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Mar 12, 2013

Russia’s Bolshoi artists ask Putin for new attack investigation

MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) – Artists at Russia’s Bolshoi
ballet asked Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to order a new inquiry
into the acid attack on the troupe’s artistic director, fearing
the dancer arrested for the assault was only a pawn in the case.

Three hundred performers said in a letter to Putin they
believed Bolshoi star Pavel Dmitrichenko had only confessed to
plotting the Jan. 17 attack that almost blinded Sergei Filin
because of police pressure.

Mar 6, 2013

Militants from Russia’s North Caucasus join “jihad” in Syria

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the ‘jihad’ against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Dressed almost entirely in black, the militant from Russia’s Chechnya region declares an Islamist state is within reach. Fellow fighters from the brigade of foreign militants he leads translate his Russian words into Arabic.

Mar 6, 2013

Bolshoi dancer who played villains admits acid attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A dancer at Russia’s Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles.

Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has danced the crazed monarch in Ivan the Terrible and the villain in Swan Lake, was detained on Tuesday for a crime that shocked Russia and blackened the reputation of the world-famous theatre.

Mar 6, 2013

Bolshoi Ballet dancer confesses to acid attack: police

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of the top dancers at Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre has confessed to plotting an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe’s artistic director, police said on Wednesday.

Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has played the evil villain in Swan Lake and the crazed monarch in Ivan The Terrible, was detained on Tuesday over a crime that has shocked Russia and damaged the reputation of one its leading cultural institutions, revealing bitter rivalries behind the scenes.

Mar 4, 2013

Russia to put dead whistleblower on trial

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.

Mar 4, 2013

Russia to try dead whistleblower on March 11

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.

Feb 26, 2013

Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition

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.

Feb 25, 2013

Actor Depardieu hits dance floor in Russia’s Chechnya

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.

Feb 25, 2013

Actor Depardieu wants to make film in Russia’s volatile Chechnya

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.

Feb 25, 2013

Syrian government says ready to talk to armed opposition: agency

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.

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