• Moscow talks lift Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire hopes despite new clashes
    BAKU/YEREVAN, October 9 (Reuters): Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces fought new clashes in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday, while plans to hold talks in Moscow raised hopes of ending the deadliest battles in the South Caucasus for more than 25 years. The Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers were expected to attend the Moscow talks later on Friday, a day after France, Russia and the United States launched a concerted drive for peace at a meeting in Geneva. "We are m
  • Moscow schools start unplanned holidays as COVID-19 cases rise
    MOSCOW, October 05 (Reuters): Moscow schools began unplanned holidays on Monday and businesses were required to have at least 30% of their staff working remotely, as COVID-19 cases across Russia hit their highest level since May 12. Authorities were also weighing the possibility of re-introducing tough lockdown measures last seen in the capital in late spring, the Vedomosti newspaper reported, as the daily tally of new cases reached 10,888 nationwide, including 3,537 in Moscow. K
  • Moscow's schools to switch to online education due to coronavirus - Ifax
    MOSCOW, October 5 (Reuters): Schools in Moscow and the regions of Ulyanovsk and Sakhalin will switch to online remote learning soon due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, the Interfax news agency cited the Education Ministry as saying on Monday. Russia's daily tally of new coronavirus cases rose to its highest since May 12 on Monday as authorities reported 10,888 new infections nationwide, including 3,537 in Moscow.  
  • Kremlin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking
    MOSCOW, September 19 (Reuters): Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted on his Instagram feed on Saturday, five days after a Berlin hospital said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently. Navalny, the leading opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill in Siberia last month and was airlifted to Berlin. Germany says laboratory tests in three countries have determined he was poisoned with
  • Hundreds protest in Moscow against reforms that may keep Putin in power
    MOSCOW, July 16 (Reuters): Dozens of people were arrested at a protest in Moscow on Wednesday against constitutional reforms that give President Vladimir Putin the option to remain in power for another 16 years, witnesses and a monitoring group said.   About 500 demonstrators, many of whom wore face masks branded with the word "no", chanted calls for Putin to resign and held up banners against the reforms.   Police surrounded them and began making arrest
  • Turnout for Russian constitutional amendments online vote tops 49.5%
    Moscow, June 26 (IANS): Online voter turnout for the amendments to Russias Constitution topped 49.5 per cent on Friday, Deputy Chairman of Moscows Civic Chamber Alexei Venediktov said.   "The turnout at the online vote was 49.51 per cent at 6.30 a.m.. About 2,000 people voted on Thursday," TASS News Agency quoted Venediktov as saying.   The online vote began on Thursday and will end on June 30.   On March 11, the Russian State Duma (lower hous
  • US riots symptom of deep-rooted crisis: Putin
    Moscow, June 15 (IANS): The ongoing riots in the US show deep-rooted internal crises in this country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview.   "What has happened (in the US) is the manifestation of some deep domestic crises," TASS News Agency quoted Putin as saying in the interview on Sunday where he added that this crisis had been observed for a long time since his US counterpart Donald Trump assumed office in 2017.   "When he won,
  • Moscow's lockdown ends as coronavirus cases in Russia pass 485,000
    MOSCOW, June 9 (Reuters): Residents of Moscow began to resume their normal routines on Tuesday as a lockdown designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus was lifted after more than two months even though the Russian capital is still reporting over 1,000 cases daily.   Moscow's nearly 13 million residents are now free to go outside when they want, use public transport and travel across the city in their own vehicles without any restrictions or digital passes.
  • Russia seeks 18-year jail term for ex-U.S. Marine accused of spying
    MOSCOW, May 25 (Reuters): Russian prosecutors asked a court on Monday to sentence former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who is on trial accused of spying for the United States, to 18 years in a maximum security prison, his lawyer said.   Whelan, a U.S. national who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December 2018. He says he was set up in a sting and has pleaded not guilty to the charge.   His trial, which began on March 23, has been