Russia okays $150m to subsidise World Cup venues

2014-08-08 14:05

The Russian government has approved rules on subsidising construction of infrastructure for the 2018 Soccer World Cup for a total of over $151m.

Russia gives cars to its Olympic medalists

2014-02-27 16:12

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given a Mercedes-Benz to each Olympic medalist from the host country of the 2014 Sochi Games.

Animosity between Obama, Putin deepen policy clashes

2013-09-03 10:00

Sharp policy clashes over Edward Snowden and Syria may be exacerbated by apparent personal animosity when Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin come face-to-face in Russia this week.

Japan PM to meet Putin, a first in 10yrs

2013-04-29 15:20

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow for the first such top-level visit in a decade that aims to break years of stalemate.

Cyprus bailout session postponed

2013-03-18 18:04

Cyprus's parliament has postponed a session to vote on a EU bailout deal that slaps a levy on all Cypriot bank savings, as negotiators scrambled to soften the blow for small deposit holders.

18 feared dead in Russian mine blast

2013-02-11 18:53

Sixteen miners have been killed and another two were feared dead when a methane explosion tore through a coal mine in the remote Russian Far North within the Arctic Circle.

Medvedev says Assad's leadership fading

2013-01-27 18:38

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chances of retaining power are getting "smaller and smaller" every day.

Pussy Riot should be freed - Medvedev

2012-11-02 17:20

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he believes that two members of punk band Pussy Riot who have begun two-year terms in camps for hooliganism should be released.

Medvedev says Pussy Riot should be freed

2012-09-12 22:19

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he thinks that three female members of punk band Pussy Riot who were sentenced to two years in jail should be freed.

Medvedev plays down Syria split with West

2012-07-30 13:01

Russia's differences with the West on Syria are not as great as they appear, as both agree on the need to prevent civil war, says Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Stark Russian divide over Vladimir Putin

2012-07-02 21:42

A poll reveals a stark divide between Moscow and the rest of Russia over the man who has ruled the country for the past 12 years.

Putin pulls out of summit, Obama meeting

2012-05-10 11:02

Russian President Vladimir Putin is skipping a planned visit to the US for an economic summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the White House says.

I made Russia a freer country: Medvedev

2012-04-26 18:16

President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that Russia had become a freer nation during his four-year term, citing the mass protests of recent months as evidence of change.

Russia creates 'police crimes' unit

2012-04-18 16:01

Russia has created a special unit to investigate crimes committed by the country's vast but corruption-laden police force.

Obama: Transmit this to Vladimir

2012-04-03 22:47

President Barack Obama has poked new fun at his inadvertent Russian 'hot microphone' controversy, predicting months of gaffes and uproar as the US election race hits higher gear.

Obama hits back in Russia 'hot mike' row

2012-03-27 08:44

US President Barack Obama has hit back at Republicans who pounced after he was overheard telling Russia's leader he could be more flexible over missile defence after the election.

Syria offers new response to Annan

2012-03-26 20:49

Syria has responded afresh to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on his six-point proposals to end the crisis in the country, the former UN chief's spokesperson says.

Russia to beef up defence to counter Nato

2012-03-20 18:32

President Dmitry Medvedev says that Russia will make major defence investments to ensure its armed forces are ready to counter Nato's planned missile shield system for Europe.

Putin declares victory in Russia election

2012-03-04 22:38

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has declared victory after an "open and honest battle" for the presidential post, as he addressed tens of thousands of supporters outside the Kremlin walls.

Saint Petersburg turns its back on Putin

2012-02-15 16:50

As protests against the rule of Vladimir Putin shake Russia, his popularity is also eroding in Saint Petersburg, the city where he was born and built his political career.

79 killed as Syria pounds protest hubs

2012-02-07 08:56

The Syrian regime's rocket and shell bombardment of protest hubs has left another 79 civilians dead, activists say.

New US ambassador sparks Russia's fury

2012-01-24 16:47

The new US ambassador to Moscow has come under an extraordinary attack from Russia's parliament for meeting the leaders of protests against strongman Vladimir Putin on his arrival.

Putin sends greetings, with a wink

2011-12-31 19:18

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sent New Year's greetings to all Russians, even those protesting his 12-year rule and his plans to return to the presidency for at least six more years.

Putin wants clean presidential vote

2011-12-27 16:27

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says that the March presidential election, in which he'll compete, should be transparent and fair.

'No second chance' if euro summit fails

2011-12-08 21:05

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned that there will be "no second chance" if a crucial European Union summit fails to reach a deal to save the euro.


