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Aug 22, 2013

World champion Isinbayeva wants to quit poor Russian hometown for Monaco

MOSCOW, Aug 22 (Reuters) – A week after swelling national pride by winning the world pole vault title and defending Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, Yelena Isinbayeva wants to leave her run-down hometown for wealthy Monaco.

In comments that might upset many Russians and President Vladimir Putin, who is trying to whip up patriotism to rally support after protests, the athlete said her long-revered home city of Volgograd was now impoverished and in decline.

Aug 8, 2013

In wishing Bush well, Putin has message for Obama

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram on Thursday to his old sparring partner, former U.S. President George W. Bush, wishing him a quick recovery from heart surgery.

It may have been coincidence that the Kremlin released details of the telegram a day after Barack Obama pulled out of a planned summit with Putin, but little is left to chance in Russian politics.

Aug 2, 2013

Russia gives Snowden asylum, Obama-Putin summit in doubt

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia rejected U.S. pleas and granted American fugitive Edward Snowden a year’s asylum on Thursday, letting the former spy agency contractor slip out of a Moscow airport after more than five weeks in limbo while angering the United States and putting in doubt a planned summit between the two nations’ presidents.

The United States wanted Russia to send Snowden home to face criminal charges including espionage for disclosing in June secret American internet and telephone surveillance programs. The White House signaled that President Barack Obama may boycott a September summit with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Aug 1, 2013

Fugitive Snowden slips out of Moscow airport for ‘secure’ base

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area.

A Russian lawyer who has been assisting Snowden said the American, who is wanted in the United States for leaking details of secret government intelligence programs, had gone to a secure location which would remain secret.

Jul 20, 2013

Navalny embodies generation of rebellious Russians

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In a battle against President Vladimir Putin that has moved from the streets of Moscow to a courtroom, Alexei Navalny has emerged as the figurehead of a new generation of Russian opposition.

The 37-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, who was handed a five-year jail sentence for theft on Thursday then freed on bail on Friday, was one of the first protest leaders arrested when demonstrations against Putin took off in December 2011.

Jul 18, 2013

Newsmaker: Jailed Navalny embodies generation of rebellious Russians

MOSCOW (Reuters) – If any single figure embodies the rebellious generation of young Russians who have taken to the streets to try to force out President Vladimir Putin, it is surely Alexei Navalny.

The 37-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, who received a five-year jail sentence for theft on Thursday, was one of the first protest leaders arrested when demonstrations against Putin took off in December 2011.

Jul 18, 2013

Jailed Navalny embodies generation of rebellious Russians

MOSCOW (Reuters) – If any single figure embodies the rebellious generation of young Russians who have taken to the streets to try to force out President Vladimir Putin, it is surely Alexei Navalny.

The 37-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, who received a five-year jail sentence for theft on Thursday, was one of the first protest leaders arrested when demonstrations against Putin took off in December 2011.

Jul 12, 2013

Analysis: Experts advise Snowden: fly commercial

MOSCOW (Reuters) – When an Aeroflot plane from Moscow took an unusually southerly course to Havana on Thursday, it quickly triggered speculation that American fugitive Edward Snowden could be on board.

But the plane was probably just avoiding turbulence, like other aircraft that crossed the Atlantic yesterday. There was no sign of Snowden on arrival – he remained at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, where he was to meet human rights groups on Friday.

Jul 12, 2013

Experts advise Snowden: fly commercial

MOSCOW, July 12 (Reuters) – When an Aeroflot plane from
Moscow took an unusually southerly course to Havana on Thursday,
it quickly triggered speculation that American fugitive Edward
Snowden could be on board.

But the plane was probably just avoiding turbulence, like
other aircraft that crossed the Atlantic yesterday. There was no
sign of Snowden on arrival – he remained at Sheremetyevo airport
in Moscow, where he was to meet human rights groups on Friday.

Jul 9, 2013

Russia replaces Bolshoi Theatre boss after acid attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian government replaced the head of the Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, six months after a hit man hired by one of its dancers threw acid in the face of the director of ballet.

January’s attack, which left ballet maestro Sergei Filin almost totally blind, was the latest in a series of scandals that tarnished the reputation of one of the world’s leading theatres during Anatoly Iksanov’s 13 years in charge.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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