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Putin urges Russians to vote for security, prosperity

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:15 PM

President Vladimir Putin says Russians should vote for the country 'we want to pass on to our children' but makes no mention of a controversial amendment that would allow him to potentially stay in power until 2036

VOTE. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. File photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Russians cast early votes in ballot to extend Putin's rule

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Election officials open polling stations in the lead-up to the official voting day on July 1 to reduce the risk of overcrowding that could spread coronavirus infections

U.S. ex-marine will not appeal Russian espionage verdict

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:54 PM

'He hopes that in the near future he will be exchanged with Russians convicted in the United States,' says Paul Whelan's lawyer

'SHAM TRIAL.' In this file photo taken on June 15, 2020, Paul Whelan, a former US marine accused of espionage and arrested in Russia in December 2018, stands inside a defendants' cage as he waits to hear his verdict in Moscow on June 15, 2020. File photo by KirillKudryavtsev/AFP

Russia sent jets to Libya to back mercenaries, says U.S.

May 26, 2020 - 9:57 PM

The Kremlin has always denied involvement in the conflict

WARPLANES. According to the US Africa Command, Russian fighter jets were recently deployed to Libya 'to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors operating on the ground there.' Photo courtesy of US Africa Command

Moscow says no proof Russian hackers spied on Merkel

May 15, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Five years have passed. Not a single concrete fact has been provided,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

NO PROOF. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Merkel cites 'hard evidence' Russian hackers targeted her

May 13, 2020 - 9:39 PM

'I can honestly say that it pains me. Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia and on the other hand there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are doing this,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

In first, U.S. brands white supremacists as foreign terrorists

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:46 AM

The Russian Imperial Movement and 3 of its leaders are blacklisted as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, meaning that they will not be admitted to the United States and that any US assets they hold will be blocked

RUSSIAN IMPERIAL MOVEMENT. A picture taken on February 28, 2015, shows a member of the 'Russian Imperial Movement'€, a nationalist group in Russia, walking close to a banner reading 'God. Tsar. Nation. We are Russians, God with us' at a training base in Saint-Petersburg. File photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Putin delays reforms vote, holds back on tough virus measures

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:51 PM

President Vladimir Putin unveils a series of measures to support Russians and boost the economy

ADDRESS TO NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Russian court backs Putin presidential 'reset' plan

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The court upholds a wide-ranging package of reforms first proposed by President Vladimir Putin in January and approved last week by Russia's two houses of parliament

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses lawmakers debating on the second reading of the constitutional reform bill during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/SPUTNIK/AFP

Putin lays out path to staying in power

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Vladimir Putin says Russia needs evolutionary change, 'because we have had enough of revolutions' while suggesting that Russia may not yet be ready for a new leader

POWER. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses lawmakers debating on the second reading of the constitutional reform bill during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Rare calm in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire deal

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and AFP correspondents in Idlib province say the truce that came into force at midnight appears to be holding

SUFFER THE CHILD. A wounded Syrian child sits at a makeshift clinic in the town of Maaret Misrin following Syrian government forces airstrikes on March 5, 2020 in the country's northwestern Idlib province. Photo by Aref Tammawi/AFP

Putin proposes to enshrine God, heterosexual marriage in Russian constitution

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Most Russians identify as Orthodox Christians, but Russia is officially a secular state

AMENDMENTS. File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. AFP photo

U.S. intel chief replaced as casualties of Trump purge mount

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Trump has been purging the Justice Department, National Security Council, and Pentagon of staff he considers disloyal

OUT. Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 8, 2020, for a closed briefing on the operation that led to the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

From Russia with love: Soldier proposes to girlfriend inside special tank maneuver

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:19 PM

Inside a heart-shaped formation of 16 military tanks, a Russian soldier on bended knee tells his girlfriend: 'We've been together a very long time. We've stood the test of time and distance. Marry me!'

SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JANUARY 24, 2019: Сolumn of T-72B3 tanks on Palace Square. Dress rehearsal for the military parade in honor of the Day of the lifting of the blockade of Leningrad. shutterstock

U.S. suspects Russian interference in South America protests – report

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The US State Department observes suspicious activity on Twitter during the period of the protests

Putin sends political plan to MPs in quick-fire Russia reform push

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accuses Putin of wanting to remain 'leader for life'

CHANGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Russian government resigns after Putin announces reforms

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In a meeting with the President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the reforms would make significant changes to Russia's balance of power, and so 'the government in its current form has resigned'

MEDVEDEV AND PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. Photo by Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/AFP

New Cambridge Analytica leak exposes global election manipulation

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:25 AM

'It’s so abundantly clear our electoral systems are wide open to abuse,' says ex-Cambridge Analytica employee-turned-whistleblower Brittany Kaiser

