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Dmitry Yazov, anti-Gorbachev coup plotter, ex-Soviet defense minister, dies

25 Feb 2020

MOSCOW Dmitry Yazov, a former Soviet defense minister who took part in an unsuccessful coup against leader Mikhail Gorbachev, died on Tuesday at the age of 95, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine, Kiev and rebels blame each other

18 Feb 2020

KIEV/MOSCOW A Ukrainian solder was killed and four others injured on Tuesday when heavy fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine, the country's military said, as it and Russian-backed separatists blamed each other for the flare-up. | Video

Russia accuses Turkey of breaking Syria deals, rejects Erdogan claim

12 Feb 2020

MOSCOW Russia on Wednesday accused Turkey of flouting agreements it had made with Moscow on Syria and of aggravating the situation in Idlib where Syrian forces have made gains in their campaign to eliminate the last insurgent bastion in a nine-year-old war.

Russia accuses Turkey of breaking Syria deals, rejects Erdogan claim

12 Feb 2020

MOSCOW Russia on Wednesday accused Turkey of flouting agreements it had made with Moscow on Syria and of aggravating the situation in Idlib where Syrian forces have made gains in their campaign to eliminate the last insurgent bastion in a nine-year-old war.

UPDATE 2-Russia accuses Turkey of breaking Syria deals, rejects Erdogan claim

12 Feb 2020

MOSCOW, Feb 12 Russia on Wednesday accused Turkey of flouting agreements it had made with Moscow on Syria and of aggravating the situation in Idlib where Syrian forces have made gains in their campaign to eliminate the last insurgent bastion in a nine-year-old war.

Supreme Ruler Putin? Kremlin non-committal on proposed new job description

29 Jan 2020

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin had no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to Supreme Ruler from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea.

Russia says it missed U.N. deadline to repatriate North Korean workers

23 Jan 2020

MOSCOW Russia said on Thursday it had missed a United Nations deadline to repatriate North Korean workers due to what it called objective difficulties, but said it was scrupulously complying with U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang.

Putin speeds up Russian political shake-up, details new power centre

20 Jan 2020

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin accelerated a shake-up of Russia's political system on Monday, submitting a constitutional reform blueprint to parliament that will create a new centre of power outside the presidency.

Despite shake-up, Putin rejects idea of Soviet-style leaders for life

18 Jan 2020

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he did not want Russia to return to the late Soviet-era practice of having lifelong rulers who died in office without a proper succession strategy.

Russian parliament backs Putin's pick for PM after 'January Revolution'

16 Jan 2020

MOSCOW The Russian parliament overwhelmingly backed President Vladimir Putin's surprise choice for prime minister on Thursday after what one daily called a "January revolution", a major political overhaul that some say could set Putin up as leader for life. | Video

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