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Putin critic leaves Russia for treatment after 'poisoning'

Moscow - A Russian opposition politician who fell into a coma due to poisoning this month has left the country for treatment abroad after his condition improved, his lawyer said Sunday."This morning Vladimir Kara-Murza flew out of the country...

New Ukraine truce due to come into force Monday

Moscow - A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force Monday, Moscow and Kiev said, though some separatists were already labelling it unfeasible.

Russia's Red Army Choir sings for first time after crash

Moscow - Russia's legendary Alexandrov Ensemble, known as the Red Army Choir, gave its first performance Thursday following the December plane crash that killed most of its singers.

Putin urges 'restoring dialogue' between Russia, US intel

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for Russian intelligence agencies to bolster ties with their US counterparts in the fight against terrorism.

UN envoy urges greater Syria peace efforts in Moscow

Moscow - UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called Thursday for greater efforts in the push for peace in Syria, as he visited Moscow ahead of a fresh round of talks in Geneva.

Ukraine warring sides agree heavy arms pullback: OSCE

Moscow - An international mediator on Wednesday said Ukraine's warring sides had agreed to withdraw heavy weapons from the volatile frontline by February 20 in line with a tattered peace plan.

Russia's Lavrov to meet US' Tillerson Thursday: foreign ministry

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet his US counterpart Rex Tillerson for the first time Thursday in Germany, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Russian Jews horrified by MP's 'shameful' slur

Sanktpeterburg - A pro-Kremlin lawmaker came under fire Monday after saying the ancestors of local Jewish opposition figures in Saint-Petersburg "boiled Christians in cauldrons", sparking indignation from Russia's Jewish community.

Russia orders hunger-strike prisoner to pay medical bills

Moscow - Russia has ordered a prisoner to pay his medical costs after he went on hunger strike over jail conditions, his lawyer said Monday, a move that could curb protests against poor treatment of convicts.

Russia releases drone footage of fresh Palmyra destruction

Moscow - Russia's military on Monday released drone footage showing more destruction of treasured monuments by the Islamic State in Syria's Palmyra since jihadists recaptured the UNESCO World Heritage Site late last year.

Russians protest softer penalties for domestic abuse

Moscow - Dozens of Russian activists braved snow Sunday to protest against a law signed by President Vladimir Putin that has softened penalties for those who commit domestic violence.

Russian church and opponents spar over cathedral handover

Sanktpeterburg - Russia's powerful Orthodox Church faced off on Sunday with thousands of protesters in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg over the fate of a cathedral that is one of the city's top tourist attractions.

Snowden's lawyer says extradition report is 'speculation'

Moscow - Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer on Saturday dismissed a US report that Moscow was considering extraditing the NSA whistleblower as a "gift" to President Donald Trump.

Dutch sculpture of strange creature a big hit in Russia

Leiden - Margriet van Breevoort who created the sculpture of an odd creature at the Leiden University Medical Center was surprised when her creation won the hearts of Russian Internet users.

Russian court orders review of activist's jailing for peaceful protests

Sanktpeterburg - Russia's highest court ordered a review of the precedent-setting case of an opposition activist jailed for two-and-a-half years for peaceful protests.

Putin foe Navalny given five-year suspended jail term

Moscow - Top Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was found guilty on Wednesday of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence that threatens to end his bid to challenge President Vladimir Putin in a presidential poll next year.

Russia wages 'war' on internet by jailing users: rights group

Moscow - A prominent Russian rights advocacy group on Tuesday warned of a crackdown on internet users as courts impose harsh jail sentences for posts expressing political views.

Putin signs law easing punishment for domestic abuse

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill easing punishment for domestic violence, which critics say will make holding abusers accountable even more difficult.

Putin critic Kara-Murza suffered 'acute poisoning'

Moscow - A Russian opposition politician in a coma with organ failure suffered "acute poisoning" by an unknown substance, his wife said Tuesday, two years after a suspected poisoning nearly killed him.

Victims angry over Russia cutting domestic abuse penalties

Moscow - Alexandra Glebova knows only too well the trauma of domestic violence in Russia after suffering years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her father. "He would always hit me on the head," Glebova, 26, told AFP.
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