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Kremlin faces pushback over reporter's arrest

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Three top Russian dailies publish the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity and defiance over the arrest of Ivan Golunov

SOLIDARITY. A photo taken on June 10, 2019 in Moscow, shows the front pages of Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK dailies newspapers reading 'I am (we are) Ivan Golunov.' Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

After protests, Kremlin insists it's not moving to restrict internet

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'No one is suggesting cutting the internet or limiting the opportunity to work on the World Wide Web,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

INTERNET FREEDOM. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russians march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Nemtsov

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:45 PM

'We need to show that there are people in the country that do not agree [with the Kremlin's course],' says one of the thousands of Russians who marched

Opposition supporters attend a rally in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in Saint Petersburg on February 24, 2019. - The 55-year-old former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin was shot in the back several times just before midnight on February 27, 2015 as he walked across a bridge a stone's throw from the Kremlin walls. (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)

Thousands rally for pro-Kremlin Riga mayor probed for graft

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Protesters rallying for Riga City mayor Nils Usakovs appear to be oblivious to the allegations of graft that have engulfed city hall

PRO-KREMLIN. People hold up placards which reads "Democracy – power of people" and "We want to speak in Russian" at a rally in front of Riga City Hall on February 9, 2019. Photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Kremlin says it sees no prospects for better Russia-U.S. ties

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:03 PM

'Rosy prospects for the normalization of Russian-US ties are not visible on the horizon,' says Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of Russian president Vladimir Putin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks on the phone before a session of the Council of Heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Sochi on October 11, 2017.  MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL / AFP

Trump and Putin to stage long-awaited summit in Finland

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Donald Trump has long called for warmer ties with Moscow, but the talks come as Russia's relations with the West languish at levels not seen since the Cold War

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Vienna being discussed as host for Putin-Trump summit, says Kremlin

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The Kremlin spokesman's comments comes a day after Trump called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 group

DISCUSSIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the APEC leaders' summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Still standing beneath Washington, remnants of the Cold War

Apr 28, 2018 - 12:03 AM

It was under Oyster-Adams School, just 2.5 kilometers north of the White House, that a nuclear fallout shelter was built to protect more than a hundred people in the event of a catastrophic strike

COLD WAR ERA. A sign marks the location of a former Civil Defense fallout shelter beneath the Oyster-Adams School in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Kremlin cracking down on internet to muzzle critics, say experts

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:25 PM

According to experts, the Russian government recognizes the internet as the principal threat to its domination

NEW YEAR. Russian President Vladimir Putin wishes Russians 'changes for the better' in his New Year message as the world welcomes the year 2018. File photo

5 diplomatic rows looming over Russia's World Cup

Mar 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Poisonings, doping, cyberattacks and conflicts in Syria and the Ukraine make for a tense World Cup in 2018

COUNTDOWN. A photo taken on the evening of March 5, 2018 shows the digital FIFA World Cup 2018 countdown clock placed in front of the Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow marking 100 days to the beginning of the tournament. Photo by Mladen Antonov / AFP

Russia warns U.S. not to get involved in Iran

Jan 04, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'We warn the US against any attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran,' says Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov

WARNED. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a brief press availability at United Nations headquarters, January 2, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Putin warns terror suspects can be killed 'on the spot'

Dec 29, 2017 - 12:15 AM

His spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters later that the Russian leader was referring to all those "who harbor plans to carry out acts of terror in our country."

AFTERMATH. Police officers and investigators work at the site of a blast in a supermarket in Saint Petersburg on December 27, 2017. Photo by Olga Maltseva / AFP

Putin praises Trump's 'significant achievements'

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:52 PM

When asked to assess US President Donald Trump's first year in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin says: 'We can see several quite significant achievements in the short time he has been at work'

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on December 14, 2017. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russian chess star Karjakin says he is on 'team Putin'

Nov 13, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The 27-year-old Russian chess prodigy, who became the youngest ever grandmaster at 12, came forward after other Russian sports stars said they supported Putin

TEAM PUTIN. Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin celebrates after winning the gold medal in FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championships 2016, in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria: Kremlin

Nov 11, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The two talked and shared a handshake at the summit in Vietnam's Danang after several days of uncertainty over whether a meeting would take place.

DISCUSSIONS. US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the APEC leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFP

Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam 'likely,' says Kremlin

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:21 PM

A Kremlin spokesman says 'Putin and Trump both have full programs and bilateral meetings, which have been arranged in advance and then there is the program of the summit itself'

MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures as he delivers a speech during a reception in Moscow on November 4, 2017, to maek Russian National Unity Day.  Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia accuses U.S. of blocking humanitarian aid in Syria

Nov 03, 2017 - 5:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'The actions of the US military and the so-called international coalition in Al-Tanf are a gross violation of international humanitarian law and could qualify as a war crime,' Russian defense ministry's Syria reconciliation center says

HARDSHIP. A displaced Syrian woman from Raqa walks at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa on October 21, 2017.  Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Putin arrives in Tehran for official visit

Nov 01, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Included in the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin is a summit with his Iranian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev

STATE VISIT. Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to meet with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 30, 2017. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russia denies vote interference after ex-Trump aides charged

