MOSCOW, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Russia will fail to deliver an
aircraft carrier to India this year, after the $2.3 billion
vessel encountered engine problems during testing, sources close
to the country’s weapons exporter said on Monday.
“Fixing the problem entails changing the engines or
repairing them. It will take around nine months, maybe more
maybe less, but definitely more than six months,” one source
close to arms exporter Rosoboronexport told Reuters.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched though Moscow under streaming banners, flags and balloons on Saturday to demand an end to President Vladimir Putin’s long rule and show their protest movement remains strong.
Protesters chanted “Russia without Putin!” in the first big rally since June, defying increasingly tough Kremlin measures against the opposition since the former KGB spy began another six years in the Kremlin in May.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched though Moscow under streaming banners, flags and balloons on Saturday to demand an end to President Vladimir Putin’s long rule and to breathe life into their protest movement.
Protesters chanted “Russia without Putin!” as they marched through central Moscow in the first big rally since June.
Not far from glitzy boulevards where an oil boom has sent up stadiums and high-rises overlooking the Volga River, women in headscarves wander through Islamic bookstores selling pamphlets on the institution of sharia in Russia.
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Not far from glitzy boulevards where an oil boom has sent up stadiums and high-rises overlooking the Volga River, women in headscarves wander through Islamic bookstores selling pamphlets on the institution of sharia in Russia.
Kazan, capital of Russia’s mainly-Muslim Tatarstan region, has long had an image as a showcase of religious tolerance. But that reputation was shattered last week by car bomb and shooting attacks carried out only hours before the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – A gleaming skyscraper rises from
the ultra-modern financial centre in the heart of Moscow,
dwarfing cathedral cuppolas and bombastic Stalinist highrises, a
symbol of how far Turkish business has come in the former Cold
The distinctive Turkish-built steel and glass towers of
Naberezhnaya, the second tallest skyscraper in Russia, will
serve as a powerful backdrop when President Vladimir Putin hosts
visiting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in the Kremlin on
Wednesday to talk business, energy and regional power politics.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian opposition talks with Russia on a political transition in Damascus ended in discord on Wednesday, and an opposition leader accused Moscow of pursuing policies that were helping to prolong the bloodshed in the pivotal Arab country.
“The Syrian people don’t understand Russia’s position. How can Russia keep supplying arms? How can they keep vetoing resolutions? There needs to be an end to mass killings,” said Burhan Ghalioun of the exiled Syrian National Council (SNC).
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian version of online encyclopedia Wikipedia closed its site on Tuesday in a one-day protest against what it said were plans by President Vladimir Putin to create his own version of the “Great Chinese Firewall” to block dissent on the Internet.
Supporters of amendments to Russia’s information law, which were proposed by the ruling United Russia party and will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, say changes are needed to protect children from harmful sites.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it would be ready to host a new meeting of world powers on ending the conflict in Syria and proposed broadening the talks to invite other countries, including Iran.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Moscow had made the proposal at an international meeting in Geneva on June 30.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the West’s influence was waning as its economy declines but warned Russian diplomats to be on their guard against a backlash from Moscow’s former Cold War enemies.
In a biennial speech to Russian ambassadors, Putin also took a shot at the West by condemning any unilateral actions to solve international disputes and underlined the importance of resolving such conflicts through the United Nations.