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Volcano erupts in Russia's Far East, spewing ash for miles

January
19
,
2016
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MOSCOW — A volcano in Russia's Far East has erupted, belching a plume of ash over eight kilometres (five miles) above sea level, creating a possible hazard for local air traffic. The Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in the...

Russia asks Dutch officials to look into new MH17 evidence

January
14
,
2016
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MOSCOW — Russian aviation officials say they have uncovered new evidence about the 2014 downing of a Malaysian jet over eastern Ukraine and are asking Dutch investigators to look into the findings. The Dutch Safety Board said in its final...

Russia declares Khodorkovsky arrested in absentia, issues international warrant

December
23
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Russia's top investigative body on Wednesday declared Mikhail Khodorkovsky as arrested in absentia, two years after the Kremlin critic and former oil tycoon was pardoned after serving 10 years in prison. Investigators earlier...

In Siberian city, cat more popular than 6 mayoral candidates; some see comment on corruption

December
19
,
2015
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BARNAUL, Russia — Tired of the dog-eat-dog politics in their Russian city, the residents of Barnaul say they want a cat to be their next mayor. The Siberian city of 650,000 people, which lies 2,900 kilometres (1,800 miles) east of Moscow,...

Putin calls for broad international anti-terror front, accuses Turkey of supporting terrorism

December
3
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Russia's President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for "one powerful fist" to fight terrorism, hinted at more sanctions against Turkey and accused Western powers of creating "a zone of chaos." Speaking in his...

Report: Russia has begun delivering S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran

December
3
,
2015
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MOSCOW — The arms trade adviser to President Vladimir Putin says Russia has begun delivering S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran, according to the Russian state news agency Tass. Tass quoted Vladimir Kozhin as saying Thursday that the...

Russian helicopter carrying oil workers crashes in Siberia, killing 10, injuring 15

November
26
,
2015
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MOSCOW — A Russian helicopter carrying oil workers has crashed in eastern Siberia, and officials say 10 of the 25 people on board were killed. Russian news agencies say the Mi-8 helicopter took off from Igarka in the Krasnoyarsk region and...

Putin responds to Turkey’s downing of Russian jet by sending air defence missiles to Syria

November
25
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defence missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a...

Russian strategic bombers strike IS targets in Syria for 3rd straight day, military says

November
19
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Russian strategic bombers struck targets in Syria Thursday in a third straight day of a heavy bombing blitz, military officials said. Russia, which has conducted air campaign in Syria since Sept. 30, sharply raised its intensity...

Russian deputy foreign minister says 160 Islamic State Russian fighters killed in Syria

November
19
,
2015
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MOSCOW — A Russian deputy foreign minister says that 160 Russians fighting for the Islamic State group have been killed in Syria. Russian news agencies on Thursday quoted Oleg Syromolotov as saying that out of some 2,700 Russians fighting...