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.
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.
SOCHI, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Above the Black Sea city of Sochi,
one of Russia’s richest men is spending billions of rubles to
turn a patch of mountainside into a global showpiece.
Metals magnate Vladimir Potanin has paid for new buildings,
new lifts and hundreds of snow canons in the hope of
transforming slopes not far from sub-tropical Sochi into a
world-class ski resort.
SOCHI (Reuters) – Above the Black Sea city of Sochi, one of Russia’s richest men is spending billions of roubles to turn a patch of mountainside into a global showpiece. Metals magnate Vladimir Potanin has paid for new buildings, new lifts and hundreds of snow canons in the hope of transforming slopes not far from sub-tropical Sochi into a world-class ski resort.
Like most of the plans to host the Winter Olympic Games next year, Russia’s ambitions for the ski village and other venues are outsized in scale and ambition. Total investment to make the sleepy region fit to welcome thousands of competitors and the world’s media is expected to exceed $50 billion, according to Russia’s international news agency RIA Novosti.
MOSCOW, Feb 15 (Reuters) – It is no coincidence the first
videos that captured the images of a meteorite breaking apart
over central Russia on Friday were shot from drivers’ dashboard
The small video cameras, fixed to the dashboard or rear view
mirror of a car to film oncoming traffic and the road ahead, are
immensely popular in Russia because of motorists’ fears about
the corruption, violence and insurance fraud schemes that can
make driving in the country a nightmare.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered security forces to be on high alert on Thursday to protect against attacks by militants ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russia, which this week hosts the G-20 meeting of major world economies, is battling an Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus region which grew out of two separatist wars in its Chechnya province since the fall of the Soviet Union.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed three policemen and wounded another six in Russia’s North Caucasus on Thursday, hours before President Vladimir Putin was to meet with officials to discuss security ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics.
The Kremlin is fighting to staunch an insurgency that aims to carve an Islamic state out of the Caucasus region, which borders Sochi, Russia’s planned site for the 2014 Games.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will continue deliveries of arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his armed forces, the head of the state weapons exporter said on Wednesday, despite the Middle Eastern country’s civil war.
Russia supplied nearly $1 billion’s worth of arms to Syria in 2011 and has long been an ally of Assad.
MOSCOW, Feb 11 (Reuters) – An underground methane gas
explosion killed up to 18 miners at a coal pit in northern
Russia on Monday, the latest in a long line of fatal accidents
at Russian collieries.
Rescue workers said they had brought 10 bodies to the
surface at the Vorkutinskaya mine, owned by large Russian steel
company Severstal, in the icy Komi region and were
trying to recover eight other corpses.
President Vladimir Putin has said the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill.