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Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis."Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia.

Canada's Adonis Stevenson retains WBC light heavyweight title

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson retained his title on Friday with a a fifth round knockout victory over Russian challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Canada.

New U.S. sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

Moscow - New U.S. legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

Putin says economy will rebound as sanctions stiffen

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would soon recover from the worst financial crisis of his rule and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Currency crisis poses Putin his biggest challenge

Moscow - He crushed Chechnya's rebellion, pushed back Russia's frontiers and restored the pride of a nation humiliated by the demise of the Soviet Union.

Judge charged for planting drugs on woman who denied his advances

On Thursday, a former judge was found guilty on charges after he allegedly planted methamphetamine on a woman after she refused his sexual advances inside his chambers.

Russian central bank announces measures to support financial system 

Moscow - The Russian central bank announced Wednesday a series of measures aimed at "stabilising the financial system" following the plunge in the value of the ruble this week.

Spy row as Kremlin agent in Estonia tells all on Russian TV

Moscow - In a rare disclosure by a spy agency, Russia's secret service has revealed it had an agent inside the secret police of NATO neighbour Estonia for 15 years.

Op-Ed: No ringtones for ruble in Russia

Moscow - The Russian economy is collapsing and more sanctions are ahead. Apple halted online sales in Russia and Moscow began selling off reserve foreign currency.

Russia spends billions to prop up ruble

Moscow - Russia stepped up its defence of the ruble on Wednesday as it sought to halt a run on the currency and stem the worst financial crisis of President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power.

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phonecall early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.

So long Alps, hello Sochi: Ruble dive keeps Russians home

Saint Petersburg - Like many Russians, Maria Pchelkina enjoys winter holidays abroad, but the ruble crash means this time she'll swap the cottage she'd been eying in Finland for a staycation in Saint-Petersburg.

Russia grapples with shock ruble fall

Moscow - The Russian currency crashed to unprecedented lows Tuesday trading at 80 rubles to the dollar and 100 to the euro, testing Vladimir Putin's ability to ride out both the economic storm and his clash with the West.

Russians buying cheese like people bought weed in 1980s Brooklyn

Russia's economy is in free fall. Part of that is due to dramatically declining oil prices. And part of it is due to international sanctions against the country.

Russia says ruble slide 'critical', to take further measures

Moscow - The rapid slide of the ruble is a "critical situation" and the Russian central bank will take additional measures soon, the bank's first deputy chairman Sergei Shvetsov said Tuesday."The situation is critical.

Damage payments for Holocaust victims to increase

New York City - Compensation for Jewish survivors of the Holocaust will increase by as much as 20 percent under new agreements announced Monday by the international organization that distributes restitution to victims of Nazi atrocities during World War II.

HRW slams Russia for spiralling homophobic attacks

Moscow - Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm Monday over the rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin's government for "inaction" and urging a crackdown on hate crimes.

Review: 'The Nutcracker' shines and shimmers in Toronto Special

Toronto - Wonder, whimsy, delight, and fantasy — The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of 'The Nutcracker' is sheer delight. The production retains its splendor and beauty close to two decades years after making its debut.

Stray cat's nibbling at Vladivostok deli adds up to $1,000 loss

Vladivostok - In the deli at Vladivostok airport a stray cat managed to sneak under a gourmet fish counter and begin nibbling on the delicacies.

James Watson's Nobel prize returned

Russian entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov, who purchased James Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize medal last week, has returned the medal to the molecular biologist.
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