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Kremlin accuses US of stoking tensions by flying bombers near its borders

21 Mar 2019

MOSCOW The Kremlin on Thursday complained that flights by U.S. nuclear-capable B-52 strategic bombers across the Baltic Sea near Russia's borders were creating tensions in the region, but Washington said they were needed to deter potential adversaries.

U.S. investor jailed by Russia tells Washington to keep distance: prison monitor

19 Mar 2019

MOSCOW A prominent U.S. investor being held in Russia on embezzlement charges has asked U.S. diplomats not to defend him because he is worried about his case becoming politicized, a prison monitor who visited him in custody said on Tuesday.

U.S. investor jailed by Russia tells Washington to keep distance - prison monitor

19 Mar 2019

MOSCOW, March 19 A prominent U.S. investor being held in Russia on embezzlement charges has asked U.S. diplomats not to defend him because he is worried about his case becoming politicised, a prison monitor who visited him in custody said on Tuesday.

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

Putin won't intervene over detained U.S. investor - Kremlin

26 Feb 2019

MOSCOW Russia's President Vladimir Putin will not intervene in the case of a prominent U.S. investor arrested over embezzlement accusations, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, playing down pressure to release him before trial.

Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. marine accused of spying

22 Feb 2019

MOSCOW A Russian court on Friday ruled that Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine accused of spying, should be held in a pre-trial detention facility for a further three months to give investigators more time to look into his case. | 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.

Russian oil giant could take over ruined tsarist palace under new law

19 Feb 2019

MOSCOW Russia's largest oil company could take over and renovate a ruined palace once used by the tsars, under draft legislation provisionally backed on Tuesday by lawmakers.

Thirty years on, some Russians want to reframe Soviet war in Afghanistan

15 Feb 2019

MOSCOW Thirty years after the Soviet Union left Afghanistan, some Russian politicians are calling for a reassessment of the conflict which critics have long cast as a bloody foreign adventure akin to the U.S. war in Vietnam.

Russia moves to mask its soldiers' digital trail

13 Feb 2019

MOSCOW Russia is moving to ban its soldiers from sharing information on the internet, a step that follows the use of social media posts by investigative journalists to shine a light on Moscow's clandestine role in foreign conflicts.

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