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Siberian heatwave releases anthrax bacillus frozen for decades

Moscow - Thirteen members of a community in western Siberia have been hospitalized amid an outbreak of anthrax, reports the governor's office of the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region. Over 1,599 reindeer have died from the disease since last Sunday.

Russian snowplough driver admits guilt over Total boss jet crash

Moscow - A Russian snowplough driver on Thursday pleaded guilty to causing the fatal 2014 Moscow airport jet crash that killed the head of French oil giant Total.

Kremlin denies interfering in US election campaign

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday denied Moscow was interfering in the US election campaign after President Barack Obama refused to rule out that Russia could be trying to sway the vote in favour of Donald Trump.

Putin says absence of Russian stars damages Rio Games

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the absence of some Russian stars at the Rio Games would hit the quality of the competition.

Putin to meet Russia's dope-tainted Rio team

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin will meet members of Russia's Olympic team on Wednesday as the list of its athletes banned from the Rio Games over revelations of state-run doping soared above 100.

Suspects in murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov face jury trial

Moscow - Five suspects in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose killing unleashed global condemnation, will face a jury trial in Moscow, a court ruled Tuesday.

Kremlin dismisses U.S. Democratic email hack claims as 'absurd'

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind a hack of the Democratic National Committee's emails as absurd, mocking what it called obsessive references to Russia in the US presidential campaign.

Erdogan to visit Russia on August 9

Moscow - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on August 9 for his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin since Moscow and Ankara mended ties damaged by the downing of a Russian jet last year, Turkish officials said Tuesday.

Trial opens over murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov

Moscow - A Moscow military court on Monday began an initial closed-door hearing in the trial of the suspects in the shock murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov last year, a lawyer said.

FINA swift to act as IOC 'passes buck' on Russia

Moscow - The legal battle to compete in next month's Olympics began Monday as Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova was the first to appeal her exclusion from the Rio Games by swimming body FINA, acting on criteria set out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Doping scandal derails Putin's sports masterplan

Russia - President Vladimir Putin has pumped vast sums into sport to refashion Russia's image and bolster his personal prestige, but the scandal over state-run doping threatens to obliterate any successes.

Russia bids to avoid Rio ban as IOC reports new test failures

Moscow - Russia on Friday made a last-ditch bid to avoid a blanket ban at the Rio Games over state-run doping as a fresh batch of drug test failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 rocked the Olympics.

Putin insists 'no place' for doping in sport as Rio ban looms

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday insisted Russia was committed to wiping out doping in a last-ditch push to avoid a possible blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run drug cheating.

Moscow restarts air travel for Russians to Turkey

Russia - Moscow on Friday lifted a temporary ban on air travel for Russian citizens to Turkey imposed over fears of unrest after a failed coup in the country.

Russian wildfires put key climate resource at risk

Moscow - Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

Kremlin confirms Putin and Erdogan to meet in Russia in August

Moscow - The Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan plan to meet in Russia in early August."A meeting between Putin and Erdogan is being prepared and worked out.

Russia detains investigators over huge mob boss bribes

Moscow - Russia's security service on Tuesday detained senior investigators on suspicion of taking bribes of up to $1 million from mafia bosses in return for letting their cases drop.

Putin calls Erdogan, hopes for speedy return to stability

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, describing the attempted coup as unacceptable and voicing hope for a speedy return to stability.

Historic Russian ship returns to mooring after refit

Sanktpeterburg - Russian cruiser Aurora, whose salvo against the Winter Palace sounded the start of the 1917 revolution, returned to its mooring in Saint Petersburg Saturday after a year-and-a-half of restoration work.

Moscow calls on Turkey to avoid all 'bloodshed'

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Turkey to avoid all "bloodshed" as troops were on the streets of the country's major cities Friday amid reports of an attempted coup by the military.
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