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Jan 18, 2013

Bolshoi ballet director in acid attack, may lose sight

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An unknown attacker threw acid in the face of the artistic director of Russia’s prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, endangering his eyesight, in what police and colleagues said on Friday was the culmination of a two-week campaign of intimidation.

Sergei Filin, a former leading dancer at the Bolshoi who has been in the high-pressure job at the heart of Russian culture for nearly two years, was attacked outside his Moscow apartment building as he returned from the theatre late on Thursday.

Jan 17, 2013

Russian ships to pick up munitions on way to Syria

MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Two Russian ships heading for a
naval exercise off Syria this month are picking up munitions on
their way to the Syrian port of Tartous, news agencies reported
on Thursday.

Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main
foreign protector during a 22-month uprising against his rule
and is its biggest arms supplier. It leases a naval maintenance
and supply facility at Tartous that is its only military base
outside the former Soviet Union.

Jan 17, 2013

Russian ships to pick up munitions and head to Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Russian ships heading for a naval exercise off Syria this month are picking up munitions to drop at the Syrian port of Tartous, news agencies reported on Thursday.

Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main foreign protector during a 22-month uprising against his rule and is its biggest arms supplier. It leases a naval maintenance and supply facility at Tartous that is its only military base outside the former Soviet Union.

Dec 18, 2012

Russia eyes Syria evacuation as rebels take Damascus district

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has sent warships to the Mediterranean Sea in case it needs to evacuate its citizens trapped by the civil war in Syria, a naval source was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Their departure points to growing concern in Moscow, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, about rebel advances on the Syrian capital Damascus and suggests Russia is pressing ahead quickly with evacuation preparations announced by a diplomat last week.

Dec 18, 2012

Russia sends ships for possible Syria evacuation -agency

MOSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Russia has sent warships to the
Mediterranean Sea in case it needs to evacuate its citizens
trapped by the civil war in Syria, a naval source was quoted as
saying on Tuesday.

Their departure points to growing concern in Moscow, a
staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, about rebel
advances on the Syrian capital Damascus and suggests Russia is
pressing ahead quickly with evacuation preparations announced by
a diplomat last week.

Dec 14, 2012

Russia denies shifting policy on Syria

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Russia denied on Friday that it
has changed its position on Syria, trying to dampen speculation
that remarks by a senior envoy point to policy differences in
Moscow as the civil war turns against President Bashar al-Assad.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, a Kremlin envoy to
the Middle East, made unusually pessimistic assessment of the
situation in Syria on Thursday when he acknowledged that Assad’s
opponents might win.

Nov 27, 2012

Russian Cossacks test their powers in Moscow street patrol

MOSCOW (Reuters) – By tradition, Cossacks protected Russia’s borderlands, but on Tuesday descendants of the Tsarist warrior caste patrolled a patch of central Moscow as part of a resurgence encouraged by President Vladimir Putin.

A handful of men in high lambswool hats and epaulettes paced a slushy square around a major railway station, looking for illegal trade and other infractions in what they called a trial run for further patrols in the heart of the Russian capital.

Nov 23, 2012

Russian lawmakers introduce law on “foreign agent” media

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian lawmakers introduced a bill to the state Duma, or lower house of parliament, on Friday which would force foreign-funded media to register as ‘foreign agents’, adding to a raft of bills that critics say is aimed at cracking down on dissent.

The law would complement another piece of legislation that forces non-government organizations that engage in “political activities” and receive money from abroad to register themselves using the same term, which is steeped in Cold-War era hostility.

Nov 16, 2012

Russia warns U.S. over human rights bill

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia increased pressure on the U.S. Congress on Friday not to pass legislation that would punish Russian officials for human rights violations, warning Washington that it had prepared tough retaliatory measures.

Congress was due to vote on a bill named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky later on Friday, the third anniversary of his death in detention. The bill is designed to deny visas for officials involved in his imprisonment, abuse or death.

Nov 16, 2012

Russia charges nine with membership of banned Islamist group

MOSCOW, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday nine
suspected militants were charged with belonging to outlawed
Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which police said had
planned bomb attacks on civilian targets in Moscow.

Police said they found firearms, explosives and counterfeit
currency worth $1 million and 2 million euros during a raid on
the apartments of Russian and Tajik citizens earlier this month.

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