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Trump’s Oil Sanctions Leave Russian Exporters $1 Billion Richer
U.S. President Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran and Venezuela have inadvertently increased demand for a Russian brand of crude oil.
Now It’s Trump’s Fault That Putin’s Economy Just Won’t Grow
The U.S. president’s trade war with China has weighed on the global economy.
Putin’s Pledge to Ditch the Dollar Is Slowly Becoming a Reality
The Russian president wants to lower the economy’s vulnerability to U.S. sanctions.
thaw in relations
Russia to Grant Some Visas to U.S.-Embassy Backed Moscow School
Russia last month blocked visas for 30 teachers and administrators at the school, founded in 1949 to educate the children of diplomats.
Hard Man Putin May Be Showing Softer Side to Russia’s Neighbors
Russia has been in conflict with former Soviet satellites seeking greater EU integration.
From Russia, No Love for EU's New Chief and Her Hawkish Stance
"When the European Commission express their position on the long-term development of relations with us, we will of course respond," Lavrov said.
Bank of Russia Says Inflation Drop Doesn’t Mean Bigger Rate Cut
The bank is expected to cut the interest rate on July 26.
First Bout With Putin Puts Ukraine’s New Leader Under Spotlight
Zelenskiy is immersed in his first negotiations with Putin.
hold on to power
Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution as Succession Looms
It could potentially allow him to switch roles to retain power as head of the ruling party and prime minister.
Kremlin’s Growth Hopes Face New Headwinds as Economy Sputters
Government officials have been insisting that the economy will perk up, but economists say that optimism may have been premature.
Trump Says Turkey Won’t Receive F-35s Over Russian Missile System
It was Trump's clearest statement on the issue since President Erdogan’s government began receiving components for the Russian-made S-400.
Putin's Huge Military Buildup Leaves Industry With Debt Hangover
The loan portfolio is more than 2 trillion rubles, costing as much in annual payments as the entire industry earns in profits.
Russia Hints At Swap of Jailed Sailors as Ukraine Nears Key Poll
“It’s being discussed — we’re thinking about it,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Monday.
Russia Inc. Gets Environment Wake-Up Call From Church of England
This year has seen a substantial increase in investors' environmental concerns.
Putin Seeks to Lock in Parliament Control
The Kremlin is considering changing election rules ahead of potentially vital decisions that could extend his rule.
Russian Oligarchs Win Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Oil Deal
The case concerned the sale of TNK-BP to Rosneft.
Libya Arrests 2 Russians Accused of Trying to Influence Vote
The suspects reportedly work for a company that “specializes in influencing elections held in several African states.”
Russia’s Bid to Win a Firmer Foothold in Ukraine Is Falling Flat
The Moscow-Kiev conflict has left Ukraine focused on Western integration, and Russia still keen to derail it.
Russians Do Without as Government Squirrels Away $100 Billion
A weaker ruble benefits Russia’s export sector but hurts consumers by pushing up the price of imported goods, including food.
Chernobyl Emerges From Oblivion for the Streaming Generation
HBO's hit miniseries has rescued the nuclear disaster from fading into the mist of the Cold War past.
Russia Car Dealer Targeted by Authorities Blames Kremlin
In 2011 Sergei Petrov openly backed the biggest anti-government protests of Putin’s almost two-decade rule.
Britain's May Tells Putin to Hand Over Salisbury Poisoning Suspects
Putin insisted there was no proof Moscow was behind the poisoning.
Kazakh Leader to Wipe Out Debt of the Poor, End Bank Rescues
The new president will write off bad loans held by as much as a sixth of the population.
Newest Entrants Into the World’s Richest Are the Kids of Russian Titans
Ultra-wealthy Russians are transferring fortunes to their heirs at a scale not seen since before the Bolshevik Revolution.
OPEC+ Deal Pot Looks Sweeter for Russia as Gulf Money Flows In
Saudi Arabis and its Gulf neighbours are expected to invest $5 billion in Russia this year.
Gazprom Dismisses Fears of EU Gas Apocalypse This Winter
The Russian behemoth says it is stocking up to ensure deliveries.
Calvey Faces Setback as London Court Rules in Favor of Russian Investors
Besieged U.S. fund manager could lose control of Bank Vostochny.
Ukraine Warns of Gas Crisis as Negotiations With Russia Drag On
“Highly probable” that the two won’t reach an agreement by the time the current contract ends.
U.S. ‘Freedom Gas’ Aims to Loosen Russia's Grip on Europe’s Market
Russia is Europe’s biggest and lowest-cost gas supplier.
OPEC+ Cuts Extension Likely After Russia-Saudi Talks
Oil ministers are pursuing cooperation in the face of a slowing global economy.
Arrested U.S. Investor's Cameo Casts Shadow Over Putin’s Davos
Calvey may get a chance to tell his side of the story after the Kremlin said it wants to see him at the International Economic Forum.
Putin's Own Government Warns His Campaign Promises Can't Be Met
Officials say that the majority of targets will be impossible to achieve before the end of Putin’s term in 2024.
Russia Rejected Iran S-400 Missile Request Amid Gulf Tension, Officials Say
“Any real or imaginary strengthening of Iran can lead to escalation,” one expert said.
Russia Sees Sanctions Insurance in Flood of Foreign Bond Buying
Russia may sell a second Eurobond this year.
Arrested U.S. Investor Calvey Wants to Go to Putin’s Economic Forum
Calvey's enthusiasm for the St. Petersburg event comes even as he is being held under house arrest.
One Year In, Putin’s Grand Economic Plan Is Tainted With Manure
The National Projects spending program is not living up to expectations.
chicken or pork?
Russia’s Newest Ambition in China Is Selling More Chicken Wings
A virus decimating China's hog herd could help to boost Russian poultry exports.
Russia’s Economy Gives Putin Reasons Not to Extend OPEC+ Deal
The Russian leader is having to weigh up his desire for faster growth against the benefits of his alliance with Saudi Arabia.
Renault Hands Control of the Dashboard to Yandex
Yandex will provide real-time navigation and other services for locally made cars.
Russia Growth Spurt Stalls as Economy Undershoots Forecasts
A hike in value-added-tax has been a drag on growth.
Russia Evades Exclusion From Council of Europe
Losing membership would deprive Russian citizens of the right to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
Russian Bill Seeks to Criminalize News That Leads to International Sanctions
The amendments would impose a maximum term of five years in prison and fines of 5 million rubles ($77,500) for publishing such materials.
Russia Dirty Oil Crisis Drags On as Port Loads Tainted Cargo
At least one tainted cargo has been loaded onto a tanker since Monday.
Russia's Plan to Cleanse Tainted Oil Pipe Proves Slow-Going
A contamination crisis has shut down parts of Russia's giant Druzhba pipeline almost a month ago.
Turkey Weighs New U.S. Call to Delay Buying Russian Missiles
The Trump administration last week asked Ankara to postpone receiving the advanced S-400 missile-defense system.
Trump Says Putin Not ‘Involved’ in Venezuela, Despite U.S. Claim
The Kremlin has denied that the Russian government persuaded Maduro to stay in Caracas.
Putin Rides to Xi's Rescue on Battered Silk Road as the West Stews
China’s “project of the century” is a welcome new plank in Russia’s own strategy for ending American hegemony.
Ukraine Passes Language Restriction, Worsening Dispute With Neighbors
Much of the Ukrainian population still speaks Russian.
Kim Jong Un Looks to Putin for Help Dealing With Trump Whiplash
Kim may have to settle for Russian pledges of diplomatic and economic support.
Putin's Closest Ally Fears Takeover as Kremlin Plots Succession
Vladimir Putin may look beyond Russia for a mechanism to keep power after his current term ends.
