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Russia Jails 4 in Luggage Cocaine Case
The men were caught trying to smuggle nearly 400 kilograms of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Argentina.
Iran, Russia, China to Stage Indian Ocean War Games
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Tehran has "no limits for expanding ties with Russia" on his visit to Moscow this week.
ready to assist
Baltic States Authorized to Rush U.S.-Made Weapons to Ukraine
The Baltic nations' arsenals include Javelins, portable missiles capable of destroying tanks.
Putin Hails Strong Russia-Iran Ties
The meeting between Russian and Iranian leaders comes as pressure mounts for a decision on the Iran nuclear deal.
'not a realistic option'
Erdogan Warns Russia Against Invading Ukraine
Turkey's supply of combat drones to Ukraine has drawn the wrath of Russia.
Ukraine Says Has 'Evidence' Russia Behind Cyberattack
Microsoft warned Sunday that the cyberattack could prove destructive and affect more organizations than initially feared.
Valieva, 15, Completes Russian Euro Skate Sweep Ahead of Olympics
Russia also claimed titles in the men's event, pairs and ice dance in a stunning performance less than three weeks before the Winter Olympics start in...
Putin Eyes Construction of Arctic Rail Link
Putin has made Russia's Arctic region a strategic priority and ordered massive investment in military infrastructure and mineral extraction.
Russian Court Remands Hackers in Custody
REvil carried out a high-profile attack last year on U.S. software firm Kaseya.
U.S. Says Russia Readying 'False-Flag' Operation to Invade Ukraine
Russia quickly denied the account, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling the U.S. statements "unfounded."
Moscow Welcomes ‘Progress’ on Iran Nuclear Deal
Russia said it was cautiously optimistic over negotiations to restore the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
Russia Charges 6 After Leaks of Prison Rape Videos
The harrowing footage of sexual abuse at a jail in the central city of Saratov highlighted mistreatment in Russia's vast prison system.
Lithuanians Sue Gorbachev Over Deadly Soviet Crackdown
The civil lawsuit states that Gorbachev failed to stop the "international crime" against Lithuanians seeking freedom from Soviet occupation.
U.S. Senators Ready Sanctions if Russia Invades Ukraine
The sanctions would target Putin and Russian banks, and provide $500 million in fresh security aid to Kyiv.
U.S. Says 'Too Early To Tell' if Russia Serious on Security Talks
Russia has demanded a legally binding non-expansion guarantee from the NATO alliance.
Wing Man: Central Africa Presents Putin With Butterfly Portrait
The portrait of Putin made of butterfly wings, a traditional gift, signals the increasingly close ties between the two countries.
'Gateway to Hell'
Turkmenistan Plans to Close Giant Burning Gas Pit
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov ordered officials to put out the flames at the Darvaza gas crater in the middle of the vast Karakum desert.
U.S. Says No Progress With Russia as Long as 'Gun to Ukraine's Head'
Russia and the United States hold talks next week in Geneva after Moscow amassed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border.
SHOW OF SUPPORT
EU's Borrell to Visit Ukraine Frontline Amid Russia Tensions
The bloc's foreign policy chief will meet Ukrainian officials in Kiev during his visit from Tuesday to Thursday.
Biden Tells Zelenskiy U.S. Will 'Respond Decisively' if Russia Invades Ukraine
The show of U.S. support comes days after Biden warned Putin of severe consequences if Moscow launches a military invasion.
Bus Crash Kills Five, Injures 21 South of Moscow
Russia's Federal Road Traffic Inspection agency said the bus hit a pillar by a railroad bridge.
Biden and Putin Trade Warnings Over Ukraine, but Vow Diplomacy
Biden warned Putin of a tough response to any invasion of Ukraine, while the Kremlin leader said anti-Moscow sanctions would be a "colossal mistake"
Russia Stages 'Successful' Third Launch of New Rocket
Angara rockets are the first new family of launchers to be built after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Turkey Urges Russia to Drop 'One-Sided' NATO Demands
NATO member Turkey has irritated Moscow by supplying combat drones to Ukraine.
Russia Denies Withholding Gas Supplies to Europe
Russian energy giant Gazprom has rejected accusations that Moscow is limiting gas deliveries to Europe and denounced Germany's resale of gas to Poland...
