Sep 1, 2014

Pussy Riot to Australia: Don't invite Putin to G-20

The two best known members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Saturday called on Australia to withdraw its invitation to President Vladimir Putin to attend this year’s G-20 summit. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, in Sydney to speak at a festival, spent 22 ...

Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

Aug 31, 2014

Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. “He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was ...

Aug 30, 2014

Putin opposed to FIFA venue advice

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter. Russia’s tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums ...

Moscow categorizes soldiers' mothers group as a 'foreign agent'

Aug 30, 2014

Moscow categorizes soldiers' mothers group as a 'foreign agent'

Russia on Friday officially labeled a regional rights group that monitors abuses in the armed forces a “foreign agent” as Kiev and the West claimed Russian troops are involved in fighting in Ukraine. The Russian Justice Ministry added a group called Soldiers’ Mothers of ...

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Aug 30, 2014

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared ...