MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – International envoy Lakhdar
Brahimi expressed regret on Monday at the failure of a four-day
truce in Syria that he had arranged between President Bashar
al-Assad’s government and rebel forces.
Brahimi also said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov in Moscow that there was no immediate plan to send
U.N. peacekeepers to the Middle Eastern country.
MOSCOW, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States
on Monday of double standards on human rights, criticising its
failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison and its use of the death
penalty while the U.S. Congress considers a law which could
punish Moscow for alleged abuses.
Russia and the United States attempted to “reset” their
relations when President Barack Obama entered the White House in
2009, but ties have turned decidedly cooler since Vladimir Putin
declared last year he planned to return to the presidency.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian investigators said on Monday that a man accused of plotting to foment unrest with other opponents of President Vladimir Putin had turned himself in and confessed, but a video on the Internet showed the activist saying he had been tortured.
Investigators said Leonid Razvozzhayev had voluntarily confessed on Sunday in a high-profile case that Kremlin critics say is part of a clampdown aimed at sidelining activists who have led the biggest protests of Putin’s nearly 13-year rule.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A ban on girls wearing the Islamic headscarf to a school in southern Russia has angered Muslims and forced President Vladimir Putin, who has robustly defended the Orthodox Church, to affirm that Russia is a secular state.
Muslims in the town of Kara Tyube in the Stavropol region say the ban on the hijab at School No. 12 forces their children to choose between their religion and a state education.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian investigators opened criminal proceedings against a prominent leader of protests against President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, saying a documentary on a pro-Kremlin TV channel showed evidence Sergei Udaltsov had plotted mass disorder.
Law enforcement officials raided Udaltsov’s Moscow apartment around daybreak and said they were also searching the homes of two associates facing the same charges, which carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin told security forces on Tuesday that they must outsmart and outmuscle Islamist militants to prevent attacks on major events to be hosted in Russia like the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup.
Russia is working hard to prevent its image being tarnished by security problems at the events that will be watched around the world.
MOSCOW, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin told
security forces on Tuesday that they must outsmart and outmuscle
Islamist militants to prevent attacks on major events to be
hosted in Russia like the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018
Russia is working hard to prevent its image being tarnished
by security problems at the events that will be watched around
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Newly released from Russian prison, Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich said her protests against Vladimir Putin’s rule had to become “more cunning” and that she would fight to free fellow band members still in jail.
In one of her first interviews since a judge suspended her two-year sentence on Wednesday, Samutsevich, 30, said she was trying to deal with public attention and increased scrutiny by the authorities.
ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Standing up to Bashar
al-Assad is one thing. Picking a fight with Vladimir Putin would
be something else entirely.
By forcing down an airliner flying from Moscow, and publicly
accusing Russia of ferrying military equipment to Damascus,
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has taken what may prove
to be the biggest gamble yet in his Syria policy.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow on Thursday accused Ankara of endangering Russian lives after Turkish fighter jets intercepted a Syrian airplane on route from Moscow to Damascus which Russia’s arms exports agency said was not carrying any of its cargo.
Turkish military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A-320, carrying about 30 passengers from Moscow, into Ankara airport late on Wednesday after Turkey said it had received intelligence that the plane had military supplies onboard.