Kremlin Offers Oil Giants $8Bln Payout as Russians Struggle
Oil companies agree to freeze fuel prices to lessen the burden on consumers.
Trump's Secret Moscow Skyscraper Pursuit Exposed Him to Kremlin
The project, known as Trump Tower Moscow, became a central branch of Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Russia Says It Received Debt Payment From Venezuela on Time
Caracas has failed to make debt payments to Russia in the past.
Baltic Leader Set to End Decade-Long Silence by Meeting Putin
Since the collapse of the USSR, relations between former Soviet states and Russia have been uneasy.
Russian Billionaire Brothers Crush It With Gaming Powerhouse Playrix
Today, each brother is worth about $1.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Russia Defends Arctic Military Expansion Amid Tensions With U.S.
Countries are gearing up to develop the area’s untapped oil and gas deposits as climate change accelerates the rate of ice melting.
Russia Makes Move on Libya Peace as Clashes Rage Near Tripoli
Russia is urging all sides “to avoid any actions that could provoke bloodshed and the death of civilians.”
Russia Eyes Greater Energy Dominance With Arctic LNG Push
It’s not the only LNG plant beyond the Arctic Circle, but it’s by far the largest.
Russia and Ukraine Fight, But Their People Seek Reconciliation
A poll released last month shows Ukrainians are becoming less likely to view Russians negatively.
Russia Revises Up 2018 Growth Data in Boost for Putin Target
Last year's results are just the latest positive surprise from an agency that went through a management shake-up after officials criticized its data.
Kremlin Wonders If Putin May Follow Kazakh Model to Keep Power
A transition similar to the one under way in Kazakhstan has been actively discussed in Moscow.
Russia Ditches Real Income Data That Has Slumped for Five Years
The new methodology will include data on online sales and sales from smaller retailers among other things.
Hyundai Signs Deal With Russia's Yandex for Autonomous Cars
Carmakers and tech companies are racing to rollout self-driving cars.
OPEC's Missing Meeting Shows Strain in Saudi-Russia Alliance
OPEC+ probably won’t decide whether to prolong its supply curbs until late June, just days before they expire.
OPEC+ Affirms Commitment to Oil Cuts, Defers Decision to Extend
There are signs that Russia, not Saudi Arabia, is setting the agenda for a group that controls more than half of global crude production.
Crimea Five Years On
Russia Still Paying Price for Crimea Five Years After Annexation
Half a decade has passed since Putin annexed Crimea. For Russia, the costs continue to mount.
Merkel Is Said to Reject U.S. Pressure to Provoke Russia's Navy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed U.S. pressure last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard.
Sea Ice Between Alaska And Russia Shrinks at Record Rate in Middle of Winter
It’s the second consecutive year that the ice extent in the area has retreated at record pace.
Putin Is Said to Have Defended Prosecution of U.S. Investor Calvey
Putin was asked about attacks on the handling of the case and the damage it might do to the investment climate.
Danske Quits Baltics and Russia as Laundering Case Deepens
Danske said it will close down its activities in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.
Putin Challenges Erdogan Over Syria as U.S. Exit Bolsters Russia
Russia is pressuring Turkey to agree to an offensive on Idlib.
Kremlin Says Don't Look for Common Sense From Russia's Rulers
Critics have long alleged that the Kremlin has bent parliament, the courts and the media to Putin's personal will.
Russia Welcomes Trump Offer of New Nuclear Pact, Awaits Details
Russia cautions that it’s received no specific proposals yet.
On Visit to Russia, Taliban Says It Wants U.S. Pullout in Months
The Afghan government is worrying openly that the U.S. will leave them at the mercy of the Taliban.
Russia Starts to Worry Maduro's Grip Is Slipping in Venezuela
Moscow is acutely aware of how few levers it has to rescue Maduro.
Apple Stores Russian Users' Personal Data Locally, Filing Shows
Apple users in the region have data including their name, delivery address, email address and phone number stored on servers in Russia.
