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Russia battles wildfires amid record warm weather

Jul 11, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Russia's Aerial Forest Protection Service says firefighters are using explosives to contain the fires, and cloud seeding with silver iodide to encourage rain

HOTTER THAN EVER. Wildfires consumes an entire forest. Photo from Wikicommons

Netherlands takes Russia to European court over MH17 downing

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The Dutch government's move is designed to support cases brought by the relatives of dozens of victims to the European Court of Human Rights

MH17. A picture taken on November 7, 2014, shows a part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Russia charges governor over murders, sparking party fury

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:05 AM

More than 30,000 people sign a petition supporting him after his arrest

Russia tells U.S. to 'mind own business' over media freedom

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The spokeswoman for the US embassy in Moscow tweets: 'Watching arrest after arrest of Russian journalists – it's starting to look like a concerted campaign against #MediaFreedom'

ARRESTED. Ivan Safronov, a former journalist and aide to the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, detained on charges of treason for divulging state military secrets, stands inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow on July 7, 2020. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia detains ex-defense reporter for treason

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:31 AM

'The case against Ivan Safronov is an absolutely new level of repression against journalism in the country,' says security analyst Andrei Soldatov

DETAINED. Ivan Safronov, a former journalist and aide to the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, is escorted inside a court building after being detained on charges of treason for divulging state military secrets, Moscow, July 7, 2020. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia will impose counter-sanctions on UK – Kremlin

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:43 PM

'We can only regret such unfriendly measures,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says after London blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / SERGEI GUNEEV (Photo by SERGEI GUNEEV / RIA NOVOSTI / AFP)

Russians, Saudis top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'These sanctions are a forensic tool, they allow us to target perpetrators without punishing the wider people of a country that may be affected,' says Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

SANCTIONS. In this file photo, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at 10 Downing street for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Russian journalist avoids jail but given huge fine in 'terror' case

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:32 AM

'The biggest success is that I was not forbidden from working in my profession,' the journalist tells the crowd, sporting a T-shirt that says 'We will not shut up'

A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. - Thousands of people rallied against Russia's increasingly restrictive internet policies which some say will eventually lead to "total censorship" and isolate the country from the world. The mass rally in Moscow and smaller events in other cities across the country was called after the Russian lower house of parliament backed a bill to stop Russian internet traffic from being routed on foreign servers, in a bit to boost cybersecurity. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Russia announces virus deaths exceed 10,000

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The country's death toll is much lower than in other countries with large outbreaks, raising questions over possible underreporting of deaths

DISINFECTION. A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfects Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on May 19, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP

Supreme Court to decide on release of secret Mueller evidence, after election

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The House panel continues to investigate Trump for impeachment in relation to alleged collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice in that case

Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Putin triumphant as critics slam vote extending his rule

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities claim that only the autonomous Nenets region in the Russian Arctic came out against the reforms, with 55.25% of voters opposing the changes

'TRIUMPH.' This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attending the Commonwealth of Independent States leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. File photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The conference comes at a time when Russia-Turkey relations are tense not just over Syria but also Libya, another theater of war where Moscow and Ankara support opposing fighters

COOPERATION. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on July 1, 2020, shows President Hassan Rouhani (R), accompanied by the Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif (2-R) who is mask-clad due to the coronavirus pandemic and other officials, attending by video conference a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Turkey and Russia on the topic of Syria, in the Iranian capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Russian voters back reforms allowing Putin to stay until 2036

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny slams the results as a 'huge lie' that did not reflect real public opinion

EXTENDED RULE? In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

White House says Trump 'does read' intel briefs

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:59 AM

'The president is the most informed person on planet Earth when it comes to the threats that we face,' says White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

GRIMACE. US President Donald Trump looks on prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Putin urges Russians to vote for security, prosperity

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:15 PM

President Vladimir Putin says Russians should vote for the country 'we want to pass on to our children' but makes no mention of a controversial amendment that would allow him to potentially stay in power until 2036

VOTE. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. File photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

U.N. rights chief slams virus response in China, Russia, U.S.

