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February 12, 1985 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Veteran network correspondent Sam Jaffe, who was forced to spend the final years of his life denying that he was a Soviet spy, is dead of cancer. Jaffe was 55 when he died Friday at his home in Bethesda, Md., a suburb of Washington. Jaffe had been a correspondent for Life magazine and CBS before joining ABC television in 1960.
April 23, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama says Russia is not yet holding up its si de of an agreement to de -escalate tension in Ukraine, and he suggested that the U.S. and its allies are prepared to hit Moscow with additional sanctions in coming days.   “So far at least, we've seen them not abi de by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in Geneva,” Obama told reporters at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday, the first full day of a four-country tour through Asia.
February 7, 2010
If you go THE BEST WAY TO MOSCOW From LAX, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Delta, British and Swiss offer connecting service (change of planes) to Moscow. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $602. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 7 (country code for Russia), 495 (the Moscow area code) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Godzillas Hostel, 6 Bolshoi Karetnyy, Moscow; (495) 699-4223, www.godzillas hostel.
April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington.
December 30, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO MOSOW From LAX, nonstop service to Moscow is available on Aeroflot and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on KLM, Air France, Delta, Turkish, British, Swiss and Lufthansa. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $778, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens must have a Russian visa. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 7 (country code for Russia), 495/499 (Moscow area code) or 812 (St. Petersburg area code)
March 30, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The suicide bombs that roared through Moscow subway cars Monday were almost certainly the latest salvo in a slow-moving war of attrition between the Russian government and militants in the restive, mostly Muslim republics of the Caucasus. Vladimir Putin has been trading blows with southern rebels ever since he rose to the presidency a decade ago. At times, violence has threatened to erode the social contract he's struck with the Russian public: Forgo some democratic rights in exchange for, above all, stability.
April 15, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest PC and printer maker, said it's cooperating with Russian and German authorities after its Moscow offices were searched Wednesday in a possible bribery investigation. German prosecutors are investigating possible corruption linked to its 35 million euro ($47.5 million) sale of computers to Russia about seven years ago. They are examining whether the company paid bribes to win the contract, said Wolfgang Klein, a spokesman at Saxony's Chief Prosecutor's Office.
October 14, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- More than 20 people, including 6 police officers, were injured during ethnic riots that began Sunday in a southern Moscow suburb and continued overnight, authorities said. Thousands of young people took to the streets in Biryulyovo, demanding the eviction of migrant workers from the Northern Caucasus and from outside Russia. The protests came in the wake of the killing last week of a 25-year-old resident, Yegor Shcherbakov, reportedly by an attacker who appeared to be of Caucasus or Central Asian origin.
September 26, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- A Russian court ordered a photographer and five Greenpeace activists to be held under arrest for two months Thursday pending investigation into an attempt to board an oil drilling platform in the Arctic Sea. Prominent Russian photographer Denis Sinyakov, American ship's captain Pete Willcox and Greenpeace spokesman Roman Dolgov were among those ordered held by a court in the northern Russia port of Murmansk. The court had yet to rule on the fate of the other 24 people on board the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, though proceedings were continuing late Thursday.
May 27, 2012
You can fly round trip from LAX to Moscow on Transaero Airlines for $741, including all taxes and fees but subject to availability, for travel between Oct. 1 and April 30. You must stay over a Saturday night. Nonstop flights are available for travel Thursdays and Sundays in October and Sundays between November and March. Info: Transaero Airlines , (877) 747-1191 Source: Airfarewatchdog
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps Russia can be induced to pull its troops back from the border with Ukraine and to abandon efforts to destabilize what is left of that country after its illegal annexation of Crimea. It's not a sign of weakness for the United States and other nations to pursue those objectives through negotiations. But the U.S. and its European allies simultaneously need to make it clear that if Russia continues to threaten and intimidate Ukraine, new economic sanctions will be imposed not only on individual high-ranking Russian officials but also on entire sectors of the Russian economy.
April 13, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Paul Richter
MOSCOW - Vowing that the Russian takeover of Crimea would not be repeated elsewhere in the east of his country, Ukraine's interim president gave separatists until Monday to lay down their arms and surrender government buildings they have seized or face a crackdown by military forces. Those separatists who don't fire on security forces and who surrender their weapons will not be prosecuted, President Oleksandr Turchynov said Sunday. "The Council of National Security and Defense has decided to carry out a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with the use of armed forces of Ukraine," Turchynov said in a televised address Sunday afternoon.
April 9, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams and Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- As armed standoffs persisted in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin tightened the economic screws on his impoverished neighbor Wednesday by warning that Ukraine may have to pay in advance for its gas imports from Russia. The predominantly state-held Gazprom energy behemoth last week raised prices for Ukrainian purchases of its natural gas by 80%, canceling a discount that had been extended to Kremlin-allied former President Viktor Yanukovich last year. Russian lawmakers also voted last week to revoke another discount on gas exports to Ukraine that had been in place as part of a lease agreement between the two former Soviet republics that gave Moscow control over the Sevastopol naval base until 2042.
April 7, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration Monday accused Russia of promoting separatist agitation in eastern Ukraine and threatened to step up economic sanctions on Moscow unless it reverses course. As pro-Russia separatists in the eastern region seized government buildings and demanded votes on secession, Washington strongly suggested that Moscow was sending in paid agitators and raising tensions by moving thousands of Russian troops along Ukraine's border. Secretary of State John F. Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday to express Washington's “great concern” and to convey its view that pro-Russia demonstrations and the seizure of government buildings “do not appear to be a spontaneous set of events,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at the State Department.
March 30, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. and Russian diplomats met Sunday evening in Paris amid hopes for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over control of troubled Ukraine. As U.S. officials continued to voice concern at the massing of Russian troops on Ukraine's border, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met to trade ideas on how Ukraine should be governed following the ouster of its pro-Russian leadership. Russia formally annexed the Russian-dominated Crimean peninsula on March 21, one month after the Ukrainian opposition toppled pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich.
March 29, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Sergei L. Loiko
 WASHINGTON -   Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet Sunday evening in Paris for discussions stemming from the crisis caused by Russia's recent annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The high-ranking diplomats will meet to discuss the U.S. response to a "working document" they have been putting together in an attempt to avert a serious confrontation,  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The Paris session was announced after President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday during a phone conversation that the diplomats should meet to discuss means of de-escalating the crisis.
January 19, 1994
As Bill Clinton romped in Moscow, I hope he thanked Ronald Reagan for the opportunity. BOB SUNDE Nipomo
March 26, 2014 | Patt Morrison
Michael McFaul was a scholar from Montana when he made his first trip to the West's Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union. Thirty years later, he was President Obama's chief Russia expert, then the United States ambassador in Moscow. He left the ambassadorship last month, after two years in the job, to return to teaching at Stanford University, his alma mater. In 1994, after a neo-fascist Russian figure denounced him, someone shot a bullet through his Palo Alto office window. Now the architect of Obama's 2009 "reset" watches from a virtual window as Russia is once again on the outs with the West.
March 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
THE HAGUE - Leaders of seven of the world's largest economies on Monday agreed to freeze Russia out of the Group of Eight nations and threatened sanctions against key sectors of its economy if Moscow further invades or seeks to destabilize Ukraine. The moves, approved by the heads of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, represented a growing alignment behind a strategy to prevent any escalation of the crisis involving Russia's incursion into Ukraine.
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