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EU Court upholds sanctions against Russia's Rosneft.

The European Court of Justice on Tuesday declared valid EU sanctions against Russian companies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, including Rosneft, the state-owned Russian oil giant.

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Attorney questions whether xenophobia is to blame for 'unjust treatment' of Russian-Jewish family detained in Spain.

A family of Russian-Jewish heritage has been detained on unclear charges with no access to a case file or indication of trial date The post Attorney questions whether xenophobia is to blame for 'unjust treatment' of Russian-Jewish family detained in Spain appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.

- The Olive Press - ES

US Chabad rabbi loses appeal against deportation from Russia.

, A Russian appeals court affirmed an expulsion order issued against an American rabbi working in Sochi, in what a local leader of the Chabad movement called a dark day' for Jews. In its ruling Tuesday against Ari Edelkopf, the Krasnodar Court of Appeals accepted the determination of a Sochi tribunal that Edelkopf, who ...

- JTA - US

'Don't you want to know those things?' Sean Spicer battles CBS reporter over Nunes and Russia investigation.

Mark Wilson/Getty Images White House press secretary Sean Spicer continued to push back against questions about House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes during Wednesday's daily press briefing. Reporters continued to probe Nunes' meeting with an unnamed source on White House grounds the day before he briefed President Donald ...

- Business Insider - US

US Chabad rabbi loses appeal against deportation from Russia.

Chabad movement calls approval of rabbi's deportation a "dark day for Jews."

- Arutz Sheva - IL

RFE/RL: Patriarch blames intellectuals for Russia's 20th-century 'meat grinder'.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has blamed “the intelligentsia” for all of Russia's misfortunes in the 20th-century. The post RFE/RL: Patriarch blames intellectuals for Russia's 20th-century 'meat grinder' appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Human Rights Commissioner Moskalkova to probe circumstances of Moscow protest.

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova intends to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unauthorized rally held in Moscow on March 26. “On March 28, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova ordered a probe in connection with a statement by Lev Ponomaryov, executive director of the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Associated Press: US ambasador - Tillerson counting on meeting Putin soon.

The U.S. ambassador to Russia says that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is counting on meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during an upcoming visit to Moscow. The post Associated Press: US ambasador - Tillerson counting on meeting Putin soon appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Russian Finance Ministry: UK High Court rules Ukraine must repay $3 billion to Russia.

London's High Court has ruled that Ukraine needs to pay back Russia $3 billion in eurobonds along with accrued interest after reviewing Russia's case against Ukraine in an expedited procedure, the Russian Finance Ministry's press release said. London's High Court found there to be a lack of any kind of arguments from ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Reuters: Russia's Lavrov - still possible to renew cooperation with US in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was still possible to renew cooperation with the United States on settling the Syrian crisis, in an interview published on The National Interest website on March 29. The post Reuters: Russia's Lavrov - still possible to renew cooperation with US in Syria appeared first on ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Russian Church Says Proposed Referendum On Cathedral Is 'Nonsense'.

The Russian Orthodox Church has sharply criticized a proposed referendum on the fate of St. Isaac's Cathedral, a St. Petersburg landmark that is at the center of a bitter dispute.

- Radio Free Europe - US

U.K. Court Dismisses Ukraine's Defense In Case Of $3 Billion Debt To Russia

A court in London has ruled that Ukraine has failed to present a court-ready defense in a suit by Russia seeking repayment of $3 billion lent by Moscow to the government of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Patriarch Blames Intellectuals For Russia's 20th-Century 'Meat Grinder'

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has blamed "the intelligentsia" for all of Russia's misfortunes in the 20th-century.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Russia's hypersonic missile ratchets up arms race

Reports suggest Russia is preparing to test a hypersonic missile that would be almost impossible to intercept. The Zircon rocket will be capable of traveling up to six-times the speed of sound.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's campaign, according to letters provided to The Washington Post.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Russia opposes THAAD defense system in Korea

Russia's top diplomat in Seoul said Moscow can both oppose the THAAD defense system on the Korean peninsula and improve ties with Washington.