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:58 PM

'We are accused of interfering not only in US elections but also in those of other countries without one piece of evidence,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

DENIES. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Moscow on October 31, 2017. Photo by  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Trump backs Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:04 PM

In a surprise move against a key US ally Trump suggests Qatar is funding extremism as he tacitly backs the diplomatic blockade of the emirate

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP

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Jun 05, 2017 - 12:28 PM

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Trump defends 'absolute right' to share 'facts' with Russia

May 16, 2017 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED In a tweet US President Donald Trump wrote it was for humanitarian reasons plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS terrorism

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Trump urges Russia to rein in Syrian ally

May 10, 2017 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump brushes aside concerns over his wooing of Russia and lays on a White House welcome for Moscow s top diplomat to seek help to end the war in Syria

AT THE OVAL OFFICE. A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald J. Trump (R) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout/AFP

Kremlin critic Navalny gets 15 days in jail after protest

Mar 27, 2017 - 5:58 PM

UPDATED A Moscow district court orders Navalny to serve 15 days in jail after having found him guilty of disobeying police orders

OPPOSITION LEADER. In this file photo, Russian anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny (R) listens to his brother and co-defendant Oleg as they attend the verdict announcement of their fraud trial at a court in Moscow on December 30, 2014. Photo by Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

Mar 26, 2017 - 9:40 PM

UPDATED Police detain prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as thousands of Russians take to the streets to denounce corruption

Opposition supporters take part in an unauthorised anti-corruption rally in central Moscow on March 26, 2017. Thousands of Russians protested on March 26 across the country to protest corruption, in rallies called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny called the demonstrations after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network of non-profit organisations. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander UTKIN

Kremlin denies involvement after Yahoo cyberattack charges

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:01 PM

As we have said repeatedly there can be absolutely no question of any official involvement by any Russian agency including the FSB in any illegal actions in cyberspace Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells journalists

ON THE HACKS. US Attorney for the Northern District of California Brian Stretch (L), FBI Criminal Cyber, Response and Services Branch Executive Assistant Director Paul Abbate (2R) and Director of the Department of Justice's International Affairs Vaughan Ary with Acting Assistant Attorney General of National Security Mary McCord at the US Department of Justice on March 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Putin aide: Russia impatient for improved dialogue with U.S.

Mar 13, 2017 - 12:45 AM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov calls it unpardonable not to be in dialogue with the administration of US President Donald Trump

Flynn resignation 'not our business' – Kremlin

Feb 14, 2017 - 7:36 PM

UPDATED This is the internal business of the Americans it is the internal business of President Trump s administration This is not our business the Kremlin says

TRUMP AND FLYNN. US President-elect Donald Trump (L) stands with Trump National Security Adviser Lt. General Michael Flynn (R) at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is holding meetings on December 21, 2016. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Russia 'tired' of 'amateurish' U.S. hacking claims

Jan 09, 2017 - 9:36 PM

The Kremlin s comments are the first official reaction by Moscow to the public report which was half the length of the classified version presented to President Barack Obama and President elect Donald Trump

KREMLIN. A man walks at the Red Square, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower seen in the background, in central Moscow on October 9, 2016. Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia denies 'euphoria' over Trump win

Nov 10, 2016 - 10:25 PM

We don t expect anything special from the new US administration says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses the audience during a ceremony of receiving diplomatic credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Sergei Karpukhin

Russia slams 'unprecedented' US threats over cyber attacks

Oct 15, 2016 - 7:23 PM

A Kremlin spokesman says Moscow would take precautions to safeguard its interests in the face of the increasing unpredictability and aggressiveness of the United States

KREMLIN. A man walks at the Red Square, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower seen in the background, in central Moscow on October 9, 2016. Vasily Maximov/AFP

Kremlin says Erdogan apologized to Putin over downed jet

Jun 27, 2016 - 11:53 PM

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apologized to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Ankara s downing of a Russian military jet last year that shattered ties the Kremlin said Monday June 27

INSPECTION. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu examine the flight recorder from the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber which was shot down by a Turkish jet on November 24. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFP

Russia denies state-run doping at showcase Sochi games

May 13, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Russia denies what it called unsubstantiated claims of a vast state run doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi seen by many as a triumph for Vladimir Putin

DENIAL. Gold and silver medalist at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia's cross country skier Alexander Legkov speaks during a press conference on May 13, 2016 in Moscow. Photo by Vasily Maximov / AFP

Sharapova's doping failure an isolated case - Kremlin

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The Kremlin doesn t want Maria Sharapova s failed drug test to cast a bad shadow over Russian sports

BAD PUBLICITY. Maria Sharapova faces a possible ban after testing positive for a banned substance at this year's Australian Open. Photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Year after murder, marchers honor slain Putin critic

Feb 27, 2016 - 6:00 PM

UPDATED Although the suspects for the murder have been detained Boris Nemtsov s family and allies say authorities have failed to bring justice

OPPOSITION. Thousands of Russians prepared on February 27 to honour the memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin a year ago in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule. AFP file photo  OPPOSITION. A file picture taken on March 1, 2015 shows Russia's opposition supporters carrying a banner bearing a portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov during a march in central Moscow. AFP file photo

