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Court charges Nemtsov suspects with contract killing

Moscow - All five suspects being held over the brazen murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov have been charged with taking part in a contract killing, a Moscow court said Tuesday.

Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Moscow - Russia's culture ministry said Monday it fired a theatre director for offending Orthodox believers with a radical staging of a Wagner opera, whose posters showed a crucifixion scene between a naked woman's legs.

Polunin soars to Hozier's multi-viral video, 'Take Me to Church'

Ukrainian's international prince of dance, Sergei Polunin, performed a mesmerizing interpretation to Hozier's 2015 Grammy-nominated, "Take Me to Church." Filmed by the famous and daring photographer David LaChapelle, it is going viral.

Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA

Moscow - Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024.

Vandals destroy memorial to murdered Russian opposition leader

Moscow - Vandals Saturday destroyed an improvised memorial created by supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot a month ago, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported Saturday.

Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine.

The Trans-Eurasian Beltway could become a reality

The possibility that we could travel overland from New York to Moscow could become a reality, if the head of government-owned Russian Railways has anything to say. The 20,000 km (12,427 miles) superhighway would cost trillions of dollars.

Russia fines Sakharov rights centre as 'foreign agent'

Moscow - A Moscow court on Monday fined the prominent Sakharov Centre, a human rights group seeking to preserve the legacy of a Nobel Prize-winning Soviet-era dissident, for failing to declare itself a "foreign agent".

Russia has 'more right' to Crimea than UK to Falklands, says Moscow

Moscow - Russia has more claim to Crimea than Britain has to the Falkland Islands, a senior Russian lawmaker insisted Sunday as London again denounced Moscow's "illegal annexation" of the peninsula.

European far-right groups back Putin at Russia forum

Saint Petersburg - Representatives of about a dozen far-right groups from across Europe gathered in Russia Sunday for a pro-Kremlin conference as concern grows over Moscow's alleged attempts to court extremists on the continent.

Crimea plans to launch own airline

Moscow - Authorities in Crimea said they plan to set up an airline to facilitate connections with Russia and encourage tourism in the picturesque Black Sea peninsula, a year after the Ukrainian territory was annexed by Moscow.

Russia says ending huge military drills that rattled West

Moscow - Russia said it was ending military drills Saturday that saw over 80,000 troops mobilised from the Pacific to the Black Sea in a show of force amid tensions with the West.

Putin stages military drills in game of 'brinkmanship' with West

Moscow - Mammoth Russian military drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin from the Pacific to the Black Sea are designed to send a message to the West: keep your distance and don't overplay your hand on Ukraine, observers say.

West rains on Putin's WWII parade as Ukraine crisis takes toll

Moscow - Seventy years ago they crushed Nazi Germany together but raging tensions over Ukraine mean Russia's former World War II allies in the West will snub the Kremlin's showcase victory anniversary celebrations.

Russia stirs anger with South Ossetia 'annexation' deal

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday signed a wide-ranging alliance with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia that will further cement its control over the territory despite fierce condemnation from the West.

Russia marks Crimea annexation anniversary

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday triumphantly joined tens of thousands of supporters to mark one year since his takeover of Crimea, a seismic shift that shattered ties with Ukraine and the West.

Russia says Ukraine law on autonomy violates peace deal

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday condemned Ukraine for ratifying two bills on greater autonomy for the rebel-held east, saying they "grossly violated" a fragile peace deal.

Russian MPs refuse to hold minute's silence for murdered Nemtsov

Moscow - Russia's lower house of parliament on Tuesday refused to hold a minute's silence for murdered opposition activist Boris Nemtsov, with only two lawmakers standing in a show of respect.

Ukraine pilot detained in Russia resumes hunger strike

Moscow - A female Ukrainian pilot detained in Russia on murder charges that Kiev says are politically motivated restarted a hunger strike Monday that officials have warned could kill her, her lawyer told AFP.

Putin laughs off 'rumours' over his 10-day absence

Saint Petersburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed days of frenzied "rumours" over his health and whereabouts as he reappeared in public after an unusually long 10-day absence.
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