MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court will start the posthumous trial of a dead anti-corruption lawyer next week after ignoring calls by his family and lawyers to abandon a case they say is absurd and politically motivated.
Sergei Magnitsky’s death in custody in 2009, after he had complained repeatedly of being denied medical treatment, has damaged Russia’s image and strained ties with the United States.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syria is ready for talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer yet to negotiate with rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
But Moualem said at the same time Syria would pursue its fight “against terrorism,” alluding to the conflict in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Arms flailing to the synthesised beat of a folk tune, film star Gerard Depardieu hit the dance floor in Chechnya and vowed to make a movie in the volatile region on the latest stop of an erratic tour of his new Russian homeland.
The actor, who quit France after criticising a planned 75-percent tax on millionaires, embraced Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov during a weekend visit, then showed off traditional ‘Lezginka’ dance moves in television footage aired on Monday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Film star Gerard Depardieu, who received a hug and a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin last month, has announced he wants to make a movie in Chechnya after dining and dancing with the volatile region’s strongarm leader.
Depardieu abandoned his homeland of France to avoid a planned 75-percent tax on millionaires. He moved to Belgium last year but then continued east to Russia, where Putin granted him citizenship. The two men were shown on state television shaking hands and hugging.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syria is ready to hold talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
But Moualem said Syria would continue its fight “against terrorism”, a reference to its conflict with anti-Assad rebels in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed.
SOCHI, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Above the Black Sea city of Sochi,
one of Russia’s richest men is spending billions of rubles to
turn a patch of mountainside into a global showpiece.
Metals magnate Vladimir Potanin has paid for new buildings,
new lifts and hundreds of snow canons in the hope of
transforming slopes not far from sub-tropical Sochi into a
world-class ski resort.
SOCHI (Reuters) – Above the Black Sea city of Sochi, one of Russia’s richest men is spending billions of roubles to turn a patch of mountainside into a global showpiece. Metals magnate Vladimir Potanin has paid for new buildings, new lifts and hundreds of snow canons in the hope of transforming slopes not far from sub-tropical Sochi into a world-class ski resort.
Like most of the plans to host the Winter Olympic Games next year, Russia’s ambitions for the ski village and other venues are outsized in scale and ambition. Total investment to make the sleepy region fit to welcome thousands of competitors and the world’s media is expected to exceed $50 billion, according to Russia’s international news agency RIA Novosti.
MOSCOW, Feb 15 (Reuters) – It is no coincidence the first
videos that captured the images of a meteorite breaking apart
over central Russia on Friday were shot from drivers’ dashboard
The small video cameras, fixed to the dashboard or rear view
mirror of a car to film oncoming traffic and the road ahead, are
immensely popular in Russia because of motorists’ fears about
the corruption, violence and insurance fraud schemes that can
make driving in the country a nightmare.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered security forces to be on high alert on Thursday to protect against attacks by militants ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russia, which this week hosts the G-20 meeting of major world economies, is battling an Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus region which grew out of two separatist wars in its Chechnya province since the fall of the Soviet Union.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed three policemen and wounded another six in Russia’s North Caucasus on Thursday, hours before President Vladimir Putin was to meet with officials to discuss security ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics.
The Kremlin is fighting to staunch an insurgency that aims to carve an Islamic state out of the Caucasus region, which borders Sochi, Russia’s planned site for the 2014 Games.