Russia Completes 10,000-Troop Drills Near Ukraine
Russia announced Saturday that more than 10,000 troops had finished month-long drills near Ukraine.
U.S. 'Ready' for Talks With Russia From Early January: U.S. Official
The United States is preparing for talks with Russia that could start within weeks, a senior official said Thursday.
Russia Still 'Escalating' Troop Buildup on Ukraine Border – U.S.
Germany also said Moscow was continuing to deploy troops towards Ukraine.
Ukraine Says Russia's Gazprom is Creating 'Gas Deficit' in Europe
Ukraine has lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission, alleging Gazprom is artificially reducing supplies to the EU.
Gas Prices Hit Record High on Russian Supply Squeeze, Cold Snap
Russia has cut supplies to Europe as temperatures drop across the continent.
Make a move
Germany Warns Russia Over Nord Stream 'Consequences'
The new German government threatened to block the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from operating if Russia invades Ukraine.
Moscow Bans 7 Britons From Russia Over Navalny Sanctions
Britain had sanctioned seven Russian officials on the first anniversary of the poisoning of Putin's most vocal domestic critic.
reaching across divides
Putin Tells Pope They Can Jointly ‘Protect Christians'
The pope earlier this month said he was ready to travel to Moscow to visit Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia's Orthodox Church.
EU Threatens Russia Sanctions as NATO Backs Ukraine
Western allies on Thursday rejected Russia's bid to thwart Kiev's NATO ambitions.
Germany Says No Nord Stream 2 Approval for Six Months
The approval process for the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is likely to drag into the second half of 2022.
YouTube Again Blocks German-Language RT channel
YouTube on Thursday again blocked a German-language channel of Russian state broadcaster RT for breaching user terms.
Russia Rejects Ruling That It Ordered Berlin Killing
The Kremlin expressed hope that the spat would not affect its ties with the new German leader Olaf Scholz.
Guns for Hire
EU Halts C. Africa Army Training Over Wagner Influence
Moscow has said there are 1,135 "unarmed instructors" in the CAR, some of whom France and the UN say are from the Wagner group.
Navalny Daughter Urges EU to Confront Putin
Daria Navalnaya accepted the Sakharov Prize on behalf of her father, who is behind bars in Russia.
Russia Detains Coal Tycoon Over Deadly Siberia Mine Blast
The blast at a coal mine in Siberia killed 51 people last month.
PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANY
Russia Calls EU Sanctions Over Wagner Group 'Hysteria'
European foreign ministers have agreed to slap sanctions on targets linked to the secretive company.
UK Tells Russia to 'De-Escalate Tensions' with Ukraine
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling him to "de-escalate tensions" with Ukraine, Downing Street...
'the little japanese'
Russia Hands Lengthy Prison Terms to Mobster’s Killers
Vyacheslav Ivankov, alias Yaponchik or The Little Japanese, was shot by sniper fire as he left a restaurant in Moscow in 2009.
Russia Must Back Down or Face 'Massive Consequences' From G7 – U.S.
Russia's military buildup close to its border with Ukraine dominated discussions at the first day of a G7 meeting in Britain.
Russia Wants NATO to Ditch Plans for Ukraine and Georgia Membership
Russia is taking aim at a 2008 resolution from the Western military alliance that says Ukraine and Georgia will become members.
Poland Finds Belarus Spies Diverted Ryanair Flight
The flight's diversion resulted in the highly controversial arrest of a Belarusian opposition journalist onboard.
Biden Says Sending U.S. Troops to Ukraine 'Not on the Cards'
The U.S. President also said he told Vladimir Putin to expect sanctions "like none he's ever seen" if Russia invades Ukraine.
turning the page
Putin Wants 'Constructive' Ties with Scholz, Praises Merkel
The incoming government has pledged a tougher line with Russia after the business-driven pragmatism of the Merkel years.
Moscow Says U.S. Spy Plane Nearly Caused Mid-Air 'Catastrophe'
An Aeroflot flight reportedly had to dive to keep its distance from the reconnaissance aircraft.
