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15.12.18 Russia Ready To Discuss Inspections With U.S. On Arms Treaty
Reuters
Russia is ready to discuss mutual inspections with the United States in order to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, RIA news agency cited Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying on Friday. Last week Washington said Russia must scrap its 9M729 nuclear-capable cruise missiles and launchers or modify the weapons’ range to return to compliance to the Cold War-era arms control treaty. Read more 
15.12.18 How Putin's Russia Turned Humour Into A Weapon
BBC News
In the dying days of the Soviet Union, Russians used humour to escape the bleak reality of economic stagnation, food shortages and long queues. Political satire flourished on TV in the form of latex puppets during the 1990s, but it was quickly slapped down when Vladimir Putin came to power. In today's Russia, where the media is largely controlled by the Kremlin and its allies, there is little room for genuine political humour unless it is used to deflect the blame from the government. Read more 
15.12.18 Russia's Central Bank Lowers 2019 Reserves Growth Forecast
Reuters
The Russian central bank said on Friday that it had lowered its forecast for Russia’s international reserves growth in 2019 to $52 billion from $70 billion expected earlier. The central bank said in a report on monetary policy that it would continue building up the country’s reserves in 2019-2021 in line with fiscal rules. The international reserves held by the central bank stood at $463.6 billion as of Dec. 7. Read more 
15.12.18 Russia Unexpectedly Hikes Interest Rate As Inflation Risks Mount
The Moscow Times
Russia’s central bank unexpectedly increased borrowing costs for the second time this year and signaled it may soon act again as inflation accelerates amid a tax hike and possible new U.S. sanctions. “The central bank will consider further key rate increases based on inflation and economic dynamics relative to forecasts, as well as risks posed by external conditions and the reaction of financial markets,” the central bank said in a statement. It also warned oil prices could fall further as supply outstrips demand next year. Read more 
15.12.18 Belarus Says Russia Refused Request For Compensation For Oil Tax Change
Reuters
Russia unexpectedly refused a request from Belarus for $310 million in compensation from a change in Russian oil taxes, Belarus’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Lyashenko said on Friday. The Russian government in June approved changes in oil taxes that will see oil export duties being gradually cut over the next six years. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Russia has never promised any compensation to Belarus over the tax changes. Read more 
14.12.18 Russia Expels Slovak Diplomat In Spy Row
Reuters
Russia has declared a military attache in the Slovak embassy in Moscow persona non-grata and given the diplomat two days to leave the country, Russia’s foreign ministry was quoted by RIA news agency as saying on Thursday. The ministry called Slovakia’s expulsion of a Russian diplomat on Nov. 22 an unfriendly act, Interfax news agency reported. Read more 
14.12.18 Maria Butina: Russian Activist Pleads Guilty In US
BBC News
A Russian woman accused in the US of acting as an agent for the Kremlin to infiltrate political groups has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. Gun rights activist Maria Butina, 30, admitted a single count of conspiracy at a court in Washington DC. She allegedly tried to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an effort to influence US policies in favour of Moscow. Read more 
14.12.18 Bolton: No Trump-Putin Meeting While Russia Holds Ukraine Ships
Reuters
There will be no meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin while Russia still holds Ukrainian ships and sailors seized near Crimea, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday. “I don’t see circumstances in the foreseeable future where such a meeting could take place until the ships and the crews are released,” Bolton told reporters at a Washington think tank. Russia seized three Ukrainian navy vessels and their combined crew of 24 last month off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea and accused them of illegally entering Russian waters. Read more 
14.12.18 Russian Agent’s Guilty Plea Intensifies Spotlight On Relationship With NRA
Washington Post
The guilty plea Thursday of a woman accused of infiltrating the National Rifle Association on behalf of the Russian government has thrust the powerful conservative group into an uncomfortable spotlight as the organization appears to be facing declining donations and signs its fearsome political influence may be waning. Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of Russia, admitting that she worked for more than two years to forge relationships with conservative activists and leading Republicans in the United States. Read more 
14.12.18 Russia, China Abstain On U.N. Central Africa Vote, Unhappy With France
Reuters
Russia and China abstained on Thursday in a United Nations vote to extend a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (CAR) because the French-drafted resolution did not make direct reference to Russia’s efforts to help the country. The remaining 13 U.N. Security Council members voted for the annual renewal of the operation, deployed in 2014, which has more than 12,000 troops and police. Violence broke out in CAR in 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted the president, prompting reprisals from mostly Christian militias. Read more 
14.12.18 Russia, Russia, Russia
Washington Post
As part of her plea, Butina admitted “'unofficial lines of communication with Americans having influence over U.S. politics' for the benefit of the Russian government, through a person fitting the description of sanctioned Russian central banker Alexander Torshin.” Torshin, according to previous reports, met briefly with Donald Trump Jr. at a National Rifle Association event in 2016. There is also evidence Donald Trump had an exchange with Butina at an event shortly after he announced he was running for president about the subject of sanctions. Read more 
14.12.18 Captured Ukrainian Navy Captains Tell Russia: We Won't Testify
Reuters
Two Ukrainian navy captains being held in a Russian jail have refused to provide testimony because they consider themselves prisoners of war, their lawyers said on Wednesday. Russia seized three Ukrainian navy vessels and their combined crew of 24 last month off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea and accused them of illegally entering Russian waters. Read more 
14.12.18 Cancer Patients 'not Welcome' In Russian Neighbourhood
BBC News
A bid by some Moscow residents to have young cancer patients removed from their neighbourhood has caused a stir on social media in Russia. In a report on the Taki Dela human rights website, a charity co-ordinator says that her neighbours set up a petition to stop children who were being treated for cancer at the local Dmitry Rogachev Pediatric Centre living in their apartment block. The residents described cancer as a contagious airborne disease and said that there was "a hotbed of infection" under their roof. Read more 
13.12.18 Germany Backs Extending EU Sanctions Against Russia
Reuters
Germany will back an extension of the European Union’s punitive sanctions against Russia at an upcoming summit of EU leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Russia’s detention of three Ukrainian military vessels and their crews in the Kerch Strait - a body of water shared between the two countries - has led to widespread calls in Europe and the U.S. for sanctions against Moscow to be toughened. Read more 
13.12.18 Maria Butina: Russian Gun Activist Held In US Conspiracy Case
BBC News
Maria Butina loves guns, has ties to a top Russian banker and has been held in an American jail since July on suspicion of conspiring against the US government, at a time when relations with Moscow went into freefall. She is expected to plead guilty on Thursday under a plea deal agreed with federal prosecutors. When she was arrested in July, Ms Butina, 30, denied conspiring to act on the orders of a Russian official to build relations with two Americans and try to infiltrate US political groups including a "gun rights" organisation, assumed to be the National Rifle Association. Read more 
13.12.18 Shell Says Talks Over Asset Swap With Gazprom Are Suspended
Reuters
Talks about a possible asset swap deal between Royal Dutch Shell and Gazprom have been suspended, Kommersant business daily reported on Wednesday, citing Cederic Cremers, head of Shell’s business in Russia. The memorandum on the possible asset swap was signed in 2015 and was seen as a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies were reducing their exposure to Russia because of Western sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Read more 
13.12.18 Robot Turns Out To Be Man In Suit
BBC News
A robot on show at a Russian state-sponsored event has turned out to be a man dressed in a costume. Robot Boris featured on Russian TV and was apparently able to walk, talk and dance. But soon after its appearance journalists began to question the bot's authenticity. In a picture published afterwards on social media, the neck of a person was clearly visible. Read more 
13.12.18 Russia's Lukoil Buys First Iraqi Kirkuk Crude Since Flows Resume
Reuters
The first cargo of Iraqi Kirkuk crude to change hands since flows resumed last month has been sold to Litasco, the Swiss-based trading arm of Russian oil producer Lukoil, ship-tracking data and a shipping document showed. The Rava tanker, loaded with about 600,000 barrels of Kirkuk oil, left the Turkish port of Ceyhan on Dec. 10 for Lukoil’s refining system in Italy, according to Refinitiv Eikon data. Read more 
13.12.18 How Russia’s Attempt To Solve Its Trash Crisis Is Backfiring
The Moscow Times
On a snowy Sunday morning, around 100 people gathered just outside Moscow in front of a memorial to the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. The revolutions, which toppled Russia’s last tsar and launched the Soviet Union, were commemorated by a metal red flag engraved with the word “Freedom.” The Dec. 9 gathering was organized by Dmitry Shalov, a Moscow deputy who balloted with the Communist Party in last year’s elections. But if his chosen location was meant to inspire revolution, it was not of the kind that brought the Bolsheviks to power. Read more 
13.12.18 Russia Tells U.S. Their Bombers To Leave Venezuela Friday
Reuters
Russia has told the United States that two of their strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons will leave Venezuela on Friday, the White House said on Wednesday, ending a deployment that angered Washington. “We have spoken with representatives of Russia and have been informed that their military aircraft, which landed in Venezuela, will be leaving on Friday and going back to Russia,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an email sent to Reuters. Read more 
12.12.18 Russian Nuclear-capable Bomber Aircraft Fly To Venezuela, Angering U.S.
Reuters
Two Russian strategic bomber aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons have landed in ally Venezuela, a show of support for Venezuela’s socialist government that has infuriated Washington. The TU-160 supersonic bombers, known as “White Swans” by Russian pilots, landed at Maiquetia airport near capital Caracas on Monday after covering more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles), the Russian and Venezuelan governments said. Read more 
12.12.18 Putin's Stasi Spy ID Pass Found In Germany
BBC News
A Stasi ID pass used by Vladimir Putin when he was a Soviet spy in former East Germany has been found in the Stasi secret police archive in Dresden. The Russian president has expressed pride in his record as a communist KGB officer in Dresden in the 1980s.His Stasi pass was found during research into the close co-operation between the KGB and Stasi. Mr Putin, then a KGB major, got it in 1985. It got him into Stasi facilities, but he may not have spied for them. Read more 
12.12.18 Putin: My Spy Chiefs Know Nothing About Alleged Agent Butina In U.S
Reuters
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was unclear to him why a Russian woman, Maria Butina, had been detained in the United States and accused of being a Russian agent because his intelligence chiefs had told him they knew nothing about her. Butina is suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence U.S. policy towards Russia and is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and U.S. prosecutors, according to court filings on Monday. Read more 
12.12.18 COP24: US, Russia And Saudi Arabia Condemned As 'climate Villains' For Blocking Crucial Global Warming Report
The Independent
The US has allied with major oil producers Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to intercept the adoption of a crucial climate change report by world leaders at a UN conference. Experts have condemned these “climate villains” after their efforts plunged talks into chaos at the critical COP24 climate summit in Poland over the weekend. The four nations blocked the full endorsement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report, which was commissioned at a previous COP meeting. Read more 
12.12.18 Russia Jails A Veteran Human Rights Activist — For A Facebook Post
Washington Post
Thousands of Muscovites came to the Central House of Journalists on Tuesday to pay their respects to Ludmila Alekseeva, a veteran Russian human rights activist and chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group who died last week at the age of 91. The memorial ceremony was heavily guarded by the Kremlin’s security detail from the Federal Protective Service — not for the safety of those present but to protect Russian President Vladimir Putin, who stopped by to bring a bouquet of flowers. For the same reason, journalists who wanted to cover the ceremony had to apply to the Kremlin’s bodyguards for advance permission. Read more 
12.12.18 US-Russian Spat Over Bombers Landing In Venezuela
BBC News
Russian and US officials have been involved in a spat over the landing in Venezuela of two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The two Tu-160 bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday in a Russian show of support for the government of socialist President Nicolás Maduro. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it amounted to "two corrupt governments squandering public funds". Read more 
12.12.18 Putin's Stasi Identity Card Discovered In German Archives
Reuters
The identity card, issued more than three decades ago by East Germany’s Stasi secret police, would be of little interest were it not for the name of the man staring out: Vladimir Putin. The card was issued in 1986 when Putin was a mid-ranking KGB spy stationed in Dresden in communist East Germany, then under Russian occupation. It has lain in archives since at least 1990, when the two Germanys were reunified. Read more 
12.12.18 Russia Fines Google For Not Complying With Search Results Law
Reuters
Russia fined Google 500,000 roubles ($7,530) on Tuesday for failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results, Russia’s communications watchdog was quoted as saying by TASS news agency. Russia said last month that it had opened a civil case against Google as it had not joined a state registry that lists banned websites that Moscow believes contain illegal information and was therefore not compliant with the law. Read more 
11.12.18 Kremlin: Russia Did Not Interfere In Domestic Affairs Of France
Reuters
Any allegations that Russia helped whip up anti-government protests in France are slanderous, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. “We have not interfered and will not interfere in the internal affairs of any countries, including France,” Peskov told reporters. Read more 
11.12.18 Russia Overtakes UK To Become World's Second Largest Arms Producer
The Independent
Russia has surpassed the UK to become the second largest arms producer on the planet, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. According to the institute’s latest report, Russian companies now rank just behind US manufacturers in the sale of weapons systems around the world. Researchers found the sales of 10 Russian companies listed in the top 100 rankings increased by 8.5 per cent last year, rising to $37.7bn. Read more 
11.12.18 Russia Sends 2 Nuclear-capable Bombers To Venezuela
The Associated Press
Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. Russia’s Defense Ministry said a pair Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 10,000-kilometer (6,200-mile) flight. It didn’t say if the bombers were carrying any weapons and didn’t say how long they will stay in Venezuela. Read more 
11.12.18 Accused Russian Agent Butina Poised To Plead Guilty
Reuters
Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence U.S. policy toward Russia, is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and U.S. prosecutors, according to court filings on Monday. Exactly how the deal will be structured for Butina was not immediately clear. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington scheduled a hearing for Wednesday. Read more 
11.12.18 EU Eyes Ways To Bolster Ukraine Economy Amid Russia Tension
The Associated Press
The European Union is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the EU’s top diplomat said Monday, amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month. Ukraine has been seeking help from its international partners at the EU and NATO since Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea on Nov. 25. The crews were captured and the ships seized. Read more 
11.12.18 EU Blacklists Nine Over Rebel Ukraine Vote, No New Russia Sanctions For Now
Reuters
The European Union blacklisted nine locals involved in last month’s rebel elections in east Ukraine on Monday, but was unlikely to heed swiftly Kiev’s call for more reprisals against Moscow over the latest flare-up of tensions in the Azov Sea. Ukraine’s Pavlo Klimkin asked the EU’s 28 foreign ministers in Brussels to step up sanctions against Moscow but the bloc is deeply divided on Russia and is not seen acting swiftly, if at all. Read more 
11.12.18 Mikhail Popkov: Russian Ex-cop Jailed For 56 More Murders
BBC News
A Siberian policeman described as Russia's most prolific mass murderer in modern times has been given a second life sentence. Mikhail Popkov, 53, murdered 55 women and a policeman near Irkutsk between 1992 and 2007. He was already in jail for 22 other murders. He killed the victims after offering them late-night rides in his car. At least 10 were also raped. Popkov was caught in 2012 after a DNA match identified his car. Read more 
10.12.18 Armenia Election: PM Nikol Pashinyan Wins By Landslide
BBC News
Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won a convincing victory in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, consolidating his authority. His bloc won more than 70% of the vote, according to near-complete results. A journalist turned politician, Mr Pashinyan spearheaded a peaceful revolution in April.He has now secured a parliamentary majority to push through his programme of tackling corruption and reforming the economy. Read more 
10.12.18 Russians Interacted With At Least 14 Trump Associates During The Campaign And Transition
Washington Post
The Russian ambassador. A deputy prime minister. A pop star, a weightlifter, a lawyer, a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties. Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump’s 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family members and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit. Read more 
10.12.18 Climate Change: COP24 Fails To Adopt Key Scientific Report
BBC News
Attempts to incorporate a key scientific study into global climate talks in Poland have failed. The IPCC report on the impacts of a temperature rise of 1.5C, had a significant impact when it was launched last October. Scientists and many delegates in Poland were shocked as the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait objected to this meeting "welcoming" the report. Read more 
10.12.18 Armenians Vote In Election Testing Revolution's Power Shift
Reuters
Armenians voted for a new parliament on Sunday as acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan sought a stronger mandate, having been elected by lawmakers to the post in May following a peaceful revolution earlier this year. Pashinyan came to power in the wake of weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism in the ex-Soviet republic. The former newspaper editor, who was jailed for fomenting unrest in 2008, marked a dramatic break from the cadre of rulers who have run Armenia since the late 1990s. Read more 
10.12.18 Armenia Election: Gloves Come Off After ‘Velvet Revolution’
BBC News
The man behind the extraordinary "Velvet Revolution" that convulsed Armenia in April faces a key test with an early parliamentary election on Sunday. Former journalist-turned-politician Nikol Pashinyan, 43, engineered a peaceful transfer of power and raised hopes for an economic transformation. Nearly a third of Armenia's 3m people are officially classed as poor. The unemployment rate is about 16% and the average monthly wage is 166,540 drams (£270; $343). Read more 
09.12.18 Armenia Leader Nikol Pashinyan Holds Test Snap Election
BBC News
Armenians will vote in an early parliamentary election on Sunday, a key test for the man behind the peaceful "Velvet Revolution" that swept the country in April. Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister by lawmakers in May, after weeks of anti-corruption protests. He pledged an end to election-rigging. Eleven parties and political blocs are on the ballot, and Mr Pashinyan's My Step Alliance is expected to win a parliamentary majority. Read more 
09.12.18 Netanyahu Briefs Putin On Anti-tunnel Operation On Lebanese Border
Reuters
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Israel’s crackdown along its border with Lebanon on tunnels it said were dug by Hezbollah, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Netanyahu said this week that the tunnels were meant for use by Hezbollah fighters to infiltrate Israel from Lebanon and carry out attacks. The Israeli military sent mechanical diggers, troops and anti-tunneling equipment to the border to shut them down. Read more 
09.12.18 Lyudmila Alexeyeva: Russian Human Rights Activist Dies Aged 91
BBC News
Prominent Russian human rights campaigner and ex-Soviet dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva has died aged 91. She passed away in a Moscow hospital at 16:30 GMT on Saturday, Russia's human rights council said. "This is a huge loss for the entire human rights movement in Russia," the council's head Mikhail Fedotov said. Read more 
09.12.18 Prominent Russian Rights Activist Dies At The Age Of 91
Reuters
The founder of Russia’s oldest human rights group, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, died in hospital in Moscow on Saturday at the age of 91, the presidential human rights council said in a statement. Alexeyeva, founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group, was well known for challenging Russian authorities over human rights issues dating back to the 1960s, including taking a strong stand against President Vladimir Putin. Read more 
09.12.18 The Hypebeasts Of Russia, Popular At What Cost?
BBC News
That's the question Russian YouTubers are asking teenagers and twenty-somethings who are wearing branded items. These well-dressed participants are known as hypebeasts. Channels such as Louis Vagon and Demohot produce videos with hypebeasts that generate hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of views and frequently appear on the trending section of YouTube. The popularity of this YouTube format means that the videos attract thousands of comments, but almost all of them are negative. Read more 
08.12.18 Russia Ready To Discuss Fate Of Detained Ukrainian Sailors After Their Trial
Reuters
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow would only be ready to discuss the fate of a group of Ukrainian sailors it captured last month after their trial was finished. The United States and the European Union have called on Russia to free the 24 Ukrainian sailors who were detained by Russia on Nov. 25 near Russian-annexed Crimea. Moscow accuses them of illegally entering Russian waters, something Kiev denies. Read more 
08.12.18 US Says It Has Conducted 'extraordinary' Flight Over Ukraine In Warning To Russia
The Independent
The United States has said it has conducted an “extraordinary” flight over Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Kiev and Moscow. The announcement comes eleven days after a naval clash that saw Russian forces open fire on and seize three Ukrainian warships near the Kerch Strait. In a statement released on Thursday, the Pentagon said the timing of the flight - undertaken as part of the Open Skies Treaty, was “intended to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine and other nations.” Read more 
08.12.18 Germany Sees No New EU Sanctions On Russia For Now
Reuters
Germany does not envision EU sanctions against Russia over its conflict with Ukraine as long as de-escalation efforts continue, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday. “At this time I believe it would be wrong to talk about new sanctions, because efforts are being made to reduce tensions,” he told a briefing after meeting his counterpart in Lisbon. Read more 
08.12.18 US Loses To Russia In Case Of 2 Arms Trafficking Suspects
The Associated Press
The Russian father and son were in a Hungarian jail, charged in an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the U.S. They found an American lawyer anticipating an inevitable extradition and trial in New York. But then the case took an unexpected turn. Instead of being extradited to the U.S., Vladimir Lyubishin Jr. and Sr. were sent back to Russia, where, the State Department says, it’s not clear if they will face trial. Read more 
08.12.18 Vying For Influence, Russia Accuses U.S. Of Meddling In Macedonia
Reuters
The United States is meddling in Macedonian domestic affairs by pushing a name accord with Greece to boost the Balkan state’s bid to join NATO, Russia’s foreign minister said, amid a tussle for influence in the region. Athens and Skopje have agreed Macedonia will change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia to end a decades-long dispute and potentially enable it to join the transatlantic military alliance and European Union, which Russia opposes. Read more 
08.12.18 Russia And Greece Say Spat Over Diplomats Expulsions Is Over
The Associated Press
Russia and Greece have overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that strained their traditionally friendly ties, the countries’ leaders said Friday. Greece in July expelled two Russian diplomats amid allegations they helped fund protests against a deal between Greece and its northern neighbor Macedonia intended to pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO. Read more 
08.12.18 Putin, Novak Discussed Meeting With OPEC
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Energy Minister Alexander Novak held discussions prior to a meeting with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, a Kremlin spokesman said on Friday. The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment on whether Russia was ready to contribute to global oil production cuts. Read more 
08.12.18 Russia And Greece Want To Make Up After Diplomatic Row
Reuters
Greece and Russia are ready to put behind them a diplomatic row that troubled relations in July, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after meeting in Moscow on Friday. Athens said it had expelled two Russian diplomats and barred two other people from entering the country in July for trying to bribe officials and foment demonstrations to thwart a deal that would allow Macedonia to join NATO. Read more 
07.12.18 Venezuela Signs Oil, Gold Investment Deals With Russia
Reuters
Venezuela has signed deals securing investment from Russia in the South American country’s oil and gold sectors, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday at the end of a three-day trip to Moscow. “We have signed contracts to guarantee investments of more than $5 billion with our Russian partners in joint ventures to raise oil production,” Maduro said in a video posted on his Twitter account. “We are also guaranteeing an investment of $1 billion for mining, mostly in gold.” Read more 
07.12.18 Acid Attack On Nicaragua Priest During Confession
BBC News
A 59-year-old priest has been injured in an acid attack in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. Miguel Guevara had just finished hearing confession in the Metropolitan Cathedral when a woman threw acid at him. Fr Guevara is being treated in hospital for serious burns to his face, arms and shoulders. Worshippers detained the woman and locked her in a room until police arrived. Read more 
07.12.18 South Korea Gets Its First Cargo Of Russia's Yamal Condensate
Reuters
South Korea will receive its first cargo of Russian condensate from Novatek’s new Yamal LNG project this month as it looks for alternatives to Iranian supplies that have been complicated by U.S. sanctions.