European shares drop over Iraqi concerns

2014-08-08 11:08

European shares have dropped for the seventh time in eight sessions on rising geopolitical jitters after US President Barack Obama authorised air strikes in Iraq.

Jailed Greenpeace activists faces new charges

2013-11-02 09:19

Greenpeace has accused the Russian authorities of failing to lift piracy charges against the 30 imprisoned crew of its Arctic Sunrise ship as promised, and merely adding new hooliganism charges.

Russian PM sacks ally of oil boss Sechin

2013-07-05 20:11

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has sacked a senior resources official, believed to be a close ally of Igor Sechin, the boss of state oil firm Rosneft.

Cyprus launches banking overhaul

2013-03-22 08:00

Cyprus is scrambling to overhaul its banking sector to avoid financial meltdown, after the European Central Bank threatened to pull the plug on emergency funding for the island's lenders.

Number of journalists imprisoned rises

2013-02-15 09:09

A record number of journalists were imprisoned worldwide in 2012 in a "deteriorating environment for press freedom", says a leading media advocacy group.

Russia scraps anti-crime deal with US

2013-01-30 19:46

Russia has pulled out of a crime-fighting and anti-drug agreement with the US amid rising tensions.

Medvedev does not rule out Kremlin return

2012-11-26 15:48

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he is not ruling out a return to the Kremlin after his 2008-2012 single term as Russian head of state but is happy working under his mentor Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev offers rare criticism of Putin

2012-09-22 08:00

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has offered rare criticism of President Vladimir Putin's methods of dealing with business leaders, heightening speculation of a growing rift between Russia's top two rulers.

Medvedev slams Russia space failures

2012-08-09 19:04

Moscow is losing prestige and money due to botched space projects, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.

Anti-Putin Pussy Riot on trial

2012-07-30 11:03

Three women who protested against Vladimir Putin in a "punk prayer" on the altar of Russia's main cathedral have gone on trial.

Medvedev: Don't fear opposition

2012-05-26 17:25

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's former president, has been elected head of the country's dominant political party, which he urged not to be afraid of opposition.

Russia: Putin sworn in for third term

2012-05-07 14:00

Russian politician Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for a third term as Russia's president, as the former KGB spy cements his control over the world's largest country.

Putin quits as head of ruling party

2012-04-24 18:07

President-elect Vladimir Putin says he will resign from his leadership post of Russia's increasingly unpopular ruling party and hand it over to his future premier Dmitry Medvedev.

Obama accused of 'hide-and-seek' campaign

2012-04-05 18:33

Likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have begun testing lines of attack as they prepare for an expensive and arduous political battle.

Obama 'bowing to the Kremlin': Romney

2012-03-28 13:00

Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama is trying to "ingratiate himself with the Kremlin" after Russia's president suggested that all the US candidates should "use their heads".

Give me space, Obama asks Medvedev

2012-03-26 23:11

President Barack Obama has been caught on camera assuring outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" after the US presidential elections.

Medvedev: Annan is Syria's last chance

2012-03-25 20:21

Russia's Medvedev says Annan's mission is Syria's last chance to avoid a protracted civil war.

Russian election 'skewed to favour Putin'

2012-03-05 16:03

International monitors say Russia's presidential election is clearly skewed to favour Vladimir Putin, a verdict that could spur anti-Putin protesters.

Medvedev to meet protest organisers

2012-02-20 14:01

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is set to meet the organisers of opposition rallies for the first time since the start of protests that pose a challenge to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev urges Syria solution

2012-02-08 22:37

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wants the search for a solution to the Syrian crisis to continue, including within the United Nations Security Council.

Putin warns against possible poll run-off

2012-02-01 22:43

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has acknowledged he could fail to score an outright victory in March presidential polls but warned any second round risked sparking political instability.

UK used 'spy rock' against Russia

2012-01-19 20:56

A former British official has admitted that Britain was responsible for a James Bond-style spy plot involving a fake rock in Moscow that contained electronic equipment.

Kremlin top strategist named deputy PM

2011-12-27 20:03

President Dmitry Medvedev has named the Kremlin official credited with designing Russia's tightly-controlled political system as deputy prime minister in charge of a modernisation drive.

Russia probes vote after massive protest

2011-12-11 22:43

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered election officials to check reports of vote fixing following a national protest over an election that handed a disputed victory to the ruling party.

Putin's party barely hangs onto majority

2011-12-05 18:35

Putin's party barely retains majority in Russia's parliamentary election in sobering setback

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