Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial on April 24 in a major case that his supporters fear will end in a lengthy jail sentence for President Vladimir Putin's top critic.
MOSCOW — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.
Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on April 23.
LONDON — Britain on Wednesday scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see off Russian military planes flying close to its airspace off the coast of Scotland, a spokeswoman from the defense ministry said.
It's a bright, sunny day and Chisinau residents are enjoying the first whiff of spring. Couples stroll through Cathedral Park, children chase pigeons, and families pose for photographs with a statue of the Easter Bunny. In the shadow of the Arch of Triumph, a small crowd watches intently as two young men face off over a giant chessboard. The opponents are evenly matched. The board is nearly empty and the setting sun casts long shadows across the park as a draw is declared.
Moscow - Most Russian citizens think the isolation of Russia following Western sanctions amid the events in Ukraine is unlikely, while Moscow and St. Petersburg residents and supporters of non-parliamentary parties most often allow for the possibility of such a scenario, sociologists of the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said. Half of Russians think that the possible blockade of Russia by the West is improbable, while 13% believe that such a situation development is impossible, VTsIOM told Interfax following a March poll held in 130 cities, towns and villages in 42 Russian regions and involving 1,600 respondents.
Russia will adjust its economic course to make the country less vulnerable to another possible wave of sanctions from the West and will look for new partners to diversify its hydrocarbon exports, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday in an annual report to members of the State Duma.
BERLIN — The German and French foreign ministers are making a joint visit to Moldova and Georgia, former Soviet republics that have breakaway regions with Russian-speaking populations, as tensions simmer over Russia's intentions in Ukraine.
BRUSSELS - Far-right parties are set to do well in next month’s elections to the European Parliament, a fact that has thrown a spotlight on their links with the Kremlin.
Russian gold miner Nord Gold said on April 23 its revenue fell 7 percent year-on-year to $275 million in the first quarter as lower global gold prices offset higher production.
MOSCOW — A Moscow judge on Tuesday left open the possibility of jailing President Vladimir Putin's main critic for years, a sign of Putin's increasingly hard-line rule against opponents.
Estonia expects to see more NATO troops on its territory in reaction to what it fears will be Russian attempts to destabilize the former Soviet republic, the country's defense minister said on April 22. Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - with their own Russian-speaking minorities - have been increasingly worried that Russia's annexation of Crimea - partly on ethnic grounds - could herald destabilization in their own region by Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin has called for improving Russia's military infrastructure in the Arctic. Putin said a unified system of naval bases for ships and next-generation submarines should be created in the region. Putin was speaking at a meeting of his Security Council on April 22.
The founder and CEO of top Russian social-networking site VKontakte says he has left Russia. Pavel Durov told TechCrunch, a leading technology news website, that he did not plan to return as, "unfortunately, the country is incompatible with Internet business at the moment."
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was convicted of libel on April 22 in a ruling his lawyer said could potentially lead to the jailing of the anti-corruption blogger who is one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critics.
Moscow's Babushkinsky District Court has found opposition figure and anticorruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny guilty of slander. Moscow municipal deputy Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit after Navalny allegedly posted a message on his Twitter account referring to Lisovenko as a "drug addict."
Russia, under threat of further sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, said on April 22 it could minimize their impact and would support industries dependent on supplies from abroad. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told parliament sanctions were a chance for Russia to reduce its dependence on imports and that its economic priorities were unchanged.
A pregnant journalist is recovering in hospital today after a pro-Kremlin political leader in Russia told two male aides to "violently rape" her at a press conference. Nationalist Vladimir Zhironovsky launched his tirade after reporter Stella Dubovitskaya asked him an innocuous question about sanctions against Ukraine.
Russians with smartphones and dashboard cameras captured footage of a meteor that flashed across the night sky near the Arctic Circle over the weekend. There were no reports of damage but the ball of fire raised eyebrows after a meteorite crashed to Earth near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, shattering windows, damaging buildings and injuring more than 1,200 people.
A pregnant journalist was recovering in hospital last night after a pro-Kremlin political leader in Russia told two male aides to ‘violently rape’ her. Nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky launched his extraordinary tirade after reporter Stella Dubovitskaya asked him an innocuous question about sanctions against Ukraine. The 67-year-old MP’s outburst came before a deadly gunfight at a Ukraine checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian separatists tore apart an Easter truce.