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US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP)— The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies, for allegedly trying to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the South American country. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at Cuba and Russia for continuing to support Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and contributing to … Continue reading US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users. The sanctioned rally on Sunday was organized in response to a bill in parliament that would route all internet traffic through servers in Russia, making virtual private networks (VPNs) ineffective. The … Continue reading Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

Moscow court orders prominent US investor to remain in jail

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Thursday rejected an appeal by a prominent U.S. foreign investment manager and ordered him to remain in jail for at least the next month-and-a-half in connection with an embezzlement probe. The Moscow City Court’s decision to keep Michael Calvey behind bars until April 13 comes despite numerous statements … Continue reading Moscow court orders prominent US investor to remain in jail

‘Racist,’ ‘con man’: Cohen assails Trump before Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a damning depiction of Donald Trump, the president’s former lawyer on Wednesday cast him as a racist and a con man who used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex, and who lied throughout the 2016 election campaign about his business interests in Russia. Michael Cohen, who … Continue reading ‘Racist,’ ‘con man’: Cohen assails Trump before Congress

CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Early results from Moldova’s parliamentary elections show no party has secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo between pro-Western and pro-Russia forces. With about a fifth of Sunday’s votes counted, the broadly pro-Russia opposition Socialists have 31 percent, while the incumbent Democratic Party has … Continue reading CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot

JERUSALEM | Jewish leader: Netanyahu election move concerns US Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s alliance with an ultranationalist political party has raised significant concerns among U.S. Jews, a top leader in the Jewish American community said Sunday. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the alliance is “very disturbing” to many American Jews. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Jewish leader: Netanyahu election move concerns US Jews

MOSCOW | Thousands march to honor slain Russian opposition leader

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people have marched in central Moscow to commemorate Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was killed four years ago. Nemtsov was shot on Feb. 27, 2015 as he walked along a bridge near the Kremlin. The killing was a harsh blow to Russians opposed to President Vladimir Putin, depriving them … Continue reading MOSCOW | Thousands march to honor slain Russian opposition leader

MOSCOW | US embassy urges Russia to allow visit to jailed US investor

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States Embassy in Moscow has called on Russian authorities to allow its staff to visit a U.S. investment fund manager who has been jailed pending a fraud investigation. Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at the Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained last week and jailed for two months pending … Continue reading MOSCOW | US embassy urges Russia to allow visit to jailed US investor

MOSCOW | Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a situation that has both terrified and locals delighted : the polar bears that moved into a populated area. It’s not the first time that polar bears have come to Novaya Zemlya, but their numbers this time are striking. … Continue reading MOSCOW | Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary

MOSCOW | Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

MOSCOW (AP) — Another U.S.-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the U.S. move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov charged that the U.S. refusal to negotiate an extension to the New Start treaty signals Washington’s intention to let it expire … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

MOSCOW | Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

MOSCOW (AP) — A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in recent years. The court in Oryol found Dennis Christensen guilty of extremism, making him the first Jehovah’s Witness in Russia … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

Moscow: Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same

MOSCOW (AP) — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump accused Moscow on Friday of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with “impunity” by deploying banned … Continue reading Moscow: Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same

MOSCOW | Russia: 14 sailors killed when ships catch fire in Black Sea

MOSCOW —Jan 21, 2019—Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels caught fire in the Black Sea, leaving at least 14 sailors dead, Russian officials said Monday. Five other sailors were missing. The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the fire erupted while fuel was being pumped from one tanker to another. The blaze spread from … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia: 14 sailors killed when ships catch fire in Black Sea

MOSCOW | Baby rescued from rubble 35 hours after apartment collapse

MOSCOW — Russian rescuers on Tuesday pulled an infant boy alive from the rubble of an apartment building, some 35 hours after a collapse that killed at least seven people and left dozens missing. They found the baby after hearing cries amid the debris. A section of the 10-story building in the city of Magnitogorsk … Continue reading MOSCOW | Baby rescued from rubble 35 hours after apartment collapse

WASHINGTON | Brother: American arrested in Russia as a spy is innocent

WASHINGTON — The brother of a U.S. citizen arrested in Russia on espionage charges says he’s innocent and was in Moscow to attend a wedding. Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow on Friday. The Russian Federal Security Service, in announcing the arrest three days later, said Whelan was caught “during an espionage operation,” but gave … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Brother: American arrested in Russia as a spy is innocent

MOSCOW  | CORRECTS: Russian rescuers find baby boy alive after 35 hours under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building

MOSCOW  — CORRECTS: Russian rescuers find baby boy alive after 35 hours under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building. (Corrects APNewsAlert that said the child was a girl) By  Associated Press

MOSCOW | Infant pulled alive from Russian apartment collapse

MOSCOW — Jan 01, 2019— Rescuers on Tuesday pulled an infant girl alive from the rubble of an apartment building, some 35 hours after a collapse that killed at least seven people and left dozens missing. They found the baby after hearing cries amid the debris. A section of the 10-story building in the city … Continue reading MOSCOW | Infant pulled alive from Russian apartment collapse

MOSCOW | RUSADA’s chief appeals to Putin over doping data

MOSCOW— The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has asked for President Vladimir Putin‘s help in getting Russian officials to hand over key doping data to World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors. WADA reinstated the suspended RUSADA in September on the condition Russian authorities hand over lab data, which could help confirm a number of violations uncovered … Continue reading MOSCOW | RUSADA’s chief appeals to Putin over doping data

United States | Expert Report From the Moscow Mechanism for Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya

United States – Today the United States welcomes the expert, fact-finding report on human rights violations and abuses in the Russian Federation’s Republic of Chechnya and impunity for them, which we believe to be a particularly serious threat to Russia’s fulfillment of its Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) human dimension commitments. This … Continue reading United States | Expert Report From the Moscow Mechanism for Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya

MOSCOW | Kremlin hails go-ahead for oligarchs to attend Davos forum

MOSCOW — The Kremlin said Monday that three high-profile Russian tycoons who are facing U.S. sanctions have been cleared to return to the World Economic Forum in Davos, following reports that they had been disinvited. WEF organizers had reportedly shunned billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg, and Andrei Kostin, the head of state-controlled bank VTB, … Continue reading MOSCOW | Kremlin hails go-ahead for oligarchs to attend Davos forum

MINSK, Belarus | New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

MINSK, Belarus  — In his first liturgy as head of the newly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Ukrainian bishops met Saturday and voted to approve a charter for the new church and elect a leader. Moscow has vigorously protested … Continue reading MINSK, Belarus | New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

MOSCOW | New ballot in Russian Far East after tainted vote tossed out

MOSCOW — Russians living in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai have voted for a new governor after previous election was tainted by fraud. The result of the region’s gubernatorial election in September was annulled after a candidate representing the ruling United Russia party suddenly surged to victory in the final tallies. Four candidates … Continue reading MOSCOW | New ballot in Russian Far East after tainted vote tossed out

MOSCOW | The Latest: Soccer match moved to Kiev amid martial law

MOSCOW — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 11:15 p.m. UEFA has moved Thursday’s Europa League soccer game in Ukraine between Arsenal and FC Vorskla to the capital city of Kiev after parliament voted to impose martial law in parts of the country. Imposing martial law is Ukraine’s response after … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Soccer match moved to Kiev amid martial law

MOSCOW | The Latest: Trump fails to single out Russia in Ukraine spat

MOSCOW — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 12:05 a.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. doesn’t approve of escalating violence “either way” between Russia and Ukraine. Speaking publicly for the first time after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula raised tensions anew in the volatile region, … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Trump fails to single out Russia in Ukraine spat

MOSCOW | After dispute with Russia, Ukraine imposes martial law

MOSCOW  — Ukraine’s parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in the country to fight what its president called “growing aggression” from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula in which Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels amid renewed tensions between the neighbors. Western leaders and diplomats urged both … Continue reading MOSCOW | After dispute with Russia, Ukraine imposes martial law

MOSCOW | The Latest: Martial law won’t affect all Ukraine regions

MOSCOW  — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has told lawmakers that the martial law introduced in the country will only affect regions bordering Russia, Belarus and Moldova’s breakaway republic of Trans-Dniester. Ahead of the parliamentary vote that overwhelmingly supported his motion for a … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Martial law won’t affect all Ukraine regions