Corruption tarnishes Russia's new showpiece cosmodrome

May 31, 2015

Corruption tarnishes Russia's new showpiece cosmodrome

Designed to showcase a revamped space industry and divert attention from recent failures, Russia’s multibillion-dollar project to build its own space launch pad to take over from Soviet-era Baikonur has been mired in corruption scandals. Hailed by President Vladimir Putin as the country’s biggest ...

May 25, 2015

Russia's new 'undesirables' law draws Western ire

The European Union joined the United States on Sunday in condemning a Russian crackdown on “undesirable” nongovernmental organizations, calling it a “worrying step” that would stifle free speech. Under the law signed by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday evening, Russian prosecutors will be able ...

May 21, 2015

Poroshenko: Ukraine's war is with Russians and it could intensify quickly

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sparked fresh Kremlin fury on Wednesday by warning that his crisis-torn country was fighting a “real war” against Russian aggressors that could escalate at any time. The pro-Western leader said the weekend capture of two purported Russian special forces members ...

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

May 20, 2015

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states are set to hold a summit Thursday focused on the bloc’s Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The No. 1 question at the two-day ...