MOSCOW (Reuters) – The decision by Russia’s most wanted rebel to step down as leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus is unlikely to give Moscow a breather in its efforts to pacify its volatile southern flank.
Doku Umarov, who is also listed as a terrorist by the United States, announced on Sunday he had appointed Aslambek Vadalov as his successor to fight Moscow’s rule over the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill asked Russians to pray for rain on Sunday as wildfires raged across the European parts of the vast country, sweltering since June in an unprecedented heatwave.
The hottest weather since records began 130 years ago has withered crops and pushed thousands of farmers to the verge of bankruptcy.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court in Russia’s far east has ordered an Internet provider to block five sites which it said disseminated extreme views, prompting U.S. Internet giant Google to say on Thursday the move restricted access to information.
Russian Internet provider Rosnet appealed on Wednesday to overturn the ruling by a district court in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, which is the only place the order applies, and which ordered Rosnet to limit access to the five sites that include the YouTube video service owned by Google.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The summer heat set a new all-time temperature record in Moscow Thursday, a leading forecaster said, adding that the unprecedentedly long heatwave could be interrupted already Friday.
Temperatures in the Russian capital hit 37.7 degrees Celsius (99.86 Fahrenheit), beating the previous record set on July 26, said the Fobos forecasting center which provides weather data for the country’s top media outlets.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Monday condemned a verbal attack by the Iranian president on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as “fruitless, irresponsible rhetoric.”
Medvedev told foreign ambassadors on July 12 that Iran was moving closer to having the potential to create nuclear weapons.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is ready to restore military cooperation with NATO almost two years after relations were frozen during the Georgian war, Russia’s top general was quoted as saying on Friday.
The United States hopes a thaw in ties between Moscow and the Western military bloc could lead to greater cooperation in the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia plans to radically renovate its crumbling Black Sea Fleet with 15 new vessels after a landmark deal with Ukraine to extend the lease on the fleet’s main base, a Russian military think tank said in a report.
In a step that underlined Ukraine’s shift back towards Moscow after the election of President Viktor Yanukovich, Kiev agreed in April to extend the Russian fleet’s Sevastopol base lease by 25 years in return for a 30 percent cut in gas prices.
BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan has created the conditions for a peaceful and largely transparent constitutional referendum but improvements are needed before parliamentary elections, the OSCE’s election monitoring arm said on Monday.
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said a high voter turn-out on Sunday showed the resilience of Kyrgyz citizens and their desire to shape the future after ethnic violence this month cost hundreds of lives.
BISHKEK/OSH, June 27 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan voted on Sunday to create Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy, its interim leader said, in a landmark referendum two weeks after an explosion of ethnic bloodshed.
BISHKEK/OSH (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers are in talks to install an international police force in southern Kyrgyzstan to stabilise the strategic Central Asian state after this month’s ethnic clashes, an OSCE official said on Wednesday.
Kimmo Kiljunen, special envoy for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said an international police operation could create an “atmosphere of trust” in a region devastated by ethnic bloodshed.