The luxury superyachts of billionaire oligarchs could be seized as part of a squeeze on Vladimir Putin's Russia as international outrage builds over the attack on passenger jet MH17. Foreign policy experts raised the prospect of levying sanctions on the super-rich allies of the Russian president as a way of punishing the country over its links to attack on the passenger jet.
NATO Parliamentary Assembly President Hugh Bayley says his organization supports Georgia's integration with NATO.
Moscow - Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights contesting a Moscow court's ruling that orders him to pay compensation of 500,000 rubles to Foundation for the Development of Civil Society head Konstantin Kostin as part of a defamation lawsuit, the Vedomosti newspaper reported on Friday, July 25.
Moscow - South Korea has no plans to follow Western countries' example and impose sanctions on Russia, but it does not rule out that the sanctions introduced against Russia by the United States and the European Union may impact business cooperation between Seoul and Moscow, South Korean Ambassador to Russia Wi Sung-lac told Interfax.
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.