BP has warned that further sanctions against Russia could affect its business as it posted a rise in second quarter profits. BP said that sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis have not affected the oil giant so far, but could do so in the future.
Russia called on July 29 Japan's plans to impose sanctions on the assets of those it considered to be involved in instability in eastern Ukraine "unfriendly" and said they would harm relations between the two countries.
Moscow - Moscow has described Tokyo's decision to impose further sanctions on Russia as an unfriendly step that may harm "the entire system of relations" between Russia and Japan.
Russia has violated a key arms control treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, the US government says. Russia tested a ground-launched cruise missile, breaking the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 during the Cold War, the US said.
MOSCOW - Russia will appeal a decision of the Hague court that ruled on July 28 that Moscow must pay a group of shareholders in now-defunct oil giant Yukos $50 billion for expropriating its assets, the Russian Finance Ministry said in a statement.
Russia has offered 3.9 million roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network. Tor hides internet users' locations and identities by sending data on random paths through machines on its network, adding encryption at each stage.
TBILISI, Georgia - Georgian authorities say they are opening a criminal case against former president Mikhail Saakashvili.
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are seeking damages in the amount of 250,000 euros ($336,000) in their case against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights, Vedomosti reported on July 28.
A well-known Russian opposition activist has been stabbed and hospitalized in the country's second largest city, St. Petersburg. RFE/RL's Russian Service reported from St. Petersburg that Aleksandr Skobov, a Soviet-era dissident, was attacked late on July 27.
MOSCOW - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man and head of the now defunct Yukos company, said on July 28 he was satisfied with a court ruling that awarded shareholders of the company over $50 billion (29.45 billion pounds) in compensation in a legal battle against Russia.
Along the highway between Moscow and St. Petersburg - a 12-hour trip by car - one sees great neglected stretches of land that seem drawn backward in time.
Russia's most popular social network VKontakte went offline for a few hours during a peak time of Internet activity, troubling scores of users in what the company attributed to an "unprecedented" heat wave knocking out some of its computer servers.
Tbilisi - Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and a number of former high-level officials have been charged, the Georgian main prosecutor's office said in a statement on Monday, July 28.
LONDON - The former majority shareholder in oil producer Yukos says it has won in excess of $50 billion in a court ruling against Russia for the expropriation of the company.
Moscow - Russia will use whatever legal possibilities it can to defend its interests as an arbitration court in The Hague is preparing to deliver verdict over the lawsuit filed by Yukos shareholders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Moscow - Western sanctions will not achieve their goal but will only make Russia even stronger, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Grozny, Russia - Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, whom the European Union has put on its anti-Russian sanctions list, on Saturday, July 26 said he made his own sanctions list and put U.S. President Barack Obama and EU leaders on it.
Moscow - The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has granted a lawsuit filed by Group Menatep Limited (GML) structures, which controlled the company Yukos, against Russia, Kommersant has reported.
Pogonovo range, Voronezh region - A Russian Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter crashed near Astrakhan on Sunday, July 27, the pilot died, Air Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev told the press.
German intelligence is reported to have obtained evidence of a power struggle under way in the Kremlin, with hardliners and oligarchs at loggerheads over Western sanctions. Some reportedly want to "put the brakes" on President Vladimir Putin to rescue their business interests.