MOSCOW (Reuters) – Principal dancer Artem Ovcharenko seems to defy gravity as he glides through the air, then lands silently with a flourish of his arm during a rehearsal at Russia’s revered Bolshoi Theater.
Other dancers spin through the air behind him, a few warm up at the side and two ballerinas walk on their toes while Viktor Barykin, the repetiteur or dance coach, barks instructions.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to reassert his grip on Russia after months of protests look likely to force the removal of one of the few liberal leaders outside Moscow.
The local parliament in the vast Kirov region in central Russia has called a no-confidence vote in governor Nikita Belykh for February 14 which is likely to oust the man appointed by Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s predecessor as president.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Stalingrad will be back on the map for a few hours on Saturday, and Josef Stalin’s face will be splashed on buses, as Russia remembers the epic battle that turned the tide of World War Two.
President Vladimir Putin is expected in the city, now known as Volgograd, for a military parade to mark 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Josef Stalin and the city of Stalingrad are making a comeback – if only for a short time.
The Russian city of Volgograd has approved the use of its wartime name at events on Saturday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the 200-day Battle of Stalingrad that turned the tide of World War Two.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday the rebels fighting French and African troops in Mali are the same fighters the West armed in the revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.
An Islamist alliance of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM and home-grown Malian groups captured northern Mali last year, armed with weapons seized from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia held out an olive branch to the United States on Wednesday by calling for an improvement in ties, but chided Washington over “odious” human rights legislation and denounced Western policy on Syria.
Setting out Russia’s policy agenda for 2013 at an annual news conference, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear that improving relations with Washington was part of Moscow’s vision for strengthening its influence on the world stage.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s foes are bent on overthrowing his government and called their “obsession” with this goal an insurmountable obstacle to peace.
Lavrov’s comments at an annual news conference signaled no shift in the stance of Russia, which says Assad’s exit from power must not be a precondition for a deal to end 22 months of violence in which more than 60,000 people have been killed.
MOSCOW, Dec 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin
supported a ban on Americans adopting Russian children on
Thursday in a feud over a U.S. human rights law which he said
was poisoning relations.
Putin, 60, struck a hawkish tone in his first annual news
conference since he began a new six-year term in May but denied
that tough measures against his opponents since his return to
the Kremlin meant he was an authoritarian leader.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday a U.S. law that punishes Russians who abuse human rights was poisoning ties with Washington but signaled support for a retaliatory ban on Americans adopting Russian children.
In comments broadcast live to the nation, Putin, 60, also laughed off speculation that he was in bad health and said Russia’s economy was in good shape.
MOSCOW, Dec 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on
Thursday a U.S. law that punishes Russians who abuse human
rights was poisoning ties with Washington but signalled support
for a retaliatory ban on Americans adopting Russian children.
In comments broadcast live to the nation, Putin, 60, also
laughed off speculation that he was in bad health and said
Russia’s economy was in good shape.