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Red Cross 'alarmed' over Syria town

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 10:24
related countries: Syria Syria

The Red Cross calls for immediate access to the besieged Syrian town of Qusair, as Russia blocks a draft UN declaration expressing concern.
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VIDEO: Qusair 'like hell' say eyewitnesses

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 7:42
related countries: Syria Syria

Diplomats at the UN Security Council say Russia has blocked a draft declaration expressing concern over the situation in the besieged Syrian city of Qusair.
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Russian smoking ban comes into force

Friday, May 31st 2013, 23:49

An anti-smoking law comes into force in Russia, banning smoking in some public places and restricting tobacco advertising.
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Russia expert fled over 'jail fear'

Friday, May 31st 2013, 22:46
related countries: France France

Leading Russian economist Sergei Guriev tells the BBC he has fled to France because he feared losing his freedom on trumped-up accusations.
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Russia urged not to arm Syria troops

Friday, May 31st 2013, 19:48
related countries: Germany Germany, Syria Syria, United States United States

The US and Germany call on Russia not to supply Syria's military with an advanced missile system, as fighting rages in the key town of Qusair.
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VIDEO: Will Russia's smoking ban work?

Friday, May 31st 2013, 6:24

A ban on smoking in some public places is due to come into effect in Russia on Saturday.
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VIDEO: Assad: Russia fulfilling arms contract

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 22:26
related countries: Syria Syria

President Bashar al-Assad has suggested Syria may have received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system.
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Syrian army 'has balance of power'

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 19:53
related countries: Syria Syria

The Syrian army has scored "major victories" against rebels and now holds "the balance of power" in the conflict, President Bashar al-Assad tells a Hezbollah-linked TV station.
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Sochi Olympics a 'monstrous scam'

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 18:42
related places: Sochi

As much as $30bn (£20bn) has been stolen in preparations for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian opposition leaders claim.
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Federer, Serena & Monfils post wins

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 18:57
related countries: France France, Seychelles Seychelles

Roger Federer and Serena Williams make round three with easy wins, while Gael Monfils secures another fine victory.
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Larry King hosts show on Russian TV

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 14:45
related countries: United States United States

Famed US television interviewer Larry King will host a political chat show on Russian government-funded television network RT, the channel says.
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VIDEO: Sports star leaps off Mount Everest

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 0:19

An extreme sport star from Russia has successfully completed the world's highest base jump - leaping off the north face of Mount Everest.
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Russian arms 'to stabilise Syria'

Tuesday, May 28th 2013, 18:55
related countries: Syria Syria

Russia says it will deliver S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to deter foreign intervention, as the EU decides to lift an arms embargo.
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VIDEO: Putin gets helipad to ease congestion

Monday, May 27th 2013, 18:18
related places: Moscow

A helipad has been constructed at the Kremlin in a bid to help ease congestion on Moscow's roads.
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'Black widow' bombing in Russia

Saturday, May 25th 2013, 15:16

A suicide bomber has blown herself up close to an interior ministry building in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, officials say.
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Syria 'to attend peace conference'

Friday, May 24th 2013, 10:29
related countries: Syria Syria

Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June.
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Error blacklists Russian 'Facebook'

Friday, May 24th 2013, 9:48

Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, is temporarily blacklisted by mistake - and some users find it blocked.
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Powerful quake off Russia east coast

Friday, May 24th 2013, 8:31
related places: Kamchatka

A strong earthquake strikes off the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east, but an initial tsunami warning issued by the authorities is lifted.
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Pussy Riot member denied parole

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 19:04

A Russian court denies parole to a hunger-striking member of punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, despite calls for her to be freed.
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Russia to evacuate Arctic station

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 14:49
related places: Moscow

A Russian drifting Arctic research station is to be evacuated because the ice field around it is melting, the environment ministry in Moscow reports.
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VIDEO: 'Lack of trust' between Russia and Europe

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 5:00

Russia's Deputy Defence Minister has told the BBC that there is still a lack of trust between Russia and the rest of Europe.
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Pussy Riot member 'on hunger strike'

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 11:51

An imprisoned member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot announces a hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing.
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VIDEO: Russia 'outrage' at Eurovision snub

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 7:20
related countries: Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

A row has erupted involving Russia and Azerbaijan over the Eurovision song contest.
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Russia: Eurovision snub 'outrageous'

Tuesday, May 21st 2013, 15:53
related countries: Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

Russia's foreign minister calls Azerbaijan's failure to award any Eurovision points to Russia "outrageous" and promises a response.
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Moscow 'terrorist attack' prevented

Monday, May 20th 2013, 20:23
related places: Moscow

Russian counter-terrorism agents have raided a group planning an attack in Moscow killing two suspects, officials say.
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Azerbaijan starts Eurovision inquiry

Monday, May 20th 2013, 16:38
related countries: Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

The president of Azerbaijan orders an investigation into why his country gave Russia "nul points" at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest.
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Russia pollster 'is foreign agent'

Monday, May 20th 2013, 13:35

Russia's only independent polling agency says it may have to close after being targeted by prosecutors under the controversial "foreign agents" law.
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US spy-row diplomat 'leaves Russia'

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 18:22
related countries: United States United States

US diplomat Ryan Fogle, accused by Russia accused of being a spy, has now left the country according to Russian television.
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Russian cult film director dies

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 22:39

Alexei Balabanov, the Russian director whose cult films caught the wildness of Russia's early post-Soviet years, dies at the age of 54.
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VIDEO: Plane catches fire on landing in Russia

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 13:45
related places: Moscow

A Boeing 737 plane carrying about 140 people catches fire upon landing at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.
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VIDEO: Inquiry urged into Russian spy death

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 7:59

The widow of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has called for the upcoming inquest into his death to be abandoned and replaced with a public inquiry.
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Russia reveals CIA chief's identity

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 7:35
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow

Russia publicly names the man it believes to be the US intelligence chief in Moscow, a breach of diplomatic protocol.
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US criticises Russia over missiles

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 1:24
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

The US chides Russia for what it calls an "unfortunate decision" to send missiles to the Syrian government, saying it will prolong the suffering.
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Litvinenko inquest future in doubt

Friday, May 17th 2013, 20:23

The inquest into the death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko could be replaced by a form of public inquiry to allow evidence about Russia's alleged role in the killing to be heard in secret.
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VIDEO: Russia lays out stance on Syria

Friday, May 17th 2013, 10:40
related countries: Syria Syria

UN and Russia discuss Syria crisis- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said both parties agreed that "a negotiated political solution is the only way to end the crisis"
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Moscow police swoop on migrants

Thursday, May 16th 2013, 14:56
related places: Moscow

Police in the Russian capital Moscow say they have arrested some 230 people suspected of being illegal migrants from Central Asia.
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'Cold war' between Fifa and FA

Thursday, May 16th 2013, 10:27

Sepp Blatter says there is a "cold war" between Fifa and the Football Association since Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup.
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Russia and US play jailhouse chess

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 19:08
related countries: United States United States

Convicts in Russia team up to play a chess tournament via Skype with inmates at the biggest jail in the US, Chicago's Cook County Jail.
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VIDEO: Lenin's tomb reopens to public

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 18:24
related places: Moscow

Vladimir Lenin's tomb in Red Square in Moscow has reopened to the public after a major renovation.
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Moscow and US envoy discuss spy row

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 10:32
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow

The US envoy to Russia meets officials in Moscow to discuss the case of a US diplomat who allegedly tried to recruit a Russian agent as a spy.
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VIDEO: US and Iranian wrestlers rumble in NYC

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 10:13
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States
related places: New York

The United Nations have played host to a different group of power players when champion wrestlers from the US, Russian and Iran visited its headquarters in New York.
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Moscow's retro spy scandal

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 2:35
related places: Moscow

Moscow's retro spy scandal shows old tricks still in vogue
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VIDEO: Russia orders expulsion of US 'spy'

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 22:37
related countries: United States United States

