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Russia seeks prison sentence for church Pokemon hunter

Moscow - Russian prosecutors on Friday called for a three-and-a-half year jail sentence for a blogger who hunted Pokemons in church, in a case that has drawn ire from rights activists.

Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin's principal opponent Alexei Navalny was briefly hospitalised Thursday after being hit in the eye by green dye that he said had damaged his cornea.

Russian police raid Khodorkovsky group ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday searched the offices of the Open Russia movement of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which has called a protest against President Vladimir Putin at the weekend.

Putin and Abe struggle for progress on island dispute

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday agreed to start flights for former residents to visit a disputed island chain as he and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe again struggled to make progress on a decades-old territorial dispute.

Russia bans 'undesirable' Khodorkovsky NGOs

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday banned three organisations associated with former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, branding them "undesirable" for allegedly seeking to stir unrest and discredit elections.

Japan's Abe to visit Russia for Putin meet

Moscow - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia this week for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Tokyo said Tuesday, as the two sides look to make headway on a decades-old territorial dispute.

Russian FM presses US's Tillerson over Syria probe

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced "regret" in a phone call with his US counterpart at Washington's opposition to a Moscow-backed plan to investigate an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Russia strips citizenship of suspected Saint Petersburg metro bomber

Sanktpeterburg - Russian authorities said Friday they had posthumously stripped the suspected Saint Petersburg metro suicide bomber of his citizenship.

Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses as 'extremist'

Moscow - Russia's Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday banning Jehovah's Witnesses and seizing their property after the justice ministry called on it to dissolve the Christian group as an "extremist organisation".

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Chechen leader denies arrest of gays

Moscow - Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied Wednesday that any homosexuals have been arrested in his Russian Caucasus republic, dismissing media reports about alleged abuse of gays.

Alleged Russia metro blast organiser denies masterminding attack

Moscow - A man detained as a suspected organiser of the Saint Petersburg metro bombing denied Tuesday that he helped mastermind the attack, but did admit indirect involvement in it.

Russia detains suspected organiser of metro bombing

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service said Monday it had detained a suspected organiser of last month's bombing of the Saint Petersburg metro that killed 14 people and injured dozens more.

Russia warns US against unilateral strike on N. Korea

Moscow - Russia on Monday warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.

Op-Ed: U.S. turns down invitation to Russian meeting on Afghanistan

Moscow - Even though the U.S. was invited to a meeting on Afghanistan on Friday, it did not attend. The meeting in Moscow was aimed at facilitating peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Exiled Russian opposition figure supports Putin foe for presidency

Moscow - Kremlin critic and former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Saturday threw his support behind Russian President Vladimir Putin's foe Alexei Navalny for Russia's 2018 presidential election.

Russia arrests two suspected 'terrorist' recruiters

Sanktpeterburg - Two suspected recruiters of "terrorists" from Central Asia were arrested in Saint Petersburg, justice authorities said on Saturday, in connection with a deadly bomb attack on the Russian city's metro.

Kremlin blasts Eurovision for dropping Russia

Moscow - Moscow on Friday denounced the decision by Eurovision Song Contest organisers to drop Russia from this year's contest, following a row with hosts Ukraine.

Russia urges 'restraint' over N. Korea tensions: Kremlin

Moscow - Russia on Friday called for "restraint" over the situation in North Korea, warning against any "provocative steps" after Washington said it was assessing military options in response to the country's weapons programs.
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