MOSCOW, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Twenty years after a failed coup hastened the end of the Soviet Union, many Russians look back with regret and cynicism, underscoring the ambivalence many feel for the new Russia and their uncertainty about the future.
“I remember the tanks rolling toward the center of the city, the disorder,” said Mikhail Shchilev, 59, steps away from the Kremlin walls.
Aug 18 (Reuters) – * Chinese fighter may be based on
Russian plane – experts
* Analysts suggest Russia helping China boost military might
* Relations cordial but suspicions run deep between powers
By Thomas Grove
MOSCOW, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Similarities between a new
Chinese fighter jet and a prototype Russian plane have brought
suggestions that Moscow may be quietly helping Beijing compete
with the world’s top military powers.
ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s top arms exporter said on Wednesday it intended to continue selling weapons to Syria, despite calls from the United States for Moscow to halt its weapons trade with Damascus.
Russia, the world’s second largest arms exporter, wants to make up for $4 billion of contracts lost when the United Nations placed an arms embargo on Libya this year and is also looking to Africa, South America and Southeast Asia to compensate.
Lying on a couch with her eyes closed, 26-year-old Milena sips water blessed by an Islamic healer who sits nearby reciting verses from the Koran to cure her depression. Outside, a long line of patients wait at Chechnya’s state-run Islamic Medical Center, hoping its staff can heal deep psychological wounds left by years of war in the volatile region in Russia’s North Caucasus.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will showcase its top-of-the-range fighter jets and newest space shuttles at the MAKS airshow, starting on Tuesday, and an ambitious program to upgrade its arms looks set to make Moscow the biggest buyer at its own show.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to visit the biennial event on Wednesday, and highlights will include the first public flight of Russia’s long-delayed, fifth-generation T-50 fighter plane.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has drawn up a list of U.S. officials to be barred from entering the country in response to U.S. visa restrictions imposed on Russian officials over the death of a lawyer, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
If the report by the business daily Kommersant is confirmed, the decision will be the latest of several signs in the past few weeks that the “reset” aimed at improving U.S.-Russian relations under U.S. President Barack Obama is under threat.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least eight people died and one person was missing Sunday after a riverboat collided with a barge and sank in the Moscow River, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said.
The private boat carrying 16 people sank after colliding with the river barge at around 1 a.m. (2100 GMT). Russian media quoted passengers as saying the boat had been rented for a birthday celebration.
GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – Lying on a couch with her eyes closed, 26-year-old Milena sips water blessed by an Islamic healer who sits nearby reciting verses from the Koran to cure her depression.
Outside, a long line of patients wait at Chechnya’s state-run Islamic Medical Center, hoping its staff can heal deep psychological wounds left by years of war in the volatile region in Russia’s North Caucasus.
MOSCOW, July 13 (Reuters) – A sunken riverboat at the bottom
of the Volga River is a deadly illustration of Russia’s failure
to shake off its Soviet legacy of corruption and systematic
The circumstances that led to the disaster that likely
killed 129 people last Sunday — decrepit infrastructure,
regulatory corner-cutting and an obsession with turning a quick
profit at the expense of human life — are all too familiar as
the former superpower struggles to modernise.
MOSCOW, July 6 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it would
formally submit an application to the United Nations next year
to redraw the map of the Arctic, giving itself a bigger share.
The plan follows a pledge last week to send troops and
weapons north to guarantee its Arctic interests. The formal
application to the United Nations would change the region’s
borders and allow exploitation of energy-rich Arctic territory.