Putin-Biden Talks Set for Tuesday Amid Ukraine Tension
Biden has said he will make it "very, very difficult" for Russia to launch any invasion of Ukraine.
time to talk
Kremlin Says Putin-Biden Video Call Next Week
Tensions have skyrocketed in recent weeks over accusations of Russian military buildup around Ukraine.
Russia Closes Notorious ‘Whale Jail'
Almost 100 whales were released from the secretive facility after an intense campaign by animal rights and environmentalist groups.
Lukashenko Says Crimea is Russian, Will Visit Peninsula With Putin
The Belarus strongman had previously been non-committal over his position regarding the status of Crimea.
Russia Says Latest Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile Test Successful
Russia, the United States, France and China have all been experimenting with so-called hypersonic glide vehicles.
Russia’s Gazprom Reports Record Profits as Gas Prices Soar
Europe receives a third of its gas supplies from Russia and has seen energy prices surge to record highs in recent months.
'you were invited to europe'
Belarus Leader Tells Migrants They Have 'Right' to Go to EU
Lukashenko visited a center near the Polish border hosting hundreds of migrants who came to Belarus in the hopes of reaching Europe.
words of caution
Kiev Says Russia Will ‘Pay Dearly’ for Invasion
The West has raised fears that Moscow might be planning to send troops across the border.
Poland Says 230 Migrants Crossed Belarus Border by Force
Polish border guards said the migrants "threw rocks and sticks" as Belarusian forces used lasers and strobe lighting to try and blind Polish officers.
Russia to Boost Military in Face of ‘Increased NATO Activity'
Moscow maintains that any military buildup near Ukraine is a response to Western military activity near its borders.
see for yourself
Russian Doctors Invite Big Name Anti-Vaxxers to Covid Wards
"Maybe after that, you will change your position and fewer people will die," the letter by doctors from several Russian cities said.
U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Another Nord Stream 2 Firm
The U.S. is opposed to the gas pipeline, but has stopped short of sanctioning the main companies involved.
Russia’s Gazprom Threatens to Cut Off Gas to Moldova
The Russian energy giant has given Moldova 48 hours to pay.
Rights Groups Decry Russian Deportations of Central Asian Activists
Russia has reportedly deported two activists residing outside tightly-controlled Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Russian Caviar Prices Hit Record High Ahead of New Year
Caviar with butter on bread or pancakes is typically served for dinner on New Year's Eve, Russia's biggest annual holiday.
U.S. Warns Russia's Wagner Group Against Mali Meddling
The private military outfit, which Western capitals see as closely linked to the Kremlin, has been tied to regional conflicts.
Poland Says Belarus Has Changed Tactics on Migrant Crisis
The West accuses Belarus of artificially creating the crisis with promises of an easy crossing into the EU.
Georgia Hunger-Striking Ex-Leader Risks Dying Without Transfer – Doctor
Mikheil Saakashvili launched a hunger strike after being imprisoned on his return from exile in Ukraine, saying the arrest was political.
Russia’s Economy Grew Strongly in Third Quarter
But economists say Russia’s economic momentum is waning under the pressures of a fourth wave and high inflation.
released from isolation
Former U.S. Marine Ends Hunger Strike in Russian Prison
U.S. citizen Trevor Reed launched the hunger strike from prison to protest against alleged violations of his rights.
Poland Warns of Possible Border Breakthrough as EU Prepares to Sanction Belarus
Thousands of migrants from the Middle East are camped out on the EU-Belarus border.
Putin Says Russia Has 'Nothing to Do' with Belarus-Poland Border Crisis
Poland and other Western critics have accused Moscow of working with Minsk to send thousands of migrants to the EU border.
Russia to Introduce Vaccine Passports Amid Record Virus Surge
Radical move designed to boost Russia's sluggish vaccination campaign
'pillar of democracy'
Closing Russian NGO Memorial Would Be ‘Devastating Blow’ – Council of Europe
Russian prosecutors filed a demand to dissolve the group over systematic violations of "foreign agent" legislation.
Price 'super cycle'
Russia’s Rosneft Reports Profits Boost Amid Surging Energy Prices
The company has returned to profit this year as oil prices have rebounded following a dismal 2020 for the industry and global economy due to the pandemic...
