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December 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
Russian tax authorities filed lawsuits demanding the liquidation of the private media company Media-Most, officials said Friday, as the company's beleaguered chief, Vladimir A. Gusinsky, sought bail from a Spanish jail. The civil suits submitted by Tax Inspectorate officials to the Moscow Arbitration Court demanded the dissolution of Media-Most and its flagship NTV television for insolvency, a court spokesman said. NTV is the country's only private nationwide channel.
January 11, 2014 | By David Wharton
The Russian government has released new details about a proposed protest zone at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. President Vladimir Putin recently promised to create such a zone. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Friday that it would be located in the village of Khosta, about seven miles from the nearest Olympic venues. Demonstrations must be unrelated to the Winter Games and organizers must receive permission from regional authorities, according to a U.S. State Department release.
November 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
Russia's foreign minister criticized the United States on Sunday for expressing concern about actions against the giant Yukos oil company, but President Vladimir V. Putin's new chief of staff said he doubted the wisdom of freezing a large chunk of the company's shares.
December 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
Russian officials are now confident that the mountain venues for the 2014 Sochi Olympics will have enough snow when competition begins in February. With more than 20 inches of coverage on the ground already and recent avalanche warnings in the area, the country's chief forecaster said that concerns about a dry, bare winter have faded. "For the snow cover this deep," Roman Vilfand, director of the Russian Meteorological Office, told the ITAR-Tass news agency, "this isn't a problem.
Russian figure skating officials denied knowledge of an alleged conspiracy to fix the pairs and ice dancing events at the Salt Lake City Olympics, denouncing what they called "the continuing campaign of groundless attacks on Russian figure skaters that has been unleashed in North America."
October 13, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
moscow -- Top Russian officials on Friday publicly rejected a new proposal personally presented by two senior U.S. Cabinet secretaries aimed at persuading Moscow to withdraw its objections to a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Moscow's rebuff was made in substance and tone, with President Vladimir V. Putin coming close to openly ridiculing the antimissile system and the Russian foreign minister saying the U.S.
Years after the former Soviet Union failed in its occupation of Afghanistan and then fell apart, Afghans got revenge, of sorts. They occupied a small, ruined piece of Russia. As many as 20,000 Afghans, mostly farmers from the plains north of Kabul, have moved into the sprawling and empty Russian Embassy compound, which under international law is still rightfully sovereign Russian territory.
August 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion ripped through the home of a district leader in Chechnya, wounding her and killing her brother. It was the latest in a series of attacks on pro-Russian officials. Chechen rebels are targeting local officials who work with federal authorities, aiming to cripple Moscow's efforts to build a stable local government, Russian officials say. In the latest attack, a bomb went off at the house of Isita Gairbekova, head of Chechnya's Nozhai-Yurt district.
April 30, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
NHL President John Ziegler said he has forbidden Russian players to join their homeland's national team while the former Soviet Army team is suing the Detroit Red Wings. Ziegler testified for nearly six hours in a U.S. District Court case in which Russian officials are trying to get Viacheslav Kozlov's Detroit contract ruled invalid to return him to the Central Sports Club.
January 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Richard L. Bliss, an American technician charged with espionage, will not have to go back to Russia, a U.S. official said in Washington. Bliss was arrested Nov. 25 in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don while installing a cellular telephone system. Presumably, Russian officials knew that he could not be compelled to return when they allowed him to go home for the Christmas holidays.
November 2, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been corrected. Please see the note below.
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, imprisoned in Russia, is "missing," her family says. The member of the punk rock protest group reportedly was being transferred to a new penal colony. But her husband and other family members say it's been days and they still don't know where she is. According to Russian prison regulations, the Associated Press reports, the family was to be informed within 10 days of her arrival at a new penal colony. That time is up, and there's been no contact, her husband says.
October 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
PARK CITY, Utah -- Meeting with reporters here earlier this week, U.S. Olympic officials said they are keeping a careful eye on security at the upcoming 2014 Sochi Games. On Wednesday, Russian officials offered more details about what they will do to safeguard the competition, announcing a plan to limit public demonstrations and access to territories around the Black Sea resort. The restrictive measures are to begin in early January and continue through March, bookending the Games, which are to run Feb. 7-23.
August 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
There isn't much chance the uproar over Russia's new anti-gay law will die down before the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Not if Russian officials keep stoking the flames. In an interview with World Football Insider , the country's World Cup chief chose some interesting words to defend the legislation, which bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations. " Among other things, Alexey Sorokin put gays in the same category as Nazis.  “The Olympics and World Cup are not a stage for various views ...," he told the Internet publication.
July 7, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
An influential Russian lawmaker on Sunday advised fugitive leaker Edward Snowden to take up Venezuela's offer of asylum, deeming it his "last chance" and cautioning that the leaker of U.S. security secrets can't live at Moscow's airport forever. It was a clear sign from the Kremlin that it has tired of the international standoff over Snowden, the 30-year-old former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed classified information about widespread U.S. surveillance of worldwide telephone and Internet contacts.
May 14, 2013 | By Khristina Narizhnaya and Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Russian authorities detained an American diplomat accused of attempting to recruit a Russian intelligence officer into the CIA, the Federal Security Service said Tuesday. Ryan Christopher Fogle, the third secretary of the American Embassy in Moscow, was held overnight before being handed over to U.S. authorities Tuesday, according to the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main successor agency to the KGB. Fogle, who was ordered to leave the country, was carrying a large amount of money and written instructions for the Russian recruit, the FSB said.
April 5, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- North Korea has recommended that foreign embassies and consulates evacuate their personnel from the country given rising tensions with the U.S. and South Korea, a top Russian official said Friday. "This suggestion was received by all the consulates in Pyongyang, and now we are trying to clarify the situation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters during a visit to Uzbekistan. "We put before our North Korean neighbors several questions necessary to be asked in such a case.
March 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian authorities said they had confirmed that a man killed over the weekend in a clash with Russian border guards in the Dagestan region was Ruslan Gelayev, 39, one of Chechnya's most powerful rebel warlords. Officials cited a leg wound, personal effects and statements from rebel suspects in making the identification. Russian officials have in the past repeatedly reported Gelayev's death.
May 8, 1985
The content of the story on the visit of a group of young Americans to Russia was appalling! These young people, abetted by their elders, seemed to take pleasure in breaking the rules of traveling in Russia by (1) selling objects illegally on a train en route to Moscow and then (2) by smuggling in clothes by a ruse for donation to Russian Jewish charity. Small wonder that Russian officials may look with justified scrutiny at future American tourists when they read of these sorts of shenanigans.
April 3, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The Russian government has no idea how about 44% of the country's registered workers are making a living, a top official said Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said the government is unaware of what's happening with about 38 million of the 86 million Russians registered as workers. About 48 million people are working in sectors of the economy that officials “can see and understand,” she said. “It is unclear what everybody else is involved in and to what extent,” Golodets said at an international economic conference at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
March 21, 2013 | By David Ng
The Bolshoi Ballet will be the subject of a government audit after January's acid attack on the company's artistic director, according to an Associated Press report. The legendary dance company has been in the international spotlight after assailants threw acid in the face of artistic director Sergei Filin near his Moscow home. PHOTOS: Bolshoi acid attack Russia's audit agency said Thursday that the investigation had been planned in advance, according to the AP. It said the audit isn't linked to the accusations of financial abuse raised by Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, who was arrested this month on charges of staging the attack on Filin.
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