Expatica : Russia (48)

'Explosion' heard near sub's last known position: navy

Argentina's navy confirmed Thursday that an unusual noise heard in the ocean near the last known position of an Argentine navy submarine appeared to be an explosion, dashing the last hopes of finding...

Russia says US terror listing of NKorea could lead to 'catastrophe'

Russia said Thursday that the US decision to add North Korea to its terror blacklist was a "PR move" that could allow the situation on the peninsula to escalate into a global "catastrophe".Foreign Ministry...

Russia says Mladic verdict 'one sided'

Russia on Thursday denounced the life term slapped on Bosnian Serb wartime military chief Ratko Mladic for genocide as biased, adding that it would undermine reconciliation efforts in the Balkans.Foreign...

Premature to say if Assad part of Syria transition: Turkish official

It's too early to decide whether a political transition in Syria for ending its civil war will include President Bashar al-Assad, a Turkish official said Thursday, emphasising the Syrian leader should...

In Russia, Sudan's Bashir asks Putin for 'protection' from US

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States.Speaking...

Russia sends ship to help Argentine submarine search

Russia on Thursday sent a navy vessel to help Argentina search for a missing submarine in the South Atlantic following President Vladimir Putin's phone call with Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Maxri.In...

Syria congress to go ahead despite Turkey 'reservations' over Kurds: Kremlin

The Kremlin said Thursday Turkey's opposition to the participation of Kurdish militias in Syria's political process would not stand in the way of a peace "congress" Moscow is seeking to organise in the...

Russian billionaire Kerimov charged in France following Moscow protest

Russian billionaire senator Suleyman Kerimov was charged Wednesday with tax fraud in Nice, hours after Moscow protested his arrest in the French Riviera resort.Kerimov was detained upon arrival at the...

Tensions down after 'coup' in Ukraine's separatist region

Tensions appeared to abate Thursday in Lugansk, a stronghold of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, two days after infighting erupted in the war-scarred region, culminating in accusations of...

Facebook to show people if they fell for Russian propaganda

Facebook on Wednesday said it will help people see if they liked or followed posts considered part of a Russian effort to meddle with last year's US election.A software tool to be released by the end...

Damascus endorses Russian-backed Syria peace summit

The government of war-ravaged Syria on Wednesday welcomed a deal between the presidents of its allies Russia, Iran and rebel backer Turkey to hold a peace "congress" of regime and opposition forces."The...

Russian oligarch Kerimov questioned in France over tax evasion

Billionaire Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov faced a second day of questioning by investigators in France on Wednesday, two days after his arrest in Nice on suspicion of tax evasion.Kerimov, 51, spent...

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies aged 55

World-famous Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky died on Wednesday aged 55 in London following a long illness, according to announcements on his Facebook page and by the Vienna State Opera."This is a...

Russia's upper house passes 'foreign agent' media law

The Russian parliament's upper house on Wednesday backed a law that would require international media outlets to register as "foreign agents", following US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT television...

Russia's support for the Syrian regime: key markers

Russia has been a staunch diplomatic, military and political supporter of President Bashar al-Assad since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.Here are some of the key events of its involvement:- UN vetoes...

Putin to hold Syria peace talks with Erdogan, Rouhani

Vladimir Putin will meet with the presidents of Turkey and Iran Wednesday for a key summit aimed at resuscitating the peace process in Syria, two days after the Russian leader hosted surprise talks with...

Trump, Putin stress ensuring 'stability of a unified Syria'

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a lengthy phone call Tuesday, stressing the need to ensure "the stability of a unified Syria," the White House said.Unifying Syria...

Czech president urges EU to end Russia sanctions

Czech President Milos Zeman on Tuesday called for an end to EU sanctions against Russia imposed over the Ukraine crisis, as well as the retaliatory measures introduced by Moscow.Zeman, a pro-Russia veteran...

Russia cautions against 'too much optimism' over rapid Karabakh settlement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cautioned Tuesday against "too much optimism" over a quick resolution of the simmering Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict involving the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.The...

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive pollution

Russia on Tuesday denied its nuclear facilities experienced any incidents after reports of contamination by the ruthenium 106 radioactive isotope in parts of the country, and said the concentration detected...

Putin informs Trump about talks with Assad: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday informed US counterpart Donald Trump of his talks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, saying Damascus is in favour of conducting parliamentary and presidential...

Rebel infighting sparks fears in east Ukraine

Hundreds of armed men in military fatigues on Tuesday blocked access to government buildings in eastern Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk as infighting spiked between rebel factions.The patrols began after...

Leaders of Russia, Iran, Turkey meet to relaunch Syria peace process

The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet on Wednesday for the first in a series of summits aimed at re-booting the peace process in Syria, now regime forces have an upper hand over rebels and...

Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution

Russia's meteorological service confirmed on Monday "extremely high" concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in several parts of the country in late September, confirming European reports...

Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution

Russia's meteorological service confirmed on Monday "extremely high" concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in parts of the country in late September, following European reports about...

Russia bans pork, beef imports from Brazil

Russia has decided to suspend imports of pork and beef from Brazil from December 1 after traces of banned feed additives were detected in the meat, the country's agricultural safety watchdog said Monday....

Sudan's Bashir to visit Russia Thursday: Kremlin

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by The International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes related to the Darfur conflict, will visit Russia on Thursday, the Kremlin said.The visit...

Poland tensions with Ukraine and EU "Kremlin plan": Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk on Sunday questioned whether tensions between Poland's rightwing government with Ukraine and the EU is a "Kremlin plan"."Alarm!" warned Tusk, a former liberal prime...

Iran, Russia and Turkey diplomats meet ahead of Syria summit

Top diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met Sunday in Antalya to discuss the civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut...

Wanted Russian arrested over Forbes editor's murder

Ukraine's security agency said Saturday it has arrested a Russian man wanted by Interpol over the 2004 murder of American journalist Paul Khlebnikov.The suspect, originally from Chechnya, was arrested...

Shanghai police see no foul play in Russian teen model's death

Shanghai police have ruled out foul play and cast doubt on allegations that overwork contributed to the death of a 14-year-old Russian model after she took part in Shanghai Fashion Week last month.The...

After Russian veto, UN weighs bid to save Syria gas attacks probe

The UN Security Council on Friday discussed a fresh bid to extend a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, a day after Russia vetoed a renewal of the probe.Japan on Thursday presented...

Russia sees more mass evacuations after fake bomb alerts

Schools, shopping malls and the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg were evacuated on Friday after a fresh wave of fake bomb alerts that have spread chaos in Russia since September and whose origin...

Russian TV will 'not show Winter Olympics' if team banned

Russian state television said Friday it would not broadcast the Winter Olympics from South Korea next year if the Russian team is banned from the games over doping. The International Olympic Committee's...

Russian 'foreign agent' media law attack on free speech: HRW

A Russian law that could force international media outlets to register as "foreign agents" in response to US pressure on Kremlin-backed TV channel RT is an attack on free speech, Human Rights watch said...

Iraq forces retake last IS-held town in country

The Iraqi army on Friday retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group as the jihadists' self-proclaimed"caliphate" faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria.The...

Japan asks UN council to extend Syria gas attacks probe for 30 days

Japan on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to renew for 30 days a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, according to a draft resolution obtained by AFP.The request came after...

UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya

UN member-states on Thursday urged Myanmar authorities to end a military campaign against the Muslim Rohingya in a resolution adopted despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional neighbours.The...

Kaspersky blames NSA hack on infected Microsoft software

Embattled computer security firm Kaspersky Lab said Thursday that malware-infected Microsoft Office software and not its own was to blame for the hacking theft of top-secret US intelligence materials.Adding...

Lithuania approves 'Magnitsky Act' to blacklist Russians

Lithuania's parliament adopted on Thursday a law allowing it to impose sanctions on Russian officials it considers guilty of human rights violations and money laundering, a move that swiftly drew Moscow's...

Ukraine seeks distance from Moscow with new Christmas holiday

Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday voted for a new public holiday on 25 December in a move which they said would allow the country to distance itself from Russia, which celebrates Orthodox Christmas in January.Ukraine...

Iran, Russia, Turkey leaders to hold Syria summit next week: Turkish media

Russian President Vladimir Putin will next week host Turkish and Iranian counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani for summit talks on Syria, Turkish state media said Thursday.The three presidents...

In first, Putin speaks with Ukraine's separatist leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken to eastern Ukraine's rebel leaders to discuss a prisoner swap, his first publicly acknowledged direct contact with the two pro-Russian separatist republics.The...

Venezuela, in 'selective default', signs debt deal with Russia

Venezuela signed a debt restructuring deal with major creditor Russia on Wednesday, as ratings agencies declared Caracas in partial default. The country is seeking to restructure its foreign debts, estimated...

Russia says Radio Free Europe, Voice of America risk 'foreign agent' tag

Russia's justice ministry said Thursday it had warned US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty they risked being legally forced to label themselves as "foreign agents."The justice...

In first, Putin speaks with Ukraine's separatist leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken to the eastern Ukraine's rebel leaders to discuss a prisoner swap, his first publicly acknowledged direct contact with the pro-Russian separatist republics.The...

Pussy Riot's anarchistic art hits London

Pussy Riot, the Russian art collective who became the nemesis of President Vladimir Putin after performing a punk protest in a cathedral, are taking their activist message to London with a new exhibition.The...

Russia, US headed for UN showdown over Syria gas attacks probe

Russia and the United States were on a collision course ahead of a UN Security Council vote Thursday on the fate of a UN-led probe to determine who is behind chemical attacks in Syria's six-year war.Washington...