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Oil, diamonds and nuclear power: Russia eyes Africa business

Moscow - While Russia has traditionally focused on arms and grain exports to Africa, it is now looking to broaden its activities and influence.

For Russian business, big dreams in Africa

Moscow - From diamonds and arms to nuclear power and oil, Russia has major business ambitions in Africa, even if it is coming late to the party.

Protester flees Russia as two others tie the knot in jail

Moscow - A protester has fled Russia fearing imprisonment, his lawyer said Thursday, as a jailed demonstrator married a young woman accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Putin signals Russia's return to Africa with summit

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders next week as Russia seeks to reassert its influence on the continent and beyond.

Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space

Moscow - Hundreds of people including Russian and US astronauts and top officials bid farewell Tuesday to Alexei Leonov, a legendary Soviet cosmonaut who was the first man to perform a spacewalk.

Russia will work with Saudi to stabilise oil market: Putin

Moscow - Russia will work with Saudi Arabia against any "attempt to destabilise" the oil market, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday, on the eve of a visit to Riyadh.

First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, dies

Moscow - Alexei Leonov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who was the first man to conduct a spacewalk in 1965, died in Moscow on Friday aged 85 after a long illness.

Russia brands Navalny's opposition group a 'foreign agent'

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday upped the pressure on opposition leader Alexei Navalny, declaring his organisation a "foreign agent" that will be subject to increased state monitoring.

Kremlin critic Navalny's group declared 'foreign agent': government

Moscow - Russian authorities Wednesday declared the organisation run by opposition leader Alexei Navalny a "foreign agent", the justice ministry said on its website.

Russia bestows medal on US astronaut in failed launch

Moscow - Russia has decorated NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived an aborted space launch last year, with one of its highest honours, the Order of Courage, a Kremlin decree said on Tuesday.

Russian court blocks major LGBT online groups

Moscow - A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking sites be blocked for disseminating "anti-family values", including a major online group with nearly 200,000 members.

Russian court blocks major LGBT online groups

Moscow - A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking groups be blocked for disseminating "anti-family values", including a major group that has nearly 200,000 members.

Siberian shaman with plan to 'banish Putin' found insane: lawyers

Moscow - A Siberian shaman who set off to walk across Russia to drive out President Vladimir Putin, whom he called a demon, has been found mentally unfit to stand trial, defence lawyers said Thursday.

Spokesman defends dishevelled Duterte as 'very hygienic'

Moscow - President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman on Thursday defended the Philippine leader as "very hygienic" and nice-smelling after he was mocked on social media for looking dishevelled in a meeting with the Russian prime minister.

Ukraine, Russia eye revival of stalled peace talks

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky could meet for the first time as early as this month, in talks aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Putin says 'nothing compromising' in Trump call to Ukraine leader

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday defended Donald Trump over accusations the US leader pressured Kiev to dig up dirt on a rival, saying there was "nothing compromising" in transcripts of the call.

Arresting looks: Russian protests get a fashion twist

Moscow - In cropped jeans and a cream sweatshirt, Alina Muzychenko would easily blend into a central Moscow crowd. But her bright pink socks are quietly subversive -- patterned with a drawing of riot police holding hands.

Russian cadets pose for selfies at Kalashnikov exhibition

Moscow - Dozens of youngsters from Russia's Youth Army have been getting up close and personal with perhaps the world's most iconic firearm as their country prepares to mark the centenary of the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov, maker of the legendary rifle.

Moscow court reduces sentence for actor jailed over protest

Moscow - A Moscow court on Monday overturned a prison sentence for actor Pavel Ustinov, giving him instead a one-year suspended sentence, in a case that has sparked protests and a major solidarity campaign.

Moscow court overturns prison sentence for actor jailed over protest

Moscow - A Moscow court on Monday overturned a prison sentence for actor Pavel Ustinov, giving him instead a one-year suspended sentence, in a case that has sparked protests and a major solidarity campaign.
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