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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin fired two defence ministry deputies on Thursday, broadening a reshuffle after the sacking of the defence minister last week over a fraud investigation.
Putin dismissed deputy minister Yelena Kozlova, who oversaw finances, and Dmitry Chushkin, who was in charge of communications technologies, naming two associates of the new Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as their replacements.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Viktor Zubkov was the friend Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to when he wanted help blowing out his birthday candles 12 years ago.
At the time, Zubkov was an obscure tax man but had already forged the close relationship with Putin on which the political career of Russia’s defense minister may have foundered this week in a tale of alleged corruption, adultery and Kremlin rivalries.