MORE EXPOSÉS. Brittany Kaiser, former Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica, speaks at a press briefing by the "Leave.EU" campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

ISIS claims deadly attack on police in Russian Caucasus

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:14 PM

The Amaq statement on Telegram says the men are 'two fighters from Islamic state' who killed two officers and injured others

Russian Patriarch warns against 'dangerous' domestic abuse bill

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:07 PM

The Patriarch, a 73-year-old monk who has led the Church for a decade, says the bill targeting domestic violence is an attempt to 'legalise outside forces interfering in family life,' which he called a 'sacred space'

PATRIARCH KIRILL. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to commemorate the day of Saints Cyril and Methodius at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2019. File photo by Mikhael Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Roaming Russian eagles leave scientists broke

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Scientists launch a campaign called 'Top up the eagle's mobile' to keep the research going with the public's help

Video stars: Russian child bloggers score millions of 'likes'

Oct 22, 2019 - 1:51 PM

In a Moscow park, her producer jogs backwards, using his phone to film as Liza Anokhina runs and blows raspberries. Tall and slim and wearing thick makeup for the shoot, she squeals with laughter when she views the result.

STAR. Russian child blogger Liza Anokhina (left), 12, participates in a shoot for her blog in a Moscow park on September 13, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

15 die in dam collapse at Siberian gold mine

Oct 19, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) The workers died when a dam on the Seiba River collapsed in the early hours of Saturday and flooded several cabins where they lived, authorities say

ACCIDENT. This handout picture released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on October 19, 2019, shows a flooding after a dam failure in a gold miners village close to the town of Shchetinkino, about 250 km from the city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo from Russian Emergency Situations Ministry

Moscow vows to retaliate over new 'anti-Russian' U.S. sanctions

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Russian foreign ministry says the new US sanctions on several Russians – including a businessman tied to President Vladimir Putin and a disinformation operation accused of conspiring to manipulate the US 2018 midterm election – 'will not go unanswered'

Russian soldiers rehearse ahead of a forthcoming parade on Red Square in Moscow on November 5, 2017. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 76th anniversary of a 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

Russia targets opposition leader Navalny with mass raids

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Top protest leader Alexei Navalny says the raids are the result of Kremlin 'hysteria' after allies of President Vladimir Putin suffered major losses in local elections in Moscow

NAVALNY. In this file photo, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny casts his vote at a polling station during to the Moscow city Duma election in Moscow on September 8, 2019. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria says the ceasefire aims 'to stabilize the situation' in Idlib and urged anti-government fighters to 'abandon armed provocations and join the peace process'

CEASEFIRE. This file photo shows Syrian civilians flee on August 21, 2019 a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

10 illegal Russian workers arrested in Manila club

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The women worked at the Sha Sha VIP Club in Malate, say police

ARRESTED. Police escort the foreign workers to Manila City Hall after an inspection in their club showed they had no working papers. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Russians killed in missile test blast were working on 'new weapons'

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The accident took place at an Arctic military facility on the coast of the White Sea on Thursday, August 8, but Russian authorities only admit its nuclear nature on Saturday, August 10

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 09, 2017:Russian thermonuclear weapon intercontinental ballistic missile Yars on parade festivities devoted to 72 anniversary of Victory Day on May 9, 2017 in Moscow. shutterstock

Ukraine seizes Russian tanker over naval clash – prosecutor

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Ukraine's chief military prosecutor says a court has ordered the seizure of the Russian tanker Nika Spirit in the latest dispute between the former-Soviet neighbors

This handout picture taken on July 25, 2019 and released on July 26, 2019 by Ukrainian border guard press-service shows a general view of the Russian tanker Nika Spirit as it was seized by Ukraine after it entered the port of Izmail, in the southern Odessa region. Ukraine on July 25 seized a Russian tanker it said was used in a naval confrontation last November amid sensitive prisoner swap talks between the two countries who have been at loggerheads since 2014.  Handout / Ukrainian border guard press-service / AFP

Russia warns of 'consequences' after Ukraine seizes tanker

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:35 PM

'We are looking into what happened to take appropriate measures,' says a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson

File photo of Izmail port in Ukraine from Shutterstock

Key takeaways from Mueller testimony to Congress

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Here are the main takeaways so far from the marathon hearings before 2 Democratic-controlled House committees by former US special counsel Robert Mueller

TENTATIVE. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Russia says North Korea holding ship with 17 crew

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

According to the North Korean foreign ministry, the ship was detained for 'violating rules of entry and stay'

Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev dies after fight

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:33 AM

Ranked in the top 5, the 28-year-old Maxim Dadashev has died from brain injuries sustained during his fight with Subriel Matias

