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Travel makes new friends. I have a correspondence with my tour Russian guide Irina, a mother of three sons, for over two and a half years. Her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy represents the average Russian turning away from Atheism to their Russian Orthodox roots. I asked Irina to email photos of ...
A Russian government agency is calling on Russians studying at universities abroad to come home to continue their studies, a campaign that appears tied to the sharp downward spiral in relations between Moscow and the West. Rossotrudnichestvo, which is tasked with overseeing the wellbeing of ...

TOKYO (Sputnik) - The concept of the Medical Center of Russian-Japanese Friendship in Moscow can be "cloned" in other cities both across Russia and the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS), Alexei Izotov, the head of GlavUpDK, the state-owned company servicing foreign diplomatic and ...
It matters because, like the former director of the FBI, we don't know if Trump has been compromised by Russia. Evidence that the tape might be real isn't limited to Trump's phony alibi. In their book “Russian Roulette,” investigative journalists David Corn and Michael Isikoff report that five months before the ...
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian leadership has not ruled out the possibility that Washington may take a hard line on new anti-Russia sanctions to inflict the maximum amount of harm on the country's economy and is considering safeguard measures to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, a Russian ...
WASHINGTON (REUTERS, AFP) - US trade group Airlines for America said on Tuesday (April 17) that it had been told by the US State Department that a deal had been reached with Russia to allow US airlines to fly in Russian airspace. "We have received confirmation from the State Department that ...

But even as I settled into Moscow, the yo-yo of U.S.-Russian relations kept bouncing. On Sunday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced that Trump would impose new sanctions on Russia shortly. On Monday, the White House said Trump hadn't approved new sanctions.
Ukraine decided to expel 13 Russian diplomats, and NATO reduced Russia's diplomatic mission from 30 to 20 staff members. The EU recalled its ambassador to Moscow for consultations, with Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Slovakia following suit. These coordinated measures were taken in ...
Air connection between the two countries was suspended more than two years ago in the aftermath of the crash of the A321 operated by Russia's Metrojet, which was classified as a terrorist attack. The protocol waiving the ban was signed in December 2017 by both sides. In early January 2018 Russian ...
Telegram was invented by the Russian internet entrepreneur Pavel Durov, who frequently clashed with the security services over his social network VKontakte and left Russia in 2014. Durov has said publicly he will not give the FSB access to user data. He taunted the security agency last week by posting a ...
Yet, the Syria crisis – which could have exploded by the time my plane lands – will color a trip in which I will be looking at how the fraught U.S.-Russia relationship appears from the Russian side: at current views of Trump (in whom the Kremlin had invested big hopes); the impact of new U.S. economic ...
This connection between Trump and Russian intelligence — made public here for the first time — is known to special counsel Robert Mueller's team and raises fresh questions about the president's connections to the Kremlin. The former agent, who had served in Russia's military intelligence arm known as ...
MOSCOW -- The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend, a bold charge that comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria. A day before a team from the international chemical weapons ...
“We have information indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals, dating back at least as far as 2013, when email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by GRU cyber ... Britain has blamed Russia for the attempted murder – a charge that Moscow has strongly denied.
A play about a largely forgotten gay poet from early 1900s Russia has emerged as the dark horse in this year's Golden Mask awards, the Oscars of the Russian theatre world. The Trout Breaks the Ice is based on the story of Mikhail Kuzmin, who disappeared into the official obscurity imposed by the Soviets ...
Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a nerve agent allegedly developed in Russia, London rushed to accuse Moscow of being involved in the incident and expelled 23 Russian diplomats. Later on, a number of Western countries expelled Russian diplomats "in a show of solidarity" with ...
The messaging service is one of the most popular in Russia and in the Middle East, with Telegram claiming over 200 million active users in these regions. When the ban is enacted, Telegram's domains and IP addresses will likely be blocked by Russian internet providers. The possibility of using the service ...

