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Germany Seeking to Buy 30Mln Sputnik Doses from Russia – State Premier
Berlin is negotiating to purchase the doses as soon as Sputnik V receives European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval.
Ex-Wife in Russian Billionaire's Bitter £450M Divorce Wins UK Court Case Against Son
Tatiana Akhmedova and Farkhad Akhmedov's divorce is known for being one of the world's costliest divorce battles.
persona non grata
Russia Expels 2 Bulgarian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move
The move comes as a host of European countries have accused Moscow of stepping up increasingly aggressive espionage tactics.
going it alone
Russia Says to Launch Own Space Station in 2025
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov recently said Moscow was considering leaving the ISS program from 2025 because of the station's age.
EU Corrects Estimate of Russian Troops on Ukraine Border
The EU slashed its estimate of the numbers of Russian troops from 150,000 to more than 100,000.
a seat at the table
Putin Will Address International Climate Summit Via Video Link – Kremlin
Confirmation of Putin's participating in the U.S.-hosted summit comes amid a sharp deterioration in ties between Moscow and the West.
Russia Says Expulsion of Diplomats from Prague 'Provocative'
"We categorically do not agree with these conclusions," the Kremlin said of Prague's expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats accused of spying.
Russia Repatriates 34 Orphans of IS Families From Syria
Moscow has now repatriated at least 169 such children.
world is watching
U.S. Warns of 'Consequences' if Putin Critic Navalny Dies
Moscow would be "held accountable by the international community" for what happens to Navalny, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.
Germany Probes Russian Over Plot to Murder Chechen Dissident
The suspect is alleged to have been told to bring the weapon and hitman to Germany, spy on the victim and be the driver for the assassination.
'time to de-escalate'
Kremlin Welcomes Biden Call for Dialogue, Criticizes Sanctions
The Kremlin said it was still considering the offer for a Putin-Biden summit the day after the U.S. announced a new round of Russia sanctions.
U.S.-Funded Radio Calls on European Court to Halt Russia Fines
RFE/FL, which Moscow designated a "foreign agent" several years ago, said it was facing fines of up to $33 million.
U.S. Cancels Black Sea Deployment of 2 Warships – Turkey
Last week's news of a U.S. deployment of warships came amid rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev due to a buildup of Russian troops.
'not an object'
Russia Outlaws Seizing Pets from People in Debt
The practice was occasionally used in the same way as the confiscation of furniture or real estate.
Russia Says Sputnik V Vaccine Does Not Cause Blood Clots
Rare cases of blood clots among those who received the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca jabs have disrupted rollouts in some countries.
Russia Says U.S. Troop Pullout from Afghanistan Risks 'Escalation'
The Foreign Ministry warned that Biden's new pullout deadline risks escalating the long-running conflict and derailing peace talks.
Navalny's Wife 'Worried' For Kremlin Critic After Prison Visit
Alexei Navalny said he will sue prison authorities for refusing to give him a Koran.
east vs. west
Moscow Takes Measures in Response to 'Threatening' NATO Actions
NATO on Tuesday told Moscow to end its "unjustified" buildup of troops along the border with Ukraine.
2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in War-Torn Separatist East
The conflict has seen 28 Ukrainian soldiers killed since the start of the year compared to 50 in all of 2020.
Russian Feminist Activist Goes on Trial for 'Body-Positive' Drawings
Yulia Tsvetkova faces up to six years behind bars in a case that has prompted nationwide pickets and online flashmobs in her support.
Ukraine Rules Out Offensive Against Pro-Russia Separatists
The statement came after fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists intensified and Russia massed troops on the border.
Putin, Merkel 'Concerned' Over East Ukraine Tensions – Kremlin
Clashes in eastern Ukraine have increased in recent weeks and a Russian military buildup on the border heightened fears of an escalation.
Jailed Navalny Losing Sensation in Hands – Lawyer
The opposition figure is on a hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for severe back pain and numbness in his legs.
now or never
Russia Issues Deadline to U.S.-Funded Radio Over Fines
The fines against RFE/RL have been described as "the heaviest fines ever imposed on a media outlet in Russia."
Ukraine Urges NATO to Speed Up Membership in 'Signal' to Moscow
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that NATO membership for Ukraine would do no good in resolving the eastern Ukraine conflict.
