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October 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
President Boris N. Yeltsin received hospital treatment for the flu, and his temperature was returning to normal, the Kremlin said. Spokesman Dmitri D. Yakushkin did not provide details on the treatment or say when the president, who was hospitalized Saturday, might be released, according to the Interfax news agency. Yeltsin met with his chief of staff, Alexander S. Voloshin, at the hospital, Yakushkin said. The president did not give any additional powers to Prime Minister Vladimir V.
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April 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
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.
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October 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators recovered the remains of nine more seamen from the wreck of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, officials said. "Exactly how many of our heroes we'll manage to get out of the vessel is still hard to say," Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov said, according to the Interfax news agency. Three bodies were removed Thursday. Investigators entered the reactor section of the submarine, Interfax said, citing the navy's commander, Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov.
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October 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A Russian travel blogger missing in Syria for more than a week has reportedly been detained by a Syrian armed opposition group, Russian officials said. Russian Embassy officials in Damascus said Saturday that they are looking for Konstantin Zhuravlev, who disappeared in the vicinity of Aleppo on Sept. 30. Zhuravlev reportedly entered Syria from Turkey last month to hitchhike in the war-ravaged country. On Friday, a Syrian agency, Shamel News, associated with rebels, posted on its Facebook page a scan of Zhuravlev's passport, saying that a rebel “security battalion arrested Zhuravlev who was spying on rebel factions and supplied information to Russian and Syrian intelligence.” The report said that a relevant video would be posted soon.
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February 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
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.
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February 13, 1996 | Associated Press
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.
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July 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
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.
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February 13, 2012 | By Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
A woman set herself on fire Sunday in front of the Moscow White House, the formal seat of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. The woman, identified as Vera Smolina, a 56-year-old Nizhny Tagil resident, doused herself with gasoline and lighted a match in front of one of the entrances to the building. Security guards quickly put out the fire, and Smolina was hospitalized with serious burns, Russian news reports said. "She made no demands before attempting self-immolation," a security source told the Interfax news agency.
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April 19, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected and updated. See below for details.
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.
WORLD
September 6, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW  -- Russia will continue to supply weapons to Syria in the event of a U.S. military strike, President Vladimir Putin said Friday, as three naval ships headed to the eastern Mediterranean to bolster the country's fleet near the Syrian coast. “Will we help Syria? Yes, we will,” Putin said in response to a journalist's question at the conclusion of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg. “We are helping them now. We are supplying weapons, cooperating in the economic sphere.” President Obama used the meeting of world leaders to press his case for punitive strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for a reported Aug. 21 chemical attack on pro-rebel suburbs of Damascus.
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August 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Russia has deployed two powerful warships to the Mediterranean Sea to augment its normal naval presence amid rising expectations of Western airstrikes on its ally, Syria. A senior Russian naval officer denied Thursday that the dispatch of an anti-submarine ship and a guided-missile cruiser were in response to U.S. and European naval buildups in preparation for possible punitive strikes on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. But Russia's Interfax news agency this week quoted an unidentified Russian General Staff source as saying that "the well-known situation now in the eastern Mediterranean required us to make some adjustments to the naval force.
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July 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
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.
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April 19, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected and updated. See below for details.
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.
WORLD
April 13, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Sergei L. Loiko
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has sanctioned 18 Russian officials for alleged violations of human rights in their country, adding new strain to the difficult U.S.-Russian relationship. U.S. officials released the names of 18 Russian officials on Friday who they said were involved in three human rights cases, including the persecution and death of Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky. The officials will be denied visas to the United states, and any U.S. financial assets they have will be frozen.
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February 15, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
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.
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October 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A Russian travel blogger missing in Syria for more than a week has reportedly been detained by a Syrian armed opposition group, Russian officials said. Russian Embassy officials in Damascus said Saturday that they are looking for Konstantin Zhuravlev, who disappeared in the vicinity of Aleppo on Sept. 30. Zhuravlev reportedly entered Syria from Turkey last month to hitchhike in the war-ravaged country. On Friday, a Syrian agency, Shamel News, associated with rebels, posted on its Facebook page a scan of Zhuravlev's passport, saying that a rebel “security battalion arrested Zhuravlev who was spying on rebel factions and supplied information to Russian and Syrian intelligence.” The report said that a relevant video would be posted soon.
WORLD
September 6, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW  -- Russia will continue to supply weapons to Syria in the event of a U.S. military strike, President Vladimir Putin said Friday, as three naval ships headed to the eastern Mediterranean to bolster the country's fleet near the Syrian coast. “Will we help Syria? Yes, we will,” Putin said in response to a journalist's question at the conclusion of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg. “We are helping them now. We are supplying weapons, cooperating in the economic sphere.” President Obama used the meeting of world leaders to press his case for punitive strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for a reported Aug. 21 chemical attack on pro-rebel suburbs of Damascus.
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February 13, 2012 | By Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
A woman set herself on fire Sunday in front of the Moscow White House, the formal seat of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. The woman, identified as Vera Smolina, a 56-year-old Nizhny Tagil resident, doused herself with gasoline and lighted a match in front of one of the entrances to the building. Security guards quickly put out the fire, and Smolina was hospitalized with serious burns, Russian news reports said. "She made no demands before attempting self-immolation," a security source told the Interfax news agency.
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February 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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