Last week, 60 U.S. diplomats and their families boarded a charter plane in Moscow and left Russia — maybe forever. ... In late March, the United States said it was kicking out the same number of Russians to show solidarity with Britain, which blames Russia for the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence ...
Lawmakers repeatedly pressed Pompeo on how he would advise handling Russia if confirmed as secretary of State, including whether he would move to continue to implement sanctions passed by Congress in response to Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential race. The Trump administration's ...
Leonid I. Brezhnev, the former Soviet leader, lived nearby. “In Russia, you always have to prove your status,” said Mr. Medvedev, who is also a professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. “One of the main questions of the Russian life is: Who are you? Who are you to drive this way, live in this ...
Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin says he will contest an election for mayor of Moscow in September. In a video statement uploaded on Facebook on April 11, Yashin accused the incumbent Mayor Sergei Sobyanin of corruption. The head of Moscow's Krasnoselsky municipal district, Yashin also ...
Russia has already retaliated in kind against Britain and ejected 23 British diplomats over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. London says Moscow was behind the attack, something Russia denies. British Ambassador Laurie Bristow was summoned again on Friday ...
Footage in Moscow shows a massive crowd gathering together in Pushkinskaya Square and chanting together. The desperate plea for Mr Putin to stand down marked an unfamiliar instance of public protest against the newly elected leader. A rally in the city centre of Kemerovo saw citizens holding up ...
MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. London is launching a campaign to foment confrontation and display power close to Russia's borders, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. "London is launching a campaign all over the world to shape Russia's total presumption of guilt," the ministry ...
Six Israeli citizens have reportedly been fined in Moscow for illegal religious activity during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in December 2017. ... Their lawyer Konstantin Andreyev wrote in a Facebook post that Russian legislation requires religious activities by foreigners to be carried out with the right ...
The building of the Russian Foreign Ministry, center, is seen in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. More than 20 nations have expelled over 150 Russian diplomats this week in a show of solidarity with Britain over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and Moscow has pledged to retaliate.
Moscow vehemently denies responsibility and has vowed a "tough response" to the expulsions. More than 20 countries on Monday announced that they were expelling a total of more than 130 Russian diplomats, including 60 kicked out by the United States. Mr Turnbull yesterday slammed Russia for ...
Moscow's RAN (Rossiiskaia akademiia nauk) building is a strange and unique Soviet project that houses a branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Under dark grey winter skies, one might wonder where its nickname, “Golden Brains,” came from—perhaps the students admitted were exceptionally bright? But when the ...
Half of the European Union's member states decided to expel Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case. The move came despite zero evidence that Moscow was responsible. British Prime Minister Theresa May repeatedly accused Moscow of being behind the poisoning of former spy Skripal and his ...
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday that Moscow would respond harshly to a U.S. decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats, but was still open to strategic stability talks with Washington, the RIA news agency reported. The United States said on Monday it would expel 60 ...
MOSCOW — The expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats from the United States, countries across Europe and beyond has raised, yet again, the question of whether the world is veering back where it was during the Cold War. The alarming answer from some in Russia is: No, but the situation is in some ...
Russia's ambassador to the U.S. says Washington's decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats “is destroying what is left of Russia-U.S. ties.” Anatoly Antonov denounced the U.S. move as ill-considered and provocative and said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow will make an ...
London: NATO joined two dozen governments around the world Tuesday in expelling Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in Britain, marking what London called a "turning point" in the West's relations with Moscow. The US-led military alliance expelled seven Russian staff and denied ...
More than 100 Russian diplomats alleged to be spies in western countries are being told to return to Moscow. ... announcement was “a clear and very strong message that that there was a cost to Russia's reckless actions” in poisoning the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury earlier this month.
The fact that anyone is surprised shows how much President Donald Trump's deferential relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has puzzled the world following allegations that Moscow's interference in the 2016 US election helped put him in power. But Monday's announcement that the US will ...
MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. Moscow will take measures on every country expelling Russian diplomats and respond to the closure of Russia's Consulate General in Seattle, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Rossiya 1 television's Sixty Minutes program on Monday.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has addressed the expulsion of Russian diplomats from some EU states, the US and Canada, saying the final ... The spokesman has expressed regret over the move, reiterating Russia's position over the Skripal case: he once again repeated that Moscow had not been ...
MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. The decision by some countries to expel Russian diplomats won't be left unanswered and Moscow will respond to these unfriendly steps, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. "The Russian side, despite our numerous calls on London [in the case of the ...
"If, for some reason, the British called their chemical agent A-234 'Novichok' — it is a question for them and for those Russian citizens who have lived in the West in recent years and decades," Ryabkov pointed out. Ryabkov said that Russia had never had such a weapon and it had never been put in service ...
Russia's internal struggle is a major focus of Stratfor analysis, including our recent 2018 Second-Quarter Forecast, which highlighted the difficulties that Russian President Vladimir Putin would likely face as he begins his fourth term. Putin is preparing a swath of reforms designed to preserve his country's ...
Shaun Walker spent over a decade reporting from Moscow and has recently written a book about the Putin era and the search for a new Russian identity. As he prepares to ... I'd studied Russian and Soviet history at university and went to Russia to learn the language when I graduated. I planned to stay for ...
Twenty-three British diplomats have left Moscow after being expelled by the Kremlin. It's part of the deepening diplomatic crisis between the UK and Russia, over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England earlier this month. The EU has also recalled its ambassador to Moscow, ...
She had been striving at a summit in Brussels to persuade her EU colleagues to unite in condemning Moscow over the attack on Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer convicted of spying for Britain, and his daughter, Yulia. Russia strongly denies responsibility and has slammed Britain's ...
The Kremlin has voiced "regret" over the European Union's decision to recall its envoy to Russia after the bloc concluded it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman made the remarks on March 23, ...
MOSCOW: Britain accused Moscow on Wednesday of running an assassination programme to eliminate its enemies, while Russia said Britain may itself have orchestrated the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England. In remarkable scenes at a Russian ...
The World Anti-Doping Agency's president has expressed his frustration that Russia continues to thwart officials' attempts to gain access to the Moscow testing laboratory at the heart of the state-sponsored doping scandal. Sir Craig Reedie said a direct approach to Russian officials plus four letters has ...
Russia's top diplomat complained to his Japanese counterpart about the deployment of U.S. missile defense systems near Russia's Pacific borders—a move that Moscow argued served to enhance a global missile shield undermining its security. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Wednesday ...
Britain and Russia have traded verbal blows since the chemical poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in southern England in early March. London has accused Moscow of being responsible for the attack, which British scientists have said used a Russian-made military-grade nerve agent ...
Japan's planned deployment of the American Aegis Ashore anti-missile system is an obstacle to Moscow improving ties with Tokyo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday. The roll-out, slated for 2023, will inevitably affect Russia's national security directly, Mr Lavrov told a news conference ...
The Russian Embassy in the United States has suggested that Russian diplomats may be "guilty" of snowfalls in the US because of the general tendency to blame Russia for everything. "Enough of demonizing Russia. Enough of threating Russia and Russian diplomats, whom some politicians are again ...


 

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