Russia Warns Myanmar Sanctions Could Spark 'Full-Blown Civil Conflict'
Russia has sought to develop ties with the military junta in Myanmar since the country's Feb. 1 coup.
Russia Extends Twitter Slowdown, Deadline to Remove Content
Russia said Twitter started cooperating after the country's media watchdog threatened to block it over failing to delete banned content.
Russia Fines Twitter for Not Removing Calls to Protests
Twitter faces three fines totaling 8.9 million rubles ($116,700) as Moscow ramps up its pressure against the U.S. tech giant.
Armenian PM Self-Isolates Ahead of Putin Meeting
It is common for anybody meeting in person with 68-year-old Putin to isolate beforehand to protect him from Covid-19.
Russia Warns of Anti-White 'Aggression' in U.S.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "political correctness taken to the point of absurdity."
Russian 'Anti-Apple' Law Requiring Local Apps Takes Effect
Smartphones, tablets and computers sold in Russia must now come with pre-installed domestic software and apps.
Top U.S. General Calls Russia, Ukraine Amid Reported Moscow Troop Buildup
Reports suggested that Russia had located more military forces along the Ukrainian border and also moved more into annexed Crimea.
Navalny Protester Sentenced to Jail for Attacking Police
Yevgeny Tugankov became the third Russian to receive a prison sentence over the nationwide protests demanding Navalny's freedom.
Reports of Major Abuses by Russian Mercenaries in C. Africa – UN Experts
The alleged abuses include mass summary executions, arbitrary detentions and torture.
Lithuanian Court Extends Sentence for Ex-Soviet Tank Officer
Yuri Mel's sentence has been extended to 10 years over his role in a deadly military assault on Lithuania's independence bid in January 1991.
show of force
Russia Stages Fresh Military Drills in the Arctic
Retired Russian admiral Viktor Kravchenko said the exercises were to send a "signal to our foreign friends — the Americans."
terms and conditions
Russia Says Hopes to Avoid Ban on Western Tech Giants
Russia earlier this month began disrupting Twitter services in Russia as it ramped up pressure on foreign social media platforms.
Russia 'Concerned' Over Myanmar Civilian Casualties
Russia's deputy defense minister attended Myanmar's military parade over the weekend amid its deadly crackdown on civilians.
Belarus Police Detain Protesters, Prevent Opposition Rally
The opposition had called for a "second wave" of rallies after protests died down over the winter due to a heavy crackdown.
back 'from the dead'
Russia Hails Rare Sighting of Amur Leopard Mum With Cubs
Conservationists said the video footage showed that efforts to boost the population of the threatened species had borne fruit.
France Slams Russia's Sputnik Vaccine as 'Propaganda' Tool
The Kremlin rejected that Russia and China were using their vaccines as tools to win geopolitical clout.
Belarus Opposition to Restart Protests as Crackdown Widens
Videos on social media and published by local media showed military vehicles moving into the center of Minsk in preparation.
Canada Sanctions 9 Russian Officials Over Navalny Jailing
Canada's foreign minister said it would continue to push for the release of Navalny and supporters "who have been unlawfully detained."
return to normalcy
Armenia Lifts Martial Law Months After Karabakh War
The decision came as part of a deal to defuse a political crisis sparked by Armenia's crushing defeat in the six-week conflict.
blazes on the horizon
Russia Forecasters Warn Over Siberia Forest Fires
Hot and dry weather across the region will lead to more forest fires this year, forecasters said, linking the blazes to climate change.
Russia Says Regrets U.S. 'Passed Up' Chance for Putin-Biden Talks
"One more opportunity has been passed up to look for a way out of the dead end in Russia-U.S. ties," the Foreign Ministry said.
Russian Police Raid Khodorkovsky-Backed Media, Opposition Group
The raids have been linked to a continuing clampdown on opposition politicians and municipal councillors.
one on one
Putin Invites Biden to Virtual Talks
The invite comes after Biden described Putin as a "killer," remarks that sparked the biggest crisis in bilateral relations in years.
