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Russian court to hear plea for files on vanished Swedish diplomat

Moscow - Russia on Thursday set a hearing date next month for descendants of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished after being jailed in the Stalin-era USSR, as they sue the security service for access to its archive.

Russia drops US neo-Nazi site from .ru domain

Moscow - Russia's internet watchdog said Thursday it had called on a domain provider to stop hosting the website of a US white supremacist group under fire following the Charlottesville violence.

Russian ex-minister accuses Putin ally at bribery trial

Moscow - Russia's ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Wednesday accused the head of state oil giant Rosneft, a powerful ally of President Vladimir Putin, of personally entrapping him as he is accused of taking a massive bribe.

Forget oil, Russia goes crazy for cryptocurrency

Moscow - Standing in a warehouse in a Moscow suburb, Dmitry Marinichev tries to speak over the deafening hum of hundreds of computers stacked on shelves hard at work mining for crypto money.

Chess: Kasparov suffers first loss in comeback event

Saint Louis - Chess legend Garry Kasparov on Tuesday suffered the first loss of his brief but highly anticipated comeback to the game, succumbing to fellow Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi and bringing his draw total to five.

Kiev says engine type 'used in N.Korea missiles' made for Russia

Kiev - Ukraine's space agency said Tuesday that an engine type reportedly used in North Korean missiles was made at a Ukrainian factory, but solely for use in space rockets supplied to Russia.

Chess legend Kasparov rolls back the years in competitive return

Saint Louis - Twelve years after trading chess for politics, Garry Kasparov proved Monday that time hadn't dulled his edge as he battled to a draw with a fellow Russian half his age in the opening game of a hotly anticipated comeback.

N.Korean missiles based on motor from ex-Soviet plant: report

Washington - North Korea's recent rapid progress in developing a long-range missile appears to have come after it refurbished rocket engines procured from a plant in the former Soviet Union, according to an expert report published Monday.

Russia says foiled IS-led suicide bomb attacks in Moscow

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service said Monday that it had captured a gang planning major attacks on Moscow transport networks and shopping centres, directed by members of the Islamic State jihadist group from Syria.

Mueller seeks interview with ex-White House top aide: report

Washington - US special prosecutor Robert Mueller is seeking an interview with ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus as he expands his probe of Russian interference in the November election, The New York Times reported Sunday.

'Chess god' Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later

Saint Louis - In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement -- if only briefly -- to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a "chess god.

Kasparov, the retired champ who can't give up chess

Saint Louis - Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics -- but he just can't seem to stay away from the chessboard.

Women to train as Russian air force pilots

Moscow - Female candidates are to be accepted for the first time to train as pilots for Russia's air force, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Saturday, adding there were so many applications that "we can't ignore them".

Trump thanks Putin for expelling US embassy staff

Bedminster - President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the US embassy in Moscow to slash its staff -- boasting that this would cut payroll costs.

Turkey detains Russian 'planning drone attack on US warplane'

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Thursday detained a Russian suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group for allegedly plotting a drone attack on an American warplane at a US base in southern Turkey.

Boycott Russian elections, says Kremlin critic Udaltsov

Moscow - Leftist Russian opposition politician Sergei Udaltsov, freed this week after completing a four-and-a-half-year prison term, on Thursday urged a boycott of next year's presidential elections, calling them "dishonest.

Ex-Trump campaign chief Manafort's home raided in Russia probe

Washington - FBI agents seized documents in a raid on a home of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort last month as the explosive probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election gains pace.

Indonesia, Russia to work together to fight terrorism

Jakarta - Indonesia and Russia pledged Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in cyber-security and counter-terrorism as concern grows about the spread of radicalism in Southeast Asia.

Georgia slams Putin's visit to Moscow-backed rebel region

Moscow - Georgia reacted furiously on Tuesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Moscow-backed separatist region of Abkhazia on the anniversary of the outbreak of a brief war between Tbilisi and Moscow.

Russian gang boss who slept with axe held in Spain

Madrid - A Russian gang boss who slept with an axe under his pillow because he feared a murder attempt has been detained in southern Spain, police said Tuesday.

Russian ex-minister protests innocence at corruption trial

Moscow - Russia's former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday insisted he was innocent as his high-profile bribery trial began in Moscow.

Russian ex-minister protests innocence at corruption trial

Moscow - Russia's former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday insisted he was innocent as he arrived for the start of his high-profile bribery trial in Moscow.

Anti-Kremlin activist Udaltsov freed from prison

Moscow - Russian political activist Sergei Udaltsov was released from prison on Tuesday after serving a sentence of four and a half years for organising anti-Kremlin protests, his wife said.

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

Jakarta - Indonesia said Tuesday it would trade palm oil, coffee and tea for Russian fighter jets, saying it wanted to capitalise on international sanctions on Moscow as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to arrive for a visit.

Two Pussy Riot members detained over protest in Siberian city

Moscow - Russian police on Monday detained for several hours two members of Pussy Riot after they staged a protest in support of a jailed Ukrainian filmmaker in a Siberian city.

Russia opens criminal probe as eight missing in diamond mine

Moscow - Rescuers on Monday desperately tried to contact eight miners missing in a flooded Siberian diamond mine as investigators opened a probe into suspected violations of safety rules.

Russia's diamond giant says 9 missing after mine flooded

Moscow - Rescuers at one of Russia's largest diamond mines were searching late into the night on Friday for nine miners still unaccounted for after water leaked into an underground shaft with more than 100 workers inside.

EU slaps new sanctions on Russia over Crimea turbines

Brussels - The EU expanded its Russia sanctions blacklist Friday, targeting three people including the deputy energy minister and three companies involved in diverting gas turbines sold by German firm Siemens to Russian-annexed Crimea.

Russia's diamond giant says 9 missing after mine flooded

Moscow - Rescuers at one of Russia's largest diamond mines were searching Friday for 9 miners still unaccounted for after water leaked into an underground shaft with more than 100 workers inside.

Kremlin agrees with Trump that Russia-US ties at dangerous low

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday said it agreed with President Donald Trump's assessment that US-Russian ties were at an all-time and very dangerous low.
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