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Russia imposes sex rules for drivers

Thursday, January 8th 2015, 19:01

Russia says transsexual and transgender people will be barred from driving on medical grounds, in a controversial move.
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Ukraine blames Russia for German hack

Thursday, January 8th 2015, 12:56
related countries: Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine points the finger at Russia for German hack attack but do they have any evidence for the claims?
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VIDEO: On board an AirAsia search plane

Tuesday, January 6th 2015, 2:38

The BBC's Kiki Siregar has had exclusive access to a Russian search plane that is looking for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
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Putin critic cuts off tag in protest

Monday, January 5th 2015, 19:28

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny cuts off his electronic monitoring tag in a protest against his house arrest.
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Russia to hire more foreign troops

Monday, January 5th 2015, 18:55
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russia opens up its armed forces to foreign career soldiers, though experts say the move is not linked to the conflict in Ukraine.
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France seeks end to Russia sanctions

Monday, January 5th 2015, 12:19
related countries: France France, Ukraine Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande says he wants Western sanctions on Russia to be lifted if progress is made in talks on the Ukraine conflict this month.
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Anzhi youth team player shot dead

Sunday, January 4th 2015, 11:50

Gasan Magomedov, a 20-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala footballer, is shot dead while driving his car near his home.
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Pussy Riot arrest at Moscow protest

Wednesday, December 31st 2014, 15:10
related places: Moscow

A member of punk group Pussy Riot is among further people arrested in Moscow after a rally over the conviction of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
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Russia inflation up as rouble falls

Wednesday, December 31st 2014, 13:03

Russia's annual inflation for 2014 will hit about 11.4%, according to official estimates, as the government intervenes to support another bank.
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Putin critic among 'hundred held'

Wednesday, December 31st 2014, 3:59

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is among 100 people detained at a Moscow rally, hours after being sentenced to house arrest for fraud.
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VIDEO: Hundred held after Russia protest

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 22:46
related places: Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and more than 100 other demonstrators have been arrested at a rally in central Moscow, activists say.
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VIDEO: Hundreds detained at Moscow protest

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 19:05
related places: Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is among 200 people detained at a protest in Moscow.
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Russia avoids making Navalny a martyr

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 12:18

Russia avoids making martyr of critic Navalny but jails brother
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Putin critic gets suspended sentence

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 11:10

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is given a suspended prison sentence and his brother is jailed after both are found guilty of fraud.
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VIDEO: Suspended sentence for Putin critic

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 10:22

A key Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gets suspended sentence after being found guilty in a high-profile fraud case.
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Kremlin's top opponent faces verdict

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 4:59

The man the Kremlin fears most, opposition politician Alexei Navalny, is to be sentenced in a controversial fraud trial, brought forward by two weeks.
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Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 1:44
related countries: United States United States
related places: Crimea

US President Barack Obama suggests Russia's Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea earlier this year turned out to be "not so smart".
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VIDEO: The cost of Russia's New Year salad

Monday, December 29th 2014, 14:46

Russia is on the brink of recession, but people there are still preparing for the traditional New Year's parties.
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Russia shows first sign of recession

Monday, December 29th 2014, 11:17

Russia's economy contracts for the first time in five years as President Putin moves to protect the country's banks.
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VIDEO: Ukrainian leader greets freed troops

Saturday, December 27th 2014, 15:24
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have freed four Ukrainian prisoners a day after the two sides exchanged hundreds of captives.
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Rebels free more Ukrainian soldiers

Saturday, December 27th 2014, 14:24
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine free four Ukrainian prisoners a day after the two sides exchange hundreds of captives.
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Russia refuses to have a gloomy New Year

Saturday, December 27th 2014, 0:40

How fish 'in a fur coat' is enough to make Russia's New Year happy
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Ukraine and rebels trade prisoners

Friday, December 26th 2014, 21:44
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Ukrainian government swaps scores of prisoners with rebels in the east, while freezing vital bus and rail links with Russian-held Crimea.
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Russia revises military doctrine

Friday, December 26th 2014, 15:16
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Russian military promotes the use of conventional, non-nuclear forces as a deterrent in its new doctrine, in response to the conflict in Ukraine.
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Ukraine peace talks called off

Friday, December 26th 2014, 10:29
related countries: Barbados Barbados, Belarus Belarus, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Minsk

Peace talks between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels, due to take place in Minsk, have been called off, Belarusian officials say.
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VIDEO: Putin cancels government holidays

Friday, December 26th 2014, 4:36

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled New Year holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.
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Putin acts to halt rising vodka cost

Wednesday, December 24th 2014, 20:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a cap on rising vodka prices, fearing they are pushing drinkers towards cheap, illegal substitutes.
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Russia reveals Ukraine 'MH17 witness'

Wednesday, December 24th 2014, 14:35
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Kiev

Russian investigators say they have evidence Malaysia Airlines MH17 may have been downed by a Ukrainian pilot, but Kiev rejects it as fake.
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Wada team takes 3,000 Russia samples

