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Trial of Paul Whelan, ex-Marine held in Russia, begins

The trial of Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held in Russia on espionage charges, began on Monday in a Moscow court, over a year after he was detained.
March 23, 2020, 9:55 PM
Trial of Paul Whelan, ex-Marine held in Russia, begins

Russia deports Chinese for violating self-quarantine rules

Court filings and a Russian defense lawyer show that authorities in Moscow are detaining and deporting Chinese nationals for violating quarantine procedures the city government mandated in response to the coronavirus
March 20, 2020, 1:24 PM
Russia deports Chinese for violating self-quarantine rules

Putin approves law that could keep him in power until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law for constitutional changes that could keep him in power for another 16 years, a step that must still be approved in a nationwide vote
March 19, 2020, 7:10 AM
Putin approves law that could keep him in power until 2036

Russia's constitutional court clears proposal to let Putin stay in power beyond term limits

Russia's court rules in favor of proposed constitutional amendment that would let Vladimir Putin reset his presidential term count, letting him run in 2024.
March 16, 2020, 7:29 PM
Russia's constitutional court says Putin can run again in 2024

Russian court approves law that could extend Putin's reign

Russia's Constitutional Court has approved a law on constitutional amendments that could allow Vladimir Putin to remain in power another 16 years
March 16, 2020, 2:27 PM
Russian court approves law that could extend Putin's reign

Russian lawmakers move to keep Putin in power past 2024

Russian lawmakers have approved sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036
March 16, 2020, 12:20 AM
Russia passes bill allowing Putin to stay in power past 2024

49 detained in Russia at Moscow protest against repression

Protesters marched outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service.
March 14, 2020, 4:04 PM

2nd former US Marine held in Russia for months on charges his family says are false

A former United States Marine has been in Moscow for eight months on trial over what his defense says are trumped up charges that he assaulted police officers.
March 12, 2020, 11:08 AM
2nd former US Marine held in Russia for months on charges his family says are false

Russia's parliament opens way for Putin to stay in power beyond 2024

Lawmakers in parliament's lower house voted to pass a constitutional amendment that would reset the count on Vladimir Putin's current two presidential terms to zero.
March 11, 2020, 12:33 PM
Russia's parliament opens way for Putin to stay in power beyond 2024

Russia's parliament opens way for Putin to stay in power beyond 2024

Vladimir Putin has opened a way to stay as Russia's president beyond the country's constitutional term limits
March 11, 2020, 12:14 PM
Russia's parliament opens way for Putin to stay in power beyond 2024

2 Russian reconnaissance planes intercepted off Alaska

NORAD reported that U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted the Russian planes, which did not enter U.S. or Canadian air space.
March 11, 2020, 2:34 AM
2 Russian reconnaissance planes intercepted off Alaska

Putin backs term limit freeze allowing him to stay in office

Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed his tightly guarded political plans and supported a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek reelection in 2024
March 10, 2020, 8:27 PM

Serbia downplays US sanctions threat over Russian weapons

Serbia’s defense minister says the Balkan country will continue to source weapons from “friendly states” despite a looming U.S. sanctions threat in case of further such deliveries from Russia
March 7, 2020, 11:46 AM
Serbia downplays US sanctions threat over Russian weapons

Putin boasts about new Russian weapons, calls them defensive

President Vladimir Putin says Russia has developed unique offense weapons without the intention of starting a war with anyone but to maintain “strategic balance” and “strategic stability” in the world
March 6, 2020, 11:22 AM
Putin boasts about new Russian weapons, calls them defensive

Four Russian news agency journalists released in Turkey

Russia's state-owned Sputnik news agency says four of its journalists in Turkey have been released after questioning in connection with attacks on some of the journalists' residences
March 5, 2020, 8:56 PM
Russian news agency staff attacked, detained in Turkey

Russian winter warmer, booze deaths down

Winter has been unusually mild in much of Russia this season
March 5, 2020, 5:40 PM
Russian winter warmer, booze deaths down

In Moscow, people adjust to a winter without snow: 'It's like we're at a resort'

Russians have been adjusting to a winter almost without snow in Moscow amid record warm temperatures.
March 4, 2020, 11:33 AM
In Moscow, people adjust to a winter without snow: 'It's like we're at a resort'

Russia freezes bank accounts of opposition leader, family

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says the government has frozen all of his bank accounts, as well as the accounts of his wife, two children and elderly parents
1 month ago
Russia freezes bank accounts of opposition leader, family

Russia announces date for referendum that could extend Putin's rule

Russia set a date for a vote that could extend Putin's rule in the country.
1 month ago
Russia sets date for referendum that could extend Putin's rule

2 killed in dry ice accident at Moscow bath complex

Russian officials say two people were killed when a large amount of dry ice was dumped into a pool at a bath complex in Moscow
1 month ago
2 killed in dry ice accident at Moscow bath complex

Kremlin group sets date for constitutional vote

A working group chaired by President Vladimir Putin has set a date for a nationwide vote on amending the Russian Constitution
1 month ago
Kremlin group sets date for constitutional vote

Putin: Russian opposition provoked summer police violence

Police violently cracked down on mass protests in Moscow last summer.
1 month ago
Putin: Russian opposition provoked summer police violence

More Russian weapons for Serbia despite US sanction threats

Serbia has received a sophisticated anti-aircraft system from Russia, despite possible U.S. sanctions against the Balkan state which is formally seeking European Union membership
1 month ago
More Russian weapons for Serbia despite US sanction threats

US sanctions Russian oil firm for facilitating Venezuela exports as pressure campaign tightens

The Trump administration has sanctioned a division of Russia's powerful state-owned oil company for facilitating Venezuelan exports in a bid to increase pressure.
1 month ago
US sanctions Russian oil firm for facilitating Venezuela exports, increasing pressure

Russia voices concern over new US nuclear weapon

A senior Russian diplomat has raised concern about the United States deploying a new submarine-launched nuclear weapon, saying the move signaled Washington's belief that it could wage a limited nuclear conflict
2 months ago

Russia extends detention of Paul Whelan, American facing trumped-up espionage charges

A Russian court on Tuesday denied a motion to release American Paul Whelan on Tuesday, meaning the former U.S. Marine will be detained for at least another month.
2 months ago
Russia extends detention of American facing trumped-up espionage charges

Russian parliament member dies in helicopter crash

Russian officials say a member of the lower house of the Russian parliament has died in a helicopter crash in his home region
2 months ago

Putin remains coy on his future political plans

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a nationwide vote on constitutional changes he proposed wouldn't be used to extend his current term in office
2 months ago

WADA asks sports court to open Russia case to public hearing

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it wants a rare public hearing when sport’s highest court judges a four-year slate of punishments faced by Russia for persistent cheating
2 months ago
WADA asks sports court to open Russia case to public hearing

Protesters opposed to Russian Constitution changes detained

Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have detained participants in a small protest of proposed changes to the country's constitution
2 months ago

Russia arrests 5 ex-police in reporter's planted drugs case

A journalist claimed his arrest on drugs charges was payback for his work.
2 months ago
Russia arrests 5 ex-police in reporter's planted drugs case

Putin pardons Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned an Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges
2 months ago

536 fishermen stranded on giant ice floe rescued in Russia

The rescue operation lasted for almost seven hours.
2 months ago
536 fishermen stranded on giant ice floe rescued

Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia's constitution?

Russians try to puzzle out what Vladimir Putin is trying to do as the Kremlin pushes through changes to Russia's constitution at breakneck speed.
2 months ago
Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia's constitution?

Israeli backpacker jailed in Russia files for pardon

An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin
2 months ago

Russian court imposes fines on 2 Jehovah's Witnesses

A court in northern Russia has fined two Jehovah's Witnesses convicted of extremism related to their membership of the religious group, Russian media reported
2 months ago

Putin to meet mother of Israeli backpacker jailed over hash

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet with the mother of an Israeli tourist who was jailed for carrying a few grams of hashish
2 months ago
Putin to meet mother of backpacker in Russia jail

Poland calls on Putin to tell truth at WWII event in Israel

Poland has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to refrain from using World War II and Holocaust victims for current political goals and pointed to wartime documents in which the Polish government called on the Allies to save Jews
2 months ago
Poland calls on Putin to tell truth at WWII event

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to Parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024
2 months ago

Heating pipe bursts in Russian hotel, boiling water kills 5

Russian emergency services say five people have died and six more were injured when a heating pipe burst and flooded their hotel rooms with boiling water
2 months ago
Heating pipe bursts in Russian hotel, boiling water kills 5

Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term

But he's called for constitutional changes that could help him stay in power.
2 months ago

Putin's moves leave Russian opposition with few options

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced what many see as a strategy for staying in power well past the end of his term in 2024
2 months ago

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

President Vladimir Putin is fast-tracking work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024, and lawmakers have quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister
2 months ago
Putin cements power as Russian lawmakers approve his new PM

Russian government resigns as Putin proposes constitutional changes

Russia's cabinet has resigned after President Vladimir Putin suggested changing the country's constitution to grant parliament more authority in selecting governments.
2 months ago
Russian government resigns as Putin proposes constitutional changes

Russian government resigns after Putin proposed constitutional changes

The most dramatic change would give Russia's parliament, instead of the president, the power to select the cabinet -- a significant change to Russia’s current constitutional order.
2 months ago
Russian government resigns after Putin proposed constitutional changes

Putin engineers shake-up that could keep him in power longer

President Vladimir Putin has engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership and proposed changes to the constitution that could keep him in power after the end of his term in 2024
2 months ago
Putin announces constitutional reform, his PM steps down

Security report claims Russian military unit hacked Burisma

The new report says the same unit that targeted Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016 hacked the Ukraine-based energy company where Hunter Biden once served on the board.
2 months ago
Security report claims Russian military unit hacked Burisma

German and Russian leaders discuss Mideast tensions

World powers have been trying to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
3 months ago

US, Russian Navy ships avoid collision after US destroyer 'aggressively approached': Fifth Fleet

American and Russian Navy ships narrowly avoided collision after the U.S. destroyer was "aggressively approached" by the Russian ship in the Northern Arabian Sea.
3 months ago
US, Russian Navy ships avoid collision after US destroyer 'aggressively approached'

US Navy destroyer ‘aggressively approached’ by Russian ship

American and Russian Navy ships narrowly avoided collision in the North Arabian Sea, according to the U.S. Nacy’s Fifth Fleet.
3 months ago
US Navy destroyer ‘aggressively approached’ by Russian ship