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Nov 3, 2015

Russia stance on Assad suggests divergence with Iran

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia does not see keeping Bashar al-Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer.

Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps suggested on Monday that Tehran may be more committed to him than Russia, saying Moscow “may not care if Assad stays in power as we do”.

Nov 3, 2015

Russia steps up push for Syria peace deal, proposes talks

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian government officials and members of the country’s splintered opposition could meet in Moscow next week as Russia pushes to broker a political solution to the crisis, a senior official said on Tuesday.

“Next week, we will invite opposition representatives to a consultation in Moscow,” Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying.

Oct 26, 2015

Before Syria, Russia struggled to land air strikes on target

GORI, Georgia/MOSCOW (Reuters) – In the courtyard of an apartment building in the town of Gori in ex-Soviet Georgia is a clue to whether Russia’s air strikes on targets in Syria are as accurate as the Kremlin would like the rest of the world to believe.

Fashioned out of fragments of ordnance is a makeshift shrine to the five residents killed during the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008 when a Russian air force jet, which Georgian defense officials believe was aiming for a nearby tank regiment, missed and hit the apartment building instead.

Oct 21, 2015

Four-fifths of Russia’s Syria strikes don’t target Islamic State: Reuters analysis

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Almost 80 percent of Russia’s declared targets in Syria have been in areas not held by Islamic State, a Reuters analysis of Russian Defence Ministry data shows, undermining Moscow’s assertions that its aim is to defeat the group.

The majority of strikes, according to the analysis, have instead been in areas held by other groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which include al Qaeda offshoots but also fighters backed by Washington and its allies.

Oct 17, 2015

World Medical Association backs future president Ketan Desai despite controversy

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The world’s top medical-ethics body upheld its decision on Saturday to make an Indian doctor its future president, despite controversy over corruption allegations against him.

Dr. Ketan Desai is scheduled to become president of the World Medical Association (WMA) in late 2016.

Oct 17, 2015

World Medical Association backs future president despite controversy

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The world’s top medical-ethics body upheld its decision on Saturday to make an Indian doctor its future president, despite controversy over corruption allegations against him.

Dr. Ketan Desai is scheduled to become president of the World Medical Association (WMA) in late 2016.

Oct 12, 2015

Russia says group trained by IS in Syria wanted to attack Moscow transport

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A group of Russians arrested with a bomb were preparing to attack Moscow’s public transport system and included people trained by Islamic State in Syria, Russian security services said on Monday.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said on Sunday it had detained around 10 people caught with bomb-making equipment and an improvised explosive device.

Oct 9, 2015

Russia turns to backwater navy for Syria missile strikes

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The sailors of Russia’s Caspian fleet have seen little action over the last 300 years but now the war raging in Syria has thrust them into the forefront of Russia’s largest military operation abroad since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Better known for oil drilling and sturgeon smuggling than strategic naval importance, the Caspian Sea bordering Central Asia and the Middle East was an unexpected place for Russia to launch a battery of cruise missile attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday.

Oct 7, 2015

Private palaces: Russia moves to hide property data

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian officials lampooned by anti-corruption activists for living in opulent mansions are moving to cover their tracks by limiting access to public data about property ownership.

The government proposal to restrict Russia’s Unified State Register of Property Rights follows a spate of revelations about the extravagant lifestyles of some top officials at a time when many Russians are suffering from a grueling economic crisis.

Oct 2, 2015

Russians wary of getting entangled in Syria conflict

MOSCOW (Reuters) – There was no patriotic enthusiasm on Friday from Russians watching footage of their jets bombing targets in Syria, just a keen sense of the danger of getting entangled in a nasty conflict with no end in sight.

The wary mood among those interviewed by Reuters was in stark contrast to sentiments over Ukraine, where most Russians felt a surge of national pride that their leader, Vladimir Putin, had taken control of Crimea, a region many of them believe is rightfully Russian.