May 16, 2015

Russia moves to shut 'undesirable' foreign organizations

The Russian parliament gave preliminary approval Friday to legislation that would allow prosecutors to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” and shut them down. The step appeared to be part of a campaign to stifle civil society and dissent that intensified when President Vladimir ...

Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past

May 16, 2015

Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past

A hulking steel statue of a victorious female warrior bearing aloft sword and shield looms in dour majesty over the Ukrainian capital. The Motherland Monument’s shield bears the communist hammer-and-sickle, but maybe not for much longer. Ukraine’s leaders are eager to be seen as ...

May 15, 2015

Russia reportedly planning war victory celebration on disputed isle

Russian victory celebrations to mark the end of World War II will be held in September on the Kuril Islands, including territories subject to the long-standing sovereignty dispute between Japan and Russia, a media report quoting a researcher affiliated with Russia’s Defense Ministry said. ...

May 15, 2015

Russia warns of 2 million HIV carriers in five years

Russia’s AIDS epidemic is worsening and at least 2 million people are likely to be infected with HIV in about five years as the virus increasingly affects the heterosexual population, the country’s top AIDS specialist said on Thursday. Russia has registered more than 930,000 ...

May 14, 2015

NATO worried by 'wide-ranging' Russia Crimea buildup

NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a “wide-ranging” military buildup by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea peninsula. A statement issued during two days of talks by the military alliance’s top ...

Russians quit army over Ukraine

May 14, 2015

Russians quit army over Ukraine

by Maria Tsvetkova

Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin’s continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any Russians ...

Hundreds of Russian soldiers killed in east Ukraine, opposition says

May 12, 2015

Hundreds of Russian soldiers killed in east Ukraine, opposition says

Moscow spent more than 53 billion rubles ($1.04 billion) supplying a separatist rebellion in east Ukraine and at least 220 Russian soldiers have been killed there, a report by Russian opposition activists said Tuesday. The report was the last project of murdered Kremlin critic ...