning of May.
back to the field
Russian Football League to Restart Despite Rising Infections
The remaining matches will be held without spectators.
back and forth
Moscow Says No Proof Russian Hackers Spied on Merkel
"Five years have passed. Not a single concrete fact has been provided," Foreign Minister Lavrov said.
Russia Mulls Raising Legal Drinking Age After Deaths Spike
Russia's health minister said the number of alcohol-related deaths has increased during the coronavirus outbreak.
Merkel Cites 'Hard Evidence' Russian Hackers Targeted Her
"Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia and ... there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are doing this."
5 Die in 'Nightmare' Fire at Russian Virus Hospital
The incident is one of a string of fires in care facilities and clinics in Russia in recent days.
9 Die in Care Home Fire Outside Moscow
The fire is the second such incident around Moscow in just over a month.
Fire at Moscow Coronavirus Hospital Kills One
It was not clear what started the fire or whether it affected the wing housing coronavirus patients.
waiting it out
Moscow Mayor Extends Anti-Virus Lockdown Until May 31
"It's still too early to open restaurants, theaters and sport facilities," Sobyanin said.
Baltics Accuse Russia of Trying to 'Falsify' History on War Anniversary
The Baltic leaders said the Soviet Union had also used military force and repression to subjugate their nations in the Cold War.
Russian Mercenaries Are Fighting in Libya, UN Diplomats Confirm
It was the first time the UN has confirmed claims that the group is supporting military strongman Khalifa Haftar.
2% of Moscow Residents Have Coronavirus: Mayor
Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said "the threat is apparently on the rise."
Russian Minister Hospitalized With Coronavirus
Vladimir Yakushev was hospitalized just a day after the prime minister Mikhail Mishustin announced his diagnosis.
pivot from putin
Russia Ditches Putin Mosaic in Army Church
The mosaic was intended to be a paean to Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Iran Must Not Give in to U.S. Provocations, Says Russia
Tehran and Washington have recently traded barbs over a spate of incidents in the sensitive waters of the Gulf.
Russia Extends Entry Ban for Foreigners Over Pandemic
The decree barring foreigners has been extended until Russia has the virus under control.
Prague Official Claims Russians Want to 'Liquidate' Him, Others
Ondrej Kolar confirmed Czech media reports that he had been targeted by Russia for removing a statue of a Soviet war hero.
Russian Opposition Holds Online Protest Against Putin
The YouTube feed experienced serious technical problems and the number of viewers was only around 4,000.
6-Time Short-Track Olympic Champion Viktor Ahn Retires
His success on the rink and camaraderie with President Vladimir Putin made him one of the faces of the 2014 Sochi Games.
Putin and Trump Hail Trust and Cooperation on WWII Anniversary
Russian and U.S. Presidents issue rare joint statement, signalling need to work together for “common goal.”
'president for life'
Kremlin Mulls Date for Post-Virus Vote on Putin's Constitution Reform
The referendum was set to be held on April 22 but postponed due to the growing number of virus cases in Russia.
culture at risk
Russia's Hermitage Museum Calls for State Support as Coronavirus Craters Earnings
The famous museum says it has already lost half of its annual budget.
Russian Opposition Plans Online Coronavirus Lockdown Protest
Organizers plan to press the Kremlin to give financial aid to people struggling under the coronavirus lockdown.
Soyuz Crew Lands Back on Earth Transformed by Pandemic
Footage from the landing site showed recovery crews wearing face masks and rubber gloves.
Putin and Xi Attack Attempts to Blame China for Late Virus Response
Putin and Xi spoke after U.S. President Donald Trump's administration berated China for not sharing data more quickly.
Putin Postpones 75th Victory Day Parade Over Coronavirus
Russian veterans' groups had urged Putin this week to postpone the event over the coronavirus risk to participants.
Russian Clinics Repurpose Snorkels to Fight Coronavirus
Russian hospitals face shortages of protective equipment as they grapple with the pandemic.
Russia, U.S. Should Help Each Other During Pandemic: Kremlin
U.S. President Donald Trump had offered to send ventilators to Russia on Wednesday.
Russians Face Trial for Iron-Bar Attack on English Fan
The two have been held in custody since 2018 after being tracked by a joint French-British investigation.
Russian Veterans Urge Putin to Postpone WWII Parade Over Virus
Russia's massive parade with thousands of troops marching through Red Square is still set for May 9.
Ukraine Security Service Catches Alleged Russian Spy in Its Ranks
Ukrainian authorities are gearing up to lay charges of state treason and planning terror attacks against the detained man.
ready or not
Russia Braces for Worst as Coronavirus Spreads to Hinterland
The spread has prompted President Vladimir Putin to warn of "extraordinary" scenarios.
China Offers Reward for Catching Russian Border Crossers
Provincial authorities said that people who report illegal border crossings will receive a 3,000-yuan reward.
risk of disaster
Kiev Says 'No Open Fire' in Forests of Chernobyl Nuclear Zone
Satellite images showed the fire at its closest point was just 1.5 kilometers from the protective dome over the ruined reactor.
let's make a deal
Putin, Trump Hail OPEC+ Oil Deal: Kremlin
The Kremlin said the two agreed on the "great importance of an agreement in the 'OPEC+' format.
Russia Space Chief Spars With Elon Musk Over Launch Pricing
The head of Russia's space agency accused Elon Musk's SpaceX of predatory pricing for space launches, which is pushing Russia to cut its own prices...
Russians Battle Confinement Blues With DIY Artwork Challenge
As boredom and restlessness set in under coronavirus quarantine, internet users are posting DIY versions of museum masterpieces.
Inmate Found Dead After Siberian Prison Riot: Official
An inmate was found dead Saturday after a riot and a blaze swept through a Russian prison under a coronavirus lockdown in eastern Siberia.
Riot, Fire Break Out at Siberian Prison
Russia's penal service said inmates at the No 15 penal colony in Angarsk "attacked a guard."
Putin Speaks With Trump on Coronavirus, Oil
The presidents discussed the latest efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and maintain stability in global energy markets.
Russia Opens Probe After Prague Removes Soviet Statue
Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a probe into "defiling symbols of Russia's military glory."
Poland Marks 2010 Air Crash in Russia That Killed President
"It was a moment when time stopped," Poland's prime minister tweeted.
Moscow Stretched 'to Limit' by Virus Cases: Official
The number in Moscow's hospitals has doubled since last week.
Russian Investigators Probe Wartime Nazi Massacres
The investigation was opened following findings in historical archives about killings in several locations in southern Russia.
no laughing matter
Russia Opens Criminal Probe Against Satirist Over Virus Video
Blogger Alexander Thorn said he was mocking a conspiracy theory about the coronavirus originating in a Russian lab.
searching for solutions
Russia Ready to Start Testing Coronavirus Vaccines on Humans in June
Tests are currently underway on mice, rabbits and other animals to determine the most promising prototype by April 30.
Putin Says 'Optimism and Sense of Humor' Will Help Johnson Recover
Johnson was moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened."
UN Refrains From Directly Blaming Russia for Syria Hospital Attacks
Human Rights Watch called the UN's report "deeply disappointing."
on the list
U.S. Labels Russian Far-Right Group as Foreign Terrorist Organization
It is the first time the U.S. has targeted white supremacists with the designation.
Russia’s Inflation Picks Up After Ruble Crash
Price rises are an early sign of the impact of the coronavirus on the Russian economy.
Radiation Spike as Forest Fire Hits Chernobyl Nuclear Zone
Kiev has mobilized two planes, a helicopter and around 100 firefighters to fight the blaze.
Two Dead in Gas Explosion Outside Moscow
The gas explosion took place during a quarantine.
Orthodox Motorcade in Moscow Wards Off Virus With Holy Icon and Prayers
A live broadcast showed Patriarch Kirill's escorted van with tinted windows driving a main highway around Moscow.
Putin Says Russia Ready to Cooperate on Cutting Oil Production
The world's biggest oil producers will discuss a record round of production cuts by video conference Monday.
Controversial Soviet-Era Statue Removed in Prague
While Konev is regarded as a hero in Russia, many Czechs see him as a symbol of Soviet-era oppression.
Russia Restricts Grain Exports Amid Pandemic
Russia is the world's top wheat exporter.
Kremlin Denies Putin Spoke to Saudi Crown Prince
"No, there was no conversation," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax.
Trump Says Expects Russians, Saudis to Cut 10M Barrels Oil
The Kremlin denied that Putin spoke with the Saudi crown prince.
Russia Reserves $18Bln to Counter Coronavirus Crisis
The finance ministry has reserved the funds to fight the spread of the virus and carry out anti-crisis measures.
