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Feb 25, 2015

British blogger raises awkward questions on Russia’s role in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was not an unusual evening for war blogger Eliot Higgins.

As he was rocking his infant son to sleep in his bedroom in the English city of Leicester, Higgins, who has written in-depth reports on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, was engaging in an online war of words with a pro-Kremlin blogger over Twitter.

Feb 17, 2015

Russian court ends house arrest, upholds sentence for Navalny

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court on Tuesday ended house arrest terms for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and upheld a suspended three-and-a-half-year prison term for the protest leader in a theft case he says is politically motivated.

Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted last December of stealing nearly 30 million roubles – nearly $500,000 at the current exchange rate – from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.

Jan 30, 2015

Russia says nuclear arms to keep military edge over NATO, United States

MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The chief of Russia’s armed
forces said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure
military superiority over the West as Russia seeks to fulfil a
multi-billion dollar plan to modernise its forces by 2020.

Russia, facing a likely recession this year after U.S. and
European sanctions over Ukraine and a fall in oil prices, must
deal with new forms of Western aggression, including economic
confrontation, said armed forces chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

Jan 28, 2015

Leviathan director: controversy shows film ‘touched something’ in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose bleak depiction of his homeland in the Oscar-nominated film Leviathan divided Russia, said on Wednesday the polarization proved his movie had “touched something very important”.

The Golden Globe-winning film exposes some of the country’s modern taboos, portraying the doomed struggle of a man in Russia’s far North against a greedy and corrupt local mayor while casting the Russian Orthodox Church in a dubious light.

Jan 28, 2015

Russia says Kiev’s actions will escalate Ukraine fighting

MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday military
action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an “inevitable
further escalation of the conflict” with pro-Russian separatists
in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking.

Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since violence has
intensified in the conflict, where a ceasefire collapsed after
rebels drove Ukrainian government forces out of Donetsk airport.

Jan 26, 2015

S&P downgrades Russia’s sovereign credit rating to ‘junk’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ratings agency S&P cut Russia’s sovereign credit rating to below investment grade, or “junk” status, on Monday for the first time in a decade.

The rouble fell after the news to 67.98 against the dollar, more than 5 percent lower than the previous close on the Moscow Exchange.

Jan 20, 2015

Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran – media

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defence missile system to Iran, honouring a contract that was cancelled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is visiting Tehran and signed an agreement with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan to boost cooperation, Iran’s Fars semi-official news agency said.

Dec 24, 2014

Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into ‘frontline of confrontation’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine’s hopes of joining it were realized.

The Kiev parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

Dec 17, 2014

As ruble erodes, Russians buy out last remaining luxuries

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The glittering Jaguars and Land Rovers parked on the showroom tiles at Rolf car dealership in Moscow looked like a steal, still priced in last week’s rubles. But by Wednesday you were probably too late.

Russians have been racing to buy cars, electronic goods and designer clothes with their swiftly devaluing rubles. But some international firms have suspended supplies of luxury items, at least until the currency stabilizes.

Dec 14, 2014

Russian rights group’s offices torched, members detained in Chechnya

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The offices of one of Russia’s most active human rights groups in the troubled North Caucasus region of Chechnya was torched and its members were held by armed men in camouflage on Sunday, a top human rights activist said.

The Joint Mobile Group has come under fire from Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed strong-arm leader Ramzan Kadyrov after the group’s head criticised methods of punishment used against those suspected of being part of the region’s Islamist insurgency.

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