Gazprom Starts Refilling European Gas Storage Sites
Critics have accused Russia and Gazprom of withholding supplies to pressure Europe to approve the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Russia Labels Main LGBT Group 'Foreign Agent'
Authorities declared the Russian LGBT Network a "foreign agent" as part of a continuing crackdown on media outlets and rights groups.
Putin, CIA Chief Discuss ‘Regional Conflicts’ – Kremlin
CIA head William Burns visited Moscow during a severe crisis in ties between Russia and the U.S.
Russia Hit by Record Virus Cases Despite Paid Holiday
The official tally registered 41,335 new cases in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
Putin Vows to Back Lukashenko Against 'Interference'
Putin hailed the bilateral ties between Russia and Belarus and promised Moscow's continued backing for the increasingly isolated Lukashenko.
Russian Tycoon Oleg Tinkov Pays $500M to End U.S. Tax Dispute
The Tinkoff Bank founder revoked his U.S. citizenship days after the bank's $1.1-billion IPO in 2013.
Moldova and Russia Extend Gas Contract After Dispute
After weeks of tension, Gazprom signed a new deal with Moldova
Russia's September Covid Fatalities Double Government Estimate
Federal Statistics Agency Rosstat said Friday that 44,265 people died of Covid-19 in the country in September.
U.S., Allies Chastise Russia on Media Freedom
The United States urged Russia to protect media freedom, condemning what they called a crackdown on independent outlets.
saving the embassy
U.S. Warns Moscow Embassy Could Stop Functioning Due to Visa Row
The U.S. embassy in Moscow could stop performing most functions next year unless there is progress with Russia on increasing diplomat visa numbers.
Russia Rights Group Sees Political Prisoners Soar
The number of political prisoners in Russia has risen sharply this year in a trend that recalls late Soviet-era repression.
Kremlin Says No Politics in Moldova Gas Talks
Moldova is in a state of emergency after Russia's state-controlled energy giant Gazprom hiked gas prices.
SHOOT THE MESSENGER
Russia Puts Torture Video Whistleblower on Wanted List
Sergei Savelyev, a Belarus national, smuggled shocking footage of abuse out of a jail in the central city of Saratov.
Russia Reports Record Covid Deaths and Cases
Russia on Saturday reported another record high number of both new coronavirus cases and deaths.
Montenegro Grants Asylum to Tycoon Wanted in Russia for Murder
Russia suspects Telman Ismailov of financing the murder of two entrepreneurs in Moscow in 2016.
Moldova Declares State of Emergency Over Gas Crisis
Officials said Russia hiked prices above what people could afford and is not providing the required volumes of natural gas.
Israeli PM in Russia for First Talks With Putin
Naftali Bennett arrived in Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin for talks expected to focus on Iran.
Steam Leak Detected at Russian Nuclear Plant
Russia took one of its nuclear reactors offline after detecting a steam leak, but said radiation levels were normal.
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT
Kremlin Says Has No 'Respect' for Navalny's EU Human Rights Prize
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny won the EU's Sakharov Freedom of Thought prize.
crackdown on dissent
Navalny Aide Placed on Russia’s Wanted List
Lyubov Sobol has been placed on a wanted list in Russia, as authorities press ahead with a crackdown on dissent.
Putin Will Not Attend COP 26 Climate Summit — Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend next month's landmark UN climate summit in Glasgow, the Kremlin said.
Kremlin Urges ‘Responsibility’ After Record Covid Deaths
Only 35% of Russians are fully vaccinated, despite pleas from President Vladimir Putin.
Inmate Who Leaked Russia Prison Rape Video Seeks French Asylum
The former inmate behind the video leak said he could no longer keep the explosive revelations to himself.
S.Africa Rejects Russian Sputnik Vaccine Over HIV Fears
The country worst-hit by the pandemic in Africa also has the world's highest number of people living with HIV.
French Envoy Leaves Belarus at Minsk's Demand: Embassy
France's ambassador to Belarus has left the country after the authorities in Minsk demanded he leave by Monday, the embassy said.
Eyeing Russia, U.S. Defense Chief Heads to Black Sea Region
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin headed to the Black Sea region Sunday aiming to shore up alliances with countries pressured by Russia.