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Russia orders closure of Navalny campaign fund

Moscow - Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Monday suffered a new blow in his bid to convince Russians to boycott March presidential polls when a court ordered the closure of the foundation behind his political activities.

Russia calls for diplomatic solution to Yemen conflict

Moscow - Russia on Monday called for an end to fighting in Yemen, saying there could be no military solution to the nearly four-year war between Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.

Kurds invited to join Syria peace congress in Sochi: Lavrov

Moscow - Russia said Monday it has invited Kurds to take part in an upcoming Syrian peace congress in Sochi despite a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

Russian FM says West's 'Russiaphobia' worse than during Cold War

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday said the West's "Russiaphobia" was worse than during the Cold War and warned that Moscow has "red lines" that should be respected."This Russiaphobia is unprecedented.

Russian FM says West's 'Russiaphobia' worse than during Cold War

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday said the West's "unprecedented Russiaphobia" was worse than at the height of the Cold War."This Russiaphobia is unprecedented.

Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupation

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday said it "regrets" a new Ukrainian law that formally recognises the conflict in the east of the country as a "temporary Russian occupation." "We regret this.

Russian police on trail of weapons cache find crocodile

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police searching a suspect's home for a weapons stash in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg were surprised to encounter a large crocodile living in the basement, city police said Friday.

Chechnya's last rights group feels heat from strongman Kadyrov

Moscow - A recent arson attack on Russian rights group Memorial and the arrest of its Chechnya head are the latest steps by Chechen authorities to quash dissent as strongman Ramzan Kadyrov's influence continues to grow, activists and observers told AFP.

Chechen police raid rights group for third time

Moscow - Chechen police raided the office of human rights group Memorial on Friday for the third time this week in connection to the internationally condemned arrest of its director, the group said in a statement.

Siberian teen wounds six in school axe attack

Moscow - A teenage boy injured six people, five of them minors, in an axe attack in a Siberian classroom on Friday, local authorities said, days after 15 were injured in a knife fight at another Russian school.

Putin takes icy plunge as Orthodox believers mark Epiphany

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin along with millions of Orthodox believers braved freezing temperatures to take a barechested plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus.

Russian police raid opposition leader Navalny's office

Sanktpeterburg - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday that police were raiding his campaign headquarters in Saint Petersburg as he pressed ahead with a call for a boycott of presidential polls.

Extreme cold snap hits Russia ahead of Epiphany icy plunges

Moscow - Temperatures in Siberia fell to extremely low levels on Thursday as Russian Christians prepared to plunge into ice holes in traditional celebrations marking the baptism of Jesus Christ.

A year of Trump fails to improve US-Russia ties

Moscow - Donald Trump said during his election campaign he wanted to improve relations between the US and Vladimir Putin's Russia. But a year on from his inauguration, ties between Washington and Moscow are at Cold War lows.

Alexei Navalny: Kremlin critic leading Russian 'voter strike'

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed, attacked, banned from state television and is now barred from standing in presidential elections this year that Vladimir Putin is all but certain to win.

Barred from election, Navalny vows to fight 'emperor' Putin

Moscow - The Kremlin's top critic Alexei Navalny has slammed Russia's March presidential election, in which he is barred from running, as a sham meant to "re-appoint" Vladimir Putin on his way to becoming "emperor for life".

Putin seeks to be 'emperor for life': Kremlin critic Navalny to AFP

Moscow - The Kremlin's top critic Alexei Navalny has slammed Russia's March presidential election, in which he is barred from running, as a sham meant to "re-appoint" Vladimir Putin on his way to becoming "emperor for life".

Siberian helicopter maker has eyes on India

Ulan-ude - As a helicopter buzzes in circles despite a blizzard, thousands are busy working in the huge hangars of a Siberia-based aircraft maker, eager to win a contract with India that would be a major coup for Russia's defence industry.

Russians cut back on drinking, smoking as fitness trend grows

Moscow - Russians are drinking less than at any point since the fall of the Soviet Union, figures show, as a raft of government measures bear fruit and healthy living becomes ever more fashionable.

Russia's RT broadcaster accuses France of rejecting journalists

Moscow - Russian state broadcaster RT on Monday accused France's presidency of turning away its journalists, saying employees from its new French-language channel were refused accreditation twice in a week.
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