Category Archives: Russia

Corruption protests sweep Russia; opposition leader arrested

Thousands of people crowded into Moscow’s Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, the biggest gathering in a wave of nationwide protests that were the most extensive show of defiance in years. Alexei Navalny, the

Putin meets France’s Le Pen in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Marine Le Pen during a visit to Moscow on Friday by the French far-right presidential candidate, Russian state television showed. “We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right

Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar — US general

Khalifa Haftar

The head of US forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an “undeniable” link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, something likely to add to US concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya. Earlier this month

Russians bombing Syrian rebels near Hama

Russian warplanes are taking part in air strikes against insurgents to help repel a major attack on Syrian government-held areas near the city of Hama, a Syrian military source said on Friday. Rebel groups spearheaded by extremist insurgents launched the

‘Russia may be supplying the Taliban’ as they fight US, NATO

Russia is “perhaps” supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday. General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander who also heads the US military’s European Command, told lawmakers he had

Russian singer barred from Eurovision in Ukraine amid political upheaval

Yuliya Samoilova

Russia’s state-run broadcaster on Thursday quickly spurned Eurovision’s offer for its contestant to participate in this year’s song contest via satellite after Ukraine barred the singer from entering the country. “We find the offer of remote participation odd and refuse

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

Marine Le Pen

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election. Officials from her National Front party said she is traveling Friday, on the heels of a trip

Russia says summoned Israel’s Ambassador over Israeli strike in Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s Ambassador to Moscow to protest an Israeli military strike near the Syrian city of Palmyra, news agency Interfax quoted a ministry official as saying on Monday. Ambassador Gary Koren was called for discussions at

Russia denies deployment of special forces in Egypt

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday it did not have special forces in Egypt after US, Egyptian and diplomatic sources told Reuters it appeared to have deployed such forces to an Egyptian airbase, the Interfax news agency reported. The

Putin fires 10 top law enforcement officials

Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin has dismissed 10 senior law enforcement officers, the latest move in a personnel reshuffle launched by the Russian leader. Putin’s decree released by the government fires top officials from the Interior Ministry, the Investigative Committee and the

Iran’s presence in Syria blocks peace deal, Netanyahu tells Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday there could never be peace in Syria as long as there was an Iranian presence there. “We discussed at length the matter of Iran, its objectives

Putin hosts Erdogan for talks focusing on Syria

President Vladimir Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday for talks focusing on Syria, where Russia and Turkey have launched mediation efforts and coordinated military action. The two countries brokered a cease-fire in December that helped reduce

US general says Russia deploys cruise missile, threatens NATO

Russia has deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the “spirit and intent” of an arms control treaty and poses a threat to NATO, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said on Wednesday. It

Ukraine foreign minister urges continued sanctions on Russia

Pavlo Klimkin

Ukraine’s foreign minister told US senators on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia shouldn’t be eased and possibly should be ratcheted up as Moscow escalates its military aggression against its western neighbor. Testifying with representatives from other Eastern European countries affected

Putin pardons woman convicted in Russia for text messages

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned a woman convicted of treason last year for sending text messages about military movements near Georgia’s breakaway republic. The Kremlin published Putin’s decree on Tuesday to pardon 46-year old Oksana Sevastidi, who was sentenced

Russia gives new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film a 16+ rating

Despite pressure from an ultra-conservative lawmaker, Russia’s Culture Ministry has approved the release of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” movie despite protests over a gay character. The ministry told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it has granted a screening

Britain’s Johnson to visit Russia for talks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to travel to Russia in the coming weeks for high-level political talks, his office said Saturday. It will be the first time a British minister has been to Moscow for an official visit in

Moscow, NATO in first high-level military talks since freeze

Vladimir Putin.

Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on Friday held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. The chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel

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