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Putin supports far-right to divide Europe: EU's Timmermans

Madrid - Vladimir Putin is cozying up to the far-right to divide Europe, the European Commission's Vice President Frans Timmermans said Thursday, a week after France's Marine Le Pen met with the Russian leader.

Senators voice alarm over Russian election interference

Washington - US senators warned Thursday of Russia's "unprecedented" threat to American and European democratic institutions Thursday as they opened their first public hearing into Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Putin says protesters in unauthorised rallies 'must be punished'

Moscow - Russsian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday insisted that participants in unauthorised protests must be punished after anti-corruption rallies across the country at the weekend ended in mass arrests.

Putin says will be 'glad' to meet Trump when scandals over

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denounced the scandals over Donald Trump's ties to Moscow, adding that he would be happy to meet with his US counterpart this year.

Kremlin critic urges US ties to Russia's democracy movement

Washington - A fierce Russian opponent of President Vladimir Putin who was poisoned in his homeland told US lawmakers Wednesday it was imperative that Washington remain engaged with that country's pro-democracy movement.

Russian truck drivers strike against road tax

Moscow - Hundreds of truck drivers across Russia have stopped working, demanding that the government repeals a controversial transport levy, a coordinator told AFP Wednesday.

On Siberia native land, oil doesn't take 'no' for an answer

Russia - The Sopochin family has seen oil majors gradually encroach on the land in Siberia where they have herded reindeer for generations, but the latest project has made them draw the line.

Russia, Iran ink economic deals as Rouhani visits Moscow

Moscow - Russia signed Tuesday a string of bilateral agreements with Iran as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first official visit to Moscow.

New NATO-Russia talks on eve of Tillerson visit

Brussels - NATO ambassadors will meet the Russian envoy on Thursday in a new bid to ease tensions on the eve of the alliance's first talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

New NATO-Russia talks on eve of Tillerson visit

Brussels - NATO ambassadors will meet the Russian envoy on Thursday in a new bid to ease tensions on the eve of the alliance's first talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

New NATO-Russia talks on eve of Tillerson visit

Brussels - NATO ambassadors will meet the Russian envoy on Thursday in a new bid to ease tensions on the eve of the alliance's first talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Russia's largest bank pulls out of Ukraine

Moscow - Russia's Sberbank, the largest in the country, on Tuesday announced it had sold its Ukraine division, where operations have been complicated since Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

US Senate advances approval of Montenegro into NATO

Washington - The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to advance the approval of Montenegro as the newest member of NATO, in what supporters of the alliance's expansion argue would send a stern message to Russia.

Kremlin livid as generation born under Putin flocks to protests

Moscow - At the age of 16, Darya Moroz is too young to vote in Russia but she sneaked out to join the opposition protest in Moscow on Sunday -- without telling her parents.

Trump son-in-law Kushner to face Russia investigation panel

Washington - Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner will appear before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the US election, the White House said Monday.

Alexei Navalny: Russia's web-savvy anti-corruption campaigner

Moscow - Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Alexei Navalny: Russia's web-savvy anti-corruption campaigner

Moscow - Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Alexei Navalny: Russia's web-savvy anti-corruption campaigner

Moscow - Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Kremlin critic Navalny gets 15 days in jail after protest

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days behind bars and fined Monday after staging the biggest anti-corruption protests in years, an act branded a "provocation" by the Kremlin.

Between the lines: historians put Stalin-era diaries online

Moscow - Tatiana Panova holds a photograph of her great-grandfather as a solemn-faced student in 1923 in the Soviet Union, around 16 years before he died in a prison camp during the Stalin purges.

Between the lines: historians put Stalin-era diaries online

Moscow - Tatiana Panova holds a photograph of her great-grandfather as a solemn-faced student in 1923 in the Soviet Union, around 16 years before he died in a prison camp during the Stalin purges.

Opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

Moscow - Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption.

Russia set to repay all Soviet Union's foreign debt

Moscow - A quarter of a century after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is finally set to pay off all the foreign debt it inherited from the vanished Communist empire.

Russia spurns French claim IS bastion Raqa 'surrounded'

Moscow - Russia's army on Saturday dismissed a French claim that Raqa, the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria, was surrounded by troops who were poised to storm it, saying it had "no relation to reality.

Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base

Moscow - Six Russian soldiers were killed in Chechnya Friday when gunmen tried to storm their base in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Pro-Russian MP says Montenegro coup bid an 'invention'

Podgorica - A pro-Russian lawmaker accused of involvement in an alleged coup attempt in Montenegro that authorities say was meant to hobble the country's bid to join NATO has denounced the claims as invented.

Putin meets France's Le Pen in Moscow

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin met French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen as she visited Moscow on Friday, with the Russian leader stressing that the Kremlin does not meddle in France's politics.

Erdogan: I'll keep up 'Nazi' taunts if I'm called 'dictator'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday he will keep up his 'Nazi" taunts targeting European leaders as long as they keep on calling him a "dictator".

Russia 'perhaps' supplying Taliban: NATO commander

Washington - Russia is "perhaps" supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday.

France's Le Pen to visit Moscow Friday

Moscow - French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will on Friday visit Moscow to meet with lawmakers, Russia's parliament said Thursday.
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