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VIDEO: Town with no power since New Year

Friday, February 20th 2015, 14:30
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The BBC's Paul Adams reports from the key Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, where pro-Russian rebels have pushed the army back from this week.
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Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed

Friday, February 20th 2015, 2:40

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is sentenced to 15 days in prison for handing out leaflets to publicise a planned demonstration.
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Russian bombers escorted by RAF jets

Thursday, February 19th 2015, 13:27

RAF jets escorted two Russian aircraft near the UK coast on Wednesday, the MoD says - as the defence secretary warns of Russia's threat to Baltic states.
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Russia denounces 'peacekeeper' call

Thursday, February 19th 2015, 12:06
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Minsk

Ukraine's call for the deployment of UN-mandated peacekeepers "aims to destroy" the Minsk accords, Russia's UN ambassador says.
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UK minister sees Russia Baltic threat

Thursday, February 19th 2015, 11:34
related countries: Estonia Estonia, Latvia Latvia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

There is a "real and present danger" of Russia trying to destabilise Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the UK defence secretary says.
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Google faces Android probe in Russia

Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 12:46

Search company Yandex files a complaint with Russia's competition watchdog about the restrictions Google places on Android phone-makers.
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US warns Russia on Ukraine violence

Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 8:18
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Minsk

The US accuses Russia of violating the Minsk truce deal, while some Ukrainian troops are reportedly withdrawing from the strategic town of Debaltseve.
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Putin urges Ukraine to give up town

Tuesday, February 17th 2015, 22:19
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Ukraine to allow its troops to lay down their weapons to rebels in the strategic town of Debaltseve.
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VIDEO: Gas pipeline burns in Ukraine 'ceasefire'

Tuesday, February 17th 2015, 20:10
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Two days after a ceasefire was meant to begin in eastern Ukraine, it seems neither government forces nor Russian-backed rebels are honouring the truce.
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Protest marks Putin visit to Hungary

Tuesday, February 17th 2015, 12:33
related countries: Hungary Hungary
related places: Budapest

Two thousand people march through Budapest ahead of talks between Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Profile: Iosif Kobzon, Russian crooner and MP

Tuesday, February 17th 2015, 1:09

The crooning Russian MP targeted by the EU
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Clashes threaten Ukraine ceasefire

Monday, February 16th 2015, 19:53
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The eastern Ukraine ceasefire looks increasingly fragile as fighting intensifies again, especially at Debaltseve, a key transport hub.
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Doping claims could 'kill' athletics

Monday, February 16th 2015, 19:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British athlete Jenny Meadows says that if proven, the claims of Russian doping could "kill" athletics.
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Athletics facing crisis - IAAF chief

Monday, February 16th 2015, 16:55

World athletics chief Lamine Diack tells BBC Sport athletics is facing "a crisis" following allegations of doping by Russian competitors.
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VIDEO: Russia gay lovers photo wins prize

Friday, February 13th 2015, 20:48

A photograph of two gay lovers in St. Petersburg, which aims to highlight increasing hardships for homosexuals in Russia, has won the World Press Photo of the Year award.
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'No promises' on Savchenko release

Friday, February 13th 2015, 12:08
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Minsk, Savchenko

Russia says it has made no promises to free Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, despite claims following the Minsk peace deal.
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EU warns Russia over Ukraine deal

Thursday, February 12th 2015, 23:47
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

Russia will face fresh sanctions from the EU if a deal to end the war in eastern Ukraine is not fully implemented, European leaders warn.
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VIDEO: BBC films as troops told of peace deal

Thursday, February 12th 2015, 22:35
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

The United States has welcomed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending the war in Ukraine but demanded that Russia end its support for the separatists.
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Leaders agree Ukraine peace roadmap

Thursday, February 12th 2015, 17:14
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

A deal is reached on a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, after all-night negotiations in Minsk.
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Ukraine talks last through the night

Thursday, February 12th 2015, 6:42
related countries: France France, Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine

Urgent talks on ending the conflict in Ukraine - brokered by Germany and France - last all night in Minsk, as fighting rages in the east.
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Casualties climb before Ukraine talks