Russia Grows at Fastest Pace in 6 Years on Construction Surge
Construction got a boost from the World Cup and the start of natural gas project in Siberia.
Putin Shows Rare Soft Spot to Rescue Russia's ISIS Children
Russia has been more willing than many Western nations to help women and children linked with Islamic State fighters to return home.
Billionaires in Moscow Try Building Dynasties for Post-Putin Era
Russia’s first generation of billionaires is starting to test Putin's commitment to private property by giving parts of their wealth to heirs.
Erdogan Solicits Support in Moscow as Putin Becomes Syria Kingmaker
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan gets another chance to lobby Vladimir Putin to protect Turkish interests.
Trump's Russian Pop Star Friend Cancels U.S. Tour Over Probes
Moscow pop star, Emin Agalarov, abruptly canceled his U.S. tour, citing the risk of being detained.
Putin Takes Hard Line on Japan Island Dispute Before Abe's Visit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads for talks in Moscow this week in hopes of resolving a 70-year-old dispute over four small islands
Putin Arrives to Hero's Welcome as Serbia Seeks Kosovo Leverage
Since taking power as prime minister in 2012, Vucic has performed a balancing act, pledging to join the EU while also maintaining warm ties with Russia...
Senate Puts Forward a Resolution to Keep Sanctions on Deripaska Companies
The U.S. Senate advanced a resolution to block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska...
Russian Diamond Giant Alrosa Is Returning to Zimbabwe
Alrosa will develop new mining operations in the country with the support of the government.
Russia Warns Japan on Islands Dispute as Peace Talks Resume
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Japan to avoid “one-sided rhetoric” as talks resumed on reaching a deal to end a territorial dispute...
Cyprus No Longer Mediterranean Haven for Russian Businesses
New Cypriot anti-money laundering rules are compounding the effects of U.S. sanctions against Russia and its high-profile citizens.
Russia Dumps $101 Bln From Dollar Reserves in Pivot to China
Russia has been trying to reduce exposure to assets that could be affected by U.S. restrictions.
Latvian Premier Defends Publication of KGB Files to Seek Closure
The files, hidden from public view for more than two decades, have raised questions about collaboration with the Soviet regime.
Germany Wobbles on Nord Stream Pipeline as Putin Tensions Mount
Nord Stream 2 faces growing skepticism among German officials who had previously defended it against criticism from Trump and some EU allies.
U.S. Envoy to Russia Visits American Detained on Spy Allegations
Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, visited an American detained in Russia on suspicion of espionage.
OPEC+ Caps Prove No Barrier to Record Russian Oil Output in 2018
Russia’s oil production reached a post-Soviet high last year even as it coordinated supply with OPEC.
Russia, Turkey Have 'Decisive' Syria Peace Role, Putin Says
The statement came after the countries agreed to coordinate military steps following the U.S. decision to withdraw its forces.
Russia Says Syria's Assad Is Popular, Likely to Win Re-Election
Russia described Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a popular leader who has every chance to win re-election.
Russia Warns U.S. Against Interfering in Saudi Royal Succession
Russia warned the U.S. against any effort to influence the royal succession in Saudi Arabia, offering support to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...
Russia Contemplates Constitution Changes as Putin Faces Term Limits
The speaker of Russia’s parliament raised the possibility of changing the constitution as questions about Putin's future grow.
Russia Supports Political Role for Qaddafi's Son in Libya
Russia last year switched its strategy in Libya away from solely backing Khalifa Haftar.
Russia Unexpectedly Hikes Interest Rate as Inflation Risks Mount
Russia’s central bank unexpectedly increased borrowing costs for the second time this year.
France Investigates Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Riots
France opened a probe into possible Russian interference behind the country’s Yellow Vest protests.
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian Champion of Human Rights, Dies at 91
Alexeyeva died Saturday night at a Moscow hospital.