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Moscow's $2 billion makeover leaves some residents cold

Moscow - An ambitious project to make central Moscow more pedestrian friendly has drawn mixed reactions from the city's residents: some love the upgrade, others worry the soul is being ripped out of historic neighbourhoods.

Catch 'em all: Russian historical figures version

The city of Moscow launched a limited version of "Know. Moscow. Photo," an augmented-reality app for iOS and Android with a striking similarity to Pokémon Go, on Monday.

This prehistoric puppy tells the story of canine evolution

Frozen in Siberian permafrost, this puppy died more than 12,000 years ago and is remarkably well-preserved. In fact, it's so well-preserved that scientists have performed an autopsy, in the hopes that it will solve the mysteries of canine evolution.

Bashar al-Assad’s Moscow visit upsets United States

Moscow - The United States disapproved Moscow’s "red-carpet welcome” to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and questioned Russia’s intentions about the political transition in Syria.

New book shows Russia through the looking glass Special

Edinburgh - “Moscow was an exciting place to be for a 24-year old. It was an oil boom and bust town. You could go around the block and the city would be transformed by the time you came back.”

An extraordinary Russian pianist wins Tchaikovsky competition

Moscow - Over the past two weeks, 120 candidates from around the globe competed in Moscow at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition. The youngest contestant was 16, the oldest 32.

Russia accuses Ukraine, West of distorting peace deal

Moscow - Russia on Saturday accused Kiev and Western nations of distorting a Ukraine peace agreement hours before it was to take effect and as fighting raged in the east of the country."Ukraine's official representatives...

World leaders huddle in Minsk over Ukraine peace summit

Minsk - Amid a history of failed negotiations and a looming civil war in Ukraine, world leaders huddled together in Belarus to prevent a bloody confrontation between the West and Russia that has already claimed thousands of lives.

Russia agrees to separate warring factions in Ukraine

Minsk - Russian Federation negotiators have agreed to a deal to keep Ukraine's armed forces from attacking anti-government separatists believed to be supported by Moscow.

Ukraine could block convoy from Moscow bringing aid to rebels

Kiev - Kiev is threatening to block a convoy of trucks bringing aid supplies from the Russian Federation to besieged anti-government protesters in eastern Ukraine.

Rescuers fight to help crash victims in Moscow's deepest metro

Moscow - In a small park near Moscow's Victory Park metro station, five medics huddled around a man stretched out on the grass.

21 dead, scores injured in Moscow metro crash

Moscow - Twenty-one people died and scores more were injured after a train derailed in Moscow's packed metro during morning rush hour on Tuesday in the worst accident ever to hit one of the world's busiest subways.

Ten people dead in Moscow metro accident: city authorities

Moscow - Ten people died on Tuesday after a Moscow metro train derailed, the city's deputy mayor Pyotr Biryukov told journalists at the scene.

U.S. blames Russia for unrest in Ukraine

Washington - The United States accused Russia on Tuesday of fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, possibly as a prelude to invasion of its neighbor.

Russia warns use of force could tip Ukraine into civil war

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday warned Kiev that any use of force in Ukraine's east, where pro-Kremlin militants have seized government buildings in several cities, could tip the country into civil war.

Protesters declare pro-Moscow republic in eastern Ukraine

Anti-government protesters in eastern Ukraine took over the regional assembly building in Donetsk, declared a republic independent of Kiev and begged Russia for military support.

50,000 rally in Moscow against Crimea intervention

Moscow - Around 50,000 people marched through central Moscow on Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule.Waving Ukrainian and Russian flags and adopting the chants of Ukraine'...

50,000 rally in Moscow against Crimea action: AFP estimate

Moscow - Around 50,000 people rallied Saturday in central Moscow in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula is expected to vote on switching to Kremlin rule, an AFP team estimated.Many of the protesters adopted the chants...

Photo Essay: Riding the Russian train Special

Moscow - If you travel to Russia, you must ride the Russian train from Moscow to Samara. It's inexpensive, friendly, and full of surprises.

