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Thousands Protest Proposed Church For Third Day In Russia's Yekaterinburg

May 15, 2019           |                                       

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered for a third day straight day to protest over a proposal to build a new Russian Orthodox church on the site of a popular park in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg. Local activists reject the plan, saying it would destroy one of the few green public spaces in the Urals […]

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Moscow Prosecutor Seeks Lengthy Prison Term For Police Officer Who Kept $120 Million Cash At Home

May 15, 2019           |                                       

The prosecutor in a high-profile case has requested a guilty verdict and a prison sentence of 15 1/2 years for a Moscow police officer found with the equivalent of $120 million in cash at home. The prosecutor also asked a Moscow court on May 14 to impose a 494.9 million-ruble ($7.5 million) fine on Colonel […]

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Massive Moscow March Marks 1945 Victory

May 9, 2019           |                                       

Hundreds of thousands marched through Moscow on May 9 with portraits of relatives who fought in World War II, as Russia commemorated the defeat of Nazi Germany. Russian President Vladimir Putin also took part in the massive Immortal Regiment march, holding a portrait of his father, who was wounded in the war. Critics accuse the […]

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Japanese Foreign Minister Heading To Russia For Peace Deal Talks

May 8, 2019           |                                       

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is heading to Russia for a new round of talks on a decades-old territorial dispute that has prevented Moscow and Tokyo from signing a peace agreement and formally end World War II. Kono is set to arrive in Moscow on May 9 and meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov […]

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MOSCOW—A fiery airliner accident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport killed 41 people, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Investigative Committee said. The death toll from Sunday evening’s accident was announced at a briefing early Monday by committee spokeswoman Elena Markovskaya, who said 37 people survived. The Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by national airline Aeroflot had 73 passengers and five […]

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Forty-One Reported Killed In Aeroflot Plane Crash In Moscow

May 5, 2019           |                                       

MOSCOW – Forty-one people are believed to have died when a Russian passenger plane made a fiery emergency landing and burst into flames at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, authorities say. “There were 78 people including crew members on board the plane,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement late on May 4. “According to the updated […]

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Russia's Lavrov To Meet Venezuelan Counterpart Over Unrest

May 4, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his counterpart from Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, in Moscow on May 5 to discuss possible steps to help solve the power struggle that is crippling the South American nation. “There will be an exchange of views on the situation in Venezuela and around it in connection with the […]

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Putin Dismisses Controversial Ambassador To Belarus

April 30, 2019           |                                       

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree sacking Mikhail Babich as Moscow’s ambassador to Belarus. The Kremlin said on its website that Putin was appointing Dmitry Mezentsev as the new ambassador in Minsk. The decree said Babich was also dismissed as Russia’s special presidential envoy for development of trade and economic cooperation with Belarus. […]

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‘Don’t Waste Your Time,’ Zelenskiy Tells Putin After Citizenship Offer To Ukrainians

April 28, 2019           |                                       

Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy has told Moscow “not to waste time trying to lure Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports,” after Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow could ease the process of granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians. Ukrainians understand that Russian citizenship means “the right to be arrested for peaceful protests,” and “the right not […]

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Putin, Kim Hold 'Meaningful' Talks During First Face-To-Face Meeting

April 25, 2019           |                                       

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he had “very meaningful” talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin as the two men met face-to-face for the first time. The April 25 summit at a university campus on an island off Russia’s Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok came after talks collapsed between the United States and […]

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As Ukraine Elects A Comedian, Russians Declare Its Election A Joke

April 22, 2019           |                                       

MOSCOW — Ever since he clinched Ukraine’s presidency at the outset of its war with Russia-backed militants, Petro Poroshenko has been relentlessly attacked and trolled by Russia’s state-dominated media machine. Confronted by Russian reporters at international summits and other high-profile events, the 53-year-old billionaire businessman has at times succumbed to seeming provocations, serving up material […]

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Moscow Close To Finalizing Deal To Lease Syria’s Tartus Port For 49 Years

April 20, 2019           |                                       

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met senior Russian officials for talks in Damascus on April 20, with both countries’ state media saying a deal was close to lease out Syria’s Tartus port to Russia. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Assad met over two days with Moscow’s special envoy to Syria, Aleksandr Lavrentiev; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin; […]

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Lukashenka Lambasts Moscow For 'Sanctions,' Threatens To Suspend Russian Oil Flow To Europe

April 11, 2019           |                                       

MINSK — Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has lambasted Moscow for what he called “sanctions” against Belarusian goods and hinted he could block Russian oil deliveries to Europe. Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Minsk on April 11, Lukashenka said Russia had “closed” its market for a number of Belarusian goods. “They [Russia] are under [Western] […]

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Theatergoers Greet Russian Director After Release From House Arrest

April 10, 2019           |                                       

Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, who spent nearly 20 months under house arrest, showed up at a theater performance of a play he directed on April 9 in Moscow after he was released the previous day. Serebrennikov and two associates are on trial in an embezzlement case they say is politically motivated.

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