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Jun 10, 2014

Russia’s FSB says bomb attacks foiled in Moscow, Crimea

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia foiled “major terrorist attacks” on World War Two victory celebrations last month in Moscow and newly annexed Crimea, the FSB security service said on Tuesday.

Details of the alleged plots could not be verified but the FSB’s statements, suggesting patriotic Russian symbols were targeted, could be intended to fuel nationalist sentiment during the Ukraine crisis and rally support for President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 6, 2014
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Russian FSB men steal and try to sell priceless Gutenberg Bible

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A colonel in Russia’s FSB security service has been jailed for stealing a rare bible by 15th century German printer Johannes Gutenberg and trying to sell it for about $1.15 million (683,560 pounds), a fraction of its true value, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

Sergei Vedishchev was sentenced on Thursday to 3-1/2 years in a penal colony, and two other FSB officers received lesser terms for helping him seek a buyer for the two-volume bible, spokeswoman Irina Zhirnova said.

Jun 6, 2014

Russian FSB men stole priceless bible, offered bargain sale

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A colonel in Russia’s FSB security service has been jailed for stealing a rare bible by 15th century German printer Johannes Gutenberg and trying to sell it for about $1.15 million, a fraction of its true value, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

Sergei Vedishchev was sentenced on Thursday to 3-1/2 years in a penal colony, and two other FSB officers received lesser terms for helping him seek a buyer for the two-volume bible, spokeswoman Irina Zhirnova said.

Jun 5, 2014

Who won the war? Russians take a different view on D-Day

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Sitting in the shade on a bench in the center of Moscow, 77-year-old Galina Makarenko pauses for several seconds before delivering her blunt opinion on the Allied D-Day landings of June 6, 1944.

“It helped us a little. But only a little,” says the sprightly physicist, who was evacuated from Moscow to Kazakhstan to escape the conflict that Westerners call World War Two and Russians refer to as the Great Patriotic War.

Jun 2, 2014

Russia and Ukraine to mull gas dispute plan

DONETSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW, June 2 (Reuters) – Russia and
Ukraine agreed on Monday to consider a proposal for Kiev to pay
off a multi-billion-dollar gas bill that has soured relations
between Moscow and Kiev, while fighting raged all day in eastern
Ukraine.

Russia accused NATO of whipping up dangerous tensions near
its borders and encouraging Ukraine to use force against
pro-Russian separatists. At a tense meeting in Brussels, the
alliance urged Moscow to stop arming the rebels.

Jun 2, 2014

Russia grants gas respite but seeks U.N. vote on Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused Ukrainian authorities on Monday of escalating violence against civilians in the rebel-held east of the country, even as it offered Kiev a brief respite in a dispute over billions of dollars’ worth of unpaid gas bills.

In the latest fighting, Ukrainian border guards said a pro-Russian militia had attacked one of their posts with automatic weapons and grenade launchers in the early hours, triggering a battle that was still raging many hours later.

Feb 24, 2014

Sochi sees Russian resurgence as winter power

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Two decades after it last led the medals table, Russia triumphantly captured top spot at its first home Winter Olympics – albeit with a big contribution from two “adopted Russians” – and can look forward to a Sochi-fuelled boost in 2018.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, a dominant Olympic power for four decades, Russia lost all its mountain training bases – a point highlighted by President Vladimir Putin when he presented Sochi’s bid in 2007.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Sochi sees Russian resurgence as winter power

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Two decades after it last led the medals table, Russia triumphantly captured top spot at its first home Winter Olympics – albeit with a big contribution from two “adopted Russians” – and can look forward to a Sochi-fuelled boost in 2018.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, a dominant Olympic power for four decades, Russia lost all its mountain training bases – a point highlighted by President Vladimir Putin when he presented Sochi’s bid in 2007.

Feb 23, 2014

Victorious Zubkov drained after carrying nation’s hopes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Former taxi driver Alexander Zubkov steered Russia to victory in the four-man bobsleigh on the last day of the Winter Olympics on Sunday but looked more exhausted than elated after carrying the weight of the nation’s hopes.

“Zero emotion, honestly. We gave everything,” said the 39-year-old Siberian, who also won in the two-man bob.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Victorious Zubkov drained after carrying nation’s hopes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Former taxi driver Alexander Zubkov steered Russia to victory in the four-man bobsleigh on the last day of the Winter Olympics on Sunday but looked more exhausted than elated after carrying the weight of the nation’s hopes.

“Zero emotion, honestly. We gave everything,” said the 39-year-old Siberian, who also won in the two-man bob.

    • About Mark

      "I've reported for Reuters from about 35 countries, with postings in Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Wellington and Berlin. Career highlights including covering the collapse of the Soviet Union and reporting on many aspects of the "war on terror" as security correspondent between 2003 and 2008. I now work on the political and general news desk in London, and as an editorial trainer."
      Joined Reuters:
      1986
      Languages:
      French, Russian, German
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