Court orders Russian ex-minister jailed for 2 months

Europe 03/27/19, 12:19

A court in Moscow has ordered a former Cabinet minister in the Russian government charged with embezzling $62 million jailed for two months.The Basmanny District Court ordered Mikhail Abyzov kept in custody Wednesday while an investigation continues.Abyzov is accused of leading a criminal group that allegedly embezzled the money from ...

Putin calls on Russia to play by doping rules for Olympics

Sports 03/27/19, 07:45

Vladimir Putin says Russian athletes and officials should play by anti-doping rules ahead of next year's Olympics.In televised comments, the Russian president said efforts should be made "so that we don't give any pretext to those who use sport for political ends, to act against Russia's interests."Russia's team was barred ...

Russian ex-minister arrested on fraud charges

Europe 03/26/19, 14:42

Russia's state investigative agency says that a former government minister has been arrested on fraud charges.The Investigative Committee said Tuesday that Mikhail Abyzov is accused of presiding over a criminal group that embezzled funds belonging to two energy companies in Siberia and siphoned them into foreign bank accounts.The 46-year-old Abyzov ...

Lebanese president to meet Putin in Moscow

Europe 03/26/19, 04:29

Lebanese President Michel Aoun is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to help get Syrian refugees back home.Aoun arrived in Moscow on Monday and is expected to sit down for talks with Putin at the Kremlin later on Tuesday.Lebanon has taken in over 1 million refugees from neighboring Syria, which ...

White House rejects request for Trump, Putin communications

Politics 03/21/19, 20:34

The White House on Thursday rejected a Democratic request for information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter who sat in on their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki last summer. In a letter earlier this month, the House intelligence, foreign affairs ...

Mormon missionaries detained weeks in Russia arrive in US

U.S. 03/20/19, 14:14

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Wednesday that two of its missionaries have returned to the U.S. after they were detained in Russia for more than two weeks in an alleged visa violation case.The men were treated well and permitted to stay in contact with their relatives ...

Update: Russia defense minister meets with Syria’s Assad

World 03/19/19, 12:50

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):7:45 p.m.Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian President Bashar Assad.This frame grab from video posted online Monday, March 18, 2019, by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State ...

Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

Europe 03/18/19, 06:56

Russian President Vladimir Putin is marking the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by visiting the Black Sea peninsula.Putin on Monday attended the launch of new power plants in Crimea, part of Moscow's efforts to upgrade the region's infrastructure. Ukraine has cut off energy supplies to the ...

Putin courts Russian business, keeps mum on jailed US exec

Business 03/14/19, 11:33

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that the government will do more to encourage investments and reduce business risks.Putin's speech Thursday at a meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs comes weeks after the arrest of U.S. investment fund manager Michael Calvey, which has rattled the country's business ...

Judge’s order could shed light on death of Russian in DC

Europe 03/11/19, 23:21

On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt ...

In Russia, gender equality still a long way off

Europe 03/08/19, 03:45

When a Russian army recruitment office ordered a photoshoot to celebrate International Women's Day, it didn't feature any of the 45,000 women currently serving in the country's armed forces.Instead, the photos showed ballerinas in floaty white dresses posing with active servicemen in combats and machine guns. "The men's power lies ...

Ride like Putin: 7-ton armored luxury limo on show in Geneva

Business 03/07/19, 11:16

If you want to ride like Vlad — Russian President Vladimir Putin, that is — this may be the limo for you.At the Geneva auto show, Russian automaker Aurus has trotted out a hulky, luxurious Senat Limousine L700 with lines vaguely reminiscent of a Rolls-Royce.It's the European debut of a ...

New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state

Europe 03/07/19, 08:49

Russian lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that imposes restrictions on online media and criminalizes anyone who insults the state. The bill introduces fines for publishing materials showing disrespect to the state, its symbols and government organs. Repeat offenders could face a 15-day jail sentence. The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, approved the ...

Putin urges stronger protection of Russian military secrets

Europe 03/06/19, 08:06

President Vladimir Putin urged Russia's top domestic security agency on Wednesday to tighten its protection of information related to new weapons and other sensitive data.In a speech to top officials of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main KGB successor agency, Putin said foreign spies have intensified their efforts ...

Belarus leader says he wants closer ties to NATO

Europe 03/05/19, 08:03

The president of Belarus, who was once dubbed Europe's last dictator, said on Tuesday that is country is eager for better ties with NATO in the light of talks about the price Russia charges to sell his country oil.Alexander Lukashenko, who spent a week with President Vladimir Putin in Russia ...

Putin suspends Russian obligations under key nuclear pact

Europe 03/04/19, 10:10

President Vladimir Putin has suspended Russia's participation in a key nuclear arms treaty.Putin's decree released by the Kremlin on Monday announces that Russia is suspending its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.Washington gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the INF last month, setting the stage for ...

Israeli PM in Russia for talks focusing on security

Europe 02/27/19, 08:48

Israel's prime minister is visiting Russia for talks expected to focus on regional security and Syria.Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Russia marks his first since September's downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces that were responding to an Israeli air strike. The incident threatened to derail close security ties between ...

Putin spokesman’s daughter interning at EU Parliament

Europe 02/26/19, 09:45

The daughter of the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has secured an intern's job at the European Union's legislature at a time of increasing political confrontation between the EU and Russia.Right-wing French lawmaker Aymeric Chauprade on Tuesday defended his decision to hire Elizaveta Peskova, the daughter of Dmitry Peskov, ...

Thousands march to honor slain Russian opposition leader

Europe 02/24/19, 10:33

Thousands of people have marched in central Moscow to commemorate Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was killed four years ago.Nemtsov was shot on Feb. 27, 2015 as he walked along a bridge near the Kremlin. The killing was a harsh blow to Russians opposed to President Vladimir Putin, depriving ...

Update: Official: Maduro ‘constantly’ talks with Putin

America 02/22/19, 09:23

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):9:20 a.m.Venezuela's deputy foreign minister who is visiting Moscow says the embattled Venezuelan president is in persistent contact with Russia's leader.This photo combo of file photos shows opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido, left, on Feb. ...

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