Expatica : Russia (42)

Air strikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48 hours: monitor

At least 22 civilians have been killed in 48 hours of heavy air strikes by Syria's regime and its ally Russia in northwestern Syria, a monitor said Thursday.The strikes hit areas in the provinces of Idlib...

Russian billionaire Prokhorov sells media assets

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has sold his media company, Snob Media, which publishes the liberal magazine Snob, his conglomerate, Onexim Group, said on Thursday. "Onexim Group has stopped being...

Russian police detain group over tsar film attack

Russian police on Thursday detained four people over an arson attack linked to an upcoming controversial film about tsar Nicholas II and his affair with a ballerina.Hardline conservatives have derided...

US, Russian generals meet to talk Syria ops: Pentagon

US and Russian generals have met to discuss Syria operations, an American officer said Thursday, amid back-and-forth allegations that each side had struck the other's allied ground forces.Colonel Ryan...

Moscow warns US after artillery hits Syrian regime forces

Russia warned the United States of reprisals Thursday after artillery fire from an area controlled by US-backed fighters in eastern Syria targeted government troops.A military spokesman in Moscow blamed...

NATO chief backs UN peacekeepers across east Ukraine

NATO's chief on Thursday backed sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine but said the force should operate throughout the zone of violence which Western powers say is backed by Russia.NATO Secretary-General...

Russia says taking control of failing lender B&N

Russia's central bank said Thursday that it was taking over the nation's eighth-largest lender, B&N Bank, less than a month after it rescued another major lender to avoid a crisis in the banking sector.The...

Three Russia soldiers killed in Syria fighting: monitor

Three Russian soldiers have been killed in Syria during fighting between Islamic State group jihadists and Moscow-backed government forces, a monitor said on Wednesday.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory...

Russia agrees to accept court ruling on Beslan compensation

A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights criticising Russia's handling of the Beslan siege which left hundreds dead will not be contested, the justice ministry said Wednesday.In April the ECHR found...

Russia's B&N bank seeks bailout: central bank

B&N Bank, Russia's 12th biggest lender by assets, on Wednesday asked the central bank for a bailout, less than a month after another major Russian bank had to be rescued."The owner of B&N Bank has asked...

Ukraine's Naftogaz files $5bln lawsuit over Crimea assets

Ukraine's energy giant Naftogaz has filed a $5 billion lawsuit against Moscow to a Hague-based tribunal over what it said was the illegal seizure of its assets in Crimea, the company said on Wednesday."The...

Russia's B&N bank seeks bailout: central bank

B&N Bank, Russia's 12th biggest lender by assets, on Wednesday asked the central bank for a bailout, less than a month after another major Russian bank had to be rescued. "The owner of B&N Bank has asked...

Manafort calls for leaks probe after CNN wiretap story

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort called Tuesday for a federal investigation into leaks after CNN reported he had been wiretapped by the FBI in a national security probe.In a rare statement...

Hollywood stars, ex-spies launch Russia investigation campaign

"We have been attacked. We are at war," says Morgan Freeman. He adds: "This is no movie script."In a video that shot across social media Tuesday, the star of dozens of big-screen hits lent his solemn,...

US, Moscow seek Russian held in Greece over Bitcoin laundering

Moscow has requested the extradition of a Russian national also wanted in the United States for laundering billions of dollars through a Bitcoin exchange he operated, a judicial source said Tuesday.Alexander...

Russia unveils statue of AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov

Russian officials and Orthodox priests on Tuesday unveiled a statue in Moscow of inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose iconic AK-47 assault rifle has claimed countless lives worldwide.A priest sprinkled...

'The man who saved the world' dies in Russia

Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet military officer who is widely credited with helping prevent a nuclear war with the United States, has died aged 77, his son told AFP on Tuesday. Petrov, whose extraordinary...

Russia accuses US-backed rebels of hindering Syria IS fight

Russia on Tuesday accused US-backed rebels in Syria of targeting regime forces to try to halt their advance against Islamic State jihadists around the city of Deir Ezzor. In a statement the Russian military...

Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Tuesday he had no ties to Russian interference in the 2016 election and saw "not a hint" that Trump himself was involved, labelling such allegations...

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers called for a peaceful end to the "vicious cycle" on the Korean peninsula as they met in New York for the UN General Assembly, Beijing said Tuesday.Chinese Foreign...

