MOSCOW - A team of BBC journalists was beaten and their camera smashed in southern Russia, where they were looking into reports of Russian soldiers killed while on secret deployments near Ukraine, the broadcaster said on Sept. 18.
HELSINKI - The Finnish government has given conditional backing to an updated application from Finnish-Russian group Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in the north of the country, prompting the Greens to quit and weaken the ruling coalition.
LONDON - British broadcaster the BBC has lodged a formal protest with Russian authorities, saying one of its news crews was attacked while looking into reports Russian soldiers had been killed near Ukraine's border.
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Sept. 18 Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market.
Berlin - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in a couple of days he might commission the Russian troops not only in Ukraine but also in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania, Ukrainian news edition Liga reported, citing a publication of German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The arrest of one of Russia's oldest billionaires is sending shivers down the backs of business owners already reeling from U.S. and European sanctions over President Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine.
A bill to restrict foreign ownership in Russia's media will soon go before the parliament, which is dominated by MPs loyal to President Vladimir Putin. If made law, the measure will put a 20% ceiling on any foreign stakes in Russian media, including those held indirectly through Russian partners.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Russian arms makers and exports do not predict any disruption in arms exports and their ability to meet the 2014 targets, said Vladimir Kozhin, Russian Presidential Aide for Military-Technical Cooperation.
VILNIUS - Lithuania's president Dalia Grybauskaite proposed on Sept. 17 that investments in strategically important sectors of the economy should be vetted by the government to ensure they do not pose a threat to national security.
MOSCOW - Russia presents its toughest budget in years on Sept. 17, relying on optimistic forecasts for oil prices at a time when borrowing abroad to cover any deficit slippage will be tough due to tightening Western sanctions.
MOSCOW - Russian lawmakers proposed cutting foreign ownership in Russian media assets to 20 percent in an attempt to limit outside influences and protect Russia's "information sovereignty", a copy of a draft law showed on Sept. 17.
MOSCOW - The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country's business community, with some fearing a return to the dark days of a decade ago, when the Kremlin asserted its power by imprisoning the country's then-richest man and expropriating his companies.
Russian investment fell more than analysts forecast last month and retail-sales growth held near the slowest since 2010, as the crisis in Ukraine batters the $2 trillion economy. Fixed-capital investment fell 2.7 percent from a year earlier, the slowest in four months, after a 2 percent drop in July, the Federal Statistics Service in Moscow said today in a statement. The median estimate of 14 economists in a Bloomberg survey was for a 2 percent decrease. Retail sales expanded 1.4 percent after an upwardly revised 1.2 percent gain in July.
The detention of a billionaire on money-laundering charges sent shockwaves through Russia's business and political circles on Sept. 17 and prompted comparisons with a crackdown on former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Moscow - The Russian Energy Ministry suggests holding a trilateral meeting on gas at the beginning of next week, the ministry's press office told Interfax.
VIENNA - Russia is pushing for the issue of Syria's alleged past nuclear activities to be removed from the agenda of the U.N. atomic agency's board, diplomats said on Sept. 17.
WARSAW, Poland - It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?" Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days - that Russian aggression in Ukraine could spread, upending this NATO and European Union member's most peaceful and prosperous era in centuries.
Warsaw (AFP) - The Soviets rode in on horseback, rifles dangling on rope. Boguslaw Kamola watched in horror from the woods as they occupied his city in eastern Poland. Then the shots rang out.
Krasnoarmeisk - France has not formally notified Russia about the tearing up of the Mistral class helicopter carrier contract, said Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov.
Moscow - The question of creating the Black Sea grain pool, which would mostly include Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, has currently been removed from the agenda, Russian Grain Union President Arkady Zlochevsky said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday, Sep. 17.