- UPI - US

Poll: Half of Americans believe Russia meddled in election

Half of Americans believe Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign, a CBS News Poll released Wednesday indicates.

- UPI - US

Carly Fiorina: 'Special prosecutor or an independent commission' needed for Russia investigation

Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Wednesday that a special prosecutor or independent commission is needed to handle...

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Iran committed to swathing to trading in national currencie with Russia

- Today.Az - AZ

Russian, Turkish agencies to mull issues of grain exports

- Today.Az - AZ

Russia joins arms race to produce cannon-shot swarm bots

The US and Russia are now both betting on fireable drones for future warfare.

- ZDNet - UK

Russia's army expanded

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the organic strength of the country's Armed Forces at 1.897 million, with the number of servicemen increasing by 13,630, according to the presidential decree posted on the government's legal information web portal on Wednesday, TASS reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

Russian, Turkish agencies to mull issues of grain exports

The Economy Ministries of Russia and Turkey will soon hold consultations on the grain supply, Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexei Gruzdev said on March 29, RIA Novosti reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

Iran committed to swathing to trading in national currencie with Russia

Iran and Russia are preparing to switch to the national currencies in mutual trade in the near future, Iran's Central Bank Chief Valiollah Seif said.

- AzerNews - AZ

Gazprom sets up Stream Transport BV affiliate in Istanbul

Russia's Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller has said that the company aims to finish construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline by the end of 2019, Russia's TASS reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

Russia protests 'will happen again'

On Sunday, Russia saw its largest anti-government protest in several years with many young people taking part.

- BBC - UK

Russian police raid Church of Scientology centre near Moscow amid crackdown on group

The organisation has faced a series of investigations and legal challenges in Russia.

- - UK

NATO: Serbia decides whether it wants to work with Russia

NATO has "good relations with Serbia" - while Serbia "has the right to decide" whether it also wants to cooperate with Russia. Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller said this in an exclusive interview for the European Western Balkans website, Tanjug is reporting this Wednesday.

- B92 - SK

Let's not lecture Trump, says top German MP

Europeans need to propose "projects of common interest" to the US president to preserve "Western unity" on Russia, Norbert Roettgen, the chair of Bundestag's foreign affairs committee said.

- EU Observer - EU

Nordic countries unite to reboot cooperation with Russia

Disagreements between Nordic countries and Russia on Crimea and Ukraine are briefly set aside at a conference on Arctic development.

- EU Observer - EU

Russian Sberbank's Ukrainian subsidiary to be sold for about $130 mln – media

The price set at $130 million at which Russia's Sberbank is going to sell its subsidiary in Ukraine is comparable to the capital of Ukrainian-based PJSC Sberbank, which was estimated at $144 million in January-September 2016, according to international accounting standards, Kommersant publication reports citing its ...


Sentsov wins Freedom to Write Award

PEN America, the membership association of prominent literary writers and editors, just awarded its Freedom to Write Award to the acclaimed Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, imprisoned in Russia, according to The Washington Post.


Russia spied on Latvian politicians, journalists and state institutions - security chief

Last year, Russia engaged in cyber espionage against certain Latvian politicians, journalists, and government agencies, according to Janis Maizitis, Head of the Constitution Protection Bureau, Latvia’s national security authority, Delfi reports.


London Court greenlights expedited consideration of 'Yanukovych debt' case; Ukraine to appeal

The High Court of Justice in England on Wednesday, March 29, approved a motion for expedited consideration of Russia’s lawsuit against Ukraine regarding the so-called '$3 billion Yanukovych debt,' having not recognized the validity of Ukraine's arguments in this case, Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk told a ...


'DPR' militants open fire as OSCE monitors try to enter occupied village of Kozatske

Russian-controlled militants of the “DPR” terrorist organization have opened fire to force the Special Monitoring Mission’s patrol out of the eastern part of the occupied Kozatske in Donetsk region, according to the OSCE spot report.


