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Sep 19, 2013

Senator McCain attacks Putin in Russian website op-ed

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Senator John McCain on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression, in a scathing retort to a New York Times editorial by Putin earlier this month.

In an editorial published on news website Pravda.ru, McCain criticized the Russian leader’s policies at home and in Syria, where Putin has repeatedly protected President Bashar al-Assad.

Sep 12, 2013

Assad says will abandon chemical arms once U.S. stops threats

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said he would only finalise plans to abandon his chemical arsenal when the United States stopped threatening to attack him, in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global treaty on chemical weapons, a major first step in a Russian-backed plan that would see Damascus give up its stocks of poison gas to avert U.S. military strikes.

Sep 4, 2013

Putin says could turn against Assad – if case proved

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin offered a glimpse of international compromise over Syria on Wednesday, declining to entirely rule out Russian backing for military action as he prepared to host a summit of world leaders.

As the United States and allies prepare to bypass any Russian U.N. veto and attack Damascus, there is little chance of Putin’s support. But his words may herald new efforts to overcome great power rivalries that have let Syria descend into bloody chaos.

Sep 4, 2013

Putin ‘does not rule out’ approving Syria strike with evidence Assad used poison gas

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not rule out approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks, but said any attack would be illegal without U.N. support.

In an interview with AP and Russia’s First Channel, released the day before a G20 leaders’ meeting in St Petersburg, Putin said he expected to hold talks with the U.S. President Barack Obama on the summit sidelines, saying there was much to discuss.

Aug 29, 2013

Insight: Syria pays for Russian weapons to boost ties with Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than two years into Syria’s civil war, President Bashar al-Assad is settling his bills for Russian arms orders through the Russian banking system to try to shore up ties with his most powerful ally, according to a Russian arms industry source.

The payments, which have increased in recent months, show how Assad has sustained his ties with his main diplomatic defender, a relationship that has come under the spotlight this week as Western countries plan military action to punish him for suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians.

Aug 27, 2013

Russian airshow kicks off with Superjet deals

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s first civil plane since the fall of the Soviet Union bagged a clutch of deals with mainly domestic buyers on the first day of an airshow near Moscow, as the country battles to revive its aircraft industry amid stiff foreign competition.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pledged at the event on Tuesday to make Russian aircraft more competitive as part of the Kremlin’s drive to sell planes worth $250 billion by 2025.

Jul 11, 2013

New Russian video game takes aim at Pussy Riot

MOSCOW, July 11 (Reuters) – A Russian Orthodox youth group
unveiled a video game on Thursday that gives players a chance to
“kill” members of the punk band Pussy Riot, whose
profanity-laden protest in a Moscow cathedral last year angered
the church and offended some believers.

Two women from Pussy Riot are serving two-year jail
sentences for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for the
“punk protest”, which the head of the Russian Orthodox Church
has called part of a campaign to curb its post-Soviet revival.

Jul 11, 2013

New Russian video game takes aim at punk band riot

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian Orthodox youth group unveiled a video game on Thursday that gives players a chance to “kill” members of the punk band Pussy Riot, whose profanity-laden protest in a Moscow cathedral last year angered the church and offended some believers.

Two women from Pussy Riot are serving two-year jail sentences for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for the “punk protest”, which the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called part of a campaign to curb its post-Soviet revival.

Jul 6, 2013

Anyone seen Snowden? Moscow transit fliers hope for a glimpse

MOSCOW (Reuters) – When Edward Snowden finally leaves the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, it will lose its biggest attraction.

The former U.S. spy agency contractor has managed to stay out of sight for two weeks since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23, hoping to fly on to a country that would not send him back to the United States to face espionage charges.

Jul 3, 2013

Islamist rebel vows “maximum force” to stop Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW, July 3 (Reuters) – Russian Islamist rebel leaders urged their fighters on Wednesday to use “maximum force” to prevent President Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

In an online video recorded in a forest, Doku Umarov said an order not to attack Russian targets outside the North Caucasus had been cancelled and likened holding the Games in the Black Sea city to performing “Satanic dances” on the graves of Muslims killed fighting Russian forces there in the 19th century.

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