Wednesday, February 11th 2015, 16:53
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

Fighting claims more than 20 lives in eastern Ukraine as leaders gather in Minsk for urgent peace talks brokered by France and Germany.
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VIDEO: Ukraine death toll rises ahead of talks

Wednesday, February 11th 2015, 14:29
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Minsk

As fighting continues in Ukraine, Ukrainian President, Poroshenko and Russian President, Putin will attend a summit in Minsk in an effort to resolve the conflict
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Ukraine battles rage ahead of summit

Tuesday, February 10th 2015, 18:26
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Mariupol'

Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine as government forces and pro-Russian rebels try to make gains ahead of possible peace talks on Wednesday.
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Russia's Putin in Egypt for talks

Tuesday, February 10th 2015, 11:31
related countries: Egypt Egypt

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, at the start of a two-day visit to Cairo.
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VIDEO: Wife's risky mission to free husband

Tuesday, February 10th 2015, 11:00
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Fierce fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine despite ongoing efforts to broker a ceasefire between pro-Russian rebels and government troops.
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'Don't arm Kiev' Russia warns US

Tuesday, February 10th 2015, 10:59
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

A close ally of Russia's President Vladimir Putin warns the European Parliament that US arms supplies to Ukraine could trigger "all-out war".
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Ukraine rebels claim gains on town

Tuesday, February 10th 2015, 7:10
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels say they have encircled the key town of Debaltseve - but Ukraine says its troops are still fighting along a supply road.
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Cyprus denies 'Russia deal on bases'

Monday, February 9th 2015, 14:12
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus

Cyprus denies Russian media reports that it is ready to lease two military bases to Russia.
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West caused Ukraine crisis - Putin

Monday, February 9th 2015, 12:52
related countries: Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine

The crisis in Ukraine was caused by the West, says Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he considers Franco-German proposals to end fighting.
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Four-way Ukraine summit planned

Sunday, February 8th 2015, 23:30
related countries: Belarus Belarus, France France, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Minsk

Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France say they aim to meet in Minsk on Wednesday to discuss a peace plan for eastern Ukraine.
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Push for peace in Ukraine to resume

Sunday, February 8th 2015, 5:20
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to discuss a peace plan for east Ukraine with the German, French and Ukrainian leaders by phone.
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'Last chance' for Ukraine peace deal

Saturday, February 7th 2015, 17:59
related countries: Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Moscow

A peace plan drawn up by France and Germany is "one of the last chances" to end the conflict in east Ukraine, French leader Francois Hollande says.
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Leaders upbeat on Ukraine talks

Saturday, February 7th 2015, 0:36
related countries: France France, Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany held "constructive and substantive" talks in Moscow on ending the conflict in Ukraine, diplomats say.
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Ukraine crisis: Russia tests new weapons

Friday, February 6th 2015, 1:17
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian military tests new systems in Ukraine
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Nato to boost Eastern Europe defence

Thursday, February 5th 2015, 11:20
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Kiev, Washington

Nato is due to reveal details of a plan to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe amid intensified fighting in Ukraine.
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Russia cuts swearing from hit film

Thursday, February 5th 2015, 10:50

Russian cinemas start showing the Oscar-nominated Russian film Leviathan - minus the many swear words.
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Pentagon 'boss' keen to arm Ukraine

Wednesday, February 4th 2015, 22:10
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The White House's pick for defence secretary says he is "inclined" to send weapons to Ukraine to fight against Russian-backed rebels.
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Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015, 12:29
related countries: Sudan Sudan

Two Russian pilots working for UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region have been kidnapped, Russia says.
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US ponders arming Ukraine forces

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015, 3:02
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

US officials consider whether to send defensive weapons to help the Ukraine government against pro-Russian rebels, US media say.
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Ukraine rebels 'want 100,000 men'

Monday, February 2nd 2015, 19:26
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko announces plans to boost rebel forces to 100,000, as fighting with Ukraine's military intensifies.
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Litvinenko 'worked as MI6 consultant'

Monday, February 2nd 2015, 17:19

Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was paid £2,000 a month by the British intelligence agency, his widow tells the inquiry into his death.
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Blaze wrecks Moscow public library

