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Germany Reveals Alleged Russian Spies’ Names
Prosecutors believe they have uncovered the real names of German-based agents accused of spying for Russia, who are on trial in Stuttgart.
Moscow ‘Riots’ Go to Court: 7 Arguments for the Jury
This month, 12 protesters are standing trial over clashes with police at a massive 2012 opposition rally in Moscow, with dozens more prosecutions expected. The clashes became a pivotal moment for Russia’s opposition movement, shattering illusions of an easy victory, and the case has grown increasingly convoluted.
Putin Accuses US of Backing Russia’s Opposition
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it is not right that the US State Department supports opposition activists in Russia.
Putin Warns US Against Imperialism
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday cautioned the United States against pursuing an imperialist policy.
Legal Wiretaps by Special Services Are ‘Normal’ – Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the right by Russian special services to wiretap but stressed that such practices should take place only when they are sanctioned by a court.
Putin Warns Against Syria Intervention
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that foreign intervention in the Syrian civil war is unacceptable because it would result in a new source of terror in the region.
Putin Ready to Give Georgians Olympic Security Role
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that he was prepared to give Georgia a role in security at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, which borders the Caucasus country’s breakaway region of Abkhazia.
Estonia Grants Asylum to Russian Environmentalist
Estonia has granted asylum to Russian environmentalist Suren Gazaryan, who found himself on a national wanted list after coming out with reports about “Putin’s palace” and other mansions allegedly owned by top Russian officials.
Russian 'Anti-Gay' Bill Passes With Overwhelming Majority
Russia’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday gave its final approval for a controversial “anti-gay” bill, with only one of the 436 lawmakers present abstaining and no votes against, after a day of clashes outside the building and dozens of arrests by police.
Russian Lawmakers Back Jail Terms for Insulting Religion
Russia’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that would make insulting religious believers’ feelings a criminal offense, punishable by up to three years behind bars.
New Pro-Putin Movement Kicks Off Official Congress
A new pro-Kremlin movement promising to be a public watchdog of sorts began its official founding congress on Tuesday, announcing that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be invited to join as leader.
Teen Erotic Model Faces 6 Years for Public Nude Photos
A 19-year-old Russian woman, who a local tabloid said “demeaned” the city of Kazan by posing naked in front of a downtown landmark, faces up to six years in jail for the illegal production of pornography, a spokeswoman for the local prosecutor’s office told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
Russia’s ‘Pizza Terrorist’ Gets 9 Years in Jail
A court in south Russia has handed down a nine-year jail sentence to a man who held four people hostage at a local college in March and initially demanded a pizza and a fizzy drink, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Moscow Protest Over ‘Anti-Gay’, ‘Religious Offense’ Bills Turns Violent
Protests outside the Russian parliament building turned violent on Tuesday as clashes broke out between activists for and against two proposed bills – one restricting the "promotion" of homosexuality, the other “to protect religious believers’ feelings.”
Russian Pilot Lands on Main Road to Refuel - Prosecutors
A Russian pilot landed his defective light aircraft four times in one day, including once on a main road, to refuel, local prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Russian Minister Condemns West's 'Double Standards' on Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the West’s “double standards” in dealing with foreign regimes it has branded as dictatorial, and defended Russia’s arms contracts with Syria.
Russia to Send 250 Troops for Indra-2013 Drills in India
Russia will send over 250 servicemen from the Eastern Military District to take part in the annual Indra-2013 joint anti-terrorism exercise with India, the district’s press service said.
Russia to Launch 3 Glonass Satellites on July 2
Russia will launch a Proton carrier rocket with three additional satellites for its Glonass global positioning and navigation network on July 2, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
Russia May Consider US Spy Leaker’s Asylum Request – Media
The Russian authorities will consider political asylum for Edward Snowden, who risks prosecution in the United States for his recent blockbuster spy leaks, if he sends a proper request, business daily Kommersant said Tuesday, citing the Kremlin spokesman.
Turkey Building Refugee Camp for Syrians
Russian Humanitarian Convoy Trucks From Luhansk Arrive at Russian Border
Armies of Santa Clauses Across Russia Get People Into the Holiday Spirit
Ukraine Offers Support to Belarus in Developing EU Ties
Tenth Russian Humanitarian Convoy Delivering Aid to Donetsk Returns
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
Russia to Prepare Response to Recent US, Canada Sanctions: Foreign Ministry
Russia Reserves Adequate Response to Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Official
Russian Citizen Faces Death Penalty in Pakistan Without Evidence of Crime
A Look Back at the Best Instagram Pictures of 2014
Obama Congratulates Jews on Hanukkah and Says American Released From Cuban Prison
What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy