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  • Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs
    Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs 23 hours ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning "undesirable" non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board. More »

  • Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally
    Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally Fri, May 22, 2015

    British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. More »

  • EU, ex-Soviet neighbours patch over rifts with eye on Russia
    EU, ex-Soviet neighbours patch over rifts with eye on Russia Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Alastair Macdonald and Gederts Gelzins RIGA (Reuters) - Looking over their shoulders at Russia, the European Union and six former Soviet neighbours patched up their differences to renew vows of cooperation in the interests of peace and security at a summit on Friday. Meeting in Riga 18 months after the last Eastern Partnership gathering sparked the Cold War-style tug-of-war over Ukraine, Kiev and other aspirants to the European club won offers of aid and hopes of visa-free travel to the EU that fell short of promises of EU membership. Despite sympathy from some EU leaders, especially in the east, who urged firmer commitments to eventually bringing the most pro-Western states into the bloc, the EU's big powers are wary both of provoking Russian President Vladimir Putin and of burdening the Union with impoverished and unstable new members. More »

  • Depardieu 'Shocked' By Ukraine Situation
    Depardieu 'Shocked' By Ukraine Situation Fri, May 22, 2015

    Film star Gerard Depardieu has praised his friend Vladimir Putin at Cannes Film Festival, and said he was "shocked" at the Ukraine situation. The 66-year-old faced questions about his much-criticised decision to take Russian citizenship in 2013. "I know Vladimir Putin, I like him very much. More »

  • Kremlin spokesman: Russia wants to free 2 held in Ukraine
    Kremlin spokesman: Russia wants to free 2 held in Ukraine Fri, May 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Moscow is making efforts toward the release of two Russians held in Ukraine, but has declined comment on claims that they are soldiers. More »

  • Kremlin seeking to free Russians held by Kiev
    Kremlin seeking to free Russians held by Kiev Fri, May 22, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Friday the Kremlin was doing all it could to secure the release of two men that Ukraine says are captured Russian soldiers. More »

  • Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations
    Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Maria Tsvetkova and Eric Auchard MOSCOW/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules. Roskomnadzor said it had sent letters this week to the three U.S.-based Internet firms asking them to comply with Internet laws which critics of President Vladimir Putin have decried as censorship.      "In our letters we regularly remind (companies) of the consequences of violating the legislation," said Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky.     He added that, because of the encryption technology used by the three firms, Russia had no way of blocking specific websites and so could only bring down particular content it deemed in violation of law by blocking access to their whole services. More »

  • Iraqi leader in Moscow for talks on investment, weapons
    Iraqi leader in Moscow for talks on investment, weapons Thu, May 21, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted the visiting Iraqi leader, pledging to provide further assistance to the government battling an onslaught of the Islamic State group. More »

  • Cross-dressing diva Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let's hang out
    Cross-dressing diva Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let's hang out Thu, May 21, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Conchita Wurst would like to hang out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. More »

  • Russia, Iraq expanding military cooperation - Putin Thu, May 21, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Baghdad are expanding military cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday during talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Kremlin. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said before the talks began that Russia was ready to supply weapons to Iraq to help it combat Islamic State militants, who have made further sweeping gains in Iraq and Syria over the past week. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska) More »

  • Spurred by Western criticism, Russians experience something new: patriotism Mon, May 18, 2015

    The snapping point came for Pavel Melikhov, he says, when he heard President Obama compare Russia to a disease. He had felt supportive when Moscow annexed Crimea last year – as did a huge majority of Russians – and says he believed that President Vladimir Putin was defending Russia's natural interests by backing Russian-speaking rebels in eastern Ukraine against a revolutionary, anti-Moscow government that took power in Kiev last year. More »

