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Russia detains ex-journalist accused of passing secrets to West

07 Jul 2020

MOSCOW Russian security forces on Tuesday detained a former journalist who works as an aide to the head of Russia's space agency and accused him of treason, saying he had passed military secrets to the Czech Republic.

Putin says Russians voted 'with their hearts' to let him extend rule

03 Jul 2020

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russian society had shown unity by voting to back reforms allowing him to stay in power until 2036 and that Russians had felt the need for the changes in their hearts.

Russian director who mocked state and church gets suspended fraud sentence

26 Jun 2020

MOSCOW Award-winning Russian film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov was given a suspended three-year jail sentence on Friday after being convicted of embezzlement, a much more lenient punishment than his supporters had expected.

Putin raises tax for wealthy Russians ahead of vote on his rule

23 Jun 2020

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin raised income tax for wealthy Russians and offered new state handouts to families with children on Tuesday, days before the country votes on reforms that could keep him in power until 2036.

God and money: Putin offers sweeteners to ease path to prolonging power

17 Jun 2020

MOSCOW When Russians vote this month on whether to allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially stay in power until 2036, they will decide on a bundle of measures from economic sweeteners to political reforms for traditionalists.

God and money: Putin offers sweeteners to ease path to prolonging power

17 Jun 2020

MOSCOW, June 17 When Russians vote this month on whether to allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially stay in power until 2036, they will decide on a bundle of measures from economic sweeteners to political reforms for traditionalists.

Putin's foes divided over Russian vote that could extend his rule

10 Jun 2020

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin's opponents agree a nationwide vote next month that could extend his rule is a sham, but are split over whether to campaign for a "No" vote or call for a boycott.

Russians use black humour to lift spirits during coronavirus crisis

08 Jun 2020

MOSCOW Russians are drawing on their taste for black humour to help raise morale during the coronavirus crisis.

Putin sets new date for Red Square military parade postponed over coronavirus

26 May 2020

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday set a new date of June 24 for a grand Red Square military parade he was forced to postpone over a coronavirus outbreak that is still triggering thousands of new infections each day.

Russia seeks 18-year jail term for ex-U.S. Marine in spying trial

25 May 2020

MOSCOW Russian prosecutors asked a court on Monday to sentence former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who is on trial accused of spying for the United States, to 18 years in a maximum security prison, his lawyer said.

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