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Museum of Russian impressionist art opens in Moscow

Moscow - A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country's little-known art movement to a global audience.

Russia activists struggle to raise HIV awareness as epidemic grows

Moscow - Vadim Pokrovsky stunned hundreds of students at a conference in Moscow last week when he reached into his pocket and took out a condom."And you, the young generation, how do you protect yourselves from HIV?

Russian artist Pavlensky gives prize money to anti-police guerrillas

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who is on trial for torching the door of the security service headquarters, said Friday he would give his prize money from a prestigious award to a group of vigilantes serving life sentences.

Russia to extend Western food ban to 2018: PM

Moscow - Russia plans to extend its embargo on Western food products by a year and a half, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, as the European Union prepares to debate renewing sanctions against Moscow.

Russia to raise military presence on disputed Kuril islands

Moscow - Russia said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military presence on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan, including plans to set up a new base on an uninhabited island.

Georgia's rebel region to vote on joining Russia in 2017: Official

Moscow - Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining Russia next year, its president and parliament speaker said in a statement Thursday.

Putin says relatives of killed journalists asked for Savchenko pardon

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the relatives of two Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine had asked him to pardon Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, convicted of complicity in their deaths.

Two Russian prisoners, swapped for Ukrainian pilot, land in Moscow

Moscow - Two alleged Russian soldiers who were sentenced to 14 years in prison by Kiev for fighting alongside rebels in eastern Ukraine landed in Moscow on Wednesday in a swap for Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, Russian television showed.

US rejects Russian proposal for joint air strikes on Syria

Moscow - Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the Pentagon swiftly rejected.

Artistic dissent alive in Russia despite crackdown

Moscow - Clad in a rather unpresidential blue parka and jeans, Roman Roslovtsev unfurls a rubber mask of Vladimir Putin and pulls it over his head. He then holds up his protest poster and walks towards the Kremlin.

Russian artist refuses to testify at trial for torching security service HQ

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky refused to testify in court on Wednesday at the first full hearing of his trial for setting fire to the security service headquarters in a political protest.

Jailed Russian artist Pavlensky says guards cracked rib in beating

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who is on trial for setting fire to the security service headquarters in a protest, on Tuesday accused guards of beating him and cracking his rib.

'Soviet chic' restaurant favoured by KGB spies reopens in Moscow

Moscow - Moscow's Aragvi restaurant, once the legendary haunt of KGB spies and cosmonauts, has reopened with its Soviet-era grandeur restored.

Russian officials say North Korea released detained yacht

Moscow - A Russian yacht detained by North Korean coast guards was released Sunday and has set sail for the far-eastern city of Vladivostok, Russian officials said.

Sore Russian officials bash Ukraine Eurovision win

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Sunday lashed out at arch-rival Ukraine's "political" victory in the Eurovision song contest, as one pro-Kremlin paper insisted Moscow's entrant was robbed.

Three killed in mass brawl at Moscow cemetery

Moscow - At least three people were killed Saturday when a mass brawl involving hundreds of men broke out at a Moscow cemetery, officials said.

Russia says yacht detained by North Korea

Moscow - A Russian yacht has been detained by North Korean coastguards in the Sea of Japan and towed in to land with five crew members on board, Russian officials said Saturday.

Editors quit Russian media group after Putin family reports

Moscow - Three top editors at a top Russian media group which has reported on the business interests of President Vladimir Putin's family quit Friday, in the latest blow to the country's beleaguered media industry.

High-speed railway planned to link China and Russia

A high-speed railway linking China and Russia is now being planned and representatives from both countries will soon meet for the project’s formal agreement.

Russia denies state-run doping at showcase Sochi games

Moscow - Russia on Friday denied what it called unsubstantiated claims of a vast state-run doping programme during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi seen by many as a triumph for Vladimir Putin.
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