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Russian Region Declares Emergency Over Ukraine Refugees
Pro-Russian separatist republics in eastern Ukraine ordered civilians to cross into Russia, accusing the Ukrainian army of preparing to try and retake...
Ukraine Rebel Leaders Announce 'General Mobilization'
The announcements came after observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe reported a significant rise in attacks on the frontline...
Russia Launches Belarus Military Drills as West Fears Ukraine Invasion
Responding to Western concerns, the Kremlin has insisted that it has no intention of leaving the troops permanently on Belarusian territory.
Russia Wins Chinese Backing in Showdown Over Ukraine
Moscow and Beijing hit out at what they said was Washington's destabilizing role in global security.
Russia Warns Against ‘Destructive’ Sanctions on Putin
Sanctioning Putin would do serious damage to diplomatic efforts to ease ratcheting tensions over Ukraine, the Kremlin said.
West Warns Russia Against ‘Any’ Ukraine Incursion
The United States and its allies warned Moscow of grave consequences if "any" of the Russian troops massed on the border were to cross into Ukraine.
Russian Military Starts Belarus Drills as Ukraine Talks Stall
The Belarusian defense ministry said it was hosting the combat readiness drills because of the continuing "aggravation" of tensions.
Russia Hosts Taliban for Talks After Warning Against IS Threat
Moscow is hosting talks with the Taliban and officials from 10 countries including China and Pakistan.
Nord Stream Done
Russia Says Divisive Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Complete
Nord Stream 2 has divided European capitals and raised tensions between the bloc and Washington.
Navalny Team Vows to Fight on After 'Extremism' Ruling
The Anti-Corruption Foundation vowed to continue exposing corruption in Russia despite being branded as an extremist organization.
Putin, Lukashenko to Meet After Belarus Plane Diversion
The meeting in Sochi comes as airlines revealed Russia has blocked some European flights for avoiding Belarus airspace.
Navalny Allies Dismiss Russia's Claim of His 'Stable' Condition
Navalny's chief of staff said the prison service's message suggested he was in hospital and that "something very bad is happening to him."
'wave of impunity'
Rights Groups File Syria Torture Case Against Russian Mercenaries
The case represents a rare attempt to hold the Kremlin-linked group to account for its role in conflicts across the Middle East and Africa.
'Constructive and Principled'
Moscow, Tehran Call for 'Rescue' of Iran Nuclear Deal
Time is running out for signatories to restore the nuclear deal and bring all parties back on track.
Kremlin Welcomes U.S. Offer to Extend Nuclear Pact, Seeks 'Details'
The accord is the last arms control agreement between the former Cold War rivals.
Alexei Navalny: Russia's Charismatic Anti-Putin Campaigner
Navalny has won a young fan base and has more than two million followers on Twitter.
Putin Says Karabakh Deaths Soaring as Diplomats Scramble
Putin said he was in "constant" communication with Armenia and Azerbaijan's leaders after two ceasefire attempts fell through.
Putin Proposes Election Non-Interference Pact With U.S.
U.S. intelligence officials have said that Russia is once again manipulating social media in favor of Donald Trump.
Putin Triumphant as Critics Slam Vote Extending His Rule
The vote which saw a huge majority approve Putin's reforms was followed by reports of widespread violations.
Russia Stages Grand WWII Parade Ahead of Vote on Putin Reforms
The display aimed to stir up patriotic fervor ahead of a vote to reset Putin's presidential term-limit clock.
return to health
Russian PM Recovers From Virus as Infection Rates Slow
Mishustin had been in treatment for nearly three weeks.
best laid plans
Coronavirus Deals 'Powerful Blow' to Putin's Grand May 9 Plans
What was supposed to be a triumphant spring for Putin has become a political letdown.
Chechen Strongman's Strategy Against Virus – Fear and Threats
Kadyrov's response to the pandemic is hardening his reputation as a strongman intolerant of dissent or criticism.