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Russian protesters hurt in police crackdown seek redress in courts

09 Aug 2019

MOSCOW Bruised Russian teenager Alexander Kostyuk spent three days in hospital being treated for concussion he said he sustained on Aug. 3 when four policemen beat him with truncheons at an opposition protest in Moscow.

Siberian wildfires turn up heat on Russian oil producers

02 Aug 2019

MOSCOW Raging Siberian wildfires are forcing Russian oil firms to evacuate workers and suspend drilling, industry sources said, adding to challenges facing the world's second-largest crude exporter which is already battling an oil contamination problem.

Putin says U.S. guarantees unlikely to prompt North Korea to de-nuclearise

29 Apr 2019

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin said after holding his first face-to-face talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday that U.S. security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to shut its nuclear programme. | Video

North Korea's Kim arrives for summit with Russia's Putin

24 Apr 2019

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a summit he is likely to use to seek support from President Vladimir Putin while Pyongyang's nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo. | Video

Kremlin says North Korean leader Kim to meet Putin in Russia on Thursday

24 Apr 2019

MOSCOW/VLADIVOSTOK, Russia North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, a Kremlin official said. | Video

Court in Chechnya sentences rights activist to four years in penal colony

18 Mar 2019

SHALI, Russia A court in Chechnya sentenced Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights activist, to four years in a penal settlement on Monday after finding him guilty of possessing illegal drugs, a charge his supporters say was trumped up.

Russia's parliament backs new fines for insulting the state online

14 Mar 2019

MOSCOW Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved new fines for people who insult the authorities online or spread fake news, defying warnings from critics that the move could open the way to direct state censorship of dissent. | Video

Traffickers used Russia's World Cup to enslave us, say Nigerian women

06 Mar 2019

MOSCOW Blessing Obuson thought Russia's soccer World Cup would be an opportunity to find a job and flew into Moscow from Nigeria last June on a fan ID. Instead, she found herself forced to work as a prostitute. | Video

Russia tells Syrian asylum seekers: You need to go home

03 Mar 2019

MOSCOW In pre-war Syria, Safaa Al-Kurdi sold wedding dresses. Fed up with the conflict, the mother-of-three fled Damascus four years ago and sought asylum in Moscow. Now, Russia is saying she must go home. | Video

Russia charges top U.S. investor Michael Calvey with fraud

21 Feb 2019

MOSCOW Russian state prosecutors on Thursday formally charged top U.S. investor Michael Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group, with fraud, hours before Washington accused Moscow of denying its diplomats access to him.

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