Yamal condensate is a type of light oil produced along with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Asian customers are looking to increase purchases for the petrochemical industry. Read more 
07.12.18 Russians Criticise Music Concert Cancelling Advice
BBC News
Russian social media users have reacted negatively to proposed "instructions" on how to get music concerts cancelled. Posting on social network VKontakte - the Russian version of Facebook - the group which calls itself What is Good 2.0 is calling on parents to unite against "amoral" musicians. The instructions tell people to check the lyrics and search for phrases advocating "sadism, bad language and drugs" and then to report them to the authorities. They offer guidance on how to make an official police complaint and what laws to cite. Read more 
07.12.18 US Prepares To Sail Warship Into Black Sea Amid Ukraine-Russia Clash Near Crimea
The Independent
The United States is preparing to send a warship into the Black Sea in response to Russian seizure of Ukrainian vessels and sailors, a decision that could lead to further heightened tensions in the region. The Pentagon has asked the State Department to inform the Turkish government of its plan to possibly send a warship into those disputed waters, and has said that the move would be in response to Moscow’s aggression towards Ukraine. Read more 
07.12.18 Ukraine Foreign Minister Demands Sailors’ Release By Russia
The Associated Press
The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday voted to withdraw from a wide-ranging treaty on friendship with Russia, the latest step in escalating tensions between the two neighbors. The Supreme Rada overwhelmingly supported a motion by President Petro Poroshenko not to prolong the treaty when it comes up for renewal in April. The camouflage-clad president on Thursday visited an air base to announce an upcoming dispatch of troops to the Russian border. Read more 
07.12.18 Russia Must Scrap Or Alter Missiles U.S. Says Violate Arms Treaty
Reuters
Russia must scrap its 9M729 nuclear-capable cruise missiles and launchers or modify the weapons’ range to return to compliance with a key Cold War-era arms control treaty and avert a U.S. pullout from the pact, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. “Either you rid the system, rid the launcher or change the system where it doesn’t exceed the range” in a verifiable manner, said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson. Read more 
06.12.18 Putin: Russia Will Be Forced To Respond If U.S. Exits Arms Treaty
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would be forced to respond if the United States exits the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces arms control treaty. The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a 1987 nuclear arms control treaty, saying it would be forced to start a six-month process of withdrawal if nothing changed. Read more 
06.12.18 Why It’s Time To Give The Soviet Union Its Due For World War II
Washington Post
Today is the anniversary of the opening of the 1941 Soviet offensive at the Battle of Moscow: the first major defeat suffered by Nazi Germany and perhaps the most important turning point of World War II in Europe. It is a day to remember the immense losses that Russians and other peoples under Soviet rule suffered in the war, and to acknowledge their central role in Allied victory. Read more 
06.12.18 Russia Holds Drills In Black Sea Region Amid Ukraine Tensions
Reuters
Russia is holding naval and surface-to-air missile drills in the Black Sea region amid tensions with Ukraine and the West over the capture of three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews off the coast of Crimea last month. Two submarines, the Rostov-on-Don B-237 and the Stary Oskol B-262, practiced emergency deployments for detecting, accompanying and destroying sea and coastal targets with rocket fire, the Defense Ministry said. Read more 
06.12.18 Russia Will Build Missiles If US Leaves Treaty, Putin Warns
BBC News
Russia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned. His comments follow Nato's accusation on Tuesday that Russia has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Signed in 1987 by the US and USSR, it banned both countries' use of all short and medium-range missiles. But Mr Putin says the accusation is a pretext for the US to leave the pact. Read more 
06.12.18 Menendez: Sanctions On Russia's Deripaska Should Remain
Reuters
The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday urged the Trump administration not to waive or remove sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who is accused of crimes ranging from blackmail to murder. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senator Bob Menendez cited reports that Treasury was considering such a move. Read more 
06.12.18 Could The New Fighting Between Russia And Ukraine Escalate Into All-out War?
Washington Post
Russia and Ukraine have been fighting for several years on land, but the two clashed at sea recently. How likely is this maritime conflict to escalate? Maritime disputes feature prominently in global politics. China’s maritime conflicts with neighboring states over the Senkaku/Diaoyu, Spratly, Paracels and other small islands and reefs have generated over a dozen militarized clashes at sea since 1991. Confrontations in the Kerch Strait between Russia and Ukraine on Nov. 25 and the imposition of limited martial law in Ukraine create similar concerns about escalation of the situation to war. Read more 
06.12.18 Putin: Russia Will Make Banned Missiles If U.S. Exits Arms Treaty
Reuters
Russia will develop missiles now banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty if the United States exits the arms control pact and starts making such weapons, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of the 1987 nuclear arms control treaty, saying it would be forced to start a six-month process of withdrawal if nothing changes. Putin, in televised comments, accused the United States of blaming Russia for violations as a pretext for Washington to exit the pact. Read more 
06.12.18 Putin Voices Support For Venezuelan Leader Visiting Russia
The Associated Press
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered firm support Wednesday for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, who is visiting Moscow to shore up political and economic assistance even as his country has been struggling to pay billions of dollars owed to Russia. Maduro has become increasingly isolated in the world under growing sanctions led by the U.S. and the European Union which accuse him of undermining democratic institutions to hold onto power, while overseeing an economic and political crisis worse than the Great Depression. Read more 
05.12.18 No You Kant: Russians Reject German Thinker's Name For Airport
BBC News
A Russian vice-admiral has denounced the 18th-Century German philosopher Immanuel Kant as a "traitor", calling for him to be rejected in a vote to rename Russia's Kaliningrad airport. Vice-Admiral Igor Mukhametshin's rant to sailors came after anti-Kant protesters had thrown paint at a statue of the great thinker in Kaliningrad. Kant was easily beaten in the online vote by Empress Elizabeth (1709-1762). Kaliningrad was Kant's home when the Baltic city was Prussian Königsberg. Read more 
05.12.18 Kiev: Russia Has "partially Unlocked" Ukrainian Azov Sea Ports
Reuters
Russia has partially unlocked Ukrainian sea ports on the Azov Sea, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan said on Tuesday. “Yes, Berdyansk and Mariupol ports are partially unlocked. Vessels make their way to the entrance and exit through the Kerch strait towards Ukrainian ports ... the movement is partially restored,” the ministry quoted Omelyan as saying. Read more 
05.12.18 Nato Accuses Russia Of Breaking Nuclear Missile Treaty
BBC News
Western military alliance Nato has formally accused Russia of breaching the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned land-based nuclear missiles in Europe. Following a meeting, Nato foreign ministers issued a statement supporting US accusations of Russian violations. The US has threatened to withdraw from the treaty because of Russian actions. Russia denied being in breach of the INF deal, saying it "strictly abides" by its conditions. Read more 
05.12.18 Russia Says It ‘strictly Complies’ With Treaty
The Associated Press
The Russian Foreign Ministry is denying U.S. and NATO allegations that Russia is violating a landmark nuclear that banned an entire class of weapons. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday: “Russia strictly complies with the provisions of the treaty, and the American side is aware of that,” Read more 
05.12.18 Russia 'partially Unblocks' Ukraine Ports
BBC News
Ships have begun heading through the Kerch Strait again towards two key Ukrainian ports, a Ukrainian minister has said, nine days after Russia opened fire on three boats. Mariupol and Berdyansk were "partially unblocked", said Volodymyr Omelyan. Russia seized 24 Ukrainian sailors on 25 November in the first open clash between the two states since 2014. The Ukrainians had initially headed towards Mariupol and were targeted in international waters. Read more 
05.12.18 World Bank: Assumption Is Russia Sanctions Will Stay The Same
Reuters
The World Bank’s lead economist for Russia said on Tuesday that the assumption was that sanctions against Russia would remain the same as they are currently. Apurva Sanghi made the remark in response to a question about the World Bank’s Russia forecast for 2018-2020. He did not offer any further details, although his colleague at a news conference in Moscow said it was not an assessment. Read more 
05.12.18 Sergei Polunin's Putin Posts Get Social Media In A Spin
BBC News
It has taken world-famous ballet dancer Sergei Polunin a few Instagram posts to fall from grace in his native Ukraine, in a collapse as dramatic as his gravity-defying leaps. The star had already earned himself the "bad boy of ballet" moniker when he shocked the dance world in 2012 by quitting the Royal Ballet, amid reports of drug use and hard partying.
