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Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraud

15 Feb 2019

MOSCOW Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia's biggest private equity firms, denied allegations of fraud in a Moscow court on Friday but a judge ordered him to be detained for 72 hours, a move that could raise concerns among foreign investors.

UPDATE 3-Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraud

15 Feb 2019

* Case likely to worry foreign investors (Updates after court hearing, adds details)

Kremlin, after summit, says no offensive planned in Syria's Idlib

14 Feb 2019

SOCHI/MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had agreed to take unspecified extra steps to clear Syria's Idlib region of what he called "a hotbed of terrorists," but the Kremlin said there would be no military operation there.

For Putin, economic and political reality dampen appetite for arms race

08 Feb 2019

MOSCOW With his ratings down and state funds needed to hedge against new Western sanctions and raise living standards, Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot afford to get sucked into a costly nuclear arms race with the United States.

Russia jails Dane for six years in Jehovah's Witnesses purge

06 Feb 2019

MOSCOW A Russian court on Wednesday found a Danish adherent of the Jehovah's Witnesses guilty of organising a banned extremist group and jailed him for six years in a case critics condemn as crushing religious freedom. | Video

Russia plans new missile systems to counter U.S. by 2021

06 Feb 2019

MOSCOW Russia will race to develop two new land-based missile launch systems before 2021 to respond to Washington's planned exit from a landmark nuclear arms control pact, it said on Tuesday. | Video

Patriotic war film draws 8 million Russians as ties with West fray

30 Jan 2019

MOSCOW A state-funded Russian film that lionizes a Soviet World War Two tank and its crew has become the second highest grossing home-grown production since the collapse of the Soviet Union, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to instill patriotism in young people.

Venezuela's Maduro accuses Trump of ordering his murder - RIA

30 Jan 2019

MOSCOW Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused Donald Trump of ordering neighbouring Colombia's government to kill him, but said he was open to the possibility of talks with the U.S. leader and his own domestic foes.

Daylight robbery - Russian police detain suspect after bold gallery heist

29 Jan 2019

MOSCOW Russian police said on Monday they had arrested a man caught on camera taking a painting off the wall of a major Moscow art gallery and strolling out with it under his arm. | Video

Kremlin backs Venezuela's Maduro, while West turns up heat

24 Jan 2019

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS Russia accused the United States on Thursday of trying to usurp power in Venezuela and warned against military intervention, putting it at odds with Washington and the EU which backed protests against one of Moscow's closest allies.

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