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Exclusive: Kids' camp on a defence base? How Russian firms masked secret military work

04 Apr 2019

MOSCOW Behind the perimeter of a defence ministry base in southern Russia stand three barrack buildings where two witnesses say they have seen private fighters being billeted before they are dispatched to fight in Syria for President Bashar al-Assad.

Venezuela to move state oil firm PDVSA office from Lisbon to Moscow

01 Mar 2019

MOSCOW Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered state oil company PDVSA's office in Lisbon to be relocated to Moscow, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Friday, a move she said was designed to help safeguard her country's assets.

Venezuela to move state oil firm PDVSA office from Lisbon to Moscow

01 Mar 2019

MOSCOW Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered state oil company PDVSA's office in Lisbon to be relocated to Moscow, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Friday, a move she said was designed to help safeguard her country's assets.

Exclusive - Ex-wife of Russian killed in Syria tells Kremlin: come clean

15 Feb 2019

NIZHNEKAMSK, Russia/MOSCOW Olga Markelova's ex-husband was killed two years ago on a clandestine mission in Syria for the Russian state.

Afghan Taliban - no date yet for U.S. troops drawdown

06 Feb 2019

MOSCOW A Taliban official said on Wednesday that no timetable had been agreed with the U.S. government for the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, and that negotiations were still underway.

After deadly Syrian battle, evidence of Russian losses was obscured

05 Feb 2019

YELENOVSKOYE, Russia The last contact Grigoriy Gancherov and his wife had with their son, a Russian private military contractor fighting in Syria, was on Feb. 4 last year.

Exclusive: Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela's Maduro - sources

26 Jan 2019

MOSCOW Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

Russia dismisses Islamic State claim for deadly explosion

18 Jan 2019

MOSCOW Russian investigators on Friday dismissed an Islamic State claim of responsibility for a deadly apartment building blast that killed 39 people, saying that militant groups had a history of falsely taking credit for such incidents.

Russia calls on Japan to recognise outcome of World War Two

16 Jan 2019

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied on Wednesday that Moscow was imposing an ultimatum on Japan in talks to end a decades-long territorial dispute, but called on Tokyo to recognise the results of World War Two.

Head of Russian spy agency accused of British poison attack dies

22 Nov 2018

MOSCOW The head of Russia's military intelligence agency that the West has blamed for a string of brazen attacks died on Wednesday after "a serious and long illness", the Russian defence ministry said on Thursday, hailing him as a "true son of Russia." | Video

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