TRAGIC. Maxim Dadashev passed away despite undergoing an emergency brain surgery. File photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Robert Mueller to testify in U.S. Congress on Russia probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The former US special counsel agrees to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Research shows the animal died about 32,000 years ago in the Pleistocene epoch, when the most recent Ice Age occurred

ANCIENT WOLF. A handout picture taken on September 6, 2018 and provided by the Yakutia Academy of Sciences shows the head of an ancient wolf, discovered in the permafrost on the bank of the Tirekhtyakh river in the northern Siberian region of Yakutia. AFP PHOTO / YAKUTIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES / HO

Netflix's 'Russian Doll' gets a second season

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Sweet birthday baby! The 'Russian Doll' loop goes on

Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony

May 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt,' says US Representative Mark Pocan, one of the leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

A name card is set for former White House lawyer Don McGhan who is expected to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. US President Donald Trump has told McGhan to ignore a subpoena from Congress to testify about the president's alleged obstruction of justice, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on May 20. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Convicted Russian 'agent' Maria Butina appeals prison sentence

May 16, 2019 - 7:04 AM

The Russian gun activist builds a network of high-powered Republican contacts in what she called a quest to establish better relations between the two countries

(FILES): This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. - Butina, accused of acting as an illegal foreign agent, expected to plead guilty at a court hearing on December 13, 2018. (Photo by HO / Alexandria Sheriff’s Office / AFP) / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff’s Office " / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

US, Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling Wrap US | Russia | diplomacy associated with x

U.S. Senate subpoenas Trump son Donald Jr – reports

May 09, 2019 - 6:49 AM

This is the first known legal summons issued by the US Congress to a member of the president's family to force testimony in the ongoing investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - MARCH 28: Donald Trump Jr. talks to the press before the arrival of his father President Donald Trump during a rally at the Van Andel Arena on March 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids was the final city Trump visited during his 2016 campaign. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP  SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Kiev will not recognize Russian passports from rebel areas – PM

May 08, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'We will never recognize any citizenship that was issued by the aggressor state. This is like Nazi Germany issuing Ausweis (identity document) for certain people,' says Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

UKRAINE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman gives a speech at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Berlin on November 29, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Russia slams 'scandalous' order in Ukraine to boost local language

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The reaction comes hours after Ukraine's parliament approved a controversial law to enhance the status of the Ukrainian language at the expense of Russian

LANGUAGE. Young activists write a placard reading 'Ukrainian language is us!' during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on April 25, 2019. The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law enforcing the use of Ukrainian in official settings. Photo by Sergei  Supinsky/AFP

Russia calls U.S. tightening of Iran oil sanctions 'aggressive and reckless'

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:53 PM

A Russian foreign ministry statement says: 'The rest of the world perfectly understands that Washington's policy is becoming more and more aggressive and reckless'

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 16, 2004 shows a general view of Iran's Lavan oil refinery quay in the Islamic republic's Lavan island. The United States said on April 22, 2019 it would start imposing sanctions on friends such as India that buy Iranian oil, in its latest aggressive step to counter Tehran that could jeopardize US relationships. The announcement sent global crude prices spiraling higher, although President Donald Trump tweeted that Saudi Arabia and other US allies would "more than make up" for decreases in Iranian oil. Behrouz MEHRI / AFP

Trump seethes in foul-mouthed tirade against Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Trump is now digesting the report's findings that he was happy enough to benefit from Russian dirty tricks and tried repeatedly to hamper Mueller's investigation

MUELLER REPORT. US President Donald Trump launches a foul-mouthed tirade against the Mueller report. File photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP

U.S. House subpoenas unredacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) US House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler is requiring Attorney General William Barr to submit to them the documents by May 1 at 10 am

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 18: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) holds a news conference on April 18, 2019 in New York City. Prior to the Justice Departments release of Muellers report, Nadler requested Special Counsel Robert Mueller appear before his committee no later than May 23. Politicians, journalists and citizens alike are reading the highly anticipated report for the first time on Thursday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP

Russia report tells how angry Trump wanted Mueller fired

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to,' Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

'THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY.' A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP  WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Mueller report details Trump's efforts to halt probe

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Trump's efforts to remove Mueller began after press reports indicated that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election had widened to include whether the president had committed obstruction of justice

RESIGNED. In this file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Russian warships open doors to Filipinos on Day of Valor

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Russian Navy welcomes Filipinos with a free tour aboard two of their warships at the Port of Manila

ALL ABOARD. The Russian Navy allows Filipinos to board and tour its two warships docked at the Port of Manila, Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, in its Open Doors day on April 9. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

3 Russian warships dock in Manila amid Balikatan

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines welcomes the Russian Navy's 2nd goodwill visit in 2019 amid its ongoing Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States

PORT CALL. Russian ships dock in Manila, kicking off a 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler