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MOSCOW | Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

MOSCOW — A court in the Russian capital has released two teenagers jailed on extremism charges and put them under house arrest, in a case that has sparked public outrage. Thursday’s ruling by Dorogomilovsky District Court comes a day after hundreds of women carried soft toys across Moscow during an unauthorized “Mothers’ March,” pushing for … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

MOSCOW | Helicopter crashes in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, 5 dead

MOSCOW — A helicopter carrying climbers in Tajikistan crash-landed in the Central Asian nation’s mountains, killing five of the 18 people on board, a Tajik official said Monday. The Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed Sunday while flying in strong winds and poor visibility in the Pamir Mountains, said Umeda Yusupova, a spokeswoman for Tajikistan’s Emergencies Committee. It … Continue reading MOSCOW | Helicopter crashes in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, 5 dead

MOSCOW | Russia: Hunger-striking filmmaker’s health satisfactory

MOSCOW — Russia’s prison system is contradicting claims about the worsening condition of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned on a terrorism conviction who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days. Sentsov is demanding that he and 64 other Ukrainians who he considers political prisoners be released. The case has attracted considerable international … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia: Hunger-striking filmmaker’s health satisfactory

MOSCOW | Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW — Russia’s prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified “other” means. The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting growing dismay with announced U.S. sanctions that have sent the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW | Historic wooden church in northwest Russia destroyed by fire

MOSCOW  — An 18th-century church widely seen as a marvel of Russia’s wooden architecture has been destroyed by a fire. The blaze at the Dormition church in Kondopoga in Russia’s northwestern region of Karelia erupted Friday after a group of tourists visited the building. Local officials suspected some of them could have violated fire safety … Continue reading MOSCOW | Historic wooden church in northwest Russia destroyed by fire

MOSCOW | Russian prime minister warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW — Russia’s prime minister sternly warned the United States on Friday against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified “other” means. The tough message from Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting a growing dismay with the new U.S. sanctions that already has … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian prime minister warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW | Pussy Riot says member has left Russia, despite ban

MOSCOW  — The Russian punk collective Pussy Riot says one of its members has departed for Britain, despite being banned from leaving the country. Maria Alekhina had said she was turned back by border police Wednesday when she tried to leave the country for a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe festival based on her book. … Continue reading MOSCOW | Pussy Riot says member has left Russia, despite ban

MOSCOW | Russian police block Pussy Riot activist from trip to UK

MOSCOW  — An activist from the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot says she has been banned from leaving the country. Maria Alekhina said she was heading to Britain to attend a theater performance based on her book when border police turned her back Wednesday. Russian authorities explained the move by claiming that Alekhina had failed … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian police block Pussy Riot activist from trip to UK