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Russia marks three years since Crimea takeover

Moscow - Russia on Saturday marked a low-key third anniversary of the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, as Kiev blasted the annexation of the strategic Black Sea peninsula as a "crime".

Kremlin denies involvement after Yahoo cyberattack charges

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday denied any official Russian involvement in cybercrimes after the US indicted two FSB intelligence agents over cyberattacks on Yahoo that compromised 500 million accounts.

Merkel visit to Russia lined up: Kremlin

Moscow - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to visit Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin set to cover the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Russia conflicted on how to mark 100 years since revolutions

Moscow - It was the year that ended centuries of royal rule, brought two revolutions, ushered in Soviet domination and changed the course of Russian history irrevocably.

Russian blogger goes on trial for hunting Pokemon in church

Moscow - Russia put a blogger on trial Monday on charges of offending religious believers and fomenting hatred by posting a video online that showed him hunting Pokemon in a church.

Hotel gives advice on what to do if their guests are kidnapped

Rostov - A Manchester United fan was surprised when he found paperwork in his hotel room. The paperwork included advice on what to do if you are kidnapped.

Putin, Erdogan hail mended ties

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday announced the "normalisation" of ties between their nations, damaged by Ankara downing one of Moscow's warplanes in 2015.

Russian dissident Dadin detained at first protest after release from jail

Moscow - Russian anti-Kremlin activist Ildar Dadin, who was jailed for peaceful protests in a legal precedent, was briefly detained Friday at his first demonstration since his surprise release last month, local media reported.

Op-Ed: Canadian cabinet minister claims Russian disinformation campaign

Ottawa - At a recent news conference Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada would extend its training mission to the Ukraine.

Fearing hackers, Russia's top diplomat leaves phone at home

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that he did not bring his smartphone to talks on "sensitive issues" to avoid being hacked, days after WikiLeaks exposed a CIA hacking programme.

Feminist activists detained over Kremlin protest

Moscow - A group of feminist activists was detained in Moscow on Wednesday -- International Women's Day -- after protesting inside the tightly guarded Kremlin with banners calling for an end to male rule.

Development plan raises fears for Moscow Le Corbusier gem

Moscow - A striking combination of glass, curves and straight lines -- the Tsentrosoyuz building in downtown Moscow stands as a monument to modernist architecture and the genius of its famed designer Le Corbusier.

Ceasefire announced in Syria's Eastern Ghouta: Russia

Moscow - A ceasefire has been declared in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, a rebel bastion near Damascus, to run from midnight last Sunday to March 20, Russia's defence ministry said.

Russia's hidden sex workers risk violence and disease

Sanktpeterburg - Vladimir Putin recently quipped that Russian prostitutes are "the best in the world" as he dismissed unsubstantiated rumours that Moscow had incriminating evidence on Donald Trump.

After prison ordeal, Russian dissident vows to battle on

Moscow - It was a few minutes after the prison guards hung him up by his shackled wrists, blindfolded, that Ildar Dadin says he began to crack.

Russian MP calls Disney's 'Beauty and Beast' gay propaganda

Moscow - An ultra-conservative Russian lawmaker on Saturday urged the culture ministry to check Disney's upcoming film "Beauty and the Beast" for possible breaches of a law banning "gay propaganda".

Russia, NATO in first high-level military talks since freeze

Moscow - Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on Friday held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the defence ministry in Moscow said.

Russia urges 'national dialogue' at Libya PM meeting

Moscow - Russia's foreign minister on Thursday pushed an "inclusive national dialogue" in Libya at talks with its UN-backed premier that came after his key rival sought to boost ties with Moscow.

Kremlin critic Navalny links Medvedev to property empire

Moscow - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Thursday accused Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire including mansions, yachts and vineyards financed by oligarchs through a network of shadowy non-profit organisations.

Surviving Russia's winter a grim triumph for homeless

Sanktpeterburg - As the fierce winter drags towards an end in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, Eduard Okuniyev is counting himself lucky to still be alive.
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