April 7, 2014 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin's unimpeded success in annexing Crimea has inspired Russian nationalists in eastern Ukraine to seize territory and sown fear region-wide that such provocations will spur Moscow to intervene on behalf of ethnic Russians. The occupation of government buildings in the Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkiv on Sunday mirrors what happened in Crimea, where Russian forces barricaded themselves in local authorities' offices and demanded a referendum on whether to the peninsula should secede and join Russia.
February 20, 2008 |
Yevgeny Adamov, the former atomic energy minister whom Washington accused of stealing millions in U.S. government funds, was found guilty of fraud and abuse of office. Yekaterina Novozhilova, assistant to the chief judge at a Moscow District Court, said sentencing was expected today. The judge said Adamov and two codefendants stole 62% of the shares in a Russian-U.S. uranium venture and pocketed $31 million, according to the Interfax news agency.
February 15, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- A meteor streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, producing a blast that injured hundreds, caused minor damage to buildings and temporarily disrupted Internet communication, officials said. Yelena Smirnykh, deputy information chief of the Emergency Situations Ministry said 474 people sought medical assistance after the explosion. "Five of them were hospitalized, most of the injuries being cuts by shattered window glass," she said. [Updated, 7:41 a.m. Feb. 15: Later in the day, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov reported to President Vladimir Putin in televised remarks that more than 500 people were injured, with 112 of them -- including 80 children -- requiring hospital care.
April 19, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Reports that two young Chechens were suspects in the deadly explosions this week in Boston were met Friday with anger, denial and surprise by their father and officials from Chechnya and the neighboring Dagestan in southern Russia. Anzor Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen and the father of suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, refused to believe his sons had anything to do with the terror attack. Boston authorities have reported that Tamerlan, 26, was slain in an overnight gun battle with police and Dzhokhar, 19, remains on the run. FULL COVERAGE: Boston Marathon attack “I will never believe my boys could have done such a terrible thing,” he said in a telephone interview from Makhachkala, the capital of the Dagestan region.
February 13, 1996 |
Two assailants shot and wounded lawmaker Alexander Vengerovsky, right-hand man to ultranationalist leader Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky, on Monday night as he was walking his dog. Vengerovsky was attacked near his home in downtown Moscow, said Viktor Cheryomukhin, a spokesman for parliament's lower house. Police declined to provide details of the shooting. But the Interfax news agency quoted Vengerovsky's wife as saying the lawmaker was hospitalized with a leg wound.
July 12, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden, the self-professed leaker of classified National Security Agency documents that revealed secret U.S. government phone and Internet surveillance programs, has asked for a meeting with lawyers and human rights activists, Russia's Interfax news agency reported Friday. Snowden, a fugitive from U.S. authorities, is apparently still holed up in the transit zone at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport, an airport official said, according to Interfax. The former national security consultant arrived at the airport on June 23 after a period in hiding in Hong Kong.