The 2015 YouTube video of Polunin's dance to Hozier's Take Me to Church has notched up more than 25 million views. Read more 
05.12.18 Kremlin Says It Regrets That U.S.-Russia Dialogue Is Not Working
Reuters
The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it regretted that dialogue between Russia and the United States was not working out despite what it said was a series of important strategic issues that needed to be discussed. Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump were due to have an extended meeting at a G20 Summit in Argentina at the weekend, but Trump canceled after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews. Read more 
05.12.18 Ukraine-Russia Clash: Nato's Dilemma In The Black Sea
BBC News
Does crisis beckon in the Black Sea? Could Russia and Nato even come to blows? That - at least for now - is probably unlikely. But the recent seizure of two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug in the approaches to the Kerch Strait, by vessels of the Russian Border Guard, has inevitably brought security in the Black Sea to the forefront of Nato's agenda at their meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. The Black Sea has long had strategic significance. It was, after all, the theatre for a major conflict between the Western powers France and Great Britain and Imperial Russia in the mid-19th Century. Read more 
05.12.18 U.S. Gives Russia 60 Days To Comply With Nuclear Treaty
Reuters
The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe, saying only Moscow could save the pact. NATO allies led by Germany pressed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a meeting in Brussels to give diplomacy a final push before Washington pulls out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, fearing a new arms race in Europe. Read more 
04.12.18 Britain's MI6 Spy Chief Tells Russia: We Will Deter You
Reuters
The chief of Britain’s foreign intelligence service warned the Kremlin on Monday not to underestimate the West after a brazen nerve agent attack on a retired double agent in England stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad. In his second major speech since being named in 2014 to head the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Alex Younger said Russia has a stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West. Read more 
04.12.18 Russia Ukraine Incident: Duma 'to Honour Ship Seizure Troops'
BBC News
The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament plans to give state awards to the border guards who fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors a week ago, Russian media say. Vyacheslav Volodin said they acted "faultlessly, courageously" to thwart what Russia describes as a violation of its maritime border in the Black Sea. Ukraine and Western countries have condemned the incident as a flagrant violation of international law. Read more 
04.12.18 Russia Launches First Manned Voyage To ISS Since Rocket Accident
Reuters
A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction. The Soyuz lifted off at 1131 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency’s David Saint-Jacques. Read more 
04.12.18 Soyuz Rocket: First Crewed Launch Since Failure Docks At ISS
BBC News
Three astronauts have docked at the International Space Station, on the first crewed Soyuz rocket launch since a dramatic failure in October. Astronauts from Russia, the US and Canada left from Kazakhstan on their mission at 17:30. Russian space agency Roscomos then confirmed their successful docking at the station on Twitter. October's aborted trip saw two astronauts forced to make an emergency landing just minutes after take-off. Read more 
04.12.18 Polish Coal Imports Jump, Russia Biggest Supplier
Reuters
oland’s thermal coal imports for the first nine months of the year almost doubled versus the same period in 2017 to 11.8 million tonnes, most of which came from Russia, data from the state-run Industrial Development Agency (ARP) showed on Monday. While Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has said it will reduce reliance on Russian oil and gas, coal imports from Russia rose to 9.3 million tonnes from the start of the year until the end of September from 5.2 million over the same period a year ago, the data showed. Read more 
04.12.18 Ukraine Calls Up Reservists Amid Tensions With Russia
The Associated Press
Ukraine’s president on Monday announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian invasion. The Kremlin dismissed the Ukrainian leader’s statement as an “absurd” attempt to inflame tensions. Read more 
04.12.18 Czech Security Service Says Russia Behind Cyber Attacks On Ministry
Reuters
Russia’s intelligence services were behind cyber attacks targeting the Czech foreign ministry last year, the Czech security service said on Monday in its annual report. The BIS counter-intelligence service has long warned against Russian activity in the Czech Republic, a member of NATO since 1999 and of the European Union since 2004. Many other Western countries have issued similar warnings. Read more 
03.12.18 Ukraine Urges German Naval Presence In Black Sea
The Associated Press
Ukraine's leader called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from further aggression in the region and said Russia was blockading Ukrainian ports on the nearby Sea of Azov. President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has deployed a large number of troops along its border with Ukraine. He alleged in an interview published Sunday that Russia intends to push inland into Ukraine following a clash in the Black Sea between the countries' forces. Read more 
03.12.18 British Spymaster Cautions Russia: Don't Underestimate The West
Reuters
The chief of Britain’s foreign intelligence service will warn the Kremlin on Monday not to underestimate the West after a brazen nerve agent attack on a retired double agent in England stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad. In his second major speech since being named in 2014 to head the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Alex Younger will say Russia has a stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West. Read more 
03.12.18 Border Village Grinds To A Halt Amid Ukraine-Russia Tensions
The Associated Press
alentina Boldyreva stepped out of her two-story house on an overcast and snowy Sunday afternoon to say hello to her 76-year-old sister who lives on the other side of Friendship of People's Street, a tall barbed-wire fence separating them. "You see my sister is walking up to the wire," Boldyreva said. "How are we going to talk to each other?" "I'm not allowed to come close," her sister, Raisa Yakovleva, said as she stood just 100 meters (yards) away on the other side of the fence. Read more 
03.12.18 Pentagon Chief Slams 'slow Learner' Putin Over Election Meddling
Reuters
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday of being a “slow learner” who again tried to meddle in U.S. elections in November, adding that he had no trust in the Russian leader. The remarks by Mattis at a security forum in California came a day after President Donald Trump held informal talks with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 industrialized nations meeting in Argentina. Trump had scrapped a more formal meeting with Putin, citing Russia’s treatment of Ukraine. Read more 
03.12.18 Thousands In Georgia Protest Against Presidential Election Results
Reuters
Thousands of Georgians protested in the capital Tbilisi on Sunday against the result of the country's presidential election, as defeated candidate Grigol Vashadze said opposition parties would challenge the outcome in court. Vashadze has described the election as a "criminal farce" and has called for snap parliamentary elections after the central election commission said on Thursday that Salome Zurabishvili, who was backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, had secured 59.5 percent of the vote. Vashadze had 40.5 percent, it said. Read more 
03.12.18 Kremlin Hopes Putin And Trump Can Hold Talks Before June Next Year
Reuters
The Kremlin hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin can meet and hold talks before a G20 summit in Japan in June next year, a Kremlin aide said on Saturday. Trump canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend citing unease over Russia's Nov. 25 seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews. Read more 
02.12.18 Putin: No Hard Figures On Possible Oil Output Cuts
Reuters
President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that had no concrete figures on possible oil output cuts though Russia would continue with its contribution to reducing global output. Russia, one of the world’s major crude producing nations, has been bargaining with OPEC’s leader, Saudi Arabia, over the timing and volume of any reduction. OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers will hold a ministerial meeting Dec. 6-7. Read more 
02.12.18 Merkel: Russia Can’t Block Ukraine’s Ports
The Associated Press
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia must allow ships access to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait, which separates the Russian mainland from the annexed Crimean Peninsula. Merkel spoke to reporters Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires after holding a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more 
02.12.18 Citing Russia Threat, Ukraine Boosts Security At Ports, Power Plants
Reuters
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday his country had stepped up security at vital infrastructure sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports in the face of what he called a Russian test of the world order. Russia opened fire on and seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Nov. 25 in an incident which Moscow and Kiev have blamed on each other, triggering a crisis that has raised fears of a wider conflict. Read more 
02.12.18 Gorbachev Hails Late George H.W. Bush's Role In Ending Cold War
The Moscow Times
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, on Saturday hailed the late George H.W. Bush's role in helping end the Cold War and an arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Gorbachev, 87, was speaking after Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died on Friday at the age of 94. Bush held talks with Gorbachev before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and signed a landmark arm control agreement with him that significantly cut both countries' nuclear arsenals. Read more 
02.12.18 Saudi Crown Prince Meets Russia's President Putin
Reuters
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday and discussed areas of cooperation including rebalancing the world oil market, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which Saudi Arabia is a key member, and Russia and other leading oil producers will meet in Vienna on Dec 6-7 to discuss the oil market, as prices have been declining due to oversupply. Read more 
02.12.18 Russia Claims Trump Met Putin On Sidelines Of G20 Summit
The Independent
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a brief meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, according to a Kremlin aide. The move comes after a planned face-to-face discussion between the two leaders was cancelled amid rising tensions over the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Meanwhile, European officials confirmed that all nations present for the meeting in Buenos Aires, including Mr Trump’s, had agreed to reforming the World Trade Organisation. Read more 
02.12.18 Russia Will Restrict Foreign Warships In Arctic Ocean
The Moscow Times
Russia plans to restrict the passage of foreign warships in the Arctic Ocean next year, a top defense official has said. Russia has worked hurriedly to reassert its military presence in the Arctic frontier and secure access to a strategic northern shipping corridor — the Northern Sea Route — between Asia and Europe. The corridor takes about two weeks less to traverse than the Suez Canal. Read more 
02.12.18 Merkel, Putin Agree To More Four-way Talks On Kerch Strait Tension
Reuters
Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia will hold further talks at the advisor level about a shipping standoff in the Kerch Strait, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, urging Moscow to let Ukrainian vessels enter the Sea of Azov. Russia is resisting international calls to release three Ukrainian naval ships that its border patrols fired on and seized in the strait near Russian-annexed Crimea last weekend. Read more 
02.12.18 Moscow Looks Back With Nostalgia: Bush Was A Steady Hand While Soviet Union Collapsed
Washington Post
George H.W. Bush’s presidency will be forever linked with the Soviet Union’s collapse. But in Moscow, his death provoked an outpouring of nostalgia Saturday for an American leader who chose careful diplomacy over brinkmanship as the postwar order was thrown into disarray. Russians recalled bygone days of summits, treaties and transatlantic statecraft — a contrast to a present tableau of disruptions and uncertainties from the Trump White House. Read more 
02.12.18 Public Warning After Russian TV Crew Sparks Military Alert
BBC News
The defence secretary has called on the public to report suspicious activity near military sites after a Russian TV crew prompted an alert at an Army base. Gavin Williamson issued the warning after Timur Siraziev, of Channel One, was seen outside 77 Brigade's Berkshire base, the Mail on Sunday reported. The unit works in social media and psychological operations. An Army source said: "Timur Siraziev's suspicious behaviour was monitored by the base's security systems." Read more 
02.12.18 Ukraine's Security Service Raids Home Of Moscow-Backed Monastery Head
The Moscow Times
Ukraine's state security service said it raided the residence of a senior Russian-backed Orthodox priest on Friday, who heads one of the country's holiest sites, citing a clause in the criminal code relating to whipping up religious hatred. Ukraine and Russia are at odds over Kiev's bid to set up an independent national Orthodox church and break centuries-old ties between the Ukrainian and Russian clergy. Ukrainian leaders accuse the Moscow-backed church, widely known as the Moscow Patriarchate, of promoting the Kremlin's interests and spreading propaganda as relations between the countries plummet. Read more 
01.12.18 Russia Thinks Trump Canceled Putin Meeting For Domestic Reasons
Reuters
Russia believes U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his meeting with Vladimir Putin due to domestic issues rather than the Ukraine situation, its foreign ministry said on Friday. "Is the provocation started by Kiev in this area (Azov Sea) a real reason for the cancellation? We heard that as an official version and we accepted that. Is it a real one? I believe we should look for answers in the U.S. domestic political situation," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. Read more 
01.12.18 Russia Complains After Polish State TV Links It To Nazis
The Associated Press
Poland's Foreign Ministry says Russia has formally complained about a provocative graphic that ran on Polish state television during a discussion of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The graphic used Thursday included the words "Achtung Russia!" while the Nazi "SS" letters were used in the spelling of "Russia," and Putin was pictured as part of the Nazi death's head symbol. Read more 
