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Russia limits US & Czech embassy hires for "unfriendly" acts

May. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has designated the United States and the Czech Republic as nations that engage in “unfriendly actions,” a move that limits the hiring of staff for their embassy operations. The Russian government's order that was posted Friday bans the U.S. from...

US Embassy in Moscow temporarily resumes halted services

May. 14, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Friday it will temporarily resume some of the consular services it had halted earlier due to a Russian ban on hiring local residents. The embassy said last month that the ban forced it to reduce its consular workforce by...

Russian bailiffs show up at US broadcaster's office

May. 14, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian court bailiffs showed up Friday at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Moscow bureau to notify it about the launch of enforcement proceedings over unpaid fines as part of mounting pressure on the U.S.-funded broadcaster. RFE/RL President Jamie Fly...

Putin bemoans Ukraine's crackdown on pro-Russia opposition

May. 14, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday harshly criticized Ukrainian authorities for what he described as their crackdown on the Moscow-friendly opposition amid simmering tensions between the two neighbors. Putin's statement comes a day after Viktor...

Blinken heads to Iceland meeting with Russia on his mind

May. 14, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is headed to Europe and North Atlantic islands next week to put the Biden administration’s stamp on climate change policy in the Arctic and warn Russia against interference in the United States, Ukraine and elsewhere, the State...

Ukraine opposition leader and Putin ally under house arrest

May. 13, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A top Ukrainian opposition politician with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin was placed under house arrest Thursday, days after being charged with treason. Viktor Medvedchuk, who heads the Opposition Platform for Life party, the...

Putin says school shooting in Kazan 'has shaken all of us'

May. 13, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that the deadly school shooting in Kazan “has shaken” the country and ordered the government to revise school security protocols and tighten control over civilian gun ownership. “The tragedy has...

Funerals held for 9 victims of Russian school attack

May. 12, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Relatives wept and hugged as the nine people killed in a school shooting in the Russian city of Kazan were buried Wednesday, which was declared a day of mourning in the predominantly Muslim republic of Tatarstan. A huge pile of flowers grew at a makeshift...

Blinken stresses US resolve in call with Russian diplomat

May. 12, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Russian counterpart on Wednesday that the Biden administration will not waver in responding to aggression from Moscow in the United States or elsewhere. The State Department said Blinken made that point in a...

Kremlin-imposed cuts at US Embassy leave thousands adrift

May. 12, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Under Kremlin orders, the U.S. Embassy has stopped employing Russians, forcing the embassy to cut its consular staff by 75% and limit many of its services. The order went into effect on Wednesday, bringing the sharply deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship...