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Litvinenko suspect aims to clear name

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 22:17

Russia suspect aims to clear his name in Litvinenko inquiry
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Europe's far-right meets in Russia

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 16:07

Representatives of European far-right parties hold a forum in St Petersburg organised by a pro-Kremlin grouping, with a protest outside broken up.
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Litvinenko suspect 'to refute claims'

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 6:08

One of the suspects in the killing of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko tells the BBC he will disprove claims made of his involvement at a public inquiry.
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VIDEO: Why Putin is the 'Pidgin President'

Friday, March 20th 2015, 17:53

Satirist asks why Russia is strengthening ties with Africa
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Greece 'to table new reform plan'

Friday, March 20th 2015, 5:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Greece Greece, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Brussels

Greece has agreed to provide a new economic reform plan to secure the additional bailout funds required to prevent bankruptcy, EU leaders say.
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Friday, March 20th 2015, 2:49
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

EU leaders agree to keep sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict until the end of 2015 at the earliest, tying them to a truce deal.
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'Too much made of racism in Russia'

Thursday, March 19th 2015, 15:17

Former head of Russian football says too much is made of racism in the country and questioned if monkey chants are racist.
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British military trainers in Ukraine

Thursday, March 19th 2015, 14:26
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United Kingdom United Kingdom

British military personnel have started training members of the Ukrainian army engaged in fighting against pro-Russian rebels, the BBC learns.
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Graffiti attack on philosopher Kant

Thursday, March 19th 2015, 12:15

Russian police are hunting an unusual vandal, who sprayed graffiti on the walls of a site where philosopher Immanuel Kant is thought to have lived.
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General Motors pulls Opel in Russia

Wednesday, March 18th 2015, 16:33
related countries: United States United States
related places: Chevrolet

US car giant General Motors is to pull its Opel brand out of Russia after plummeting sales, and significantly cut back Chevrolet production in the economically troubled country.
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VIDEO: Crimea annexation - one year on

Wednesday, March 18th 2015, 6:22
related places: Moscow

Celebrations are due to take place on Wednesday in Russia to mark the first anniversary of Moscow's annexation of Crimea, as Richard Galpin reports
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World's worst team closer to Russia

Tuesday, March 17th 2015, 14:28
related countries: Bhutan Bhutan, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Bhutan, the world's lowest ranked side, upset Sri Lanka to progress to the next round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers.
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Greek PM brings forward Putin talks

Tuesday, March 17th 2015, 12:19
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Moscow

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is to visit Moscow on 8 April, a month earlier than planned as the indebted eurozone state seeks to avoid bankruptcy.
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VIDEO: 'My sons did not kill Boris Nemtsov'

Tuesday, March 17th 2015, 6:52
related places: Chechen

Two and a half weeks on from the murder of a key Russian opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov, five Chechen men are in custody, but very few details of the investigation have emerged.
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VIDEO: Is Crimea 'mission accomplished'?

Monday, March 16th 2015, 22:02
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

As Crimea marks the anniversary of its annexation from Ukraine, supporters of the 'Russian Spring' on the peninsula appear to outnumber its opponents.
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Putin laughs off absence rumours

Monday, March 16th 2015, 16:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin laughs off rumours about his health after making his first appearance in public since 5 March.
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VIDEO: 'Nostalgic atmosphere' in Crimea

Monday, March 16th 2015, 13:09

Thousands of people in Crimea are celebrating the anniversary of the Russian annexation that took place last spring.
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Where has Putin been? The best of the memes

Monday, March 16th 2015, 11:42

The 10-day disappearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin led to the internet responding with an inevitable collection of memes.
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Crimea has left Ukraine 'for good'

Monday, March 16th 2015, 5:58
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Crimea's leader tells the BBC the territory has returned to Russia and will never form part of Ukraine again, a year after its disputed referendum.
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China is third largest arms exporter

Monday, March 16th 2015, 1:36
related countries: China China, Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

China has overtaken Germany, France and the UK to become the world's third largest exporter of arms behind the US and Russia.
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Putin 'was ready for nuclear alert'

Sunday, March 15th 2015, 18:57
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he was ready to put the country's nuclear weapons on standby during tensions in Ukraine and Crimea.
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World waits to see if Putin turns up

Sunday, March 15th 2015, 15:35
related places: Moscow

The Moscow rumour mill is at full tilt
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Crimea leader projects calm on anniversary

Sunday, March 15th 2015, 12:05

Has Crimea accepted its takeover by Russia?
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Nemtsov Ukraine report 'due soon'

Saturday, March 14th 2015, 13:36
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

A report on Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict - compiled by murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov - will be released in April, his ally tells the BBC.
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Ikea closes Russia site over gay law

Friday, March 13th 2015, 20:58

Furniture giant Ikea says it is closing an online magazine in Russia over fears it could flout the country's anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
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Russia cuts rates as crisis eases

Friday, March 13th 2015, 12:07

Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%, as concerns over inflation recede.
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Kremlin denies Putin health rumours

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 12:57

A Kremlin spokesperson says Russian President Vladimir Putin is well following rumours of ill-health, sparked by the postponement of a foreign trip.
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VIDEO: Icy waters for Arctic oil exploration

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 11:24

In 2014 companies looked to the Arctic as a new region to exploit natural resources but with plummeting oil prices and growing tensions with Russia, plans to explore the region may need to be put on hold.
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VIDEO: 'My father fought with Putin, nobody else'

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 10:50

The daughter of the murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov talks to the BBC about her father's death and says his killing was politically motivated.
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Fatal fire in Russian shopping centre

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 10:43
related places: Kazan'

Five people have died and up to 25 people are feared trapped in rubble after a fire at a shopping centre in the Russian city of Kazan.
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Nemtsov daughter lays blame on Putin

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 5:14

Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, says Vladimir Putin must bear responsibility for his death.
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Could Europe lose Greece to Russia?