01.12.18 Ukraine Files Complaint Against Russia At European Rights Court
Reuters
Ukraine has filed a complaint against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights for firing on three of its ships and boarding them on Sunday, the court said. The incident, which took place in the Kerch Strait that separates the Sea of ​​Azov from the Black Sea, caused several injuries among the 24 Ukrainian sailors taken prisoner. Read more 
01.12.18 Austrian Ex-Officer Suspected Of Spying For Russia Arrested
The Associated Press
Austrian authorities say a retired colonel in the country's military who is suspected of having spied for Russia for more than two decades has been rearrested a few weeks after he was released. The Austria Press Agency reported that the 70-year-old was arrested Friday and Salzburg prosecutors said he was in investigative custody. Read more 
01.12.18 Ukraine Mulls 'mirror Actions' After Russia's Capture Of Ships
Reuters
Ukraine is considering whether to respond in kind with “mirror actions” after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian navy vessels last weekend, Ihor Huskov, a senior official at the state security service (SBU) told reporters on Friday. Kiev and Moscow blame each other for the incident last Sunday which led to three Ukrainian ships and their crews being captured. Ukraine fears it is a precursor to Russia launching a full scale invasion. Read more 
01.12.18 Ukraine Bars Russian Men Aged 16-60 From Entry
BBC News
Ukraine will not allow Russian men aged 16-60 into the country following the imposition of martial law, Kiev says. An exception would be made for "humanitarian cases" such as those travelling to funerals. Russia says it is not planning retaliatory measures. Martial law has been imposed in 10 Ukrainian regions until 26 December. Read more 
01.12.18 EU Will Extend Russia Sanctions In December
Reuters
The European Union will extend its existing economic sanctions on Russia next month, a top official with the bloc said on Friday after Moscow’s action against Ukraine’s navy in the Sea of Azov. European Council President Donald Tusk will chair a summit of EU leaders on Dec. 13-14, which is due to roll over for another year the bloc’s measures against Russia’s defense, energy and banking sectors, punishment for Moscow’s role in the turmoil in Ukraine. Read more 
01.12.18 All Systems Go As Russia's Soyuz Aims To Erase Space Failures
BBC News
Soyuz launch number 138 should be as routine as it gets for space flight. The next crew are due to lift off on Monday heading for the International Space Station (ISS) from the same launch pad Yury Gagarin used in 1961 on his historic first flight into orbit. But two months ago an accident on the last Soyuz launch sent the Russian and American astronauts hurtling back to Earth. Shortly before that, the crew on the ISS had discovered a mysterious hole - located after air pressure on the Station began to drop, and successfully plugged. Read more 
30.11.18 Explaining The Naval Clash Between Russia And Ukraine
The Economist
“We need to fucking fuck them up, fuck…it seems like the president is controlling all this shit,” a Russian commander tells the captain whose ship rammed a Ukrainian military tug-boat in the Kerch Strait while another used live ammunition against a Ukrainian warship. The intercepted conversation, published on YouTube, provides a flavour of what happened between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea on November 25th. A video shot aboard one of the Russian ships provides the images. Read more 
30.11.18 Russia Deploys New S-400 Missile Systems In Crimea
Reuters
Russia on Thursday deployed a new battalion of advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in Crimea, its fourth such battalion, the TASS news agency cited a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet as saying. The new battalion had been deployed in Djankoy in northern Crimea, the spokesman said. News of the new deployment in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, follows Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels off the coast of the peninsula on Sunday. Read more 
30.11.18 Ukrainian President Calls To Impose Restrictions On Russian Citizens
The Moscow Times
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he plans to restrict the rights of Russian citizens living in the country under temporary martial law following Russia’s seizure of three vessels off the coast of Crimea last weekend. Ukraine introduced martial law for 30 days in parts of the country on Monday, citing fears of a possible Russian invasion. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Poroshenko of provoking the naval clash in the Kerch Strait to boost his flagging popularity ratings before elections scheduled for next March. Read more 
30.11.18 Russia Has No Plans To Increase Fines For Internet Companies
Reuters
Russia’s government has no plans to increase fines for Internet companies that break Russian laws, TASS news agency cited Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov as saying on Thursday. Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday that Russia planned to impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply with domestic laws. Read more 
30.11.18 Ukraine-Russia Sea Clash: Trump Cancels Putin Talks
BBC News
US President Donald Trump has cancelled a planned meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over a naval clash between Ukraine and Russia. On Sunday Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews off the Crimean Peninsula. Mr Trump said he would not meet Mr Putin at a G20 summit in the coming days, "based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned". Read more 
30.11.18 Russia To Build New Missile Early-warning Radar Station In Crimea
Reuters
Russia plans to build a new missile early-warning radar station in Crimea next year, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing a Crimean security source. News that a new military facility will be built in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, follows Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels off the coast of the peninsula on Sunday. Read more 
30.11.18 Twitter Suspends Account Impersonating Russian President Putin
BBC News
Twitter has suspended an account that purported to be the official English language feed of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The social media platform said it had suspended @putinRF_eng "for impersonation based on a valid report we received from Russian officials". The account was reportedly created in 2012 and posted mainly official links to Mr Putin's public appearances. Read more 
30.11.18 Russia Does Not Expect Ukraine Crisis To Have Big Impact On Grain Exports
Reuters
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine in the Azov Sea should not significantly affect Russia’s grain exports because it is low season, TASS news agency quoted the Russian agriculture ministry as saying on Thursday. “The Azov route is being actively used for Russian grain exports during the river navigation period, so in the autumn-to-winter time, volumes of shipments via this route go down,” TASS quoted the ministry as saying. Read more 
30.11.18 Georgia Elects Salome Zurabishvili As First Woman President
BBC News
Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office. With nearly all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat had 59% of the vote with rival Grigol Vashadze on 40%. Ms Zurabishvili was backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, while Mr Vashadze was a united opposition candidate. A new constitution is due to come into force, making the role of president largely ceremonial. Read more 
30.11.18 Oil Rises As Russia Indicates Open To Cuts With OPEC
Reuters
Oil reversed course and rose as much as 2 percent on Thursday, after industry sources said Russia had accepted the need to cut production, together with OPEC ahead of its meeting next week. Prices in November were down nearly 22 percent so far, set for the biggest monthly fall since the depths of the financial crisis in 2008. A steady rise in crude supply from the United States, now the world’s top producer, has pressured prices along with Saudi Arabia’s insistence that it will not cut output on its own to stabilize the market. Brent crude slid early to another 2018 low below $58 a barrel. Read more 
30.11.18 Ukraine Urges Nato To Deploy Ships Amid Standoff With Russia Off Crimea Coast
The Independent
Ukraine's president has urged Nato to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov amid a stand-off with Russia. "We hope that states within Nato are now ready to relocate naval ships to the Sea of Azov in order to assist Ukraine and provide security," Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with German newspaper Bild. Read more 
30.11.18 Russia Blocks Ukrainian Azov Sea Ports
Reuters
Two Ukrainian Azov Sea ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol, are effectively under blockade by Russia as vessels are being barred from leaving and entering, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, said on Thursday. Overall, 35 vessels have been prevented from carrying out normal operations and only vessels moving towards Russian ports on the Azov Sea are permitted entry, he said on Facebook. Read more 
29.11.18 Putin Says Russia Ready For Cooperation With OPEC If Needed
Reuters
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia is in touch with OPEC and is ready to continue cooperation with it if needed.
Putin, speaking at an economic forum, said Russia would be satisfied with an oil price of $60 per barrel, adding that Russia and OPEC had fulfilled their commitments to the global oil output deal. Read more 
29.11.18 Will Trump Let Russia Take The Azov Sea?
Washington Post
Russia’s illegal blockade and closure of the Kerch Strait on Sunday and its violent seizure of three Ukrainian ships are clear violations of international law and of bilateral Ukrainian-Russian agreements. Unlike the Russians’ 2014 illegal annexation of Crimea and their undeclared war in Eastern Ukraine, this was not an ambiguous, deniable attack by “little green men” without insignias; it was a direct act of aggression by Russia’s navy and security services against a sovereign state that was acting within its rights in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, whose waters are shared by Russia and Ukraine. Read more 
29.11.18 Russia Risks HIV Epidemic As Cases Rise
Reuters
Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases last year. Most new cases in the former Soviet Union in 2017 were from heterosexual sex as the disease spreads beyond high-risk groups, according to research by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Read more 
29.11.18 Russia-Ukraine Crisis Turns On Kiev Politics, Irreconcilable Views Of Crimea
The Christian Science Monitor
As military engagements go, this past weekend’s action, in which Russian forces seized three small Ukrainian naval vessels near the disputed Kerch Strait, was a small skirmish on the edges of a simmering conflict zone. But the incident, which left 24 Ukrainian crew members in Russian custody, three of them wounded, is also the first time in Ukraine's almost five-year-long conflict with Russia that the two countries’ servicemen fought each other directly and openly. That is the ostensible reason that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, citing Russian aggression, declared a state of martial law, which would give him sweeping powers to suspend human rights and democratic freedoms over much of the country. Read more 
29.11.18 Lavrov: U.S. Encouragement For Ukraine 'saddens Me Greatly'
Reuters
The United States should stop encouraging provocative moves by Ukraine and instead mediate between Kiev and rebel-held Ukrainian regions, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday. Lavrov said Ukrainian warships had ignored maritime law on Sunday when they tried to enter the Kerch Strait, aiming to create a scandal for domestic political purposes and U.S. encouragement for such acts “saddens me greatly”. Read more 
29.11.18 The Power In Ukraine That Keeps Russia At Bay
The Christian Science Monitor
After Russia openly used armed force against an independent Ukraine for the first time on Nov. 25 – seizing three Navy vessels in the Sea of Azov – one might think Ukrainians would direct their strongest ire at President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Not so. While the Russian attack and detention of Ukrainian security forces clearly break international norms, the widespread concern among Ukrainians was whether their own president, Petro Poroshenko, would exploit the incident to cancel the 2019 presidential election. He is highly unpopular and might lose the vote. Read more 
29.11.18 Russia Plans Stiffer Fines For Tech Firms That Break Rules
Reuters
Russia plans to impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply with Russian laws, sources familiar with the plans said, raising the stakes in the Kremlin’s fight with global tech giants such as Facebook and Google. Over the past five years, Russia has introduced tougher internet laws that require search engines to delete some search results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store Russian users’ personal data on servers within the country. Read more 
29.11.18 Ukraine-Russia Sea Clash: Poroshenko Urges Nato To Send Ships
BBC News
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov following a naval confrontation with Russia off Crimea. He told Germany's Bild newspaper he hoped the ships could be relocated "to assist Ukraine and provide security". On Sunday, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Read more 
29.11.18 Russia Says Islamic State Militants Plan Chemical Attack
The Associated Press
The Russian Defense Ministry says militants are preparing a chemical attack on the U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria. The ministry said in Wednesday’s statement that it had learned from multiple intelligence sources that militants from the Islamic State group were rigging mortar rounds with combat chemical agents in preparation for the attack on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. Read more 
29.11.18 No Swift New EU Sanctions On Russia Seen After Ukraine Sea Incident
Reuters
The European Union’s hawks have called for more sanctions on Russia after a fresh flare-up of tensions with Ukraine but the divided bloc is not going to act swiftly, if at all, diplomatic sources said. In a sign of their long-standing divisions on how to handle President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the 28 EU states have taken three days to agree a joint statement after Russia seized Ukrainian navy vessels and sailors on Sunday. Read more 
29.11.18 Putin Derides Ukraine’s Martial Law As Political Trick
The Associated Press
Ukraine’s president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up tensions after a weekend standoff in the Black Sea. Each side blamed the other for the bellicose turn of events, with Ukraine saying Russia is preparing for a full-scale invasion and Moscow calling it a political stunt by an unpopular president facing tough elections. Read more 