Saturday, January 31st 2015, 22:43
related places: Moscow

A blaze rages for more than 17 hours at one of Russia's largest public libraries, destroying parts of the building in the capital Moscow.
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Battle rages for key Ukraine town

Friday, January 30th 2015, 21:34
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels trade heavy tank and artillery fire in and around Debaltseve, a strategic town in eastern Ukraine.
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Putin ally to build bridge to Crimea

Friday, January 30th 2015, 19:45

A Russian contract for building a $3bn bridge to Crimea goes to a firm controlled by a close friend of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions.
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VIDEO: Video shows fierce battle in Ukraine

Friday, January 30th 2015, 15:53
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Donetsk

Video has emerged showing a fierce battle in Vuhlehirsk, Donetsk, in which pro-Russian forces come under heavy bombardment from Ukrainian forces.
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Russia patrols near UK 'routine'

Friday, January 30th 2015, 11:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Russia contests claims its planes caused "disruption to civil aviation" in the UK, saying the patrols were "routine" and met "international legal norms".
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Russian planes 'disrupted UK aviation'

Friday, January 30th 2015, 6:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Russian military planes flew near UK airspace, causing "disruption to civil aviation" and prompting RAF jets to "escort" them, the Foreign Office says.
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EU extends sanctions against Russia

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 22:27
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Brussels

Foreign ministers from the EU agree in Brussels to extend existing sanctions against Russia until September but not to impose any new sanctions.
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VIDEO: Ukraine town targeted by rebels

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 14:07
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Government troops in the town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine have been almost fully encircled by pro-Russian soldiers.
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Williams to face Sharapova in final

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 6:15
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Serena Williams faces Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final after the pair won their semi-finals in straight sets.
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How Russia outfoxes its enemies

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 1:39

The art of 'maskirovka' - how Russia keeps enemies guessing
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Russia boycotts European rights body

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 22:20
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Russian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resumes its boycott in protest at Ukraine sanctions.
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Could Greece tilt towards Russia?

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 18:38

Could Greece tilt towards Russia?
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Russia to spend $35bn on rescue plan

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 12:40

The Russian government will spend at least 2.34 trillion roubles to try to stave off an economic crisis, following a collapse in oil prices and the value of the rouble.
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North Korea leader to visit Russia

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 11:57
related countries: North Korea North Korea
related places: Moscow

Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be Kim Jong-un's first overseas trip as leader.
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US warns of more sanctions on Russia

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 11:41
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.
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Litvinenko lawyer accuses Russia

Tuesday, January 27th 2015, 21:45

Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was murdered for trying to "expose the corruption" at the heart of Russia's "mafia state", his family's lawyer claims.
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EU weighs more sanctions on Russia

Tuesday, January 27th 2015, 17:56
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

EU leaders ask their foreign ministers to consider imposing further sanctions on Russia in response to the continued fighting in Ukraine.
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Litvinenko 'perhaps poisoned twice'

Tuesday, January 27th 2015, 15:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been poisoned with polonium "not once but twice", the public inquiry into his death has heard.
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Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

Tuesday, January 27th 2015, 8:34

Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned.
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Sharapova too strong for Bouchard

Tuesday, January 27th 2015, 4:00
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Maria Sharapova beats seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to set up an all-Russian Australian Open semi-final.
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Russia's credit rating cut to junk

Monday, January 26th 2015, 23:11
related countries: United States United States
related places: Standard, Poor

Russia's credit rating is cut to junk by US ratings agency Standard and Poor's for the first time in a decade.
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Putin Ukraine remark nonsense - Nato

Monday, January 26th 2015, 22:09
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Nato's secretary-general dismisses as "nonsense" an accusation by Russia's Vladimir Putin that the Ukrainian army is a "foreign legion" of the alliance.
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FBI cracks 'Russian spy ring'

Monday, January 26th 2015, 21:43
related countries: United States United States

The FBI has arrested a man on charges he was spying for Russia and trying to recruit sources in New York City, says the US attorney general.
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Assad rejects talks with 'puppets'

Monday, January 26th 2015, 13:25
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Moscow

