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A million rare documents damaged in Moscow library blaze

Moscow - A fire that ripped through one of Russia's largest university libraries is believed to have damaged over one million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural "Chernobyl.

Why is mother of 7 Svetlana Davydova imprisoned now in Russia?

Vyazma - As Russia continues to deny troop deployments in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a mother of seven is arrested on suspicion of treason for a phone call made nine months ago.

Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

Moscow - A mother of seven has been accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian embassy about Russian troop movements in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighbouring state.

Gorbachev warns of risk of armed conflict in new Cold War

Moscow - The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict.

FBI arrests three Russian spies trying to recruit students

New York City - A Russian spy ring consisting of three intelligence operatives with a Russian intelligence agency was broken Monday when the men were charged with collecting economic intelligence and attempting to recruit spies at a New York City university.

Woman eats pig to avoid paying child support

A woman in Russia faces up to two years in jail because she ate her own pig in an attempt to avoid paying child support.

Which North Korean leader is visiting Moscow?

Moscow - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accepted an invitation from Moscow to visit Russia in May for the celebration of the Soviet victory over Germany in WWII. This will be Kim Jong Un's first visit outside his country.

Syria talks start in Moscow as West's approach alters

Moscow - Syrian opposition figures and representatives of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began talks in Moscow Wednesday but there was little hope that they would make a breakthrough in ending the country's brutal war.

Kremlin confirms North Korea's Kim to visit Moscow in May

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will attend World War II ceremonies in Moscow in May, in what would be his first foreign trip since taking power in 2011.

Moscow blasts U.S. spy arrest as part of 'anti-Russian campaign'

Moscow - Moscow on Tuesday blasted the United States over the arrest of an alleged Russian spy, condemning the move as a "provocation" that would further damage already tattered ties.

Putin lauds Soviet army at Moscow's Auschwitz ceremony

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history and lauded the Red Army at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Russian riot police raid Crimean Tatar TV channel

Moscow - Masked Russian riot police on Monday raided the office of a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, a minority ethnic group in Crimea that opposed Moscow's seizure of the peninsula from Ukraine last year.

Putin brands Ukraine army a NATO proxy as fighting flares

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Monday ridiculed the Ukrainian army as NATO's "foreign legion", ignoring Western pressure on the Kremlin to rein in a pro-Russian insurgency that has gone on the offensive across eastern Ukraine.

Lavrov blames upsurge in Ukraine fighting on Kiev troops

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking to his US counterpart John Kerry on Sunday, blamed the upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine on government forces he said were "constantly" shelling towns.

Not by bread alone: Russians urged to go without for Putin

Moscow - Eat less, use beetroot instead of lipstick, swap French lingerie for Russian-made cotton panties and remember that hardships are a test from God.

Snowden: Govts can monitor users via secret spyware in iPhones

Moscow - Tucked inside the iPhone is secret spyware that lets governments spy on unsuspecting users, Edward Snowden said recently. Snowden's lawyer says this is why the NSA whistleblower doesn't use these phones, which can be remotely activated to watch users.

Seventy years on, a 'Soviet' liberator of Auschwitz remembers

Moscow - It was the silence, the smell of ashes and the boundless surrounding expanse that struck Soviet soldier Ivan Martynushkin when his unit arrived in January 1945 to liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

Founder of Russian gay teen site convicted of 'propaganda'

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday convicted a journalist who set up a website to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers under a controversial law banning "gay propaganda" aimed at minors.

West trying to throttle Russia's economy, overthrow Putin: Kremlin

Moscow - Western countries are trying to use the Ukraine conflict to topple President Vladimir Putin and wreck Russia's economy, the president's spokesman said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Thousands from ex-Soviet Central Asia 'fighting for Islamic State'

Moscow - Up to four thousand people from Muslim former Soviet Central Asian countries are believed to have joined Islamic State jihadists, a report published on Tuesday said.
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