28.11.18 France Calls On Russia And Ukraine To Scale Back Tensions
Reuters
Russia and Ukraine must aim to scale back tensions in the wake of Russia’s capture of three Ukrainian ships, said French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday. “We want all sides to show restraint,” Le Drian told reporters at a briefing after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Read more 
28.11.18 Trump Says May Cancel G20 Putin Talks
BBC News
US President Donald Trump says he may cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin following a maritime clash between Russia and Ukraine. Mr Trump told the Washington Post he was waiting for a "full report" after Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian boats on Sunday. The two leaders are due to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires later this week. Read more 
28.11.18 Crimean Court Detains Ukrainian Sailor Captured By Russia For Two Months
Reuters
A court in Russian-annexed Crimea ordered the first of 24 Ukrainian navy sailors captured by Russia to be detained for two months, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday. The sailors were detained on Sunday when Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels off the Crimean coast. Russia accuses the sailors of illegally entering its territorial waters. Read more 
28.11.18 Why Ukraine-Russia Sea Clash Is Fraught With Risk
BBC News
"This won't be another Crimea," the head of Ukraine's navy told me when I spoke to him about the situation in the Sea of Azov six weeks ago. I'd just come back from a trip to Ukraine's industrial port of Mariupol and had spent the night on board a coastguard vessel. In spite of Commander Ihor Voronchenko's bravado, it was clear, even then, that Russia held all the cards. Read more 
28.11.18 Ukraine's Oschadbank Awarded $1.3 Bln From Russia Over Crimea Loss
Reuters
Ukraine’s Oschadbank has been awarded $1.3 billion by an international arbitration court in respect of the bank’s claims against Russia to compensate for loss of business and assets in Crimea following Moscow’s annexation of the peninsula in 2014. “The amount of compensation will be $1.3 billion plus interest,” Oschadbank said in a statement, adding it would seek to enforce the ruling immediately in jurisdictions around the world. Read more 
28.11.18 ‘I Don’t Like That Aggression’: Trump Threatens To Cancel Putin Meeting Over Clash With Ukraine
Washington Post
President Trump threatened Tuesday to cancel his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin at a global summit later this week because of Russia’s maritime clash with Ukraine, saying “I don’t like that aggression.” Russia captured three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews in the Black Sea on Sunday, an act that drew condemnation from the West and led to Ukraine preparing to impose martial law in 10 of the country’s 27 regions. Read more 
28.11.18 European Politicians Call For New Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine
Reuters
Several senior European politicians on Tuesday raised the possibility of new sanctions against Russia to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea, an incident the West fears could ignite a wider conflict. A Russian minister said further sanctions would solve nothing and that the incident should not be used to derail the Minsk accord, which aims to end fighting in eastern Ukraine between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels. Read more 
28.11.18 Russia Shrugs Off Western Pressure Over Black Sea Incident With Ukraine
Washington Post
Russia shrugged off Western condemnation of its capture of three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews, moving ahead Tuesday with court proceedings against some of the 24 detained sailors. Ukraine, meanwhile, prepared to impose martial law in 10 of the country’s 27 regions after the country’s leaders warned of the threat of a Russian attack. Russian officials, however, brushed aside Kiev’s response as politically motivated alarmism and voiced confidence that Moscow would ride out the criticism and threats of deeper sanctions. Read more 
28.11.18 Russia's Potanin To Appeal UK Court Decision In Battle Of Billionaires
Reuters
Russian businessman Vladimir Potanin plans to appeal a London court decision to block him from buying shares in mining company Norilsk Nickel from fellow investor Roman Abramovich, representatives at Potanin’s investment firm said on Tuesday. The ruling, taken in June, was considered to be advantageous for Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who controls aluminum giant Rusal, and has long been at loggerheads with Potanin over control of Norilsk Nickel. Read more 
28.11.18 'Critical Defect' Found In Russia’s Mega Cosmodrome
The Moscow Times
At least one “critical defect” has been discovered at the multibillion-ruble Vostochny Cosmodrome in Far East Russia that operators claim was fixed last month. Scandals have rocked Russia’s space industry in recent months, including mass embezzlement charges, the discovery of a small hole in a spacecraft attached to the International Space Station (ISS) and a rocket failure that aborted a manned mission to the ISS in October. Read more 
28.11.18 European Court Rules Russia Discriminated Against Gay People
Reuters
Russia discriminated against gay people by banning their rallies, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday, eight years after a judgment on the issue that led to no change. The court ruled in 2010 that a Moscow ban on gay pride marches violated the right to freedom of assembly, to an effective remedy, and the right not to face discrimination. Its latest ruling referenced the 2010 judgment, which said the main reason for the ban was that authorities disapproved of events they saw as promoting homosexuality. Read more 
28.11.18 How The World’s Shallowest Sea Became The Latest Flash Point Between Russia And Ukraine
Washington Post
Nestled in Europe’s southeast corner is the world’s shallowest sea: the Azov. It is no more than 50 feet deep and smaller than Lake Michigan. But it’s come to bear outsize geopolitical importance because of the territories that bound it: Ukraine to the west, Russia to the east, and Russia-annexed Crimea to the south. The narrow Kerch Strait, between Crimea and mainland Russia, leads from the Azov to the Black Sea, which in turn connects to Western Europe and to Asia via the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal. Read more 
27.11.18 Russia Accuses Ukraine Of Provoking Incident In Kerch Strait
Reuters
Russia’s foreign ministry on Monday accused Ukraine of deliberately provoking an incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea in which Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels. Moscow will summon a senior Ukrainian diplomat to complain about the incident, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on state television. Read more 
27.11.18 Russia Warns US Against Deploying New Missiles To Europe
The Associated Press
A senior Russian diplomat warned Monday that the planned U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era arms control pact could critically upset stability in Europe.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday that if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe after opting out of the treaty banning their use, it will allow Washington to reach targets deep inside Russia. Read more 
27.11.18 France Urges Russia To Free Ukrainian Sailors
Reuters
France added its voice to international calls on Monday for Russia to release three Ukrainian naval ships seized near Crimea over the weekend. “Nothing appears to have justified the use of force by Russia,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement. “We urge Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and hand back the seized naval vessels as soon as possible.” Read more 
27.11.18 Russia Attacks Ukrainian Navy In Black Sea – Kiev To Vote On Martial Law
The Associated Press
Ukraine's president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and vessels seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern. The two neighbors have been locked in a tense tug-of-war since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, but the incident late Sunday, in which Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels near the Kerch Strait, directly pitted the two militaries against each other, placing them on the verge of an open conflict. Read more 
27.11.18 Russia Reopens Kerch Strait To Shipping After Ukraine Standoff
Reuters
Russia has reopened the Kerch Strait near Crimea to shipping after it seized three Ukrainian naval ships nearby, the RIA news agency cited a port official as saying on Monday. Russia blocked the strait off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday and seized two small Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tug boat, which Moscow said had illegally entered Russia’s territorial waters. Read more 
27.11.18 Behind Ukraine-Russia Naval Tensions, A More Brutal Economic War
The Christian Science Monitor
Russia's conflict with Ukraine is back in the headlines after Russia seized three Ukrainian military vessels and their crews near Crimea, triggering a declaration of martial law in Ukraine and a fresh escalation of tensions between the two formerly friendly neighbors. But very little attention has been paid to the economic slugfest between the two, which has caused far more destruction than Russia's sanctions war with the West over the past five years, and will leave lasting consequences even if they manage to resolve the present, seemingly intractable, political conflict. Read more 
27.11.18 Ukraine To Impose Martial Law As Standoff With Russia In Black Sea Intensifies
Washington Post
Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted in favor of President Petro Poroshenko’s motion to introduce martial law in parts of the country for 30 days starting Wednesday, triggering a sharp escalation with neighboring Russia. The move comes one day after Russian ships fired at and seized Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea, in an incident that has drawn international condemnation of Moscow. Read more 
27.11.18 Ukraine-Russia Clash: MPs Back Martial Law
BBC News
Ukraine has declared martial law in part of the country after Sunday's capture of three of its naval vessels and 23 crew members by Russia. Lawmakers backed President Petro Poroshenko's request to introduce it in regions mostly bordering Russia for 30 days starting from 28 November. The authorities can now restrict public rallies and regulate the media. Some MPs expressed fears Mr Poroshenko could suspend a presidential poll on 31 March 2019 - a claim he firmly denied. Read more 
26.11.18 Russia And Ukraine Involved In Black Sea Naval Standoff
Reuters
Russia and Ukraine accused each other of breaking international law on Sunday after Russian border guards tried and failed to stop two Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels circumnavigating Crimea en route to a Ukrainian port. The incident in the Black Sea reflects rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev around the Sea of Azov which both countries have the right to use. Read more 
26.11.18 Security Council To Meet Over Russia, Ukraine
The Associated Press
The Latest on Russian-Ukrainian naval tensions near Crimea. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council has been called over the escalating situation between Russia and Ukraine. Read more 
26.11.18 Russia Seizes Ukrainian Ships Near Annexed Crimea After Firing On Them
Reuters
Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries. Russia’s FSB security service said early on Monday its border patrol boats had seized the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and used weapons to force them to stop, Russian news agencies reported. Read more 
26.11.18 Tension Escalates After Russia Seizes Ukraine Naval Ships
BBC News
Russia has fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the Crimean Peninsula in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries. Two gunboats and a tug were captured by Russian forces. A number of Ukrainian crew members were injured. Each country blames the other for the incident. On Monday Ukrainian MPs are due to vote on declaring martial law. The crisis began when Russia accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its waters. Read more 
26.11.18 Scores Poisoned In Aleppo Gas Attack, Syria And Russia Blame Rebels
Reuters
More than 100 people were wounded in Syria’s Aleppo late on Saturday in a suspected toxic gas attack which the government and its ally, Russia, blamed on insurgents. A health official in Aleppo said victims suffered breathing difficulties, eye inflammation and other symptoms suggesting the use of chlorine gas. Rebel officials denied the allegations and said their forces did not possess chemical weapons. Read more 
26.11.18 Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Opening Fire On Some Of Its Ships In Black Sea
Reuters
The Ukrainian navy accused Russia on Sunday of opening fire on some of its ships in the Black Sea, striking one vessel and wounding a crew member. The Ukrainian navy made the statement on its Facebook page after a day of rising tensions during which Russia stopped three Ukrainian navy vessels from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait by placing a huge cargo ship beneath a Russian-controlled bridge. Read more 
25.11.18 Rosneft's Sechin Flies To Venezuela, Rebukes Maduro Over Oil Shipments
Reuters
The head of Russian oil company Rosneft, Igor Sechin, flew to Caracas this week to meet Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and complain over delayed oil shipments designed to repay loans, two sources briefed on the conversation said on Saturday. The visit, which was not publicly disclosed, is one of the clearest signs of strain between crisis-stricken Venezuela and its key financier Russia. Read more 
25.11.18 British Army Chief: Russia 'far Bigger Threat Than IS'
BBC News
Russia is now a "far greater threat" to the UK's national security than the Islamic State group, the head of the British army has said. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, General Mark Carleton-Smith said Britain "cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses". "The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it," he said. The UK blames Russia for the Salisbury poisoning and several cyber-attacks. Read more 
25.11.18 With A Smirk, Official Says Russia Will Verify Moon Landings
The Associated Press
The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real, though he appeared to be making a joke. “We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they’ve been there or not,” said Dmitry Rogozin in a video posted Saturday on Twitter. Read more 
25.11.18 Turkey Charges Erdogan Foe Gulen For 2016 Murder Of Russian Ambassador
The Moscow Times
Turkey charged 28 people on Friday in relation to the 2016 assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara, naming the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen as the prime suspect in the case, the state-owned Anadolu news agency said.
Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while speaking at an Ankara exhibit opening in December 2016. The gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "Don't forget Aleppo!" as he opened fire, apparently referring to Russia's involvement in Syria. He was shot dead by police at the scene. Read more 
24.11.18 Lavrov: Russia Ready To Mediate Between Palestinians And Israel
Reuters
Russia would be ready to host a meeting between Palestinians and Israel and to act as a mediator, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. Lavrov was speaking to reporters during a two-day trip to Rome. Read more 
24.11.18 What Drives The Russian State
The New York Times
Since Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, analysis of Russia, both inside and outside the country, has largely focused on two interpretations of his regime. The first argues that Russia is a mafia state in which the main aim of the ruling elite is to steal money at home to conceal and spend abroad. The second states that Mr. Putin is a hostage of his own popularity and that whatever is done in or by Russia is done for the sake of his approval rating. Read more 
24.11.18 Russia, Stung By Intelligence Leaks, Plans To Tighten Data Protection
Reuters
Russia has drawn up draft legislation aimed at stopping leaks of personal information from state agencies, a step that follows publication of details of Russians allegedly involved in clandestine intelligence operations abroad. The bill, produced by Russia’s communications ministry, bars unauthorized people from creating and publishing databases of personal data drawn from official sources, and fines anyone violating that rule. Read more 
24.11.18 Russia May Deploy Missiles On Allies’ Territory
The Associated Press
Russia could deploy missiles on the territory of its allies if the U.S. stations similar weapons in Europe, a senior Russian lawmaker warned Thursday. Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, said the U.S. intention to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty could herald the way for deployment of missiles banned by the pact to Europe. Read more 
24.11.18 Turkey Indicts 28 People, Including Cleric Gulen, For 2016 Assassination Of Russian Envoy
Reuters
Turkey charged 28 people on Friday in relation to the 2016 assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara, naming the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen as the prime suspect in the case, the state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while speaking at an Ankara exhibit opening in December 2016. The gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “Don’t forget Aleppo!” as he opened fire, apparently referring to Russia’s involvement in Syria. He was shot dead by police at the scene. Read more 
24.11.18 British Police Release Video Of Skripal Poisoning Suspects
Reuters
British police on Thursday released more video footage of the two suspects they believe poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March. Two men - known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - were charged in absentia for the attack in September. Investigative website Bellingcat has named them as Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga, both of whom work for Russia’s GRU intelligence services. Read more 
23.11.18 Russia Moving To Withhold Minority Stakeholder Information
Reuters
Russia is considering legislation that would make information about minority shareholders secret in order to shelter them from any possible new U.S. sanctions, the head of a top industry group said. The economy ministry has drawn up amendments allowing the government to determine cases in which certain companies would be permitted not to make third-party disclosures. Read more 
23.11.18 Russian Rapper Jailed For Street Gig After Venue Ban
BBC News
One of Russia's most popular rappers has been jailed for 12 days after he defied a ban and performed to fans from the roof of a car. Dmitry Kuznetsov, better known as Husky, staged the impromptu gig in the southern city of Krasnodar on Wednesday after an official concert was cancelled under pressure from the authorities.
Prosecutors had warned the venue that the event contained "extremism". Husky was convicted of hooliganism, Kommersant newspaper reported. Read more 
23.11.18 Russia Eyes New Wheat Export Frontiers In Challenge To EU, U.S.
Reuters
Russia, already the world’s leading wheat exporter, is bent on taking further market share from the European Union and United States with a new attempt to crack what have traditionally been its most difficult destinations. Successful marketing campaigns in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Algeria would cement Russia’s leading position in the wheat markets of the Middle East and North Africa. Read more 
23.11.18 Skripal Poisoning: Policeman's Family 'lost Everything' Because Of Novichok
BBC News
The police officer who was poisoned in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal has told how his family lost their home and all their possessions after he was contaminated with Novichok. In his first interview since it happened, Det Sgt Nick Bailey told the BBC's Panorama: "Everything the kids owned, we lost all that, the cars, we lost everything." Det Sgt Bailey came into contact with the nerve agent after being sent to the Skripals' home, where it had been sprayed on the door handle. After finishing work on that fateful day, he unwittingly contaminated his home. He and his family have so far been unable to return. Read more 
23.11.18 Russia Hopes G20 Will Support Multilateral Approach To Global Trade
Reuters
Russia hopes that all 20 members of the group of industrialized nations will support a multilateral approach to international trade regulation when they meet in Argentina next week, Russian G20 negotiator Svetlana Lukash said on Thursday. Lukash said G20 leaders, who will meet in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, will discuss issues of global trade, climate change and international cooperation. G20 leaders will also discuss macro policy coordination, issues of financial regulation and tax reform, said Lukash, adding that there were no political topics on the summit’s agenda. Read more 
23.11.18 Russia: Here's What We Think Of The UK
BBC News
To say there's friction between Russia and the UK right now would be an understatement. Russia has been accused of a lot - everything from poisoning spies to peddling fake news and trying to influence elections. But what do they think of the UK? To find out, Radio 1 Newsbeat spent a week in Moscow hanging out with young Russians. Are our countries enemies? And, if so, how are we supposed to build bridges? Read more 
23.11.18 Russia Buys Crowd-control Vehicles That Emit Sonic Waves And Light
Reuters
Russia’s National Guard, which polices anti-government protests, has purchased two vehicles fitted with a laser and a sonic sound system to disorient people, raising fears among the opposition they could be used to disperse peaceful protesters. The two mini-vans, fitted with what is described as a non-lethal system, cost a total of 65.2 million roubles ($995,250) according to a public procurement order posted online which indicated they had been delivered in October. Read more 
22.11.18 Russia Willing To Compensate Belarus For Oil Tax Changes
Reuters
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Russia would compensate Belarus next year if it suffers from Russia’s oil tax changes, RIA news agency reported on Wednesday. The Russian government in June approved changes in oil taxes that will see oil export duties being gradually cut over the next six years. Read more 
22.11.18 Russian Military Intelligence Chief Igor Korobov Dies Aged 62
BBC News
The head of Russian military intelligence agency GRU, General Igor Korobov, has died at the age of 62, Russia's defence ministry says. General Korobov, who took up the post in 2016, is said to have died after "a serious and long illness" on Wednesday. The GRU was this year linked to a nerve agent attack in Britain on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Read more 
22.11.18 Russia's Gazprom Neft Denies Holding Talks On Projects In South Sudan
Reuters
Russia’s Gazprom Neft denied on Wednesday that it was holding talks to take part in specific projects in South Sudan and said that no agreement had been reached to explore oil blocks there. South Sudan’s petroleum minister said on Tuesday that Gazprom’s oil division had signed a memorandum of understanding to explore four oil blocks. Read more 
22.11.18 To Avoid Sanctions, Kremlin Goes Off The Grid
Washington Post
An isolated, war-scarred enclave in the Caucasus Mountains has become a hidden financial crossroads for Russia’s shadow empire around the Black Sea. The Kremlin has for years bankrolled an array of pro-Russian breakaway states within the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. For Moscow, the goals could not be bigger — rebuilding Russia’s influence and countering the region’s drift toward the West. The network of semi-states has become so important for Russia that an off-the-grid financial system now ties some of them together, bridging hundreds of miles and circumventing international sanctions. Read more 
22.11.18 Russian Senators Recommend Changing Document On Nuclear Weapons Use
Reuters
A committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday recommended to the National Security Council that it change the rules on the use of nuclear weapons, RIA news agency reported. The non-binding recommendations relate to a response to a hypothetical use of hypersonic and other non-nuclear strategic weapons against Russia. Read more 
22.11.18 Interpol Presidency Vote: Russia In Surprise Loss To South Korea
BBC News
Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the controversial Russian frontrunner. Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol's 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai. He beat Russia's Alexander Prokopchuk, who has been accused of using Interpol's arrest warrant system to target critics of the Kremlin. Russia blamed the outcome of the voting on "unprecedented pressure and interference". Read more 
21.11.18 Russia's Central Bank Sees Year-end Inflation Close To Target Of 4 Percent
Reuters
Russia’s central bank expects year-end inflation to be around its target of 4 percent, but the balance of risks may still change ahead of its key rate meeting on Dec. 14, the head of the bank’s research department said on Tuesday. Alexander Morozov said the bank may halt foreign exchange purchases again in 2019 if there are risks to financial stability. The purchases have been on hold since August due to market volatility, and the central bank is due decide next month when and how to resume purchases. Read more 
21.11.18 US Sanctions Firms In Iran, Russia For Shipping Oil To Syria
The Associated Press
The Treasury Department on Tuesday added a network of Russian and Iranian companies to its blacklist for shipping oil to Syria in violation of sanctions. The network helps fuel the Syrian war effort of President Bashar Assad while providing revenue for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in announcing the sanctions. Read more 
21.11.18 Russia Says Moscow And Ankara Must Take Swift Decisions On Syria's Idlib
Reuters
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday that Moscow and Ankara needed to take swift decisions to support a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib Province. Russia earlier this month accused rebels in the insurgent-held region of trying to wreck a Russian-Turkish initiative to create a demilitarized zone there. Read more 
21.11.18 New Fears Of Russia Politicizing Interpol And Targeting Dissidents
The Associated Press
Russian prosecutors announced new criminal charges against US-born Kremlin foe Bill Browder on Monday, days before a Russian police officer could become president of Interpol in a move that some Moscow critics fear might politicize the law enforcement agency. Mr. Browder and other opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin have complained that Russia has tried to use Interpol against them. If a Russian is elected as its new president, it could encourage Moscow to intensify attempts to hunt down its critics abroad. Read more 
21.11.18 Over $150M Embezzled In Construction Of Russia’s Far East Spaceport
The Moscow Times
Russian prosecutors have said that over $150 million was embezzled during construction of the country’s new $5-billion spaceport in the Far East. Russia sees the Vostochny Cosmodrome project, plagued by scandals and prosecutions of some of its contractors for fraud, as vital to secure the country's independent access to space. Currently, space launches take place from the Soviet-era cosmodrome of Baikonur in Kazakhstan, which itself has been blighted by failed launches. Read more 
21.11.18 UFC Champ Nurmagomedov A Conservative Voice In Russia
The Associated Press
UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is probably the best-known Muslim athlete in Russia, and he’s rapidly becoming a leading conservative voice at home. When a National Guardsman was killed while apparently trying to break up a fight outside an establishment variously described as a cafe and nightclub early Sunday morning, Nurmagomedov called for a crackdown on the local nightlife in his mostly-Muslim home region of Dagestan. Read more 
20.11.18 Russia Accuses Kremlin Critic Browder Of Ordering Lawyer's Murder
Reuters
Russian prosecutors said on Monday they suspected Kremlin critic Bill Browder of ordering the murder of a lawyer whose memory he has championed, but he dismissed the accusation as a cynical ploy to tar him for lobbying for sanctions on Moscow. Browder, the British head of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, has led a campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, whom he had employed as a lawyer, in a Moscow jail. Read more 
20.11.18 Russian Could Become New Interpol Chief: 'Putin Will Attempt His Most Audacious Operation Yet'
The Independent
A Russian official has been tipped to become the next head of Interpol, despite accusations Moscow uses the international policing agency to target critics. Alexander Prokopchuk, a former head of Russia’s interior ministry, is reportedly favourite to take over as president from Meng Hongwei, who was detained by China and is being investigated over alleged corruption. Read more 
20.11.18 Russia's Gazprom Says Offshore Part Of TurkStream Is Complete
Reuters
Construction of the offshore part of the TurkStream pipeline that will carry Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey has been completed, Russian gas producer Gazprom said on Monday. TurkStream is part of Moscow’s efforts to bypass Ukraine as a gas transit route to Europe, which imports around a third of its gas needs from Gazprom. Read more 
20.11.18 Vietnam And Russia Aim To Triple Bilateral Trade By 2020
The Associated Press
The prime ministers of Vietnam and Russia agreed Monday to nearly triple their countries’ two-way trade to $10 billion by 2020 from $3.55 billion last year. Speaking to reporters after talks in Hanoi, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the countries will expand their cooperation in the oil and gas industries and transportation. Read more 
20.11.18 Putin: Russia Will Retaliate If U.S. Quits Nuclear Missile Treaty
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the Kremlin would retaliate if the United States withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, Russian news agencies reported. Putin discussed possible Russian retaliation with top Russian Defence Ministry officials and added that the Kremlin was ready to discuss the INF treaty with Washington. Read more 
20.11.18 The World Can’t Let Russia Run Interpol. My Experiences Show Why.
Washington Post
Early last month, the wife of Meng Hongwei, a Chinese national and the president of Interpol, reported that her husband had disappeared on a trip to China. Three days passed before the Chinese government admitted detaining him and placing him under investigation. Following that, Interpol received a notice of Meng’s resignation. Whether he wrote it or not is unknown. Last Saturday, news began circulating that a Russian official is the front-runner to replace Meng as president of Interpol. At first, I thought this must be a joke. Read more 
19.11.18 Britain Says Russian Contractors Have No Say In Visa Process
The Associated Press
Britain's Home Office says that the company contracted to collect visa applications in Russia has "absolutely no involvement with the decision-making process." The company, TLSContact, is "simply an application point," according to a statement. Final decisions are made in the U.K. Read more 
19.11.18 Ukraine Transgender Rally Disrupted By Far-right Militants
BBC News
Far-right militants in Ukraine have disrupted a march by transgender activists in the capital Kiev. Reports say two young women were attacked and mocked as they received medical attention, and a Canadian journalist was punched in the face. Another reporter says police officers manhandled the activists and did nothing to stop the violent far-right members. They deny the charge. Homophobia is still commonplace in post-Soviet Ukraine, analysts say. Read more 
19.11.18 Ukraine Ex-President Yanukovych To Miss Treason Hearing
The Associated Press
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych won't be able to appear before a Kiev court on Monday because of injuries sustained on a Moscow tennis court, his lawyer said. Yanukovych "cannot appear in court seeing as he has been hospitalized" and is unable to move due to spinal and knee injuries, lawyer Aleksandr Goroshinsky told Russian news agencies Sunday. Read more 
19.11.18 Russian Soyuz Blasts Off For ISS In First Launch Since Accident
Reuters
An unmanned rocket carrying cargo blasted off into space on Friday in the first launch of a Russian-made Soyuz-FG rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome since a dramatic aborted launch in October. The rocket took off with a Progress MS-10 spacecraft at 18:14 GMT (00:14 local time) carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Read more 
18.11.18 Russia Stifled Mobile Network During Protests
Reuters
Russian authorities ordered two mobile operators to cut most access to mobile data services in the region of Ingushetia as protesters were massing outside government offices there, according to a document from the state telecoms regulator. The Ingushetia case, the first time such an order has been documented in Russia, indicates Russia is restricting access to social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter so they cannot be used to organize anti-government protests. Read more 
18.11.18 Russia Has Access To UK Visa Processing
The Associated Press
Investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website The Insider are suggesting that Russian intelligence has infiltrated the computer infrastructure of a company that processes British visa applications. The investigation, published Friday, aims to show how two suspected Russian military intelligence agents, who have been charged with poisoning a former Russian spy in the English city of Salisbury, may have obtained British visas. Read more 
18.11.18 Russia Warns Against Protectionism At APEC Summit
Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev warned against growing protectionism and argued for clear cut and transparent rules on trade. Medvedev was speaking in Russian at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea, where U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is due to speak later about President Donald Trump’s commitment to prosperity, security, and freedom in the Indo-Pacific. Read more 
18.11.18 Woman Blows Herself Up Near Police Station In Chechen Capital Grozny
The Moscow Times
A young woman blew herself up on Saturday near a police checkpoint in the Chechen capital Grozny in southern Russia but nobody else was killed or injured, RIA news agency said. Police asked her to stop and present her documents but when she refused to obey they saw she was carrying a home-made explosive device. They fired a warning shot and she detonated the device, Interfax news agency reported. Read more 
17.11.18 Russia May Take Actions To Protect Its Vessels In Azov Sea
Reuters
The Kremlin said on Friday that it reserved the right to protect the interests of Russian vessels in the Azov Sea where tensions have been rising with Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that any actions would be in line with international maritime law and said the Kremlin was closely following the situation in the Azov Sea. Read more 
17.11.18 Most Russians Are Pessimistic About Political And Economic Future
The Moscow Times
Most Russians are satisfied with their financial situation but do not expect their country’s economic and political circumstances to improve in the next year, according to a state-funded survey on “social well-being.” The VTsIOM pollster’s so-called “social well-being index” calculates the respondents’ outlooks on the political and economic prospects of the country. Its authors say the index fell significantly twice, in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis and during mass anti-Kremlin protests in 2012. Read more 
17.11.18 Russian Ambassador To Finland Summoned Over GPS Disruption
Reuters
Russia’s Ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov has been summoned to a meeting on Monday with Finnish state secretary Matti Anttonen over the disruption of Finland’s global positioning system (GPS) signal during recent NATO war games. “We don’t have anything to hide here. Disruption is a serious matter which disturbs civil aviation. We will act toward Russia, we will discuss this and we expect answers,” Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini said in a statement to public broadcaster Yle while on a state visit to the United States. Read more 
17.11.18 Russia 'sought Access To UK Visa Issuing System'
BBC News
A Russian IT specialist claims that he was asked by the Russian Security Service to provide back door access to the system issuing visas for Russians to travel to Britain. The individual is currently seeking asylum in the United States. He spoke initially to the Bellingcat investigative website who investigated his claim and published a report today. The BBC has also spoken directly to the individual who has asked not be named to protect his safety. Read more 
17.11.18 Japan PM Tells Putin No U.S. Bases On Disputed Isles If Handed Over
Reuters
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, eager to resolve a row that has haunted ties with Moscow since World War Two, has told Russian President Vladimir Putin the United States would not put troops on disputed islands if they are handed over to Japan, a newspaper reported on Friday. Seeking to cement his diplomatic legacy and improve ties with Russia to counter a rising China, Abe has pledged to settle the dispute over four isles in the Western Pacific that were occupied by Soviet troops toward the end of the war. Read more 
17.11.18 Russian Election Observers Warn Of Voter Fraud Scheme Tested In Far East
The Moscow Times
Election observers have warned that Russia’s voting system has been compromised after documenting incidents of voter fraud in a regional election last week in which a Kremlin-backed incumbent pulled out of the race. The Communist party’s Valentin Konovalov ran unopposed and was elected governor of the republic of Khakasia in Siberia with a majority of the votes last Sunday. The party’s observers encountered multiple-voting attempts there, Russia’s independent elections watchdog Golos has said. Read more 
17.11.18 Russia Stifled Mobile Network During Protests: Document
Reuters
Russian authorities ordered two mobile operators to cut most access to mobile data services in the region of Ingushetia as protesters were massing outside government offices there, according to a document from the state telecoms regulator. The Ingushetia case, the first time such an order has been documented in Russia, indicates Russia is restricting access to social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter so they cannot be used to organize anti-government protests. Read more 
17.11.18 Russia Stifled Mobile Network During Protests: Document
Reuters
Russian authorities ordered two mobile operators to cut most access to mobile data services in the region of Ingushetia as protesters were massing outside government offices there, according to a document from the state telecoms regulator. The Ingushetia case, the first time such an order has been documented in Russia, indicates Russia is restricting access to social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter so they cannot be used to organize anti-government protests. Read more 
16.11.18 Putin: I Discussed Oil Prices With Trump
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he had discussed the world oil market with U.S. President Donald Trump when both men were in Paris to mark the anniversary of the end of World War One. Putin, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a regional conference in Singapore, also said that an oil price of around $70 per barrel would suit Russia, and that Moscow would continue cooperating with OPEC on global crude production levels. Read more 
16.11.18 Russia Navalny: Strasbourg Court Condemns Detentions Of Putin Foe
BBC News
Europe's top human rights court has found that the repeated detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was politically motivated. Mr Navalny filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and was there to hear the ruling on Thursday. The court found that his seven arrests between 2012 and 2014 had been aimed at "suppressing political pluralism". Read more 
16.11.18 Putin To Meet Pence In Singapore On Thursday
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of an international conference in Singapore on Thursday, a source in the Russian delegation there said. Read more 
16.11.18 Russia To Host 2022 Men’s World Volleyball Championships
The Associated Press
Russia has been picked to host the 2022 men’s world volleyball championships. The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) decision was made possible by Russia’s anti-doping agency being declared compliant again in September following a three-year suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Read more 
16.11.18 Putin Discusses Nuclear Pact With U.S.'s Pence
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he discussed Washington’s plans to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) arms treaty with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when they met in Singapore on Thursday. Speaking to reporters at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Putin said he and Pence had also discussed relations with Iran. Read more 
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