Moscow police tighen security to deter riots

2013-10-15 20:56

Police have stepped up security in Moscow to prevent a repeat of rioting over the killing of an ethnic Russian as Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha.

Russia seeks nationwide anti-gay law

2013-01-21 18:55

Russia is moving to enact legislation that would make it illegal to provide minors with information that is defined as "propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism".

Court bans 'extremist' Pussy Riot video

2012-11-29 18:02

A Russian court has ruled that video footage of the Pussy Riot punk group protesting against President Vladimir Putin in a church is "extremist" and says it should be removed from websites.

Putin to abandon annual phone-in

2012-10-31 15:00

President Vladimir Putin will this year abandon his usual televised phone-in with Russians which has become an annual tradition over the last decade, says his spokesperson.

Pussy Riot members get 2 years in prison

2012-08-17 18:03

Russian judge sentences Pussy Riot members to 2 years in prison despite global outrage

Church vs Pussy Riot troubles Russians

2012-08-14 13:01

The dominant Russian Orthodox Church's tough stance against the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot has troubled some faithful and estranged it from the younger generation.

Prosecutors ask for 3 years in punk case

2012-08-07 14:29

Prosecutors have ignored rights groups and have called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral.

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.

Police uproot protest camp in Moscow

2012-05-16 20:12

Police have uprooted a protest camp in central Moscow amid a widening crackdown on opposition to Putin.

Arrests in new anti-Putin demonstrations

2012-05-08 13:02

Moscow police have arrested two dozen people after the Russian opposition staged an unusual night-time sit-in close to the Kremlin against newly-inaugurated President Vladimir Putin.

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 plane crash exposes safety record

2012-04-02 16:00

A passenger aircraft crash in Siberia that has killed 31 people has put the spotlight on Russia's poor air-safety record before Vladimir Putin's return as president.

Anti-Putin punk rockers to remain in jail

2012-03-14 17:25

Two female punk rockers have been ordered to remain in jail for praying to the Virgin Mary to deliver the nation from Vladimir Putin in the country's main Orthodox cathedral.

Hundreds of anti-Putin protesters held

2012-03-06 09:03

Russian police have arrested over 500 people protesting Vladimir Putin's crushing victory in elections that the opposition has denounced as illegitimate.

Putin warns opposition ahead of vote

2012-02-29 20:05

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned opponents against illegal protests after presidential elections he is all but certain to win.

Putin hits out at ultra-nationalists

2012-01-23 12:00

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has cautioned against attempts to incite ethnic discord and called for tougher immigration legislation as he stepped up his campaign for the presidency.

Protests put pressure on Putin

2011-12-24 16:21

Thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters have called for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun, increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin.

Russian speaker quits to ease fury

2011-12-14 15:58

Russian parliament speaker Boris Gryzlov, has said he would not take his seat in the State Duma lower house.

Russia vote will stand

2011-12-12 18:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's spokesperson has said the results of contested parliamentary polls will stand despite massive street protests and a probe by the election authorities.

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.

Russians prepare for anti-Putin protest

2011-12-09 14:41

Tens of thousands of Russians are preparing to hold their biggest protest yet over a contested election that has sent Moscow’s relations with Washington spiralling to a three-year low.

Putin slams Clinton for encouraging protests

2011-12-08 21:05

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has strongly criticised US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accusing her of encouraging and funding Russians protesting election fraud.


Pussy Riot: Marginals to protest symbol

2013-02-21 14:18

A year ago they were a little-known Russian girl band, now Pussy Riot has become a symbol of the sometimes radical protest movement in Russia, with two members in jail.

Russian opposition 'had foreign aid'

2012-11-30 21:09

Russia's top investigative agency has accused the opposition of attending training abroad as part of plans to overthrow the government.

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.

Russia expels 'meddling' USAid

2012-09-19 15:04

Russia says it has given USAid a deadline to halt its work as the US aid agency was meddling in domestic politics, a move that risks sparking a new diplomatic crisis with Washington.

Pussy Riot band members await sentencing

2012-08-17 14:45

Feminist punk band Pussy Riot is awaiting sentencing after a Moscow court found the three women guilty of hooliganism after ridiculing President Vladimir Putin in a church.

World support grows for Pussy Riot

2012-08-08 10:02

Members of the band Pussy Riot who were charged with hooliganism for staging a "punk prayer" against Vladimir Putin are due to deliver final statements on the last day of their trial.

Top Putin foe charged with embezzlement

2012-07-31 13:01

Russian investigators have charged popular protest leader Alexei Navalny with embezzlement in an old case that may put the vocal critic in jail for 10 years.

Tens of thousands march against Putin

2012-06-12 15:47

Tens of thousands of protesters chanting "Russia Will be Free" have rallied in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin's third term despite a police crackdown on their leaders.

Police disperse anti-Putin sit in

2012-05-16 11:00

Russian riot police have broken up an Occupy-style protest against President Vladimir Putin, forcing dozens of people out of a central Moscow park and detaining at least 15.

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.

Kremlin suffers new setback in polls

2012-04-02 15:01

President-elect Vladimir Putin has suffered a new setback after seeing the ruling party candidate trounced in a local mayoral race that has become the focus of Russia's protest movement.

Botox inspires Russia protest slogans

2012-03-09 10:05

Witty and making bold contemporary references, the banners that mocked Vladimir Putin in mass protests have already coined famous Botox- and Harry Potter-inspired slogans.

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.

Anti-Putin protesters brave big freeze

2012-02-04 13:02

Tens of thousands of Russians marched in Moscow, braving freezing temperatures to challenge Vladimir Putin's grip on power a month before the premier stands in presidential elections.

Gorbachev urges Putin to step down

2011-12-24 22:36

Mikhail Gorbachev, who resigned as Soviet president 20 years ago, has urged Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to follow his example and step down.

Putin's popularity takes a hit ahead of vote

2011-12-16 14:46

Vladimir Putin's approval ratings have declined to historic lows, polls show, as liberal media suggests the powerful prime minister is growing out of touch after Russia was swept by protests.

New drama in Russian poll mix

2011-12-13 09:06

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov's decision to stand against Vladimir Putin in presidential elections could be part of a Kremlin plan rather than a genuine challenge, the press says.

Russian billionaire announces election bid

2011-12-12 16:41

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has said he will challenge Vladimir Putin in a presidential election.

Nationwide vote protests hit Putin's rule

2011-12-10 14:00

Tens of thousands of election protesters have turned out in Moscow and other major cities across Russia in open defiance to strongman Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule.

Chavez hails Putin's 'great victory'

2011-12-09 12:30

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has hailed the "great victory" of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party in disputed elections that have sparked protests.

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