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad dismisses the country's Western-backed opposition as "puppets", as a new round of peace talks begins in Moscow.
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Poland-Russia row over Auschwitz

Monday, January 26th 2015, 8:12

Poland and Russia quarrel over Auschwitz liberation
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Ukraine vows to 'calm' fighting

Sunday, January 25th 2015, 15:45
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Mariupol'

Ukraine's President Poroshenko vows to "calm" fighting with pro-Russia rebels in east Ukraine, a day after 30 people died in Mariupol.
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Rockets 'kill 20' in Ukraine port

Saturday, January 24th 2015, 15:26
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Mariupol'

Rockets fired by pro-Russian rebels kill at least 20 people and injure dozens in Ukraine's government-held port city of Mariupol, police say.
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Russia's top athletics coach resigns

Friday, January 23rd 2015, 15:46

Russia's athletics head coach Valentin Maslakov has resigned following the doping scandal in his country.
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Refugee's 'Moscow agent' claims

Friday, January 23rd 2015, 1:09
related places: Chechen, Moscow

Chechen dissident says Moscow agents tortured him
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Top seeds Serena & Djokovic through

Thursday, January 22nd 2015, 10:20
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic reach the Australian Open third round but Caroline Wozniacki and Lleyton Hewitt are knocked out.
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Serbia offers to bang Russia-EU heads together

Thursday, January 22nd 2015, 0:44
related countries: Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia offers to sort out EU row with Russia
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Russia 'has 9,000 troops in Ukraine'

Wednesday, January 21st 2015, 20:41
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has more than 9,000 soldiers and 500 tanks in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, a claim denied by Moscow.
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Ukraine accuses Russia of attack

Tuesday, January 20th 2015, 22:43
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Ukrainian military accuses Russia of attacking its forces with regular troops as fighting in eastern Ukraine spreads towards the Russian border.
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Russia ban five athletes for doping

Tuesday, January 20th 2015, 16:31

Russia's anti-doping agency has banned five athletes who compete in the walk, including three Olympic gold medallists.
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Holy water protest at Lenin's tomb

Tuesday, January 20th 2015, 12:41
related places: Lenin

Two Russian artists are arrested after throwing holy water and shouting "rise up and leave" at the mausoleum containing the body of Vladimir Lenin.
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VIDEO: Russian cat 'saves abandoned baby'

Tuesday, January 20th 2015, 12:16
related places: Obninsk

A cat named Masha has become something of a celebrity in the Russian city of Obninsk after it alerted neighbours to an abandoned baby.
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Fresh clashes in eastern Ukraine

Sunday, January 18th 2015, 17:37
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Donetsk

The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk sees heavy fighting as government forces intensify operations against Russian-backed militants.
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Russian tourists spend 28% less in UK

Sunday, January 18th 2015, 15:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK's hotels and shops saw spending by Russians fall 28% last year largely thanks to the plunge in the rouble.
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#JeSuisCharlie gets little sympathy in Russia

Friday, January 16th 2015, 16:41
related countries: France France

Russia shuns French cartoons seen by many as 'insulting'
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Armenia clashes over Russian soldier

Friday, January 16th 2015, 1:53
related countries: Armenia Armenia

At least 12 people are injured in Armenia police clash with protesters demanding the handover of a Russian soldier accused of killing a local family.
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Fight Russian 'propaganda', say MEPs

Thursday, January 15th 2015, 18:06
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Euro MPs urge the EU to counter Russian "propaganda" and condemn Russia's "aggressive and expansionist policy" towards Ukraine.
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Ukraine ex-leader wanted by Interpol

Monday, January 12th 2015, 16:18
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Interpol places deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on its wanted list, almost one year after he fled to neighbouring Russia.
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Russia counts cost of rouble support

Monday, January 12th 2015, 15:18

The Russian central bank has revealed the huge cost of trying to prop up the value of the rouble during 2014.
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VIDEO: BBC finds Russians fighting in Ukraine

Friday, January 9th 2015, 6:34
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The BBC has gained access to training camps inside Russia where fighters talk openly about taking on the Ukrainian army, despite official Russian denials of their involvement.
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