Apr 12, 2016

Russian attack helicopter crashes in Syria, two dead

A Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter crashed in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday morning killing both pilots, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the helicopter, which crashed in Homs province, had not been shot down, but the cause of the ...

Panama Papers part of U.S. plot to weaken Russia, Putin claims

Apr 8, 2016

Panama Papers part of U.S. plot to weaken Russia, Putin claims

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any links to offshore accounts and described the Panama Papers document leaks scandal as part of a U.S.-led plot to weaken Russia. Putin also defended a cellist friend named as the alleged owner of an offshore company, ...

Putin launches bid to rehabilitate Soviet legacy

Apr 7, 2016

Putin launches bid to rehabilitate Soviet legacy

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the creation of a national foundation to “popularize” history, a move widely seen as the Kremlin’s latest bid to rehabilitate the Soviet legacy. The new Fatherland History Foundation comes as Russian historians who criticize the role of ...

Apr 6, 2016

'Heart-eating' al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel killed: report

A Syrian fighter who appeared in a gruesome video cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it has been shot dead by rival rebels, a monitoring group said. Known by his nom de guerre “Abu Sakkar,” the rebel reportedly joined the ...

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Apr 6, 2016

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Rebels shot down a second Syrian warplane in less than a month on Tuesday and a monitoring group said they captured its pilot in an area near Aleppo where heavy fighting has erupted in recent days despite a cessation of hostilities agreement. The Syrian ...

Apr 4, 2016

Russian spokesman denies Putin's involvement in offshore accounts

The spokesman for Vladimir Putin has dismissed suggestions that the Russian president is involved in an offshore account scheme as a smear likely motivated by “Putinophobia.” Documents published by more than 100 media outlets alleged that Putin’s friends, including a leading cellist, were engaged ...