Moscow to Probe 'Russian Woman' Eurovision Entry for 'Illegal' Lyrics
The song performed by Manizha praises the strength of Russian women, urging them to be more independent and to resist sexist views.
point of tension
G7 Says It Will Not Recognize Russia's 'Occupation' of Crimea
The group of leading nations called on Russia "to respect its international obligations" on the seventh anniversary of its annexation of Crimea.
Kremlin Denounces UK Plan to Increase Nuclear Arsenal
The Kremlin said Britain's reversal of its previous commitment to reduce its stockpile "harms international stability."
What's at Stake When Moscow Hosts Afghan Peace Talks?
Analysts say the Moscow talks offer a chance for both the Taliban and the Afghan government to reassess their stances in the peace process.
Russian Freediver Claims New Record in Icy Lake Baikal Plunge
Alexei Molchanov plunged 80 meters below Lake Baikal's ice into water temperatures of 3 degrees Celsius.
Russian Investigative Paper Novaya Gazeta Says Targeted in 'Chemical Attack'
The independent publication has suffered numerous attacks on its offices and journalists over the years.
Russia Says Sputnik V Production Deals Reached in Key EU States
The EU's medical agency is currently deliberating official approval for the Russian jab.
Russia Charges 3 Over Mobster's Murder in 2009
Vyacheslav Ivankov, alias Yaponchik or The Little Japanese, was one of the country's most notorious gangsters and drug traffickers.
Putin, Erdogan Launch New Phase of Turkish Nuclear Power Plant
Putin said he expected the project to "improve the Russian-Turkish partnership in all its facets."
Kremlin Calls U.S. Vaccine Disinformation Claims 'Absurd'
Washington said Russian intelligence was behind four websites involved in a campaign to undermine U.S.-made vaccines.
Ukraine Calls for Help to Calm Frontline 'Escalation'
Eight Ukrainian servicemen have been killed since mid-February in clashes that Kiev blames on Moscow and separatist leaders.
Belarus Demands Extradition of Opposition Leader Tikhanovskaya
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya sought refuge in EU member Lithuania during Belarus' crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.
U.S. Investor Calvey Wants 'To Stay in Russia' After Trial
In a rare press statement, Calvey said he would like to "draw a line under" his trial and move on once it's over.
UN Experts Urge Global Probe of Navalny Poisoning
The experts also demanded Navalny's "immediate release" from a Russian penal colony.
U.S., Russia Warships Dock in Strategic Sudan Port
Russia recently signed a 25-year agreement to build a naval base in Port Sudan, part of Moscow's latest geopolitical push into Africa.
Putin, Biden Should Aim for More Arms Curbs – Gorbachev
"Experience shows that it is necessary to meet and negotiate," the last Soviet leader said.
Boeing 777 With Engine Trouble Makes Emergency Landing in Moscow
The emergency landing comes days after another model rained down engine debris over the United States.
2 Gay Chechens Held on Terror Charges Without Proof – NGO
The men had fled Chechnya last year but were arrested and returned this month, the LGBT Network says.
Putin Accuses West of Wanting to 'Shackle' Russia
Putin called on the FSB to make the Western threat a priority in its work this year along with its primary task of countering terrorism.
Ukraine Takes Russia to Europe Rights Court Over 'Targeted Assassinations'
The case accuses Russia of carrying out "state-authorized" assassinations "outside a situation of armed conflict."
Belarus Court Sentences Journalists to 2 Years in Prison
The two journalists were sentenced for leading "group actions that grossly violate public order," charges they called "trumped-up."
Top Navalny Aide Urges EU to 'Go After' Putin's Money
Navalny's jailing was "part of our strategy," his top aide Leonid Volkov said.
off the air
Ukraine's Zelenskiy Bans 3 Pro-Russia TV Channels
The channels are linked to powerful Ukrainian MP Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mexico Authorizes Russia's Sputnik V Virus Vaccine
The move is a boost to Mexico's efforts to keep its immunization program on track in the face of limited supplies.
Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine 91.6% Effective: Lancet Study
The results suggest Sputnik V is among the top-performing vaccines, along with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs.
Ukraine Separatists Roll Out Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine
The supply of Sputnik V to separatist authorities is Russia's latest show of support for the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics.
nord stream 2
France Urges Germany to Scrap Russia Gas Pipeline Over Navalny
Several European countries have criticized the pipeline, saying it will increase German and EU dependence on Russia for critical gas supplies.
