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Thiem wins in St. Petersburg, Youzhny calls it a day

Sep. 20, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Top-seeded Dominic Thiem reached the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday. The Austrian player's next opponent will be eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who prevailed against Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-4....

Wawrinka reaches St. Petersburg Open quarterfinals

Sep. 19, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka kept his injury comeback on track with a hard-fought win over Karen Khachanov to reach the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday. Wawrinka saved two set points in each set on his way to winning 7-6 (10), 7-6 (1) over the fourth-seeded Khachanov,...

Defending champ Dzumhur advances to St Petersburg 2nd round

Sep. 18, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Defending champion Damir Dzumhur advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open by beating Austrian qualifier Lucas Miedler 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday. Dzumhur came from 3-0 down in the opening set, winning 10 of the following 12 games. The sixth-seeded Bosnian will face...

Wawrinka beats Bedene at St. Petersburg Open

Sep. 17, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open by beating Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 7-6 (5) Monday. Bedene served for the first set at 5-4 but Wawrinka won the next three games to take the set. The Swiss player then saved four break points in the second. "I'm...

Pension age hike gives focus to discontent of some Russians

Sep. 16, 2018 10:11 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Several hundred demonstrators protesting Russia's plans to raise the age for receiving state retirement pensions have rallied in St. Petersburg, the latest show of opposition to the move. The proposal to increase the eligibility age by five years — to 65 for men and 60...

Russian orchestra hires conductor accused of sexual abuse

Sep. 13, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia's oldest philharmonic orchestra says it has hired a Swiss conductor who has been the target of accusations of sexual misconduct. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra said in a statement Thursday that it has hired Charles Dutoit as its new principal guest conductor...

Russian rights group says over 1,000 detained at protests

Sep. 10, 2018 8:26 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More than 1,000 people were detained at anti-government protests across the country in what the Kremlin on Monday called a legitimate response to unauthorized rallies. The OVD-Info group, which tracks police detentions and posts the names of the detainees on its website, said that 1,018...

People across Russia rally against raising pension age

Sep. 9, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A government plan to increase the age for collecting state pensions brought protests across Russia's 11 time zones Sunday even though the opposition leader who called them was in jail. Nearly 300 people were reported arrested. The plan calls for the eligibility age for retirement pensions to...

Authorities say man from Russia drowned in US reservoir

Aug. 29, 2018 9:52 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A man from Russia has drowned in a reservoir along the Utah-Arizona border, authorities said Wednesday. Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurganov, 20, of St. Petersburg was with a group of 29 foreign nationals who met up at Lake Powell and rented three pontoon boats. Some of them jumped...

US adds to growing list of sanctions on Russia

Aug. 21, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration added to its growing list of sanctions against Russia on Tuesday as U.S. lawmakers urged tighter economic restrictions on Moscow and Britain's top diplomat accused Russia's leader of pursuing policies that are making the world more dangerous. The Treasury...