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.
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.
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.
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.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Edward Snowden should find another country to seek refuge, a Russian official said on Thursday, signaling Moscow’s growing impatience over the former U.S. agency spy contractor’s lengthening stay at a Moscow airport.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia had received no request for political asylum from Snowden and he had to solve his problems himself after 11 days in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21 (Reuters) – President
Vladimir Putin unveiled a $13 billion investment plan on Friday
to build roads and railways across Russia and show he is not
steering the country into political and economic stagnation.
But in a speech setting out moves to curb inflation, boost
economic growth and sack the heads of under-performing state
firms, he failed to allay investors’ concerns over an economy
sliding towards recession.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland/MOSCOW (Reuters) – At the end of a tense two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama – slumped over and serious – tried to lighten the mood with a joke about their favorite sports.
“And finally, we compared notes on President Putin’s expertise in judo and my declining skills in basketball,” the U.S. president told reporters at the G8 summit, after the two men gave formal statements emphasizing their common ground rather than their sharp differences on how to end the Syrian crisis.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A widening clampdown on groups and individuals critical or independent of Russian President Vladimir Putin has left his opponents asking: “Who’s next?”
Liberal economist Sergei Guriev’s flight from Russia under pressure from state investigators has deepened the sense of alarm as the Kremlin broadens a drive to stifle dissent and quell protests that began in December 2011.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s oldest rights group began a legal battle on Friday to avoid being branded a “foreign agent” under a new law it sees as a tool of repression by President Vladimir Putin.
Memorial, which has fought to preserve the memory of Josef Stalin’s victims for a quarter of a century, has faced problems ever since Mikhail Gorbachev gave it his blessing in the Soviet Union’s dying days. Its employees have faced harassment and bureaucratic obstacles at almost every turn.
OREKHOVO-ZUYEVO, Russia (Reuters) – As Russia congratulated its forces for foiling an alleged Islamist plot on Moscow, the discovery of the plan also pointed to the growing security threat before the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Monday’s killing of two suspected militants and arrest of a third in a sleepy town near Moscow was quickly followed by the killing of one of the leaders of an Islamist insurgency being waged in Russia’s North Caucasus.