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:11 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says it is vital for leaders to maintain 'consistent, credible, and fact-based communication' with citizens

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA. A medical staff gets out from a tent of a testing point for COVID-19 in central Moscow on May 2, 2020. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February – report

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Trump is under increasing pressure to explain mounting reports saying he was informed Russian military intelligence had offered and paid cash to Taliban-linked militants for US soldiers' deaths – and did nothing in response

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on June 26, 2020 US President Donald Trump looks on during an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Exit poll shows Russians strongly backing constitutional reforms

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:27 PM

The poll shows that 76% of Russians are in favor of amending the constitution into a version that could possibly allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036

A family wearing a face mask walk in Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station in Moscow on February 7, 2020. - So far Russia has had two confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, both Chinese citizens who have been hospitalised in Siberia. Russia and China share a border more than 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) long, but Moscow has suspended rail links and restricted flights as well as halting visa-free entry for Chinese tour groups. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Trump says spies deemed Russia-Taliban intel not 'credible'

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:30 PM

US President Donald Trump criticizes the New York Times report on Russian activity in Afghanistan as 'probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump salutes cadets at the 2020 US Military Academy graduation ceremony in West Point, New York. File photo by Timothy Clary/AFP

Russian mining giant admits waste 'violations' at Arctic plant

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta claims the factory deliberately funneled the wastewater into wildlife areas and hastily removed their pipes when investigators and emergency services arrived on the scene

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:46 PM

United States President Donald Trump slams the New York Times report, calling it 'another phony Times hit job'

US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable on empowering families with education choice at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Taliban reject claims Russia aided fighters in attacks on U.S. troops

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:23 PM

Taliban also denies that its weapons were given by Russia

ATTACK. In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017, US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S. thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks – report

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:49 AM

The purported bounties give incentives to the guerrillas to target US forces, just as President Donald Trump tries to withdraw troops and end America's longest war

Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/ AFP

Russians cast early votes in ballot to extend Putin's rule

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Election officials open polling stations in the lead-up to the official voting day on July 1 to reduce the risk of overcrowding that could spread coronavirus infections

Russia stages grand WWII parade ahead of vote on Putin reforms

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The parade is held despite a ban on mass gatherings remaining in place. Russia has the third largest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.

75TH ANNIVERSARY. This handout picture provided by Host photo agency shows military vehicles moving through Red Square during a military parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Moscow on June 24, 2020. AFP PHOTO/Host photo agency/Evgeny Biyatov

Appeals court orders charges dropped against ex-Trump aide Flynn

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:49 PM

The court endorses Attorney General Bill Barr's extraordinary decision to drop the criminal charges against Michael Flynn even after he had twice pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators

CHARGES DROPPED. In this file photo, Michael Flynn speaks at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC. File photo by Chris Kleponis/AFP

Russia to hike taxes on high earners after coronavirus

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says extra revenues from higher taxes starting 2021 would be used for 'treating children with severe rare diseases'

LOCKDOWN. A woman walks on a deserted street past the Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery in downtown Moscow on April 16, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

U.S., Russia divided over Chinese role in nuclear talks

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Observers fear New START could go the way of several other international agreements, which have fallen by the wayside during Donald Trump's tenure in line with his 'America First' foreign policy

NEW START TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. ex-marine will not appeal Russian espionage verdict

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:54 PM

'He hopes that in the near future he will be exchanged with Russians convicted in the United States,' says Paul Whelan's lawyer

'SHAM TRIAL.' In this file photo taken on June 15, 2020, Paul Whelan, a former US marine accused of espionage and arrested in Russia in December 2018, stands inside a defendants' cage as he waits to hear his verdict in Moscow on June 15, 2020. File photo by KirillKudryavtsev/AFP

Russian court hands down heavy sentences to leftists

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Memorial, a top rights group, says there is a clear political motive behind the case, pointing to increasing 'repression against anarchists and anti-fascists' in Russia

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 25, 2020 Center L-R: Viktor Filinkov, 25, and Yuli Boyarshinov, 28, both accused of being members of so-called Network terrorist group which allegedly plotted an armed uprising during a presidential election in 2018 as well as terror attacks during the World Cup the same year, look out from a defendants' cage during a hearing at a military court in Saint Petersburg. - A Russian court on June 22, 2020 sentenced two leftist activists to long prison terms on controversial terror charges, in a case that has sparked widespread criticism. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)

U.S., Russia arms talks start with little hope of accord

Jun 22, 2020 - 12:44 PM

The United States and Russia are meeting on June 22 in Vienna for talks on their last major nuclear weapons agreement against a backdrop of growing tensions over whether they see any value in arms control at all

ARMS TALKS. A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives through Red Square in Moscow, on May 7, 2015, during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russia's central bank cuts key rate to historic low

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The Russian central bank says the negative effect of the economic lockdown has been 'more extended' than previously assumed

OUTDOORS. People enjoy warm weather in downtown Moscow on June 8, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Putin accuses West of 'insulting' Russia over WWII legacy