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 1:06
related countries: Greece Greece

Could Europe lose Greece to Russia?
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Nemtsov murder confession 'forced'

Wednesday, March 11th 2015, 18:24

Zaur Dadayev, a suspect charged with killing Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, confessed under duress, a member of Russia's human rights council says.
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US tanks in Baltics as drills start

Tuesday, March 10th 2015, 20:07
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Baltic

Hundreds of US military vehicles arrive in the Baltic states and are to stay in Europe, as Russia says it is pulling out of a Cold War arms pact.
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Christie to race in Russian Worlds

Tuesday, March 10th 2015, 18:41

Elise Christie will compete in the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, despite a death in her family.
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VIDEO: Battle for Reichstag reconstructed

Tuesday, March 10th 2015, 10:55
related countries: Germany Germany

Volunteers in St Petersburg, Russia, have been reconstructing the scene of the battle for the Reichstag in 1945 Berlin for an exhibition.
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Ukraine confirms rebel arms pullback

Tuesday, March 10th 2015, 4:40
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Ukrainian president confirms that pro-Russian rebels in the east have withdrawn a "significant" amount of heavy weapons under a ceasefire plan.
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Ramzan Kadyrov: Putin's key Chechen ally

Monday, March 9th 2015, 16:51
related places: Chechen

Why Kadyrov is a key player in Putin's Russia
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Putin reveals secret Crimea plot

Monday, March 9th 2015, 14:58

Vladimir Putin admits for the first time that Russia's annexation of Crimea began weeks before its disputed referendum on self-determination.
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Nemtsov ally sceptical of arrests

Monday, March 9th 2015, 14:03

An ally of murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov says he is deeply sceptical that the suspects charged organised the killing.
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VIDEO: Nemtsov killed 'as act of terror'

Monday, March 9th 2015, 13:10

A close ally of murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, Ilya Yashin, says he is "totally sceptical" that the two men charged with Nemtsov's murder organised his killing.
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Europe needs an army, says Juncker

Monday, March 9th 2015, 11:43

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calls for the creation of a European army to face up to Russia and other threats.
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Pair charged over Nemtsov murder

Sunday, March 8th 2015, 21:54
related places: Moscow

Two men are charged in connection with the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov, as three other suspects appear in a Moscow court.
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Russia relations prickly - Hammond

Sunday, March 8th 2015, 12:20
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK and Russia will continue to have a "prickly relationship" with no clear change in Vladimir Putin's intentions towards Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
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Two men held over Nemtsov killing

Saturday, March 7th 2015, 21:12

Two men have been detained over the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the head of the security agency announces.
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Ukraine rebels 'pull heavy weapons'

Saturday, March 7th 2015, 16:48
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Donetsk

The pro-Russia separatist leader in Donetsk in east Ukraine says rebels have fully removed heavy arms from the front line as agreed in the ceasefire.
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VIDEO: Russian troops 'rotating' into Ukraine

Friday, March 6th 2015, 18:12
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukrainian government sources tell the BBC that they believe that Russian troops are continually entering and leaving eastern Ukraine.
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VIDEO: Alexei Navalny released from jail

Friday, March 6th 2015, 11:42

The prominent critic of the Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, has been released from jail in Russia, as Sarah Rainsford reports.
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Kremlin critic Navalny out of prison

Friday, March 6th 2015, 10:16

Alexei Navalny vows not to "step back" as he is released from prison a week after the killing of fellow opposition figure, Boris Nemtsov.
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Nadiya Savchenko: Ukraine resistance symbol in Russia

Friday, March 6th 2015, 9:27
related places: Moscow

Captive Ukraine pilot defiant in Moscow jail
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VIDEO: Ukraine pilot breaks hunger strike

Friday, March 6th 2015, 7:00
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

A Ukrainian military pilot breaks off her hunger strike after 83 days in a Russian prison.
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Baltic states shiver as Russia flexes muscles

Friday, March 6th 2015, 5:08

Europe editor Katya Adler on the alarm at Russian muscle-flexing
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President Obama urged to arm Ukraine

Friday, March 6th 2015, 3:03
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Congress

Senior figures in Congress urge the US president to send lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian rebels.
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Russia 'can't hide troops in Ukraine'

Thursday, March 5th 2015, 17:14
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Nato's deputy chief says Russian leaders are less and less able to conceal the deaths of "large numbers" of Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine.
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'I, Russian Occupier': The hit propaganda film

Thursday, March 5th 2015, 0:43

Why Russian imperialism is good - according to a viral video
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Oligarch given North Sea deadline

Wednesday, March 4th 2015, 19:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has seven days to convince the UK government not to force him to sell newly acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea.
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Ukraine hunger strike pilot 'OK'

Wednesday, March 4th 2015, 16:37
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko says she feels "OK" despite spending 82 days on hunger strike in prison in Russia.
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Putin urges end to political murders

Wednesday, March 4th 2015, 13:18

Russian President Vladimir Putin demands an end to "shameful" political killings in Russia, after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
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Phelps may be reinstated for Worlds

Wednesday, March 4th 2015, 11:28

Michael Phelps may be allowed to compete at swimming's World Championships in Russia after originally being banned.
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VIDEO: Boris Nemtsov laid to rest

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 23:33
related places: Moscow

Thousands of Russians have bid farewell to murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as his funeral took place in the capital Moscow.
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Who killed Boris Nemtsov?

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 17:28
related places: Moscow

Theories abound over murder that shocked Moscow
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VIDEO: Grim remains of MH17 shown

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 16:28
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

All 298 people on board MH17 died when the airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July, close to the border with Russia.
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Russians bid farewell to Nemtsov

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 15:54
related places: Moscow

Thousands of Russians bid farewell to murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov during his funeral in the capital Moscow.
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'Monitoring deal' on Ukraine truce

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 11:30
related countries: Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Kiev

Ukrainian, Russian, French and German leaders agree to send observers to areas of Ukraine where truce violations are reported, Kiev says.
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Nemtsov girlfriend flies to Ukraine

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 0:22
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Moscow

Anna Durytska, the Ukrainian girlfriend of murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, is flying home after being questioned by police in Moscow.
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What next for Russia's opposition?

Monday, March 2nd 2015, 16:33

Does Nemtsov murder mark watershed for Russia opposition?
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Ukraine truce 'still not complete'

Monday, March 2nd 2015, 15:37
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Lavrov

The US accuses pro-Russian rebels of a "piecemeal" approach to the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, withdrawing weapons in only some areas.
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Estonia ruling party wins election

Monday, March 2nd 2015, 6:14
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Estonia's ruling party has won national elections and is expected to form a governing coalition after defeating its pro-Russian rival.
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Blatter 'concerned' by racism report

Monday, March 2nd 2015, 0:32

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he is concerned by a report on racism in Russian football ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
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Oligarch faces North Sea deal block

Sunday, March 1st 2015, 23:54
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK government says it will block the sale of 12 North Sea oil and gas fields to Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman.
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Mass rally for Nemtsov in Moscow

Sunday, March 1st 2015, 22:10
related places: Moscow

Tens of thousands of people march in Moscow to honour Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday.
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VIDEO: Kasyanov pays tribute to Nemtsov

Sunday, March 1st 2015, 2:18
related places: Moscow

Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov plays tribute to Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead in Moscow on Friday.
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VIDEO: Tributes paid after Nemtsov death

Saturday, February 28th 2015, 19:35
related places: Moscow

People have gathered in Moscow to pay tribute to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday just meters from the Kremlin.
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Putin pledge on Nemtsov murder

Saturday, February 28th 2015, 16:06

Russia's President Putin vows to bring the killers of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov to justice, as world leaders demand a transparent inquiry.
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Putin critic Boris Nemtsov shot dead

Saturday, February 28th 2015, 9:56
related places: Moscow

Boris Nemtsov, a leading Russian opposition politician and ex-deputy PM, is shot dead in Moscow ahead of a march against the war in Ukraine.
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VIDEO: Mariupol's volunteer defence force

Saturday, February 28th 2015, 9:19
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Donetsk

Fighting has died down in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions in recent days, after a ceasefire agreed between the government and pro-Russian rebels.
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UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'

Saturday, February 28th 2015, 6:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says.
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Putin cuts staff's salaries by 10%

Friday, February 27th 2015, 17:01

Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions.
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Spaniards 'joined Ukraine rebels'

Friday, February 27th 2015, 16:58
related countries: Spain Spain, Ukraine Ukraine

Authorities in Spain arrest eight people accused of travelling to eastern Ukraine to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.
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Ukraine crisis: Mariupol asks, are we next?

Friday, February 27th 2015, 16:42
related places: Mariupol'

Anxious times as Mariupol awaits the arrival of pro-Russian rebels
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Threat to east Ukraine 'to persist'

Friday, February 27th 2015, 14:16
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine's president says a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a truce with rebels holds, a warning seen as a reference to Russia.
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VIDEO: Russia's football racism 'too common'

Friday, February 27th 2015, 6:15

Russia will host the next football World Cup, and with three years to go before the finals, FIFA has called the level of racism in the Russian game "completely unacceptable".
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Racism still rife in Russian football

Friday, February 27th 2015, 2:40

BBC reporter witnesses racism in Russian football first-hand
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Litvinenko inquiry shown CCTV footage

Thursday, February 26th 2015, 17:50

CCTV footage of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko before he is said to have been given a fatal dose of poison is shown at an inquiry into his death.
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