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Feb 22, 2014

Yanukovich abandons Kiev compound, opposition demands vote by May

KIEV (Reuters) – Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and the opposition demanded a new election be held by May, as the pro-Russian leader’s grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the capital.

Protesters entered the president’s compound in the capital and were controlling the entrance, a Reuters reporter said at the scene. Security guards were present inside the building but were not trying to expel the protesters.

Feb 19, 2014

Worried by Ukraine violence, Russia ponders next steps

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Ukrainian protester lobs a burning petrol bomb into a doorway, a police officer writhes in agony on the ground, smoke and flames rise from burning barricades.

Footage of violence in the Ukrainian capital was beamed almost non-stop into Russian homes by state television on Wednesday, accompanied by apocalyptic warnings of civil war next door and accusations of meddling by foreign states.

Feb 17, 2014

Russian police detain solo protester in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian police on Monday detained a man for protesting in Sochi against the jailing of an environmentalist angered by Olympic construction work.

David Khakim was led away by police after holding up a placard saying “Freedom for Yevgeny Vitishko” beside a sign depicting the Olympic Games logo near the city administration’s offices.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Russian police detain solo protester in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Russian police on Monday detained a man for protesting in Sochi against the jailing of an environmentalist angered by Olympic construction work.

David Khakim was led away by police after holding up a placard saying “Freedom for Yevgeny Vitishko” beside a sign depicting the Olympic Games logo near the city administration’s offices.

Feb 16, 2014

Russia’s Putin basks in the glory of the Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin says sport and politics do not mix but his actions at the Winter Olympics suggest the opposite.

When he was not watching ice hockey in Sochi at the weekend, the Russian president was doing the diplomatic rounds, dropping in on foreign teams, sipping wine or tea with them, talking sport – and building bridges.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Russia’s Putin basks in the glory of the Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin says sport and politics do not mix but his actions at the Winter Olympics suggest the opposite.

When he was not watching ice hockey in Sochi at the weekend, the Russian president was doing the diplomatic rounds, dropping in on foreign teams, sipping wine or tea with them, talking sport – and building bridges.

Feb 16, 2014

Injured Russian skier flown to Germany

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova was flown to Germany on Sunday for further treatment after breaking her back during training at the Winter Olympics and undergoing surgery.

Russia’s Freestyle Ski Federation said a special flight had been laid on to enable the 23-year-old to be treated at a specialist clinic in Munich, where Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said she would have a second operation.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Injured Russian skier flown to Germany

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova was flown to Germany on Sunday for further treatment after breaking her back during training at the Winter Olympics and undergoing surgery.

Russia’s Freestyle Ski Federation said a special flight had been laid on to enable the 23-year-old to be treated at a specialist clinic in Munich, where Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said she would have a second operation.

Feb 16, 2014

Anger at hockey goal melts political ice in Russia

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Anger over a disallowed goal in the Winter Olympic ice hockey has united host nation Russia, though not for the reasons President Vladimir Putin would have wanted.

The American referee’s refusal to count what would have been a winning goal for Russia against the United States on Saturday outraged fans from across the political divide, breaking down barriers in a way that almost nothing else can in Russia.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Anger at hockey goal melts political ice in Russia

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Anger over a disallowed goal in the Winter Olympic ice hockey has united host nation Russia, though not for the reasons President Vladimir Putin would have wanted.

The American referee’s refusal to count what would have been a winning goal for Russia against the United States on Saturday outraged fans from across the political divide, breaking down barriers in a way that almost nothing else can in Russia.

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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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