US investigators wiretapped Trump campaign chief Manafort: CNN

US investigators wiretapped Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, under secret court order before and after the 2016 US presidential elections, CNN reported Monday.The wiretapping...

Wallenberg's family in Moscow court to get files on Swedish diplomat's death

A Russian court on Monday began hearing a lawsuit from descendents of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg against the FSB security service to try to get more details on his death in a Soviet jail.Wallenberg...

Russia's Rosneft eyes Iraqi Kurdistan gas pipeline deal

Russian energy giant Rosneft announced Monday it intends to help build a gas pipeline in Iraqi Kurdistan, a move bolstering Moscow's links to the region as it eyes independence. The state-run firm said...

Ex-Trump aide Flynn raises money for legal costs

The family of former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn has launched a defense fund to raise money for mounting legal costs in the sprawling Russia election interference probe.Flynn,...

Russian court delays Siemens' Crimea turbines lawsuit

A Russian court on Monday delayed the hearing of a lawsuit filed by German giant Siemens against a Russian state firm over the transfer of power turbines to Crimea in violation of EU sanctions.Siemens...

Syria troops closer to besieging IS after crossing key river

Syrian government troops came closer Monday to encircling the Islamic State group in a pocket of Deir Ezzor city after crossing the adjacent Euphrates River, Moscow and a monitoring group said.Russian-backed...

Tillerson to meet Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to meet his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York on Sunday ahead of the UN General Assembly, officials said.According to Tillerson's schedule,...

Trump's eldest son will testify publicly on Russia: senator

Donald Trump Jr. will testify publicly before a congressional committee probing Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible collusion by his father's campaign, a Democratic senator...

US urges Syria cooperation with Russia after strike

Washington and Moscow have held high-level talks aimed at shoring up military "deconfliction" zones in eastern Syria after Russia was accused of targeting US-backed forces battling the Islamic State group...

Russia and Iraq restore air travel after 13-year freeze

Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services on Sunday for the first time since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country.An Iraqi Airways...

Russia-proposed UN Ukraine force must not deepen division: US

The US special envoy to Ukraine on Saturday called the Russian proposal for a UN peacekeeping force there "a step forward" but warned the terms of the mandate must not "deepen the division" of the conflict-torn...

Russian strike wounds US-backed Syria fighters: coalition

Russian forces bombed US-backed fighters in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor early Saturday, the US-led coalition said after Moscow denied the claim."At approximately 12:30 am GMT (3:30 am local...

Two children dead, one missing in Ukraine camp fire

A fire swept through a children's camp in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa, killing two girls and leaving a third one missing, authorities said Saturday.Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman expressed...

US-backed force says hit by Russia, regime strikes in east Syria

A US-backed force battling the Islamic State group in eastern Syria said six of its fighters were wounded on Saturday in air strikes by regime and Russian warplanes. It is the first time the Syrian Democratic...

US-backed force says hit by Russian, regime strikes in east Syria

A US-backed force battling the Islamic State group in eastern Syria accused Russian warplanes on Saturday of bombing its fighters for the first time in the complex war.But Russia's military spokesman...

Congressman offered White House deal to let off Assange: report

A pro-Russia congressman offered to tell the White House who provided WikiLeaks with hacked Clinton campaign emails in exchange for the US dropping its probe into the group's leader Julian Assange, the...

Putin, Macron agree 'negotiations' the only way to defuse N.Korea tensions: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone call on Friday that resuming direct talks with North Korea was the only way to resolve tensions over its nuclear...

Keeping Russian gas transit through Ukraine 'top priority': EU

The EU said on Friday that it was a "top priority" for the bloc to see Russia continue sending gas through Ukraine in the future despite a conflict between the two ex-Soviet countries.The 28-nation bloc...

Poroshenko urges EU not to reject Ukraine's aspirations

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday urged the European Union not to close the door on Ukraine's hopes of joining, insisting it would be a "mistake" in the face of Russian aggression. "It is...

Russia 'firmly' condemns new N.Korea missile launch

Russia on Friday condemned a new missile launch by North Korea that came days after the United Nations Security Council imposed fresh sanctions on Pyongyang over its sixth nuclear test."Russia is deeply...

Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Russia, Iran and Turkey struck a deal Friday to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict.In a joint statement after two...

US urges China, Russia to act after N. Korea missile launch

The United States Thursday called on China and Russia to take "direct actions" to rein in North Korea after it fired a ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific."China supplies North Korea with most...