Putin Working Remotely After Meeting Infected Doctor, Kremlin Says
The Russian president has also stopped shaking hands with others, the Kremlin said.
Russian Plane Heads to U.S. With Supplies for Virus Fight
Russia previously sent medical aid to Italy as part of a humanitarian effort that analysts said carried geopolitical overtones.
Campaigners Urge Russia to Release Prisoners as Coronavirus Spreads
More than half a million people are held in Russia's notoriously crowded prisons.
doctor becomes patient
Russia's Top Coronavirus Doctor Who Met Putin Tests Positive
The Kremlin said Putin takes regular coronavirus tests and there was no reason to worry about his health.
Russians Face up to 5 Years in Jail for Spreading False Coronavirus News
The new law also foresees punishment for harming a person's health through spreading false information.
Russia’s Rosneft Exits Venezuela
State-backed oil giant to halt activities in Venezuela after being hit by U.S. sanctions, but Russian government remains key partner.
learn from the pros
Surviving Quarantine: 5 Tips From a Russian Cosmonaut
Veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin says being quarantined can be something "to enjoy."
Buckwheat and Condoms: 5 Things Russians Are Buying in Pandemic
Russians, long used to financial and political crises, are reacting to the coronavirus by bulk-buying the essentials for life in isolation.
Putin Calls for Sanctions 'Moratorium' at G20 Summit
"At the end of the day, it's a question of life and death," he said.
STAY AT HOME
Moscow to Shut Cafes, Shops in 'Unprecedented' Virus Measure
Starting Saturday, most non-essential services will be closed for a week in the capital.
Russia to Ground All International Flights Over Coronavirus
There will be an exception for special flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad.
Quake Hits Off Russia's Kuril Islands, Prompting Tsunami Alert
Residents sought higher ground as the 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit offshore near the islands.
Russian Medical Specialist Suspected of Working While Infected
At least 11 people who came into contact with the woman are suspected of having contracted COVID-19.
Moscow Elderly Told to Stay Home or Escape to Countryside
Those who comply with the rules will be compensated with a total of 4,000 rubles ($50).
Russian Theater's Solution to Virus: An Audience of One
One of the oldest theaters in Russia is one of the most innovative in everything it does.
Moscow Workers Race to Finish 'Chinese-Inspired' Virus Hospital
The hospital is expected to receive its first patients as early as April.
Russia Props Up Ruble, Oil Producers
The Central Bank will increase sales of foreign currency reserves and compensate oil producers.
Man of the people
Putin Says He's 'Not a Tsar' After 20 Years in Power
Putin dismissed all comparisons between his reign and that of an imperial ruler, stating that the wishes of the Russian people are his top priority.
Russia's Virus Cases Jump 29% Amid Crackdown
Most of the new cases tested positive after recently flying in from European countries.
Russian Writer, Political Activist Eduard Limonov Dies
Limonov was a controversial figure who founded a radical nationalist party.
View from above
Virus Situation in Russia 'Under Control,' Putin Says
The Kremlin has denied reports that Putin was preparing an address to the nation about the coronavirus.
Russia Employs AI and Video Surveillance Against Coronavirus Disruption
Coronavirus? Sberbank’s got an app for that.
Russian Airlines Face Coronavirus Bankruptcy, Government Warns
Industry could lose $1.3 billion by the end of the year, federal air agency says.
Putin Ally to Sue U.S. for $50Bln Over 'Wrongful Persecution'
Yevgeny Prigozhin made the announcement after the U.S. Justice Department dropped charges against his company Concord.
against the clock
Russia Starts Testing Potential Coronavirus Vaccine
A laboratory at a state biotech institute says it plans to present the most promising prototypes in June.
off the hook
U.S. Drops Case Against Russian Firm Accused of 2016 Election Meddling
Special Counsel Robert Mueller had said the company funded disinformation, memes and fake news to influence the election.
Belarussian Leader Proposes 'Tractor' Therapy For Coronavirus
"The fields heal everyone," Alexander Lukashenko says.
Russia's Top Court Approves Putin Reform Plan to Stay President Until 2036
The amendment gives Putin the option to serve two further terms.
free for now
Russia Lifts House Arrest of LGBT Activist Facing Pornography Charges
Yulia Tsvetkova was charged for posting drawings of vaginas on a body-positive social media page.