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Russia expels two German diplomats in dispute over killing

12 Dec 2019

MOSCOW Russia on Thursday expelled two German diplomats in what it called a standard diplomatic response to a similar move by Germany last week and said it hoped a dispute over the killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin would not damage ties further.

Russian TV pulls Ukrainian president's sitcom after editing out joke about Putin

12 Dec 2019

MOSCOW A Russian television channel has abruptly stopped airing the sitcom that launched the political career of Ukraine's president, after viewers noticed it had edited out an obscene joke about Vladimir Putin from the first episode.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Russia expels two German diplomats in dispute over killing

12 Dec 2019

MOSCOW, Dec 12 Russia on Thursday expelled two German diplomats in what it called a standard diplomatic response to a similar move by Germany last week and said it hoped a dispute over the killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin would not damage ties further.

Russia accuses alleged U.S. spy of lying about his ill-treatment in jail

03 Dec 2019

MOSCOW Russia on Tuesday accused a former U.S. Marine it has held for almost a year on spying charges of faking health problems in custody and lying about his ill-treatment, comments the U.S. embassy rejected as factually inaccurate "pulp fiction".

Russia says sisters should face trial for murdering abusive father despite outcry

03 Dec 2019

MOSCOW Russian authorities said on Tuesday that two sisters should face trial for the premeditated murder of their abusive father, despite calls for leniency in a case that has shone a spotlight on domestic abuse in the country.

Kremlin pays tribute to late Soviet spy it says may have changed history

27 Nov 2019

MOSCOW The Kremlin on Wednesday paid tribute to a late Soviet intelligence officer it credits with helping foil a Nazi plot to kill Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Franklin Roosevelt, saying her career may have changed the course of history.

Lawyer for alleged U.S. spy held in Russia calls for prisoner swap

19 Nov 2019

MOSCOW A Russian lawyer for Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine held in Moscow on spying charges, urged the United States and other countries on Tuesday to push for a prisoner swap with Moscow that could get his client released.

Russia charges man with murder after lover's severed arms found in bag

11 Nov 2019

MOSCOW A Russian court on Monday charged a distinguished historian known for re-enacting Napoleonic battle scenes with the murder of his partner after he was found in a river with a rucksack containing her severed arms. | Video

Russia says it's already too late to replace new START treaty

01 Nov 2019

MOSCOW Russia said on Friday there was no longer enough time left for Moscow and Washington to negotiate a full-fledged replacement for the New START nuclear arms control treaty before it expires in February 2021.

More Russian military police arrive in Syria under peace deal with Turkey

25 Oct 2019

MOSCOW/ANKARA Russia sent about 300 more military police and more than 20 armoured vehicles to Syria on Friday under an accord between Ankara and Moscow that has halted Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria. | Video

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