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Putin has blamed the Western powers and Poland in particular for World War II, pointing to various treaties signed with Nazi Germany before the conflict began in 1939

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on the situation with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in Russia, via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 13, 2020. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Trump government sues to block ex-aide Bolton's book

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:24 AM

The book is expected to provide a damning insider portrait of the White House

National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks as US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin looks on during a briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 28, 2019. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Australia accuses China of fueling 'infodemic' over virus

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne calls for nation's to bolster global bodies such as the World Health Organization to counter the 'infodemic'

'INFODEMIC.' Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks at a joint press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (not pictured) in Canberra on February 6, 2020. File photo by Andrew Taylor/AFP

Top Russia newspaper editors quit, denouncing censorship

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:42 AM

While the daily newspaper focuses on business and industry news, its editorial section has become a vital space for dissenting voices and debate on political life in Russia

A photo taken on June 10, 2019 in Moscow, shows the front pages of Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK dailies newspapers reading "I am (we are) Ivan Golunov". - Russia's three most respected dailies on June 10 published the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity over the arrest of an investigative reporter on drug charges. Golunov, a 36-year-old investigative reporter with Meduza, an independent Russian-language media outlet, was detained last week over allegations that he manufactured and dealt drugs. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Moscow expels 2 Czech diplomats in tit-for-tat move – ministry

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Russia retaliates after two of its own embassy workers were expelled over a poison plot hoax

A woman wears a protective face mask as she rides a bike along the Moskva river embankment in central Moscow on May 10, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

UK asks for information 2 years after Salisbury poisoning

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:48 PM

British counterterrorism police are still trying to piece together the full timeline of the spy attack

SCENE OF CRIME. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Russia sentences U.S. ex-marine to 16 years in spy trial

Jun 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Moscow City Court finds former US marine Paul Whelan guilty of receiving classified information

In this file photograph taken on October 24, 2019, US-British Paul Whelan, a former US Marine accused of espionage and arrested in Russia in December 2018, holds a message as he stands inside a defendants' cage before a hearing to decide to extend his detention at the Lefortovo Court in Moscow. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Putin says Russia dealing better with virus than U.S.

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Putin also criticizes anti-racism protests in the United States for sparking crowd violence, in his first comments on the issue

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Putin condemns 'mayhem and rioting' at U.S. anti-racism protests

Jun 14, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says 'if this fight for natural rights, legal rights, turns into mayhem and rioting, I see nothing good for the country'

SOURED RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin says 'majority' back plan to change Russian constitution

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Russia readies for a vote on a constitution overhaul that could give President Vladimir Putin the option to run for two more terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses lawmakers debating on the second reading of the constitutional reform bill during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10, 2020. Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Russia says 'years' needed to clean up Arctic spill

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The spill of over 21,000 tons of fuel takes place after a fuel reservoir collapsed last month at a power plant

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

EU accuses China, Russia of virus disinformation campaigns

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:41 AM

The European Commission also accuses major online platforms of doing too little to help fact-checkers tackle the 'infodemic'

Russian historian goes on trial for chopping up lover

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Oleg Sokolov was arrested last year after he was hauled out of the freezing Moika River in Saint Petersburg drunk with a backpack containing a woman's arms

Russian professor Oleg Sokolov attends a court hearing in Saint Petersburg on November 11, 2019, after the historian confessed the murder and the dismembering his ex-student lover. - Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer was arrested on November 9 on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of the icy Moika River with a backpack containing a woman's arms. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)

Europe demands better pandemic plan, as Moscow exits lockdown

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Russia has the third-highest number of confirmed infections in the world after the United States and Brazil

LANDMARK. Women ride bicycles past the Colosseum monument in Rome on May 8, 2020. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

U.S. and Russia to resume nuclear talks, but China casts cloud

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:29 AM

Russia warns that US insistence on including China could scuttle efforts for a major disarmament treaty

HEADS. US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Moscow lockdown to end as Russia eases anti-virus measures

Jun 08, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Russia is moving quickly to ease restrictions even as it registers nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 100 deaths on a daily basis

OUTDOORS. People enjoy warm weather in downtown Moscow on June 8, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:06 AM

The accident is the second largest in modern Russian history in terms of volume, World Wildlife Fund expert Alexei Knizhnikov says

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

Anti-gay video backing Putin reforms causes stir

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:41 AM

This latest video is reminiscent of another clip released in 2018 urging Russians to re-elect Putin or live in a 'nightmare' future in which they are forced to co-habitate with gay men