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Russian rights group told to quit Saint Petersburg offices

Sanktpeterburg - Authorities in Saint Petersburg have moved to evict Russia's main human rights NGO Memorial from the offices it has occupied in the country's second city for over 20 years, the group said Thursday.

Russian teens moved from jail to house arrest after protests

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday moved two teenagers accused of "extremism" from prison to house arrest the day after hundreds of people took to the streets in Moscow demanding their release.

Bemused Banksy says 'nothing to do with' major Russian exhibition

Moscow - The reclusive British street artist Banksy has said in a bemused social media post he was not involved in a major exhibition of his works currently on display in Moscow.

Hundreds rally in Moscow to demand release of 'extremist' teens

Moscow - Hundreds of people, many clutching stuffed toys, rallied in Moscow on Wednesday to demand the release of two teenagers accused of "extremism" in a case they say is part of a growing Kremlin crackdown on Russian youth.

Russia and Turkey to trade in national currencies not US dollar

Russia said last Monday that it favors bilateral trade with all countries using their national currencies rather than the US dollar. However, Russian authorities say the idea needed more work before it could be implemented

Putin to be guest at Austrian FM's wedding: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will be a guest at the wedding of Austria's foreign minister, who was nominated to the role by a far-right party with reported links to Russia's ruling United Russia.

Ukraine's Sentsov 'wants to live' but will not end hunger strike: activist

Moscow - Hunger striking Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov "wants and hopes to live" but will not stop his protest despite deteriorating health, a rights campaigner who visited him in the Russian Arctic prison where he is held said Wednesday.

Creator of iconic Soviet cartoons Eduard Uspensky dies

Moscow - Legendary Soviet children's writer and creator of the USSR's most popular cartoon characters Eduard Uspensky died in his home in the Moscow suburbs at the age of 80 late on Tuesday.

Arms, investment and 'instructors': Russia boosts Africa role

Moscow - Touting military cooperation and "instructors," arms deals and investment, Russia is making a comeback in Africa after years of inactivity and now aims to rival European countries and even China, analysts say.

Lavrov tells Pompeo Russia categorically rejects US sanctions

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday in a phone conversation with US counterpart Mike Pompeo that Moscow categorically rejected the latest US sanctions, the foreign ministry said.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov 'ready to die': lawyer

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "ready to die" after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his lawyer said Friday.

Further US sanctions would be 'declaration of economic war': Medvedev

Moscow - Russia warned Friday that if the US followed through with threats to impose further harsh economic sanctions it would be seen as a "declaration of economic war".

Russia jails IS-linked teen for St Petersburg cathedral bomb plot

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday jailed a teenaged supporter of the Islamic State jihadist group over a plot to carry out a suicide attack at Saint Petersburg's Kazan cathedral, a key tourist attraction.

Russia vows to retaliate against new US sanctions

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday vowed to retaliate against "unacceptable" new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain, which prompted the ruble and Russian stocks to tumble.

Prague invasion sparked first dissident protest on Red Square

Moscow - In a symbolic gesture on August 25, 1968, that launched the political dissident movement, eight people demonstrated on Moscow's Red Square against the Soviet authorities sending tanks into Prague.

Russia stops Pussy Riot member leaving country

Moscow - Russian security services on Wednesday prevented Maria Alyokhina of punk protest group Pussy Riot from flying out of the country to perform at a top arts festival, she said.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov says 'end is near': cousin

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in a "catastrophically bad" state and could be close to death after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his cousin said Wednesday.

Ukrainian hunger-striker Sentsov has lost 30 kg, in 'bad' state: lawyer

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has lost 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and is suffering heart problems after hunger striking in a Russian prison for almost three months, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.

Russia holds funerals for journalists shot in C. Africa

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday held funerals for three journalists killed in the Central African Republic who were investigating a shadowy Russian mercenary group for a media project founded by Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Russia says 'deeply disappointed' by US sanctions on Iran

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday said it was "deeply disappointed" by US President Donald Trump's decision to re-impose unilateral sanctions on Iran.
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