Russia has ordered the expulsion of a US diplomat after saying he had been caught red-handed with disguises, special equipment and wads of cash.
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Anger at Syria 'heart-eating video'

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 19:05
related countries: Israel Israel, Syria Syria

A video which appears to show a Syrian rebel eating the heart of a dead soldier is condemned by the opposition and Human Rights Watch.
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Russia to expel 'US CIA agent'

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 18:02
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow

Russia says it will expel a US diplomat arrested with a series of disguises for allegedly trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer as a spy.
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VIDEO: Russians arrest US 'spy in a wig'

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 15:36
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow

Video footage has emerged of an alleged CIA agent being detained in Moscow.
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Russia 'intercepts CIA agent'

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 14:37
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow

Russia is expelling a US diplomat briefly detained in Moscow for allegedly trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer, officials say.
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Russia arrests for 'anti-gay' murder

Monday, May 13th 2013, 20:13
related places: Volgograd

Police in the south Russian city of Volgograd question three men over a brutal murder reportedly motivated by homophobia.
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VIDEO: Stray dog controversy in Russia

Monday, May 13th 2013, 14:49

Kazan in Russia is trying to deal with its stray dog problem before the city hosts the World Student Games this summer - but animal rights activists claim some animals are being killed inhumanely.
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Step up Syrian action, Cameron urges

Friday, May 10th 2013, 18:28
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Sochi

Prime Minister David Cameron says the international community must do more to "help shape" a transitional government in Syria after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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VIDEO: Train blast hurls wreckage six storeys

Friday, May 10th 2013, 11:06

A fire on a freight train carrying chemical substances in Russia injures dozens of people and forces hundreds more to be evacuated.
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Boston suspect 'talked jihad'

Friday, May 10th 2013, 9:21
related countries: United States United States
related places: Boston

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev already held extreme views when he visited Russia last year, Islamists in Dagestan tell US media.
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Russia and US agree Syria conference

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 22:54
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States
related places: Moscow

Russia and the US say they have agreed to work towards holding an international conference to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
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Thousands attend anti-Putin rally

Monday, May 6th 2013, 20:59
related places: Moscow

Thousands of people gather for a rally in Moscow as they try to reinvigorate opposition to President Vladimir Putin.
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Missing plane wreck found in Russia

Sunday, May 5th 2013, 21:25

Hunters in the Ural Mountains of Russia discover the wreck of a biplane that went missing last June, with 11 bodies also found near the site.
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VIDEO: Missing plane wreck found a year on

Sunday, May 5th 2013, 17:48

Hunters in the Urals Mountains of Russia have found the remains of a crashed biplane that went missing last June.
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Mariinsky Theatre unveils new venue

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 10:50
related places: Saint Petersburg

Russia's famous Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg opens a new ballet and opera house with a gala ceremony attended by 2,000 guests.
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Ireland to drop Magnitsky List plan

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 11:34
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United States United States

The Irish parliament is set to limit its reaction to the Magnitsky affair to a statement of concern after Russia warns against US-style sanctions.
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Russia seeks new generation of 'heroes'

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 8:47

Russia reinvents Soviet-era labour award
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VIDEO: Retro Russian cars parade in Tajikistan

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 16:50
related countries: Tajikistan Tajikistan

More than 30 retro Russian cars and motorcycles take part in a parade in Tajikistan to celebrate capital city day.
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Owner jailed over Russian club fire

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 14:28
related places: Perm'

A court in the Russian city of Perm sentences the owner of a nightclub where 156 people died in a fire in 2009 to nearly 10 years in prison.
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VIDEO: Has Russia become a rogue state?

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 0:47

Bridget Kendall asks if Russia has become a "rogue state" since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Russia and Japan agree island talks

Monday, April 29th 2013, 14:23
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan and Russia agree to resolve a territorial dispute which has prevented a WWII peace deal being signed, as PM Abe visits Moscow.
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Is Russian crime arriving in the UK?

