October 12, 2013 |
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.
October 9, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian investigators said Wednesday that they found drugs and equipment that could be used for spying on board a Greenpeace ship used in a foiled protest against offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. Additional charges are expected to be filed against 30 people accused of piracy for their roles in last month's protest, according to a statement posted on the website of Russia's Investigative Committee. Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said “narcotic substances” -- apparently morphine and poppy straw, which is used to manufacture opiates such as heroin - were found on the ship along with “dual purpose” equipment that “could be use not only for ecological ends.” Investigators are also trying to determine which of those in custody were allegedly responsible for ramming coast guard ships during a failed attempt to board an oil drilling platform, Markin said.
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October 9, 2013 |
San Diego County teenager Hannah Anderson has shared more details about her kidnapping ordeal, telling NBC's "Today" show that abductor James DiMaggio made her play Russian roulette before taking her to Idaho. The interview, scheduled to air Thursday, comes more than two months after the 16-year-old was rescued from the remote Idaho wilderness after a nearly weeklong search that stretched across the western United States. The ordeal began, officials said, when 40-year-old DiMaggio lured the Anderson family to his eastern San Diego County home.
October 2, 2013 |
Gunmen stormed the Russian Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on Wednesday night, scrambling over the walls of the compound, tearing down the Russian flag and opening fire on cars and buildings, Russian and Libyan news agencies reported. The attack was suspected to be revenge for the killing a day earlier of a Libyan air force pilot by a Russian woman, who the gunmen thought had taken refuge in the diplomatic mission, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. "The Wednesday attack may be linked with the incident on Tuesday," in which local media reported that a Russian woman -- some identified her as Ukrainian -- shot and killed Libyan air force officer Mohammed Susi in Tripoli, then attacked the pilot's elderly mother with a knife, ITAR-TASS reported . The Russian news agency, citing local security sources and the Libyan news agency LANA, said the woman had not been identified, nor was a motive in the attacks known.
October 2, 2013 |
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.
October 2, 2013 |
Even in these halcyon days of television excellence, not every niche network can afford to launch a prestige drama all on its own. But the Joneses must be kept up with somehow, and what better way than with a BBC import starring "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm and "Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe? At least that's what the folks at the art 'n' culture network Ovation are counting on. And it's definitely not a case of brand distortion. "A Young Doctor's Notebook," which premieres Wednesday, is based on an autobiographical short-story collection by Russian physician turned novelist and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
September 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- A Russian court on Thursday ordered that 22 people arrested last week aboard a Greenpeace ship be held for two months pending an investigation of an attempt to board an offshore oil drilling platform. Eight other people from the Artic Sunrise, a Greenpeace icebreaker, were detained for three days pending a new hearing. Russian commandos seized the ship Sept. 19, the day after activists tried unsuccessfully to board the Prirazlomnaya platform to hang a banner protesting Arctic oil and gas exploration.
September 24, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russia opened a criminal case Tuesday against Greenpeace activists, accusing them of piracy for attempting to stage a protest on an Arctic oil rig. A Greenpeace spokeswoman called the accusation "absurd. " Russian border troops seized the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, along with its multinational crew of 30 activists and sailors, in a commando operation Thursday in the Barents Sea. The day before, the group had been foiled while attempting to raise a protest banner on a Russian oil drilling platform.
September 20, 2013 |
Selena Gomez has canceled a series of her concerts in Eastern Europe after reportedly being denied a visa by Russia. The pop star/actress had to cancel concerts in Belarus set for Friday and additional stops in Ukraine and the entire Russian leg of her "Star Dance" tour, according to Billboard. It is unclear if the cancellations in Belarus and Ukraine were related to the visa; however, Gomez's rep confirmed to E! News that she'd no longer be visiting Russia for concert stops in St. Petersburg on Monday and Moscow on Wednesday.