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Putin opponent Navalny 'poisoned' – lawyer

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been in jail since last week for calling an unauthorized rally

POISONED? Alexei Navalny has been in jail for calling an unauthorized rally. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Trump aide's 'Russia ties' alleged in secret U.S. documents

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it believes Carter Page, a former foreign policy advisor to the campaign of Donald Trump 'has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.'

RUSSIA TIES. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2017 showing Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

U.S. arrests Russian agent for conspiring to influence American politics

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:56 AM

The US justice department says the charges are conspiring to act as an agent of Russia 'by developing relationships with US persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics'

Anti-Kremlin journalist defends faking own murder

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

After initial expressions of relief that Arkady Babchenko is alive, many fellow journalists have sharply criticized the staging of his death for undermining the credibility of the profession

ALIVE. Anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko addresses a press conference on May 31, 2018 in Kiev during which he dismissed criticism of cooperating with Ukrainian security services in the staging of his death, a day following his shock reappearance after Ukrainian authorities said he had been shot dead. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

May 18, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that 'there were detailed discussions' between the two leaders

DIPLOMACY. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP

Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

May 16, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Ukraine, which along with most of the international community has not recognized Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemns the project

CRIMEAN BRIDGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away from a construction truck after he drove the vehicle across the new 19 kilometres (12 miles) road-and-rail Crimean Bridge over the Kerch Strait that links mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea during the opening ceremony on May 15, 2018. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Over 1,000 protesters held during anti-Putin rallies

May 05, 2018 - 5:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Craven old man Putin thinks he is a tsar,' Navalny says on Twitter ahead of the demonstrations. 'But he is not our tsar.'

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The measure, however, did not specify when the truce would go into force beyond saying it should be 'without delay'

SECURITY COUNCIL. The UNSC unanimously votes to back a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by Kim Haughton/United Nations

Russia succeeding in sowing U.S. discord – Trump

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!' Donald Trump says in an early morning tweet

Navalny freed after thousands rally against Putin and 'pseudo-polls'

Jan 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

(UPDATED) Thousands brave freezing temperatures to stage rallies in dozens of cities to protest upcoming 'pseudo-elections,' as Navalny and his supporters refer to them

OPPOSITION. Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny take part in a rally calling for a boycott of March 18 presidential elections, in Moscow, January 28, 2018. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The launch comes despite warnings that the operation could be militarily tough against an already battle-hardened foe and complicate relations with both Washington and Moscow

WITH TURKEY'S BLESSING. Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018. Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP

Thousands of Russians endorse Navalny to challenge Putin in March vote

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) Alexei Navalny is a charismatic 41-year-old lawyer whom officials have deemed ineligible to run due to a criminal conviction

BACKED. Alexei Navalny is nominated to run against Vladimir Putin in the 2013 Russian elections. Rappler file photo

Putin praises Trump's 'significant achievements'

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:52 PM

When asked to assess US President Donald Trump's first year in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin says: 'We can see several quite significant achievements in the short time he has been at work'

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on December 14, 2017. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Freed Russia opposition leader Navalny back on campaign trail

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:20 AM

Alexei Navalny says he is 'ready to work' as the Kremlin race heats up

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny looks on at the Domodedovo airport hall shortly after being released in Moscow on October 22, 2017. Alexei Navalny was released after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against Russian President. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOV

Russia frees opposition leader Navalny as Kremlin race heats up

Oct 22, 2017 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'Hi. I'm out,' Alexei Navalny writes on Instagram

FREE. In this file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017. Ivan Vodopyanov/AFP

Kremlin bids to sex up 2018 polls with 'It Girl' – analysts

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Ksenia Sobchak's campaign, observers say, is meant to steal Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's thunder and further split the country's embattled opposition

SOCIALITE TO CANDIDATE. A journalist looks at a computer screen displaying Ksenia Sobchak's campaign web page, in Moscow on October 19, 2017. Mladen Antonov/AFP

U.S. to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia, says Putin

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Putin warns of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin

OUTPOST. This file photo taken on December 30, 2016 shows Russian policemen standing guard in front of the US Embassy in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Sessions: Russia collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:19 AM

UPDATED Sessions fiercely denounces allegations that he acted improperly during a series of meetings with Russian officials – or that he knew of any attempt at collusion by a member of the Trump campaign team

FACING THE SENATE. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands march in Moscow two years after Putin foe killed

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:42 PM

The assassination of the former deputy prime minister on February 27 2015 was the highest profile killing of a critic of President Vladimir Putin since he took charge in 2000

Russian opposition leader and chairman of the People's Freedom Party (PARNAS) Mikhail Kasyanov (C) and supporters of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov hold flags and banners during a memorial march on February 26, 2017 in central Moscow, two years after Nemtsov was gunned down just yards from the Kremlin. Vasily Maximov/AFP

Trump hit with claims Russia has compromising info on him

Jan 11, 2017 - 8:13 AM

3rd UPDATE Citing multiple unnamed US officials with direct knowledge of the meeting CNN says the intelligence chiefs presented a two page synopsis on the potential embarrassment for the incoming president

In this file photo, then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivers remarks about the Affordable Care Act at the DoubleTree by Hilton November 1, 2016 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Fighting puts Syria peace negotiations at risk

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:06 AM

A dozen Syrian rebel factions have suspended talks on new peace negotiations accusing President Bashar al Assad s regime of violating a 4 day old ceasefire

A Syrian man carries wood to be used for heating in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on January 3, 2017. Abd Doumany/AFP

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Thousands evacuated from Aleppo as UN eyes observers

Dec 19, 2016 - 8:37 AM

5th UPDATE Ahmad al Dbis who heads a team of doctors and volunteers coordinating evacuations says the evacuees were in a very bad state after waiting for more than 16 hours at a regime checkpoint without being allowed off the buses

A bus drives through the government-controlled crossing of Ramoussa, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 18, 2016, during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and civilians from rebel-held areas. George Ourfalian/AFP

Syria crisis: UN Security Council to vote on Aleppo observers

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The UN Security Council is set to meet to vote on French proposals to dispatch monitors to oversee evacuations and report on the protection of civilians but faces resistance from veto wielding Russia

OBLITERATED. Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighborhood on December 17, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP

Ukraine warns Russia of missile tests near Crimea

Dec 01, 2016 - 10:12 AM

The tests set for Thursday December 1 would almost certainly further damage relations between two former Soviet neighbors that treat each other as open foes

Khodorkovsky seeks 'Putin alternative' for 2018 Russia vote

Sep 13, 2016 - 9:53 AM

However former oil tycoon and Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky insists he won t run in 2018

In this file photo, Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, June 17, 2015. Jim Watson/AFP

Putin dismisses powerful chief of staff

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:52 PM

UPDATED Putin s close ally Sergei Ivanov will now serve as a special representative for conservation environmental and transportation issues the Kremlin says

PUTIN'S MEN. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), flanked by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (C), Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov (R) and Presidential Administration head Sergei Ivanov (2-R) arrive for an expanded format meeting of the Russia Defense Ministry's Board at the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia, 19 December 2014.

NATO demands Russia withdraw from Ukraine

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:10 AM

NATO chief Stoltenberg: Russia needs to stop supporting the militants and withdraw its forces and military equipment from Ukrainian territory

In this file photo, flags of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries fly in front of the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 2015. Julien Warnand/File/EPA

UN plan to end AIDS by 2030 faces Russian resistance

Jun 09, 2016 - 9:08 AM

UN member states agree to fast track their response to end the AIDS pandemic by 2030 despite a last minute bid by Russia to dilute efforts to focus on drug users and gay men

A view of the United Nations General Assembly Hall as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (shown on screens) addresses the Assembly’s High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, at the UN headquarters in New York, June 8, 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