Kremlin slams White House over Putin corruption claim

Jan 29, 2016 - 11:09 PM

US Treasury acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Adam Szubin says in a BBC documentary that Putin was a picture of corruption

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the IX Congress of the Federation of independent trade unions of Russia in Sochi, Russia, February 7, 2015. EPA/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY /RIA NOVOSTI / GOVERNMENT PRESS SERVICE POOL

Russia kills 10 ISIS-linked fighters in North Caucasus

Nov 22, 2015 - 5:56 PM

All of them were participants in an armed gang whose members swore loyalty to ISIS says Russian officials

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6 Russians killed in Mali hotel attack – foreign ministry

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Five of the slain Russians are believed to have come from the central Ulyanovsk region

TROOPS. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20. Photo by Habibou Kouyate/AFP

Putin, Sisi agree 'close' security service cooperation after jet bombing – Kremlin

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:55 PM

The Kremlin says the agreement aims to put in place additional measures to assure the maximum security of air traffic between the two countries in order to reestablish it as soon as possible

NEW AGREEMENT. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) shake hands during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt on February 10. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin

Russia says airforce hit 1,623 'terrorist targets' in Syria over past month

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Russia says its airforce had destroyed 1 623 terrorist targets in Syria since it launched a bombing campaign a month ago to support forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad

SUPPORT. Several hundred people, holding up portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (L), gather near the Russian embassy in Damascus on October 13, 2015 to express their support for Moscow's air war in Syria, just before two rockets struck the embassy compound sparking panic among the crowd. Photo by Louai Beshara / AFP

Russia says air force hit record 94 targets in Syria in 24 hours

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:53 PM

Russian jets struck 94 targets in war torn Syria over the past 24 hours the highest one day tally since the Kremlin began its month old bombing campaign the Russian defense ministry said Monday October 26

STRIKE. A video grab made on October 15, 2015, shows an image taken from a footage made available on the Russian Defense Ministry's official website, purporting to show an explosion after airstrikes carried out by Russian air force on what Russia says was an Islamic State facility in the Syrian province of Idlib. Photo from the Russian Defense Ministry / AFP

Russian scientists stage rare anti-government demo

Jun 07, 2015 - 12:27 AM

Authorities are strangling science and Nobel laureates are foreign agents read some of the placards held by protesters

Photo by Philipp Kireev/AFP

UN seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:13 AM

We are either looking at a return to a deepening intractable conflict or a momentary upsurge in parts of the conflict zone We cannot afford either scenario says UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman

CEASEFIRE? Ukrainian servicemen patrol the area in the town of Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, June 5, 2015. This week has seen the deadliest fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military since a ceasefire deal was signed in February. Photo by Alex Rom/EPA

Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:11 AM

A Russian freelance journalist who claims she went undercover as a pro government Internet troll says she is suing her former employer in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin s online army

TROLL. A file picture taken on March 31, 2015, shows Lyudmila Savchuk working on her laptop during an interview in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva / AFP

Germany warns Ukraine truce turning 'very fragile'

May 30, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The truce has succeeded in containing the fighting but has failed to put an end to daily clashes around some of the most disputed hotspots

'FRAGILE' CEASEFIRE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier answers questions of journalists during their joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, May 29, 2015. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Memorial rally in Moscow for slain Russian opposition leader

Mar 01, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Nemtsov s killing turns an opposition protest he had planned for Sunday into a memorial march with mourning supporters set to cross the bridge where he died

IN MEMORIAM. Russians lay flowers and light candles in memory of Boris Nemtsov at the monument of political prisoners 'Solovetsky Stone' in St. Petersburg, Russia, February 28, 2015. Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead from a passing car on the Bolshoy Kammeny bridge in central Moscow late in the evening of February 27, 2015. Photo by Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Russian court arrests activists after Navalny protest

Dec 31, 2014 - 9:14 PM

Reports say the government also moved to curb the popularity of FireChat an application that allows people to communicate without the Internet and was widely advertised by the opposition

Opposition supporters gather during an unauthorized rally in support of Alexei and Oleg Navalny in central Moscow on December 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV

Ukraine cheers US vote for military aid, Russia outraged

Dec 13, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Kiev lawmakers hail the US move as a historic decision since they have long been pressing the West to provide military support to their beleaguered army

'HISTORIC DECISION.' Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) attend a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, June 4, 2014. The US administration promised to step up the US military presence in Europe in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. File photo by Jacek Turczyk/EPA

'Don't meddle in Russia affairs' – Putin tells US envoy

Nov 19, 2014 - 8:49 PM

We are ready for practical cooperation with American partners along various directions guided by the principles of respect for each other s interests equal rights and non interference into domestic affairs says the Russian leader

In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, 14 October 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool/EPA

Kremlin wants to 'protect' Russian web from 'unpredictable West'

Sep 19, 2014 - 5:51 PM

UPDATED President Vladimir Putin will convene September 22 a meeting of the country s Security Council to discuss possible cyber restrictions the respected Vedomosti business daily reports

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives a press conference after a summit in Minsk early on August 27, 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP