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From Moscow, exiled ex-PM launches committee to 'save' Ukraine

Moscow - An exiled former top ally of ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Monday launched a shadowy committee to "save" the war-torn country, pledging to bring down the current pro-Western government.

Putin spokesman sparks row with '$620,000 watch'

Moscow - Pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman flashing a watch worth an alleged $620,000 on Monday sparked controversy in the crisis-hit country.

Op-Ed: Kudos to RFE/RL

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is showing courage and practices good journalism in response to threats from Putin propaganda and disinformation.

Mixed messages from Russia, France on warship compensation deal

Moscow - Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday denied that a final agreement has been hammered out.

Russia agrees compensation deal with France over Mistral warships

Moscow - Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday refused to confirm a final agreement.

ISIS recruiters get 'Catfished' by three women for travel money

Three young women in Chechnya are now under investigation, not for trying to join ISIS, but for swindling them out of money. You read it right, the girls wanted some vacation cash and the ISIS recruiters fell for their pleas, hook, line, and sinker.

Russia opens trial against Ukrainian woman pilot 'hero'

Russia - Ukrainian pilot and lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko went on trial in Russia on Thursday in a politically charged case that could send tensions between Moscow and Kiev to a new high.

Russia puts Ukraine aviator in the dock

Moscow - Russia on Thursday opens the high-profile trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko in a politically charged case that could send ties between Moscow and Kiev to a new low.

Elderly Russian woman suspected of murdering, dismembering duo

Sanktpeterburg - Russian authorities on Wednesday detained an elderly woman on suspicion of poisoning a friend and chopping up the body, while police said she was being investigated over a second gruesome murder.

Citing 'economic reasons,' HP halts production in St. Petersburg

California-based PC giant Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday it was pulling up stakes at its Shushary factory near St. Petersburg, Russia.

Russian NGOs decry ban on 'undesirable' US foundation

Moscow - Russian activists on Wednesday blasted an official decision to label the US National Endowment for Democracy an "undesirable" organisation, cutting them off from a key source of funding.

Vladimir hails Vladimir: Putin fetes Russia's religious founder

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages.

NATO eastward expansion would be 'catastrophic': Russian official

Moscow - NATO enlargement into Ukraine and Georgia would have "catastrophic consequences" for Europe, Russia's envoy to NATO warned Tuesday in a television interview, as relations between Moscow and the West sink to Cold War-era lows.

Russia names US foundation first 'undesirable' foreign group

Moscow - Russian prosecutors Tuesday declared the US Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy the first "undesirable" foreign group under a controversial new law to ban overseas organisations deemed a threat.

Russia revises navy doctrine over NATO's 'inadmissible' expansion

Moscow - Russia aims to boost the strategic positions of its navy on the Black Sea and seek to maintain an Atlantic and Mediterranean presence, according its latest naval doctrine which has been revised over NATO's "inadmissible" expansion.

Russia bars coalition headed by protest leader from poll

Moscow - Russia on Friday barred a coalition co-led by top opposition activist Alexei Navalny from participating in a major regional poll, the party said on its website.

Russia jails nationalist leader for life over lawyer murder

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday sentenced a nationalist leader to life imprisonment for organising a string of hate killings including the shooting of a prominent rights lawyer in broad daylight.

Russia begins treason case against ex-military engineer

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday began hearing a treason case against a former military engineer who is accused of giving away state secrets to a Swedish company in a letter seeking employment.

Gorbachev urges Moscow and Berlin to rebuild trust

Moscow - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev urged Moscow and Berlin on Tuesday to "re-establish trust" amid fierce tension caused by the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

Ban on Dutch flowers 'highly probable': Russian watchdog

Moscow - Dutch flowers represent a sanitary "threat" to Russia and could be banned in the country, its agricultural watchdog said Tuesday, as Moscow's relations with The Hague have reached their nadir.
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