Tony Abbott has been put on a "no buy" list of Western leaders who won't be allowed to purchase cut price vodka or cigarettes ... should they ever decide to visit Russia's far east. Russian leaders have obviously decided to hit the West where they imagine it hurts, in retaliation for increased sanctions in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine.
BESLAN, Russia - Nadezhda Guriyeva huddled with her children on the floor of the sweltering school gymnasium. An explosive device rested ominously just a few feet away. The two older children, Boris and Vera, were dressed for a folk dance performance to celebrate the first day of school. The festivities never began.
The children who set off for their first day of school 10 years ago in the small Caucasus town of Beslan, North Ossetia, will graduate from high school this coming academic year - at least, those who survived will.
A Russian politician says he has been badly beaten after publicizing the funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine. Lev Shlosberg, a newspaper publisher who represents the liberal opposition Yabloko party in the regional assembly in the northwestern city of Pskov, said he was attacked late on August 29 near his home.
McDonald's Corp. (MCD), which arrived in Soviet-era Russia in 1990 and helped open the communist nation to foreign enterprise, is now under pressure to retreat.
The U.K. will press European Union leaders to consider blocking Russian access to the SWIFT banking transaction system under an expansion of sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, a British government official said.
Radojko Bogojevic, the special representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office for the Transdniestrian settlement process, calls for continuing negotiations on settling the conflict in the 5+2 format.
LAKE SELIGER, Russia - President Vladimir Putin said on Aug. 29 Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."
Moscow - An overwhelming majority of Russians - 94 percent - are following the events in Ukraine, and television remains the primary source of information for 93 percent of them, the Levada Center sociological service told Interfax with reference to a nationwide public opinion poll it conducted on Aug. 22-25.
Seliger, Tver region - Russia intends to enhance further its nuclear and defense potential in order to feel safe, not to threaten anybody, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Seliger youth forum on Aug. 29.
Seliger, Tver region - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is reluctant to get drawn into large-scale conflicts but is ready to counter any aggression against itself.
They are the nameless ones. The faceless ones. Called the "men in green," they are a group of hundreds, if not thousands, of Russians fighting in Ukraine with neither identifying insignia nor official documents - soldiers in everything but name. Instead, they're called "volunteers." They're called "vacationers". "They're "blood brothers," as rebel leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko on Aug. 28 referred Russians who have crossed the border to fight alongside him.
Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, said on Aug. 29 that Moscow is lying about its involvement in Ukraine and he urged Russians to take action to stop an "unequal" war.
NATO's response to Russia's latest incursion into Ukrainian territory came into focus on Aug. 28 - and it's forceful. Russian tanks, troops, and artillery reportedly crossed into a previously unbreached border of eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, Aug. 26, opening a third front near the city of Novoazovsk and leading Ukrainian forces into a chaotic retreat. Western officials told the New York Times that they fear Russia is carving out a land bridge to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed earlier this year.
Russia President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has fallen for the first time this year after hitting record highs amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, a poll published this week by the independent Levada Center revealed.
Russian hackers attacked JPMorgan Chase & Co. and at least four other banks this month in a coordinated assault that resulted in the loss of gigabytes of customer data, according to two people familiar with the investigation.
A Russian opposition activist has been placed under arrest for 15 days after an incident in which his wife said he did nothing wrong. A court in the southern city of Krasnodar found Leonid Martynyuk guilty of minor hooliganism on August 27 after he was pushed and cursed by a stranger at a railway station.
HELSINKI - Finland's defence ministry said it suspected a Russian aircraft entered its airspace without permission on Aug. 28, in third such violation in the past week.
Russian stocks declined the most in three weeks and the ruble weakened with government bonds as the U.S. said Moscow may be directing attacks by rebels in Ukraine. OAO Aeroflot retreated after reporting a loss.
A video claiming to show the mothers of Russian soldiers making an emotional appeal to President Vladimir Putin to bring their sons back from Ukraine went viral on Aug. 27, as the propaganda war on the conflict in the country's east continues.