Apr 24, 2015

Abe not expected to attend May 9 Moscow WWII ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to decline Russia’s invitation to attend celebrations in Moscow on May 9 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, government sources said Thursday. Due to suspected further Russian involvement in the Ukraine ...

Apr 7, 2015

Landing gear problem prompts JAL 787 to return to Moscow

A Japan Airlines passenger aircraft, a Boeing 787 service bound for Tokyo, returned to a Moscow airport and made an emergency landing Monday just after taking off because of a landing gear problem, RIA Novosti news agency said. Japan Airlines said no one was ...

Nemtsov's shaken girlfriend says she didn't see killer

Mar 3, 2015

Nemtsov's shaken girlfriend says she didn't see killer

Boris Nemtsov’s girlfriend has broken her public silence on the murder of the Russian opposition activist, saying she did not see the killer who gunned him down as they strolled across a bridge near the Kremlin. Speaking largely without emotion in deadened monosyllables, Ukrainian ...

Jan 22, 2015

Russia says Pyongyang positive signal on Kim visit in May

Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader, Kim Jong Un, to attend anniversary celebrations of the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The trip would be Kim’s first ...

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month

Dec 26, 2014

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month

Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The talks are set to take place sometime after Jan. 20, ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a briefing. The first stage of ...

Total CEO killed as jet slams snowplow on Moscow runway

Oct 22, 2014

Total CEO killed as jet slams snowplow on Moscow runway

Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members ...

Jul 28, 2014

Russia claims Kerry is 'hindering' OSCE in Ukraine

Russia’s foreign minister on Sunday accused his U.S. counterpart of hindering the OSCE’s work in Ukraine and urged him to stop, Moscow said in a statement, as fighting raged around the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. Sergei Lavrov in a telephone conversation “asked ...

Rush-hour Moscow subway train derails; 21 dead, 136 hurt

Jul 16, 2014

Rush-hour Moscow subway train derails; 21 dead, 136 hurt

A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow’s streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 136 were hospitalized, many with serious injuries. The Russian capital’s airports ...

May 2, 2014

Can Russia fix its mess in Ukraine?

by Leonid Bershidsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin can neither resolve the crisis in east Ukraine nor admit his powerlessness to end what he started. Kiev needs to find a way to negotiate with the local elite and law enforcers, providing convincing guarantees of safety.

Moscow court sends seven to prison for protest rally

Feb 25, 2014

Moscow court sends seven to prison for protest rally

A Russian court handed down prison sentences Monday of up to four years for seven people who took part in a 2012 protest against Vladimir Putin. An eighth defendant received a suspended sentence. Hundreds of their supporters gathered outside the courthouse to condemn the ...