Naftogaz files suit with CJEU over ruling on Gazprom's enhanced access to OPAL

The national oil and gas holding Naftogaz of Ukraine has lodged a suit with the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union seeking cancellation of the European Commission’s decision on expanded access of Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom to the OPAL gas pipeline, delivering gas from Nord Stream pipeline ...


Federation Council in Russia approves ban on money transfers to Ukraine

The Federation Council on Wednesday endorsed a bill prohibiting money transfers from Russia to Ukraine via international payment systems, Prime news agency reports.


Reuters: EU decides against provisional duties on hot-rolled steel

The European Commission has decided it will not impose provisional duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, but could still find the countries have breached rules on unfair competition, industry sources said on Wednesday, March 29, according to Reuters.


'We reasserted our sovereignty and regained the lost respect for Sri Lanka' - Foreign Minister

Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national unity government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has managed to unite the entire international community in support of the country and rally around to help the island nation in friendship, the Foreign Affairs Minister ...

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Doping – More whistleblowers are talking to WADA, says Reedie

LONDON, March 29 — Several whistleblowers have approached the World Anti-Doping Agency through a new programme set up after revelations of rampant state-sponsored doping in Russia, WADA President Craig Reedie said today. WADA this month...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Russia probe should focus on Trump financial ties - US senator

A US Senate investigation into Russia's meddling during the US election should include a thorough review of any financial ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates, Democratic senator Ron Wyden said Wednesday.

- GMA News - PH

Brexit's cliff edge: 'business as usual' not an option

By Tom Miles GENEVA - Failure to strike a trade deal with the European Union by a two-year deadline would force Britain to adopt World Trade Organization arrangements, bringing with it a host of new negotiations and complications. In a nutshell, Britain would have to treat everyone the same, whether it wanted to or not, ...

- Sify - IN

Army says state institutions' concerns regarding Hussain Haqqani 'stand vindicated'

The Army's public relations wing, Inter-Services Public Relations , on Wednesday stated that the claims made by Hussain Haqqani, Pakis­tan's former ambassador to the US, regarding the issuance of diplomatic visas in a recent op-ed in an American news publication 'vindicate stance of Pakistan's state institutions'. The ...


Russia's new protest generation

In Russia a new generation of discontented youth has come of age.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Syrian opposition, Russia discuss reinforcing ceasefire

GENEVA - The Syrian opposition and a senior Russian diplomat agreed on Wednesday that Syria's fragile ceasefire needed to be shored up amid growing violations in the multi-sided civil war.

- Reuters - US

U.N. rights experts call on Russia to release protesters

GENEVA - United Nations human rights experts called on Russia on Wednesday to release peaceful protesters arrested across the country at the weekend and to annul any sentences already handed down.

- Reuters - US

Live like a Russian billionaire in this over-the-top Long Island mansion, which is back on the market for $85 million

Dan MilsteinWhether you want to relive the glamor of the Roaring '20s or just want to see what life is like for a Russian billionaire, this $85 million property on New York's Long Island has got you covered. First built in 1928, this eight-acre Long Island estate has all of the modern luxuries you would hope to get in a ...

- Business Insider - US

Seth Meyers: Why Trump is just like The Dude from 'The Big Lebowski'

"Late Night with Seth Meyers"/NBC; YouTubeIn his latest "A Closer Look" segment, Seth Meyers finds recent events surrounding President Donald Trump's wiretapping allegations and the congressional investigation into his administration's alleged ties with the Russian government very fishy. And he comes to a striking ...

- Business Insider - US

Sean Spicer says reporter April Ryan should be able to 'take it' when he pushes back on questions

REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer pushed back on accusations that he was too tough on reporter April Ryan during a press briefing Tuesday. Spicer told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday that it's "demeaning" for people to say that Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, "can't take ...

- Business Insider - US

NUNES: 'We're going to do an investigation with or without' cooperation from the Democrats

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesHouse Intelligence Chair Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday that his committee would continue its investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election "with or without" cooperation from its Democratic members. Nunes made the comments after a number of top Democrats ...

- Business Insider - US