  • Senior U.S. official in Moscow to bolster Ukraine peace plan Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States stepped up its diplomatic drive to salvage Ukraine's shaky peace process on Monday by sending a senior State Department official to Moscow to seek common ground over a conflict that has cost more than 6,100 lives in the past year. Victoria Nuland's visit to Moscow came days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the conflict, which has badly strained bilateral ties. Nuland, who is assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, discussed with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin detailed provisions of a peace accord clinched in Minsk in February. More »

  • Russia's Putin to discuss energy with Iraqi PM in Moscow Mon, May 18, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in Moscow on Thursday to discuss ways to strengthen energy ties, the Kremlin said on Monday. The weakness of prices has forced Moscow to seek closer ties with the Organization of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which includes Iraq. So far, Russia has refused to cut oil production voluntarily to support prices, saying it would be unable to quickly restore production if the cuts were implemented, mainly due to the vast country's harsh climate. Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members have said they will consider cutting output only if non-OPEC members such as Russia agree. More »

  • Russia unveils bust of Putin as Roman emperor
    Russia unveils bust of Putin as Roman emperor Sun, May 17, 2015

    A group of supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday presented a bust of the strongman depicting him in the heroic guise of a Roman emperor. More »

  • Russian police detain activists at gay flashmob in Moscow Sun, May 17, 2015

    Russian police detained 17 protesters on Sunday as they gathered in central Moscow to release colourful balloons into the air to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, an organiser of the failed flashmob said. Some 50 people assembled on a square outside a Moscow theatre but crowd control police drove up a bus and started shoving the protesters inside before they managed to unfurl any banners or chant any slogans. One of the organisers, Andrei Obolensky, said later that he and others were still detained at a police station, and only one of them had so far been released. The LGBT community has come under increased pressure in Russia as President Vladimir Putin has charted a more conservative course since starting his third term in 2012. More »

  • Analysis - West clings to fraying Ukraine peace deal despite Kiev doubts
    Analysis - West clings to fraying Ukraine peace deal despite Kiev doubts Sun, May 17, 2015

    By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Western powers are clinging to a fraying peace deal in Ukraine and forcing Kiev to follow suit, even though Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of wavering and NATO is warning that Moscow may be preparing for a new offensive. The United States and European Union are still backing the three-month old ceasefire, despite a growing feeling that it is in its death throes, telling Putin that sanctions will remain if he does not honour his promises. This offers little consolation to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who, while under pressure at home over a steady loss of troops fighting pro-Moscow rebels in the east, has to keep in diplomatic step with the West whose political and financial help he needs. His feelings showed in Berlin on Wednesday when a German journalist suggested eastern Ukraine was relatively calm. More »

  • Russia's Putin plays with NHL veterans, scoring 8 goals
    Russia's Putin plays with NHL veterans, scoring 8 goals Sat, May 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has played in an exhibition hockey game and scored one goal after another on assists from retired NHL players. More »

  • Russia ready to receive French refund for undelivered ship Fri, May 15, 2015

    The annulment of a contract for France to deliver a warship to Russia wouldn't strain ties between the countries, the Kremlin said Friday. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a briefing ... More »

  • Russia wants 1.163 billion euros from France for ending Mistral deal - sour …
    Russia wants 1.163 billion euros from France for ending Mistral deal - sour … Fri, May 15, 2015

    By Gleb Stolyarov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants 1.163 billion euros (£838.2 billion) from France in compensation for cancelling a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers, a Russian source close to the negotiations said on Friday. French President Francois Holland has come under pressure from his Western allies not to deliver the Mistrals because of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis. He discussed the 2011 contract worth 1.19 billion euros with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month and Moscow has said it is willing to accept financial compensation if Paris does not fulfil the deal. The source said Russia was eyeing 1.163 billion euros, confirming a report on Friday by Russian daily Kommersant, which also said Paris was offering to pay 785 million euros. More »

  • Baltic military chiefs to call for permanent NATO presence Thu, May 14, 2015

    Baltic states Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will seek a permanent presence of NATO troops on their territory to counter increased Russian air and naval activity, the Lithuanian army said on Thursday. The states, all with ethnic Russian minorities, fear they could become a target of Kremlin pressure after a pro-Moscow rebellion in eastern Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin's declaration last year of an obligation to protect Russian speakers across the former Soviet Union. "In reaction to the security situation in the region, as a measure of deterrence, chiefs of defence of the Baltic states will apply officially to Supreme NATO Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) about permanent stationing of a brigade-sized NATO unit in the Baltic States," Lithuanian Army spokesman Mindaugas Neimontas said. The Baltic states would ask for the brigade to consist of battalion-sized deployments of NATO troops in each of the countries, which would rotate on a NATO-approved schedule. More »

  • 'Critical' for Putin to implement Ukraine truce: NATO
    'Critical' for Putin to implement Ukraine truce: NATO Wed, May 13, 2015

    NATO leaders on Wednesday warned President Vladimir Putin to waste no time in implementing a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after the Russian strongman's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry raised hopes of a slackening in tensions. More »

  • Russian court quashes bid to jail Kremlin critic Navalny
    Russian court quashes bid to jail Kremlin critic Navalny Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court on Wednesday rejected a bid by law enforcement officials to have Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny jailed for violating the terms of his suspended five-year sentence on embezzlement charges. Navalny, who led mass street protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-2012, denies any wrongdoing in the 2013 case that saw him convicted for stealing from a state firm and says it is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent. A judge ruled that any violations of his suspended sentence were not "systemic" and that he could remain at liberty. Navalny is also serving another suspended sentence of three and a half years in jail for a separate conviction last year that saw his brother Oleg imprisoned. More »

  • UK gas import dependence grows with Centrica's Russia, Norway deals
    UK gas import dependence grows with Centrica's Russia, Norway deals Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's largest energy supplier Centrica has signed new gas contracts with two of the world's largest producers, Russia's Gazprom and Norway's Statoil, reflecting the UK's growing dependence on gas imports as its production declines. The Gazprom deal give Britain a much higher exposure to Russian-sourced gas and comes despite European Union pressure to reduce the region's dependence on Russian gas due to frosty relations with President Vladimir Putin over the conflict in Ukraine. More »

  • Return to pragmatism in Russia-West ties? Kerry-Putin talks hint that way. Wed, May 13, 2015

    Secretary of State John Kerry's four hours of talks Tuesday with Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi may not have resulted in an overnight détente. Russian observers are putting the best face on the flurry of diplomatic activity, which also saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel jet into Moscow on Sunday to lay a wreath in honor of Russian Victory Day and hold talks with Mr. Putin. There is a different tone connected with Kerry's visit, says Andrei Klimov, deputy chair of the international affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council. More »

  • Kerry fills in NATO allies on Putin meeting
    Kerry fills in NATO allies on Putin meeting Wed, May 13, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — A day after lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was filling in allies during a gathering of NATO foreign ministers in the southern Turkish town of Antalya. More »

  • Russia plans army training exercises with China, India
    Russia plans army training exercises with China, India Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Denis Dyomkin SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian land forces will join troops from China, India, Mongolia and Belarus in a series of joint military training exercises during the second half of this year, President Vladimir Putin's office said on Wednesday. The announcement, issued as Putin met top Russian military brass in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, will stir unease in Western capitals, whose relations with Moscow have deteriorated sharply during the year-long Ukraine crisis. Moscow has become especially keen to build closer economic and other ties with the Asian giants China and India since the United States and European Union imposed sanctions on Russia last year over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean region. More »

  • U.S., NATO say Russia must fully implement Ukraine ceasefire
    U.S., NATO say Russia must fully implement Ukraine ceasefire Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Adrian Croft and Tulay Karadeniz ANTALYA, Turkey (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for a halt to fighting around the Ukrainian coastal town of Shyrokyne on Wednesday as NATO backed his demand that Russia fully implement a Ukraine ceasefire agreement. Kiev fears separatists may try to seize the port to help cement a long-term hold on eastern districts of Ukraine. Russia denies providing any troops or arms to support rebellion in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 6,100 people, and accuses Kiev of violating the ceasefire. Kerry flew in to the Turkish seaside resort of Antalya to brief NATO foreign ministers on his eight hours of talks on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. More »