Op-Ed: Moscow tells Louis Vuitton to pack his suitcase and move

While art may be in the eye of the beholder, when it is so huge and well, big and brown, it may be looked on as an eyesore. And for many Muscovites, the suitcase sitting in Red Square, so close to Lenin's Tomb, is nothing less than a sacrilege.

Anti-doping lab for Sochi Winter Olympics may lose accreditation

With less than three months before the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia's only World Anti-doping Agency approved laboratory could lose its accreditation because of unacceptable test results during a routine evaluation process.

Video: Free ticket to ride on the Moscow metro for squats

Moscow - The Moscow metro in Russia has come up with a novel way to get the public fitter. They are offering free single-trip tickets to passengers who can perform 30 squats in front of the machine.

Edward Snowden receives coveted 2013 Sam Adams Award (video)

Moscow - Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, has received the Sam Adams Award for 'Integrity in Intelligence' in Moscow from a group of fellow whistleblowers. The group is interviewed on the video. Snowden's father is also in town visiting his son.

Op-Ed: Bolt dominates World Championships in Moscow

The legendary Usain Lightning Bolt dominates another World Championship. Bolt won the 100-meter dash in 9.77 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 19.66 seconds, and the 400-meter relays in 37.36 seconds. Bolt will remain undefeated for the next few years.

Ed Snowden gets entry papers for Russia, leaves Moscow airport

Moscow - Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower has been issued papers to allow him into Russian territory, according to his legal representative. Reportedly, he has already left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. (Updated).

'Lo siento': Spain apologizes to Bolivia over Evo Morales debacle

La Paz - In the wake of the problems caused by various European countries believing NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, was on board the Bolivian president's plane recently, Spain has now officially apologized for its part in the whole mess.

Statement to Human Rights organizations by Edward Snowden

Moscow - A statement was delivered by Edward Joseph Snowden to human rights organizations and individuals at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport today, as he states that he is applying for asylum in Russia.

NSA whistleblower Snowden applies for asylum in 21 countries

Moscow - While Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, languishes in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, he has now sent out a number of requests for asylum or asylum assistance, bringing a total of 21 countries approached by him.

Putin: Snowden in Moscow airport transit zone, no extradition

Moscow - As far as Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, is concerned, Edward Snowden remains in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. He is not officially on Russian soil, cannot enter Russia without a visa, and the country will not extradite him.

Assange: Snowden 'safe and healthy' — did not disclose location

Moscow - While mystery currently surrounds the location of the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, reportedly heading to Cuba for onward travel to Ecuador, but not seen on the plane, we hear that he is safe and well. Updated with video.
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The Bolshoi Theater, taken after the latest renovation work in 2011.
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Moscow at night.
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View of the Moscow Kremlin, the heart of Russian power.
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Two gas cylinders exploded on the balcony of an apartment in Moscow causing a fire.
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Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow
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S300 missile defense system
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Rescuers and paramedics use a helicopter to evacuate passengers injured as several metro cars derailed in Moscow, on July 15, 2014
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Three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot on trial in Moscow
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The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Gala concert at St. Petersburg with Valery Gergiev conducting Mariinsky orchestra, July 3, 2015.
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One of the passengers injured as several subway cars derailed on the Moscow metro on July 15, 2014 speaks by his mobile after being rescued and treated by paramedics
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Five Russian daredevils climb Europe s tallest building in Moscow.
Five Russian daredevils climb Europe's tallest building in Moscow.
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Pro-Russia demonstrators protest in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk last month.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the gala concert of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition at the Moscow Conservatory, July 2, 2015.
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More than 9,000 people have been killed since a Moscow-backed insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine in April 2014
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Edward Snowden receives the 2013 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.
Edward Snowden receives the 2013 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.
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I stood at Red Square on a rainy evening and saw Saint Basil's Cathedral in front of me and the Kremlin to my right
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Hotel Cosmos in Moscow
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My first Russian train was this little one that went from the Moscow airport to downtown Moscow