November 10, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The leader of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, whose protest performance at a Moscow cathedral led to prison terms for three of its members, appears to be lost in the nation's vast penal system, her husband said Sunday. Pyotr Verzilov said he had not received any news from or about his wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, for more than three weeks after authorities said she was being transferred to another penal colony from the corrective labor camp in Mordovia, east of Moscow.
November 8, 2013 |
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are still months away, but they have already helped thaw chilly relations between Russia and Great Britain. The Federal Security Service of Russia has met with British intelligence to discuss safeguarding the Games, according to the RIA Novosti news agency . Russia and Britain had been at odds since Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was fatally poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 while drinking tea at...
November 4, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Thousands of right-wing nationalists marched in cities and towns throughout Russia on Monday, demanding the eviction of migrants, as the nation observed the day officially designated as National Unity Day. In Moscow, about 8,500 people marched under pouring rain for about two miles through a southeast suburb, brandishing a mix of symbols that included the Russian Imperial flag and banners featuring neo-fascist emblems that resembled swastikas....
November 2, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- The Kremlin will not allow NSA leaker Edward Snowden to harm the United States for the duration of his temporary stay in Russia, Vladimir Putin's spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. “While he is here no one will allow him to indulge in any activities aimed against the United States,” Dmitry Peskov said in a telephone interview Saturday morning. “At the same time he is free to meet with whoever and whenever he wants.” Snowden's activities in Russia thus will not add tension to U.S.-Russian relations, Peskov implied.
October 31, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russia vowed Thursday to stand by the entertainer blacklisted this week by the U.S. for alleged ties to a criminal group, and who also is President Vladimir Putin's favorite singer. Grigory Leps, whose real name is Grigory Lepsveridze, was among several Russian nationals blacklisted by the United States for acting on behalf of an international crime syndicate known as the Brothers' Circle, the Treasury Department said in a statement Wednesday. Lepsveridze, 51, was identified in the statement as the organization's money courier on behalf of Vladislav Leontyev, “a key member of the Brothers' Circle and has been involved in various criminal activities, including narcotics trafficking.” The singer, who is touring eastern Siberia, called the accusations absurd.
October 30, 2013 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person in the world, outflanking President Obama, whose authority was damaged by the recent government shutdown and budget crisis, Forbes magazine reported Wednesday in its annual rankings of global movers and shakers. The list of 72 power brokers -- one for every 100 million people on Earth -- included 17 heads of state and 27 industry leaders, the youngest in each category being North Korea's 30-year-old leader Kim Jong Un and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 29. It was only the second time in Obama's presidency that he failed to top the list, and Forbes' rationale in awarding the No. 1 spot to Putin seemed more Obama's failing than the Kremlin leader's accomplishment.