  • US, Russia vow to boost cooperation, but no concrete progress
    US, Russia vow to boost cooperation, but no concrete progress Wed, May 13, 2015

    Russia and the United States vowed to improve strained ties after "frank" talks between President Vladimir Putin and top US diplomat John Kerry, but there was no concrete breakthrough after eight hours of meetings. More »

  • Kerry holds 'frank' talks with Putin in bid to improve ties
    Kerry holds 'frank' talks with Putin in bid to improve ties Tue, May 12, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry held four hours of rare face-to-face talks on Tuesday as the two nations sought ways to cooperate after a sharp deterioration in relations. More »

  • U.S., Russia speak of cooperation but no breakthroughs
    U.S., Russia speak of cooperation but no breakthroughs Tue, May 12, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed and Denis Dyomkin SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Top U.S. and Russian officials said they hoped to work together on contentious issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria but offered no sign of concrete progress after more than eight hours of talks on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for more than four hours each with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss topics including the Iran nuclear talks as well as the civil strife in Yemen and Libya. Speaking to reporters afterwards, the two foreign ministers accentuated the positive despite the fact that U.S.-Russian relations have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War largely because of the Ukraine crisis. "We have an understanding that we need to avoid steps which are able to inflict a long-term harm to bilateral relations between Russia and the United States," Lavrov told reporters through an interpreter. More »

  • Kremlin says no breakthrough at Putin-Kerry meeting Tue, May 12, 2015

    By Denis Dyomkin SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin yielded no major breakthrough on Tuesday, Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters. He also said that Putin would like relations between the United States and Russia to return to normal. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin) More »

  • John Kerry Holds Talks With Putin In Russia
    John Kerry Holds Talks With Putin In Russia Tue, May 12, 2015

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks on Ukraine, Syria and Iran. America's top diplomat spoke with Mr Putin at his presidential residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday. Mr Kerry earlier held more than four hours of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a hotel in the city. It was the highest-level US visit to Russia since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine. More »

  • Putin hosts Kerry for Ukraine, Syria talks
    Putin hosts Kerry for Ukraine, Syria talks Tue, May 12, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin hosted US Secretary of State John Kerry for high stakes talks Tuesday as Washington seeks the full implementation of a shaky Ukraine ceasefire and renewed efforts to end the Syrian war. More »

  • Scores of Russian soldiers killed in east Ukraine - opposition report Tue, May 12, 2015

    By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least 220 Russian soldiers have been killed in east Ukraine, opposition activists said on Tuesday in a report offering what they called "ample evidence" to rebut President Vladimir Putin's denial his troops are fighting there. The report, the last project of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, also said Russia had spent more than 53 billion roubles (0.66 billion pounds) in 10 months to fund the conflict and deprived people of 2.75 trillion roubles of money lost to inflation. "The war with Ukraine is an undeclared war, a vile cynical war which amounts to a crime against all of the Russian nation. "The main conclusion of our report is that we have collected and systematised (information) which we think provides ample evidence of the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine," he told a news conference to unveil the report called "Putin. More »

  • John Kerry To Hold Talks With Vladimir Putin
    John Kerry To Hold Talks With Vladimir Putin Tue, May 12, 2015

    John Kerry has arrived in Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin to try to fix relations soured by the Ukraine and Syria crises. The US Secretary of State will meet Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. It is his first trip to Russia since the start of the conflict in Ukraine in April 2014, which has seen Russia seize control of Crimea. In a statement, Russia's foreign ministry said it hoped Mr Kerry's visit would "normalise bilateral relations on which global stability largely depends". More »