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The Latest: Russian envoy lashes out a UK defense minister

Feb. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has fired back at British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson, calling him the "minister of war." Lavrov's comments Saturday came the day after Williamson...

Russian court orders US investor Calvey held for 2 months

Feb. 16, 2019 9:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has ordered a U.S. investment fund manager to be jailed for two months while facing fraud charges. Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained Friday morning along with two other fund managers. Prosecutors say Calvey is suspected of...

Veteran US investment manager detained in Moscow

Feb. 15, 2019 2:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A veteran U.S. investment fund manager was detained in Moscow on Friday and faces fraud charges in a case that's likely to rattle the Russian business community. Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained alongside two other fund managers in the...

Women recall the 'hell' of Soviet war in Afghanistan

Feb. 15, 2019 12:22 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Sitting in her living room, 65-year-old Tatyana Rybalchenko goes through a stack of black-and-white photos from more than 30 years ago. In one of them, she is dressed in a nurse's coat and smiles sheepishly at the camera; in another, she shares a laugh with soldiers on a road with a mountain...

The Latest: Russia says no 'value added' in Mideast meeting

Feb. 14, 2019 1:51 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the Middle East meeting taking place in Warsaw (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia says Moscow didn't participate in the Middle East security meeting in Warsaw co-hosted by Poland and the United States "because we don't see a value added...

30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

Feb. 14, 2019 5:28 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — When the last Soviet tanks rumbled back home across a bridge on the border with Afghanistan 30 years ago, the withdrawal was hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire. Since then, Moscow's view of the war has changed radically. As Russia prepares to mark Friday's anniversary of...

Kremlin looks into reports of high pollution in mining town

Feb. 14, 2019 5:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin is looking into reports of alarmingly high pollution levels in a town in the Urals emanating from a decommissioned copper mine. Carbon dioxide levels in Sibay, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, skyrocketed earlier this month and peaked over the weekend when they...

AP Interview: Envoy says Russia's clout in Afghanistan rises

Feb. 14, 2019 4:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian envoy asserted Wednesday that the U.S. has "completely failed" in Afghanistan, opening the way for Moscow to play the role of peace broker in the war-torn country from which the Soviets pulled out in 1989. The remarks by Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for...

Reports: British Bolshoi dancer suspected of having cocaine

Feb. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say police in Moscow suspect a British dancer with the renowned Bolshoi Ballet of possessing cocaine. Channel REN TV said officers stopped Oscar Frame in the Russian capital on Monday. The channel's report said the officers became suspicious the dancer had drugs on him...

NATO chief says allies keen to avoid arms race with Russia

Feb. 13, 2019 10:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Taking aim at Russia, NATO's civilian chief said Wednesday the alliance is studying a range of options to counter Moscow's alleged missile treaty violations, and America's top diplomat accused the Russians of having "grand designs" to dominate Europe. In remarks at the outset of a NATO...