Wednesday, December 24th 2014, 11:16
related places: Moscow

Wada officials investigating claims of widespread doping in Russia visit Moscow and take 3,000 samples from athletes.
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VIDEO: 'Beetroot as lipstick won't catch on'

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014, 19:16

In the midst of Russia's current currency crisis, a government senator has been advising the country's women to use beetroot instead of imported lipstick.
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Russia limits firms' dollar holdings

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014, 18:37

The Russian government instructs five firms to limit foreign currency reserves as part of its efforts to stabilise the rouble.
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Ukraine votes to drop neutral status

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014, 13:35
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine's parliament votes to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership, a move quickly criticised by Russia.
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UN discusses N Korea human rights

Monday, December 22nd 2014, 22:33
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea

The UN Security Council begins a rare discussion of North Korea's human rights situation, amid reports of a large-scale internet outage in the country.
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Rouble rallies despite crisis warning

Monday, December 22nd 2014, 15:50

Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.
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Russians 'will not cave in' to West

Saturday, December 20th 2014, 13:22
related countries: Canada Canada, Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Moscow, West

Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
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Obama orders ban on Crimea trade

Saturday, December 20th 2014, 7:22
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Crimea

President Barack Obama orders a trade ban with Crimea, to show the US "will not accept Russia's occupation" of the Ukrainian region.
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Belarus moves to protect currency

Friday, December 19th 2014, 18:03
related countries: Belarus Belarus

Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.
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Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

Friday, December 19th 2014, 17:36

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
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Russia warns US over sanctions bill

Friday, December 19th 2014, 13:07
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow

Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries "for a long time".
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EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy

Friday, December 19th 2014, 0:36

The European Union needs a "plan for years" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.
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EU leaders focus on investment boost

Thursday, December 18th 2014, 17:47
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

EU leaders begin a Brussels summit focusing on an ambitious investment plan for Europe and the bloc's strained ties with Russia.
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Putin seeks to ease economic fears

Thursday, December 18th 2014, 12:32

President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.
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VIDEO: Russians splash out to beat rouble fall

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 22:28

As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
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Russia plans new action over rouble

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 16:32

Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.
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Russian media note panic over rouble

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 15:42

Bleak predictions in Russian media as currency plunges
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Apple halts Russian online sales

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 12:27

Technology giant Apple says it cannot currently sell products online in Russia because the rouble's value is too volatile for it to set prices.
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VIDEO: Simpson: What's behind rouble's fall?

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 23:58

Russia raises its key interest rate from 10.5% to 17% in an effort to ease the rouble's recent fall in value.
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Obama will sign new Russia sanctions

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 21:39

President Obama will sign a bill imposing new Russian sanctions despite reservations, the White House says.
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Rouble in free-fall despite rate rise

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 15:20

The rouble crashes to new record lows in Tuesday trading, hitting 79 roubles to the dollar, despite a dramatic rise in Russian interest rates.
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Russia in shock 17% rate rise move

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 9:04

The Russian central bank announces a huge rise in its key interest rate - from 10.5% to 17% - to try to stem the rouble's rapid fall in value.
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Gay Russians in fear as attacks increase

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 1:49

Gay Russians see big rise in homophobia
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VIDEO: Russia gay community scared by new law

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 0:01

Gay rights groups in Russia say that there has been a marked increase in homophobic harassment and attacks, since a new law made it a crime to spread "gay propaganda".
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Russian rouble falls to new low

Monday, December 15th 2014, 15:16
related countries: United States United States
related places: Western

The Russian rouble drops to a new low against the US dollar, as falling oil prices and Western sanctions continue to weigh on the country.
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Russia 'ignoring' anti-gay attacks

Monday, December 15th 2014, 13:12

Russia's authorities are failing to prevent an increase in homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch warns.
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Russia and US discuss Middle East

Sunday, December 14th 2014, 22:41
related countries: Israel Israel, Italy Italy, United States United States
related places: Rome

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Rome on the eve of talks with the Israeli prime minister.
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Chechnya human rights office burnt

Sunday, December 14th 2014, 15:31

Attackers set alight the office of one of the few human rights groups active in Russia's Chechen Republic, after it criticises President Kadyrov.
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VIDEO: Russia's Christmas tree diplomacy

Sunday, December 14th 2014, 11:38
related countries: France France
related places: Notre-Dame

Russia donates a Christmas tree to the Notre Dame cathedral in France, following an appeal for help.
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Ukraine 'must double' defence budget

Friday, December 12th 2014, 20:33
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine must double its military budget next year to $3bn to fund the fight against pro-Russian rebels, the defence minister says.
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Stray cat enjoys $1,000 fish feast

Friday, December 12th 2014, 11:03

Moggie gets its paws on marine delicacies after breaking into a Russian airport's fish counter.
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Bulgaria ponders lost pipeline chance

Friday, December 12th 2014, 2:16

How Bulgaria sees the scuppered Russian gas deal
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Russia and India agree nuclear deal

