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Dmitry Solovyov

U.N. to join Syria talks in Astana, with humanitarian hopes

21 Dec 2017

MOSCOW/GENEVA U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he would take part in the latest round of Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday, with a month to go before he hopes to break the deadlock in political talks in Geneva.

Seoul says North Korea puts Washington in range, but needs to prove critical technology

01 Dec 2017

SEOUL/MOSCOW North Korea's latest missile test puts Washington within range, but Pyongyang still needs to prove it has mastered critical missile technology, such as re-entry, terminal stage guidance and warhead activation, South Korea said on Friday.

IOC bans three Russian bobsledders for life over doping

29 Nov 2017

LAUSANNE The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it had banned for life three Russian bobsledders - Aleksandr Kasyanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin - over doping allegations related to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Chechen leader, amid reshuffles, says ready to die for Putin

27 Nov 2017

MOSCOW Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia's Chechnya, said he was ready to die for Vladimir Putin and stand down, if ordered, ahead of a federal presidential election next year which has triggered personnel reshuffles that have put some politicians on edge.

Russia's Chechnya leader says he is ready to resign, Kremlin to pick successor

27 Nov 2017

MOSCOW, Nov 27 Ramzan Kadyrov, the outspoken leader of Russia's Chechnya republic, said he was ready to step down, leaving it for the Kremlin to choose his successor.

Ukraine rebel leader accuses sacked ally of staging revolt

21 Nov 2017

MOSCOW/KIEV Armed men in masks blocked off the centre of Ukraine's rebel-controlled city of Luhansk on Tuesday in what the rebel leader said was a revolt by supporters of a sacked regional police chief.

Russian presidential hopeful says she won't sling mud at Putin

24 Oct 2017

MOSCOW Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian TV personality planning to run against Vladimir Putin in next year's presidential election, attacked his policies on Tuesday but said she would not personally insult him in the campaign because he was a family friend.

Russia's Bolshoi to premiere postponed 'Nureyev' ballet in December

22 Sep 2017

MOSCOW Russia's Bolshoi Theatre said on Friday it would hold the postponed premiere of its ballet about late Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev in December, but probably with a new director standing in for the Kremlin critic who was originally in charge.

Ukraine preparing to deport Russian journalist for 'propaganda'

30 Aug 2017

KIEV/MOSCOW Ukraine's state security service (SBU) will deport a Russian journalist whom Kiev accuses of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, days after barring two Spanish journalists from the country.

Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington

21 Aug 2017

MOSCOW Russia's next ambassador to Washington will be Anatoly Antonov, a former defence official who is subject to European sanctions over his role in the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin announced on Monday.

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