Russian Billionaire Arkady Rotenberg Says He Owns 'Putin Palace'
Russian tycoon wanted to turn the property into an apartment hotel, his media service said Saturday.
Iran Expects First Batch of Russian Vaccine by Feb.4
Iranian health regulators have approved Russia's coronavirus vaccine earlier this week.
Protester Kicked by Russian Police Re-Hospitalized
Margarita Yudina's case has become emblematic of police brutality during the rallies in support of Alexei Navalny.
Putin Hails Extension of New START Treaty
Russian lawmakers unanimously voted to ratify the agreement to prolong New START in a rare moment of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
no social distance
Bali Boots Russian Influencer for Party That Broke Virus Rules
Sergey Kosenko, who has nearly 5 million followers on Instagram, hosted a party with more than 50 people at a Bali hotel.
free speech debate
Russia Says Trump Ban a 'Nuclear Blast in Cyber Space'
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the social media ban "a blow against democratic values proclaimed by the West."
Kiev Case vs. Moscow on Crimea 'Partly Admissible' – Europe Court
The European Court of Human Rights added that it was not ruling on whether the annexation of Crimea itself was illegal.
new year's address
Putin Urges Unity in 2021 as Second Wave Batters Russia
In his 17th New Year's address, Putin said he was convinced that together Russians could "overcome everything" and "restore normal life."
billed upon return
Putin Business Ally Vows to Pursue Libel Claim Against Navalny
Yevgeny Prigozhin's catering company is seeking $900,000 in damages after Navalny's foundation accused it of supplying sub-standard food to schools.
Russia Opens 'Fraud' Probe Against Navalny
Russian investigators on Tuesday opened a criminal probe into Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Moscow Expands List of German Officials Banned From Russia
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the expansion is a response to "destructive" EU sanctions imposed in October.
persona non grata
Russia Expels Bulgarian Diplomat in Tit-for-Tat Response
Bulgaria earlier this month expelled the Russian military attache after prosecutors opened a probe against him for spying on U.S. troops based in the country...
Russia Tops 3 Million Covid-19 Infections
Since winter began, each week has brought new records for new cases and deaths.
British Cold War Double Agent George Blake Dies in Moscow
During his time as a double agent, Blake passed some of the most coveted British secrets to the Soviets.
Russian Role in C.Africa Grows Ahead of Weekend Vote
Russia has sent arms and is an open supporter of incumbent President Faustin Archange Touadera who is on course to win a second term on Sunday.
Russia Sent '300 Military Instructors' to C.Africa – Ministry
Russia "promptly responded" to a request from CAR's government after an alleged attempted coup ahead of upcoming elections.
Russia Announces Travel Bans Against EU Officials Over Navalny
The EU previously sanctioned several Russian officials over the opposition figure's poisoning by Novichok.
Navalny Call With Suspected Agent a 'Provocation': FSB
Navalny said he tricked one of the FSB officers linked to his poisoning into outlining the details of the operation in a phone call.
Russia Says 'Not Sending Troops' to C.Africa
The CAR government said earlier Monday that Russia, along with Rwanda, had sent in hundreds of troops to the country.
Russia Denies Role in U.S. Cyber Attacks
Russia has been widely blamed for the hack that reportedly affected U.S. government agencies including the Treasury.
Kremlin Voices 'Serious Concern' Over C.Africa Crisis
Reports earlier Monday said that Russia had dispatched "hundreds" of troops to the impoverished country.
2 Russian Men Get Jail Sentences for Euro 2016 Attack
The men were given jail terms of three years and 10 years over the beating that left an English football fan with a brain injury.
U.S. Government Confirms Cyberattack After Reports of Russia-Linked Hacking
U.S. media reports said the FBI was investigating a group working for the Russian foreign intelligence service, SVR.
Dutch Expel 2 Russian Diplomats for Spying – Intelligence Service
The Dutch intelligence service said the two Russians were part of a spy network targeting hi-tech industries.
clampdown on dissent
Russia's Expanded Foreign Agents Bill Passes First Reading
Any individual could be deemed a foreign agent if they receive material or monetary support from abroad under the changes.