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Russia likens US coalition bombing of Raqa to WWII Dresden

Moscow - Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid.

Freed Russia opposition leader Navalny back on campaign trail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walked free on Sunday after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin.

Russian opposition chief Navalny says released from jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Sunday he had been released from the Moscow detention centre where he had served a 20-day term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin."Hi.

No pomp as Russia revolution centenary nears

Moscow - A century after its revolution shook the world, Russia strives to strike an odd balance between remembering the uprising that brought about the Soviet Union, while stopping short of romanticising regime change.

Suspected IS recruiter arrested in Saint Petersburg

Sanktpeterburg - A suspected Islamic State recruiter has been arrested in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, officials said Friday.

Russian minister keeps doctorate despite plagiarism claims

Moscow - Russia's conservative culture minister will be allowed to keep his doctorate in medieval history, the country's top academic body ruled Friday, despite widespread accusations of plagiarism and inaccuracy.

Putin threatens retaliation if RT channel is targeted by US

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow will retaliate if the United States takes measures against Kremlin-controlled media group RT.

Putin claims Western 'double standards' over Catalan crisis

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the Catalan crisis was Spain's internal affair but slammed what he called Western double standards over separatist movements."Russia's position is known here.

Five things to know about Kremlin candidate Ksenia Sobchak

Moscow - Ksenia Sobchak, who has surprised Russia by declaring herself a candidate in next year's presidential election, has repeatedly reinvented herself, from privileged party girl to reality TV show host before diving into politics and independent journalism...

Kremlin bids to sex up 2018 polls with 'It Girl': analysts

Moscow - A Russian socialite-turned-liberal journalist stunned many six years ago when she joined mass protests against Vladimir Putin.

World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

Moscow - Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world's deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat.

Russian 'It Girl' Ksenia Sobchak announces Kremlin bid

Moscow - Russian journalist, former reality show host and socialite Ksenia Sobchak announced Wednesday that she intends to stand for president in 2018 as an opposition candidate."My name is Ksenia Sobchak.

Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing

Moscow - A manned Soyuz rocket suffered a partial loss of pressure as it returned to Earth earlier this year, Russia's space agency said Wednesday, in the latest glitch to hit the country's space industry.

'Don't hit' foreign fans, Russian Cup mayor tells locals

Moscow - The mayor of the Russian World Cup host city of Kaliningrad advised locals Wednesday to leave the city on match days -- and not to hit fans."Be hospitable and friendly -- don't hit anyone," said the city's mayor Alexander Yaroshuk.

Russian court extends house arrest of top director

Moscow - A Russian court on Tuesday extended the house arrest of acclaimed theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, in a controversial fraud case that has shocked the arts community.

Kremlin foe Navalny can run for president 'after 2028'

Moscow - Vladimir Putin's top critic Alexei Navalny will only be able to run for president after 2028, the head of the Russian Central Election Commission said on Tuesday.

Gay Russian speaks out on police torture in Chechnya

Moscow - A gay man living in Chechnya on Monday went public to describe his detention and torture by police during a crackdown on homosexuals in the region ruled by strongman Ramzan Kadryov.

Russia hosts Soviet-style youth festival as Putin woos under-30s

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin is on Sunday expected to speak at a youth festival launched in the Soviet era, in his latest effort to appeal to young Russians ahead of the presidential election next year.

Moscow slams Trump's Iran strategy, hopes nuclear deal intact

Moscow - Russia's foreign ministry criticised the new tougher Iran strategy announced by US President Donald Trump on Friday, accusing him of using "aggressive and threatening rhetoric".

Kremlin warns US against ditching Iran nuclear deal

Moscow - The Kremlin warned Washington on Friday that abandoning the Iran nuclear deal would be a heavy blow to international relations and non-proliferation efforts.
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