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Russia jails Jehovah's Witness adherent for six years over extremism

13 Dec 2019

MOSCOW A Russian court jailed a Jehovah's Witness adherent for six years on Friday after finding him guilty of extremist activity, part of a crackdown on the group that human rights activists say violates religious freedom.

Yuri Luzhkov, ex-Moscow mayor who transformed Russian capital, has died

10 Dec 2019

MOSCOW Yuri Luzhkov, who as Moscow mayor transformed the drab former capital of the Soviet Union into a glitzy playground for Russia's super-rich with help from his construction magnate wife, has died aged 83.

U.S. rejects proposal for spy swap of ex-Marine held in Russia

27 Nov 2019

MOSCOW The United States rejected on Wednesday a suggestion it seek a prisoner swap involving a former U.S. Marine jailed in Russia for nearly a year over spying allegations, and called for his immediate release.

Russia balks at Turkish idea of new Syrian military operation

19 Nov 2019

MOSCOW Russia said on Tuesday it was bewildered by a Turkish pledge to conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the area was not cleared of people Ankara calls terrorists, warning that any such move would damage efforts to stabilise the region.

Russia says it will return captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday

17 Nov 2019

MOSCOW Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. | Video

Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria after U.S. exit

14 Nov 2019

MOSCOW Russia has set up a helicopter base at an airport in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the Russian Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Thursday, a move designed to increase Moscow's control over events on the ground there.

Gorbatschow warnt vor neuen Mauern - Hartes Urteil über Trump

01 Nov 2019

Moskau 30 Jahre nach der friedlichen Revolution in der DDR hat der frühere sowjetische Staats- und Parteichef Michail Gorbatschow vor neuen Mauern zwischen Ost und West gewarnt.

Exclusive: Don't build Berlin-style wall between Russia and West - Gorbachev

31 Oct 2019

MOSCOW Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, has warned against building a new physical or invisible wall between Russia and the West, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

U.S. wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader's death

29 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW The United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria, a senior State Department official said on Monday, after the leader of the jihadi movement, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a weekend operation. | Video

Russian police deploy in Syria's Kobani, Trump calls ceasefire 'permanent'

24 Oct 2019

MOSCOW/ANKARA/WASHINGTON Russian military police started to deploy on Syria's northeast border on Wednesday under a deal with Turkey to drive out Kurdish fighters, marking Moscow's deepening influence in the region two weeks after the United States pulled out forces. | Video

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