Moscow - Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov has begun a hunger strike in protest over the Moscow City Court's July 24 decision to sentence him to four-and-a-half years in prison for organizing mass riots in Bolotnaya Square in the center of Moscow on May 6, 2012.
MOSCOW - A Moscow court sentenced Russian opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozhayev to four and a half years in jail on July 24 on charges of inciting mass riots against President Vladimir Putin.
Deception and misdirection have long been important tools for a KGB agent (which Vladimir Putin famously was). But some of the things the Russian president has said since the crisis in Ukraine began last year go well beyond purposeful deceit. They've been outright howlers.
The President wakes late and eats shortly after noon. He begins with the simplest of breakfasts. There is always cottage cheese. His cooked portion is always substantial; omelette or occasionally porridge. He likes quails' eggs. He drinks fruit juice. The food is forever fresh: baskets of his favourites dispatched regularly from the farmland estates of the Patriarch Kirill, Russia’s religious leader.
A Russian court found two protest leaders guilty of inciting mass riots on July 24 in a case that the opposition sees as part of a clampdown on President Vladimir Putin's foes while all eyes are on Ukraine.
MOSCOW - Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the re-election of President Vladimir Putin.
Rostov-on-Don - New naval and coastal units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet will be deployed in Crimea and formerly reduced units will be restored, head of the Southern Military District Staff's naval department Rear Admiral Anatoly Dolgov said.
Moscow - The Russian government has voiced its regret over the Polish authorities' decision to cancel the Year of Poland in Russia set for 2015.
Moscow - Around 1.5 million people living in Crimea have already been given Russian passports, a spokesman for Russia's Federal Migration Service told Interfax on Thursday, July 24.
MOSCOW - Most of Vladimir Paley's clients want him to dig up their family history with one goal in mind: making a case to obtain foreign citizenship and leave Russia. Six months ago the soft-spoken genealogist had few such requests, but this month he hired an assistant to help him with the flow of would-be émigrés.
The threat of the West slapping tougher sanctions on Russia after the devastating Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine has given London-based Russian oligarchs and firms the jitters, with both groups taking steps to avoid being caught out by further punitive measures, British media reports said.
MOSCOW - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is temporarily unable to approve new investment projects in Russia.
The BRICS countries' announcement last week that they will create a new development bank comes as a frontal challenge to the Western-dominated international financial system. It could also boost financing for coal-fired power plants around the world, something most international economic institutions, such as the World Bank, and many Western countries spurn.
Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero turned back at least two planes flying to Israel on July 22, after a rocket fell about a mile away from Tel Aviv's international airport.
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into bill a law, which sets up gambling zones in Crimea and Sochi.
Russian's trust in military and government at record high. In 2014, after annexation of Crimea, the confidence in government among Russian citizens increased to 64% comparing to 32% in 2008.
For centuries, the fortunes of the Netherlands, the wind-swept country carved out of North Sea wetlands, have relied on preserving the peace with its global trading partners. Last week’s downing of an airliner carrying 193 Dutch nationals is testing one of its most important relationships, involving companies from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) to Heineken NV. (HEIA)
All Russians, regardless of their place of residence, should have equal opportunities and no one has a right to encroach on citizens' rights, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
Moscow - The measures to increase Russia's defense potential, including in Crimea and Sevastopol, should be implemented fully and on time due to the increased NATO activities near the Russian borders, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.