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Amnesty rights worker tells of violent abduction in Russia

15 Oct 2018

MOSCOW A researcher for Amnesty International has described how he was abducted in southern Russia by men who drove him to a field where they held a gun to his head, made him take off his clothes, beat him, and tried to blackmail him.

Russia vows to defend believers in Ukraine church dispute

12 Oct 2018

MOSCOW/KIEV Russia vowed on Friday to defend Russian church believers in Ukraine from any illegal activity against them following Kiev's moves towards a historic split from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia ends hunger strike

05 Oct 2018

MOSCOW A Ukrainian film director jailed in Russia on terrorism charges said on Friday he had been forced to end a prolonged hunger strike because prison authorities had told him they planned to force feed him.

Russia's Orthodox Church freezes ties with Constantinople over Ukraine spat

14 Sep 2018

MOSCOW Russia's Orthodox Church said on Friday it would no longer participate in structures chaired by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, deepening a row in Orthodox Christianity over the Ukrainian Church's bid to break away from Moscow's orbit.

Putin ally challenges critic Navalny to duel

11 Sep 2018

MOSCOW A close ally of President Vladimir Putin threatened Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with violence on Tuesday, challenging him to a duel for making what he described as libelous and insulting corruption accusations.

Russian navy to hold drills off Syria as Idlib offensive looms

30 Aug 2018

MOSCOW Russia will begin a major naval exercise in the Mediterranean on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence announced, a move the Kremlin said was justified by a failure to deal with militants in Syria's Idlib province.

Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

02 Aug 2018

MOSCOW Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defence ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.

Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

02 Aug 2018

MOSCOW Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.

Kremlin critic vows to find killers of Russian TV crew in Central African Republic

01 Aug 2018

MOSCOW Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would try to find those responsible for the murder of three journalists working for his online news organisation in Central African Republic who he said had been reporting on Russian mercenaries.

Kremlin critic vows to find killers of Russian TV crew in Central African Republic

01 Aug 2018

MOSCOW Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would try to find those responsible for the murder of three journalists working for his online news organization in Central African Republic who he said had been reporting on Russian mercenaries.

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