SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – At the Mayak Cabaret, one of the few gay clubs in Russia’s Olympic city of Sochi, the nightly drag show starts with a drum roll before a performer in a brunette wig lip synchs “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”.
But when the show is over at one of the last landmarks of a once vibrant gay scene in Sochi, the lights fall on an audience made up mostly of straight couples who came for the novelty.
MOSCOW, Dec 10 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin ordered
Russia’s military to increase its focus on the Arctic and finish
plans by the end of the year to upgrade military bases in the
resource-rich region where world powers jostle for control.
Speaking to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin praised
the military’s work in the Arctic, where Canada said on Monday
it was claiming the North Pole as part of an broader claim on
DONETSK/LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Kiev is the stage for Ukraine’s political drama, but the script was written in its borderlands.
While the capital is convulsed by protests, the East-West tensions tugging at Ukraine are perhaps felt most in Donetsk and Lviv, two cities more than 1,000 km (600 miles) apart which are divided by history and – for some – a sense of the future.
KIEV, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s embattled prime minister
Mykola Azarov warned protesters on Wednesday they would be
punished if they broke the law after he marshalled his ministers
for a cabinet meeting despite an attempted blockade by
With a crisis over the government’s rejection of closer ties
with the European Union piling pressure on the creaking economy,
one of Azarov’s deputies departed for Moscow for talks including
on Russian natural gas, for which Kiev is urgently seeking lower
KIEV (Reuters) – Urbane liberals are joining black-booted skinheads to protest on the streets of Kiev, but if the Orange Revolution of nine years ago is to be repeated, they need a leader to unite them.
Enter Vitaly Klitschko, a towering world boxing champion with a doctorate in sports science, who is looking increasingly like the opposition’s most powerful contender.
KIEV, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s embattled government held
onto power in parliament on Tuesday but faced determined public
protests and the rising risk of a financial crisis after
spurning closer ties with the European Union under pressure from
With protesters blockading central Kiev, President Viktor
Yanukovich flew to China on a three-day state visit seeking
loans and investment.
KIEV (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-EU protesters calling for the resignation of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich gathered outside parliament on Tuesday with opposition leaders pressing for a vote of no-confidence in his government.
Only days after a massive rally that brought 350,000 protesters into central Kiev, Yanukovich is set to travel to China, leaving the country plunged into crisis by his decision to spurn a landmark deal with the European Union and boost ties with Ukraine’s Soviet master Russia.
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is set to head for China on Tuesday, leaving a country plunged into crisis by his decision to forego a free trade deal with Europe under pressure from Russia.
With pro-Europe demonstrators blockading the government’s main building in Kiev, their allies in parliament called for a vote of no confidence in the cabinet on Tuesday over what they say is a lurch back towards Soviet-style rule from Moscow.
KIEV (Reuters) – More than 100,000 Ukrainians, waving flags and chanting “Down with the Gang!” streamed through central Kiev on Sunday to protest against what they called President Viktor Yanukovich’s broken promises to integrate with the European Union.
The opposition rally, by far the biggest seen in the Ukrainian capital since the Orange Revolution nine years ago, came a day after a police crackdown on protesters which inflamed demonstrators further after Yanukovich’s U-turn on Europe.
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s political opposition said on Saturday it would call a general strike to force the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich’s government after police used batons and stun grenades to break up pro-Europe protests.
Some 10,000 protesters regrouped in Kiev, flooding a square outside a church. They waved the blue and gold EU flag and chanted ‘Revolution’ and ‘Down with the gang’.