Thursday, December 11th 2014, 13:48
related countries: India India

Russia has agreed to build India at least 10 more nuclear reactors, says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after energy talks in Delhi.
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Russian Baltic moves 'unprecedented'

Thursday, December 11th 2014, 10:59
related countries: Poland Poland

Poland complains of "unprecedented" Russian military activity in the Baltic Sea region, saying Nato is being tested but is not at risk of attack.
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Moscow won't see 'Eye of Sauron'

Wednesday, December 10th 2014, 12:12
related places: Moscow

An creative art group scraps plans to erect a giant glowing globe in Moscow's business district after complaints.
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Moldova arrests 'uranium smugglers'

Tuesday, December 9th 2014, 17:18
related countries: Moldova Moldova

Seven people are arrested in Moldova on suspicion of smuggling uranium worth $2.1m (£1.3m; €1.7m) from Russia.
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Russia admits action to buoy rouble

Tuesday, December 9th 2014, 11:15

Russia's central bank admits it intervened to support the rouble last week spending a total of $4.53bn in the currency markets.
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Russian soprano reaches out to rebels

Monday, December 8th 2014, 19:09
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian opera singer and international star Anna Netrebko gives 1m roubles (£12,000) to a theatre in rebel-held Ukraine and poses with a rebel flag.
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Doping claims damaging - Lord Coe

Monday, December 8th 2014, 18:59

Lord Coe has admitted that allegations of systematic doping in Russian athletics are damaging the sport.
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Taxi firm Russifies drivers' names

Monday, December 8th 2014, 16:21

A Russian taxi company changes its drivers' non-Slav names, to see if it makes a difference to customer reviews.
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Russian liberal TV forced out

Monday, December 8th 2014, 12:39
related places: Moscow

The best-known liberal TV channel in Russia is told to quit its rented studios in Moscow while another private channel faces closure.
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Merkel condemns Russia 'interfering'

Sunday, December 7th 2014, 10:32
related countries: Germany Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel accuses Russia of interfering in countries seeking closer EU ties, in a newspaper interview.
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Putin 'has hope' for Ukraine truce

Saturday, December 6th 2014, 23:07
related countries: France France, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Moscow

Russia's Vladimir Putin hopes a permanent ceasefire will soon be agreed in Ukraine, after Moscow talks with French counterpart Francois Hollande.
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Athletes 'suspect' Russian doping

Saturday, December 6th 2014, 13:46

Former hurdles world champion Dai Greene says Russia doping allegations are "disturbing", but do not come as a surprise.
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Russians may sue over doping claims

Friday, December 5th 2014, 22:50

The Russian Athletics Federation says it may take legal action following doping and corruption allegations.
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VIDEO: Elgin Marbles statue loaned to Russia

Friday, December 5th 2014, 19:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The British Museum loans one of the Elgin Marbles for the first time, as Will Gompertz reports.
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Elgin loan 'affront to Greek people'

Friday, December 5th 2014, 14:30
related countries: Greece Greece, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Greek prime minister says the British Museum's decision to loan one of the Elgin Marbles to Russia is "an affront" to the Greek people.
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Elgin Marbles statue loaned to Russia

Friday, December 5th 2014, 12:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The British Museum has lent one of the Elgin Marbles to the Hermitage Museum in Russia - the first time one of the disputed Greek relics has gone on loan.
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Is economic malaise Putin's biggest challenge yet?

Friday, December 5th 2014, 1:18
related places: Is

Is economic malaise a threat to Russia's president?
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New initiative on Ukraine ceasefire

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 20:24
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine's president announces a new initiative to try to shore up a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.
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Russia doping claims sicken Meadows

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 17:39

Jenny Meadows says claims of cheating among Russian athletes would be "biggest doping scandal of all time" if true.
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Putin warns Russians of hard times

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 15:58

President Putin warns Russians to brace for hard times, days after the rouble suffers its biggest fall since the late 1990s.
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'Majority of Russian athletes dope'

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 13:02
related countries: Germany Germany

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it will "fully investigate" claims of systematic Russian doping made on German TV.
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Rebel attack rocks Chechen capital

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 11:22
related places: Chechen

Rebel gunmen shoot their way into the heavily fortified Chechen capital, Grozny, in a night-time attack which has left as many as 16 people dead.
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Rouble hits new low against dollar

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 17:49

The rouble hits fresh lows against the dollar and the euro amid reports that Russia central bank is intervening to support the currency.
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Remembering Russia's unknown soldiers

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 12:42

Russia remembers its unknown World War Two soldiers
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Kalashnikov rifle gets makeover

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 2:38
related places: Moscow

The Russian manufacturer of the AK-47 assault rifle unveils a new look for its guns, as well as a new logo, at a glitzy event in Moscow.
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Ukraine shelling dashes truce hopes

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 18:34
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Ukrainian military says pro-Russian rebels have attacked its forces again at Donetsk airport despite earlier ceasefire talks.
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