Aristocrats flock to Russia for first royal wedding in century

Russia on Friday held its first royal wedding since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution toppled the Romanov monarchy, with aristocrats travelling from across Europe for the lavish ceremony. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov, 40, and his Italian fiance Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, 39, were preparing to say their vows at Saint Isaac’s cathedral in the former imperial […]

Russia opens new criminal case against Kremlin critic Navalny, threatens more jail time

By Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia sharply escalated a campaign against jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday, opening a new criminal case against President Putin’s fiercest domestic critic that could allow the authorities to hand him another decade in jail. In a case condemned by the West, Navalny, 45, is already […]

Putin praises elections as hundreds in Moscow protest against results

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a videoconference meeting with the leaders of the Russian political parties following the parliamentary elections. -/Kremlin/dpa Russian President Vladimir Putin praised last week’s parliamentary elections as “free and fair” on Saturday, while hundreds of people gathered in Moscow to protest against the results of the polls that were overshadowed by […]

European court finds Russia was behind Litvinenko assassination, Moscow calls decision ‘unfounded’

The European Court of Human Rights found on Tuesday that Russia was responsible for the assassination of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died an agonizing death in 2006 after being poisoned in London with a rare radioactive substance. Litvinenko, a defector who had become a vocal critic of the Kremlin, died three weeks after drinking […]

UK says Russia, China needed for ‘moderating influence’ over Taliban

By Kanishka Singh (Reuters) – Britain would have to turn to Russia and China to exercise a “moderating influence” over the Taliban, despite a mistrust between the UK and those governments, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said. “We’re going to have to bring in countries with a potentially moderating influence like Russia and China, however uncomfortable […]

US, Russia to hold new talks to encourage stability

The United States and Russia will hold high-level talks next week in the second bid in as many months to encourage stability in the tense relationship, officials said Friday. The so-called Strategic Stability Dialogue, set up during a June 16 summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, will […]

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With Afghan pullout, US ditches ‘forever wars’

No longer Washington’s security priority: members of an anti-Taliban militia fighting with Taliban insurgents in Helmand province Washington (AFP) – Joe Biden’s pullout from Afghanistan has stunned with its speed, but Washington already decided four years ago that it was fed up with “forever wars” and turned its attention to traditional great power competition with […]

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Biden pressured to act on ‘Russian’ ransomware, hacking

Top US officials met at the White House on stopping ransomware Wednesday, as pressure mounted on President Joe Biden to take action against Russia over cyberattacks. Days after hundreds of companies in the US and around 1,500 worldwide saw their computer systems hijacked by allegedly Russia-based ransomware group REvil, there were calls for tough counterattacks […]

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Russia drills attack helicopters, pledges help to secure Tajik-Afghan border

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian military helicopters based in Tajikistan fired air-to-surface missiles during a training exercise on Tuesday as Moscow said its forces in the Central Asian nation were fully equipped to help secure the border with Afghanistan. Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon on Monday ordered the mobilisation of 20,000 military reservists to bolster the border […]

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Russia says it fired warning shots at UK ship

Russia on Wednesday said it fired warning shots at a British navy destroyer in the Black Sea after it violated the country’s territorial waters, but the UK denied the incident had occurred. Incidents involving Western aircraft and ships are not uncommon at Russia’s borders, especially during heightened tensions with Washington, Brussels and London, but rarely […]

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Biden and Putin summit: Where they disagree and where they might compromise

By Humeyra Pamuk, Steve Holland and Andrew Osborn GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Expectations for a major breakthrough at a summit on Wednesday between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are low with ties between Washington and Moscow at their most strained in years. But both leaders say they hope the Geneva meeting, […]

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For Putin, Biden summit is all about respect

When Vladimir Putin meets Joe Biden for their first summit on Wednesday the Russian leader will not be looking for progress on arms control, the lifting of sanctions or even an apology for the US president saying he is a “killer”. Putin already got what he wanted: the summit itself. After a week of meeting […]

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Biden to hold solo news conference after Putin summit

By Steve Holland CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a solo news conference after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week, denying the former KGB spy an elevated international platform to castigate the West and sow discord. Putin’s bravura performance at a 2018 news conference with Donald Trump led to […]

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Eying Russia, Pentagon to send Ukraine counter-drone, electronic warfare equipment

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Pentagon announced on Friday a new package of $150 million in military assistance for Ukraine that will include counter-artillery radar, electronic warfare equipment and counter-drone technology, bolstering Kyiv amid elevated tensions with Moscow. Although the funds were already committed by Congress, the Defense Department’s announcement details how the U.S. […]

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Biden-Putin to hold first summit in Geneva

US President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit next month in Geneva, both sides said Tuesday, setting the stage for a new chapter in their fraught relationship. The meeting in the Swiss city will be on June 16, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “The leaders will discuss […]

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Alexei Navalny reveals his ‘recipe for happiness’ in prison

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Thursday he successfully eased out of his hunger strike and has discovered the recipe for being “happy” in prison. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s best known domestic critic, is serving two-and-a-half years in a penal colony outside Moscow on old fraud charges he says are politically motivated. Russia’s top opposition […]

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First US-Russia meet since Biden took office

The US and Russian foreign ministers are meeting in Iceland on Wednesday evening to gauge the enormous gulf between the rival powers and confirm a potential summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. Statements preceding the face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the Arctic Council meeting in Iceland do not bode well for the […]

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Russia asserts presence in Arctic with northern military base/

“The enemy shall not pass,” exclaims commander Ivan Glushchenko, standing in the glistening white snow that surrounds an ultra-modern Russian military base in the heart of the Arctic, the site of Moscow’s stand-off with NATO. The growing accessibility of natural resources and navigation routes in this rapidly thawing region has attracted global competition, and Moscow’s […]

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US says reviewing Open Skies as Putin moves to exit

The United States said Tuesday it was reviewing the previous administration’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty as Russia moved formally to leave the post-Cold War accord meant to build trust. The United States officially left the pact in November after former president Donald Trump’s administration said Russia was violating the agreement that allows the […]

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Teen arrested after deadly school shooting in Kazan, Russia

A school shooting erupted Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, killing seven students and leaving 16 other people hospitalized with wounds, according to the governor of Russia’s Muslim majority Tatarstan region. A 19-year-old boy was arrested as authorities launched a criminal investigation. Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic which has Kazan as […]

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Sabaton – Defence Of Moscow Lyrics

[Verse 1] As the Wehrmacht overrun, Russia 1941 They don't belong, we stand our ground, a million strong We are ready for their strike, face the army of the Reich A million strong, this is our land, they don't belong [Pre-Chorus 1] Hear Marshal Zhukov's, and Stalin's orders Defend the motherland, Moscow shall not fall! […]

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