NATO finalizes military build-up to counter Russia

May 19, 2016 - 8:03 PM

At a Warsaw summit in July NATO leaders will sign off on the revamp which puts more troops into eastern European member states as part of a deter and dialogue strategy

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General addresses a press conference at the NATO headquarter in Brussels, Belgium, May 18, 2016. Laurent Dubrule/EPA

US Air Force plane intercepted by Russian jet in 'unsafe' manner – Pentagon

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:37 PM

It comes shortly after Russian aircraft repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook this past week

In this file photo, an RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft moves into position behind a KC-135T/R Stratotanker for an aerial refueling over Southwest Asia March 14, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung /DefenseLINK/via WikiMedia Commons

Eastern Ukrainian villages change hands despite truce

Jan 05, 2016 - 1:25 PM

International observers have deplored recent military activity in the zone by both Ukrainian troops and pro Russian rebels which they say undermines the prospects for peace in the region

TRUCE ZONE. A picture taken on December 22, 2015 shows Ukrainian servicemen riding on their APS (L) as vehicles of Red Cross deliver wood briquettes for local residents in the village of Pischevik, in the Donetsk region. Aleksey Filippov/AFP

Vladimir Putin to attend Paris climate summit – France

Nov 08, 2015 - 8:36 PM

Russia is seen as a deal maker or breaker in the years long attempt to negotiate the world s first truly universal pact to rein in global warming

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers the questions during his meeting with journalists after G20 summit meeting in G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia 16 November 2014. Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Assad makes surprise visit to Moscow

Oct 21, 2015 - 4:46 PM

Putin pledged to continue to support Damascus militarily while calling for a political solution involving all groups to try to end the war the Kremlin says

ASSAD IN THE KREMLIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (L) during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 20, 2015. Alexey Druzhinin/Kremlin Pool/RIA Novosti/AFP

Russia cites 'threats' as nuclear arsenal boosted

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:06 AM

The declaration from President Vladimir Putin comes as Russia reacts with fury to reports the US is planning to bulk up its military deployments in eastern Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (not pictured) following their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, June 16 2015. Alexander Nemenov/AFP Pool/EPA

Italy gives Putin stage to make case against sanctions

Jun 11, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a trip to Italy to press his case against international sanctions and is urged by Pope Francis to make a sincere effort for peace in Ukraine

PUTIN IN THE VATICAN. Pope Francis (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meet at the Vatican, 10 June 2015. Alexey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin pool/EPA

Russians gather to remember slain Putin critic Nemtsov

Apr 08, 2015 - 7:43 AM

Friends and ex colleagues of the murdered Kremlin critic hold a mnute of no silence 40 days after he was gunned down on a central Moscow bridge

MURDERED. The body of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is covered with plastic lies on Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathidral (background) in central Moscow on February 28, 2015. Dmitry Sereyakov/AFP

Czech leader, US ambassador clash over Moscow visit

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:27 AM

President Milos Zeman is one of a handful of world leaders set to attend the event ignored by most Western leaders amid tensions over Russia s role in Ukraine

In this file photo, Czech President Milos Zeman attends a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, 12 December 2014. Filip Singer/EPA

Crimea marks a year of Russian rule

Mar 17, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Russian newspaper: Crimea is ours of course But how long will Russia have to keep paying for this and how many zeroes will there be in the final sum not even Putin knows

'TOGETHER FOREVER' Crimean people spread a huge Russian flag with white words in it saying 'Russia Crimea Together Forever' and inhabitants' inscriptions during a rally to mark anniversary of controversial referendum to join Russia, in Simferopol, Crimea, 16 March 2015. Artur Shvarts/EPA

Nemtsov murder probe muddied by claim of forced confession

Mar 11, 2015 - 4:39 PM

UPDATED The statement from a body close to President Vladimir Putin angers Russia s powerful Investigative Committee accusing it of meddling in their probe and threatened to investigate its motives

SUSPECTS. Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, Shagid Gubashev and Bakhayev (the first name is unavailable) suspected in killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov hide their faces while sitting in the cage in a court room at the Basmanny City Court in Moscow, Russia, 08 March 2015. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Ex-Russian premier rejects idea Nemtsov was anti-Muslim

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:03 AM

Mikhail Kasyanov who was President Vladimir Putin s first prime minister before joining the Russian opposition says Nemtsov was tolerant of all minorities and religions

FLOWERS FOR BORIS. Russian people continue to lay flowers to the place of murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin on Grand Moskvorestsky bridge in Moscow, 09 March 2015. Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Russia changed forever by Nemtsov murder – media

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:16 PM

Kommersant daily: The reaction to the murder of Boris Nemtsov turned out to be as extraordinary as the politician himself

MURDERED. The body of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is covered with plastic lies on Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathidral (background) in central Moscow on February 28, 2015. Dmitry Sereyakov/AFP

Tens of thousands march for slain Russian opposition leader Nemtsov

Mar 02, 2015 - 12:13 AM

UPDATED Thousands of marchers in Moscow honored Nemtsov s memory while condemning Russia s stance on Ukraine

TRIBUTE. Russia's opposition supporters march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. Photo by YURI KADOBNOV / AFP

Canada imposes sanctions on Russian oil firm Rosneft, Rostec CEO

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:32 PM

In all Canada imposes sanctions against 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals as well as 17 Russian and Ukrainian entities

HIT. The Rosneft company logo is seen at a petrol station in Moscow, Russia, 24 October 2012. Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

Putin visits Egypt in bid to expand influence

Feb 09, 2015 - 1:32 PM

His two day trip will be Putin s first in a decade to Egypt

NEW YEAR. Russian President Vladimir Putin greets US President Barack Obama a happy new year, saying that the two countries share mutual responsibility to ensure world peace. File photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Ria Novosti/EPA

Putin: Ukrainians have to agree among selves to end crisis

Feb 09, 2015 - 10:37 AM

Putin tells Egypt state paper: It is evident that the crisis will continue until the Ukrainians themselves agree with each other

In this photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the IX Congress of the Federation of independent trade unions of Russia in Sochi, Russia, 07 February 2015. The US wants Russia to show it is serious about a Franco-German peace initiative for Ukraine with actions and not words, US Vice President Biden says. Alexey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Government press service pool/EPA

Syria talks start in Moscow as West's approach alters

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED The Kremlin sponsored talks are not expected to yield a major breakthrough as the main opposition group the exiled National Coalition refuses to attend

In this file photo, a Russian policeman guards during New Year celebrations on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 01 January 2015. Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Lithuania joins eurozone to seal ties with West

Dec 31, 2014 - 8:16 PM

For a nation scarred by decades of Soviet occupation eurozone entry is an important step and symbol of deeper economic and political integration with the West Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says

A picture of Euro coins is screened in a shop window of a bank in Vilnius on December 27, 2014, as Lithuania will adopt the Euro on January 1, 2015. Lithuania hopes joining the eurozone will boost its security amid anxiety over Russia, but many in the Baltic state fear the currency switch will also bring price hikes. AFP PHOTO/ PETRAS MALUKAS

Syria says ready to meet opposition in Moscow

Dec 27, 2014 - 8:54 PM

UPDATED Syria is ready to meet with the country s opposition in Moscow in an effort to find a way out of the nearly 4 year civil war

SYRIAN CHRISTMAS. A christmas tree stands in a roundabout next to a traffic sign that reads in Arabic 'Martyrs' Square' in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, 56 kilometers northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, on December 20, 2014. Youssef Karwashan/AFP

The year Putin tore up the rule book

Dec 15, 2014 - 9:00 AM

In 2014 Vladimir Putin upends global rules with considerable chutzpah sowing just enough uncertainty to keep the world unsure of his intentions or his next move – or whether he had even done anything wrong in the first place