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 23:04
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

But are they bringing organised crime to the UK?
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VIDEO: Blaze engulfs hospital near Moscow

Friday, April 26th 2013, 19:10
related places: Moscow

A blaze has engulfed a wing of a psychiatric hospital in a village near Moscow, killing 38 people, with just three survivors, officials say
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Putin rejects foreign gay adoption

Friday, April 26th 2013, 16:07
related places: Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow should amend its adoption agreements with countries which have legalised gay marriage.
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Blaze engulfs hospital near Moscow

Friday, April 26th 2013, 10:08
related places: Moscow

A blaze engulfs a wing of a psychiatric hospital in a village near Moscow, killing 38 people, with just three survivors.
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VIDEO: 'Many dead' in Russia hospital fire

Friday, April 26th 2013, 6:33
related places: Moscow

At least 38 people are feared dead after a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital in the Moscow region, officials say.
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Case against Putin opponent falters

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 16:31

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accuses a key witness at his fraud trial of false testimony after the witness contradicts himself.
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Russia fines first NGO under new law

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 12:13

Election watchdog Golos becomes the first non-governmental organisation (NGO) to be fined in Russia under a controversial new law.
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Russian activist denounces trial

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 16:55
related places: Kirov

Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny, on trial for embezzlement, tells the court the charges are "political revenge" for his anti-Putin campaigning.
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Parents of Boston suspects quizzed

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 14:04
related countries: United States United States
related places: Boston

US officials are in the Russian republic of Dagestan to speak to the parents of Boston bomb suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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Russia shooting suspect captured

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 9:35
related places: Belgorod

A gunman suspected of shooting six people dead in the western Russian city of Belgorod is captured after a huge manhunt.
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VIDEO: Russian police hunt for Belgorod gunman

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 14:26
related places: Belgorod

Authorities in Russia are pursuing a man who shot dead six people before fleeing in the south-western city of Belgorod
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Russian spy jailed for 12 years

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 11:49
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

A former Dutch foreign ministry worker is jailed for 12 years for passing hundreds of sensitive political and military documents to Russia.
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VIDEO: 'Chechnya problem' in 99 seconds

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 9:53

Russia's Caucasus region has been beset by conflict since the 1990s, and faces an ongoing Islamist insurgency today. Was it also linked to the Boston bombing?
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Six dead in western Russia shooting

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 15:10
related places: Belgorod

A gunman has killed six people - including a 14-year-old girl - in the western Russian city of Belgorod, local officials say.
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Russian tycoon top of rich list

Saturday, April 20th 2013, 18:10
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Arsenal FC shareholder Alisher Usmanov tops the annual Sunday Times list of the wealthiest people in Britain and Ireland with a £13.3bn fortune.
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Putin criticism leaves Russian PM Medvedev bruised

Friday, April 19th 2013, 10:39

Russian PM Medvedev gets rough ride amid Putin anger
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VIDEO: Aleksei Navalny defiant ahead of trial

Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 15:45

Alexei Navalny, one of Russia's leading opposition figures, talks to the BBC ahead of his trial for embezzlement.
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Police probe 'Russian Facebook'

Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 15:05

Russian police search the home and offices of the man who founded the country's most popular social networking site.
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Russian activist Navalny on trial

Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 6:11

A judge opens and adjourns an embezzlement case against Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who says the charge is "fabricated" by the state.
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Russia retaliates for US blacklist

Saturday, April 13th 2013, 11:42
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow, Friday

Moscow issues a list of 18 US officials barred from Russia, as it denounces as blackmail a similar list published by the US Treasury on Friday.
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US publishes Russian sanction list

Friday, April 12th 2013, 19:24
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

The US publishes a blacklist of 18 Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses, against the wishes of Moscow.
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Kaykov sacked for failing drug test

Thursday, April 11th 2013, 17:21

European track cycling champion Valery Kaykov is the first athlete to be suspended for using the banned substance GW1516.
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Real life Billy Elliot shows Bolshoi promise

Thursday, April 11th 2013, 0:56

Real-life 'Billy Elliot' set for Russia dance glory
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