MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Interior Ministry troops were fed dog food earlier this year to save money, a former officer in the ministry said Thursday.
A rare whistleblower in Russia’s expansive security forces, ex-Major Igor Matveyev said officers tried to cover up the scandal and other alleged wrongdoing at the Interior Ministry troops base where he served in the far east city of Vladivostok.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – An al Qaeda online magazine has been translated into Russian in what analysts said on Wednesday was an attempt to strengthen ties with insurgents aiming to carve an Islamic state out of Russia’s North Caucasus.
The English-language web journal, Inspire, launched by al Qaeda’s Yemeni wing last year to reach out to Muslims living in the West, stoked U.S. and European concerns with articles such as one entitled “make a bomb in your mother’s kitchen.”
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev marked the anniversary on Monday of victory over Nazi Germany with a promise to arm Russian troops with the latest weapons and push reform of a military plagued by low morale and poor equipment.
Medvedev made the pledge as Russia’s biggest missiles and most advanced tanks rumbled through Moscow’s Red Square to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the end of World War Two.
MOSCOW, May 6 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday criticised a
Western-led grouping that has pledged aid to the Libyan rebels
fighting Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, warning that it must not seek
to overstep the U.N. Security Council’s mandate.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese
counterpart Yang Jiechi said they would work together to seek
stability in the Middle East and North African region.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao will be the top guest at Russia’s showcase investor forum next month as the Kremlin seeks to cement an alliance between the world’s biggest energy producer and the fastest growing major economy.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Hu will meet Russian leaders and attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, which the Kremlin presents as Russia’s answer to the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos.
MOSCOW, May 6 (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao will
be the top guest at Russia’s showcase investor forum next month
as the Kremlin seeks to cement an alliance between the world’s
biggest energy producer and the fastest growing major economy.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Hu will
meet Russian leaders and attend the St Petersburg International
Economic Forum, which the Kremlin presents as Russia’s answer to
the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday it had established the guilt of a man Russian media have identified as the spymaster who betrayed a ring of agents operating in the United States last year.
Russian media have reported that a top spy they identified as Alexander Poteyev was responsible for betraying 10 Russian agents deported from the United States in a Cold War-style swap on a Vienna airport tarmac in July.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court will begin considering ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s appeal against his conviction on multi-billion-dollar theft and money laundering charges on May 17, a court official said on Wednesday.
Khodorkovsky, first convicted of fraud and tax evasion in 2005, was sentenced last December to stay in jail until 2017 after a politically charged second trial seen as a test of President Dmitry Medvedev’s vows to improve the rule of law.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian human rights activists appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday to intervene to stop extrajudicial kidnappings and enforce the rule of law in the country’s predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya.
A decade after federal forces drove separatists out of power in Chechnya, rights workers said the region’s Kremlin-backed leadership has amassed huge powers and local prosecutors had no power to curb or probe cases of torture and kidnappings.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he had no plans to crack down on the Internet ahead of 2012 elections, seeking to play down concerns over recent hacker attacks on a blogging website.
“My personal opinion is that I don’t think it is possible to limit anything,” said Putin, answering a question from a lawmaker after his annual address to parliament.