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Return to Russia: Man seeks to build cultural bridges

Aug. 24, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Earlier this summer, Yuri Rashkin stood in the stairway of the Moscow apartment building where he lived as a boy. Memories rushed over the 44-year-old as he remembered the day his father handed over the keys to the front door before moving his family to the United States. Rashkin...

Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

Aug. 23, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile accurately struck its...

Moscow court extends arrest for American charged with spying

Aug. 23, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has ruled to keep an American man suspected of spying in prison for two more months. The court ruled on Friday to keep Paul Whelan behind bars at least until late October. Whelan, who is reportedly kept in cramped conditions at a Moscow detention facility, felt unwell, and the...

Russian opposition leader Navalny released from jail

Aug. 23, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after spending a month in jail for calling for an unsanctioned protest. Navalny, along with several opposition activists, has led a protest movement earlier this summer against Russian election authorities' decision to bar nearly...

Navalny to be released Friday, court rejects term extension

Aug. 22, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has rejected an attempt to prolong the jail sentence of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, clearing the way for him to be released on Friday morning. Navalny, the Kremlin's most prominent foe, was sentenced last month to 30 days for calling on people to take part in an...

UN to meet at Russia's request on recent US missile test

Aug. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an open meeting Thursday at Russia's request on a U.S. missile test that would have been banned under a treaty that both Washington and Moscow abandoned earlier this month. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters Wednesday...

Venezuelan vice-president in Moscow to discuss stronger ties

Aug. 21, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister has held talks with visiting Venezuelan vice president on ways to expand economic, military and other ties between the two nations. During Wednesday's meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia will back...

Putin says opposition protesters must abide by law

Aug. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned opposition protesters that they must abide by the law or face the consequences. Speaking after Wednesday's talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin said "it's important that both protesters and law enforcement agencies observe Russian...

Big questions linger as Russia shares radiation data

Aug. 20, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has resumed sharing data from radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, a nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday, while an American expert said the fact that more than one Russian site went offline at the same...

Russia decries US missile test, warns of destabilization

Aug. 20, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat has lamented the U.S. test of a type of missile that was banned for decades before both Washington and Moscow quit the treaty earlier this year. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in comments to the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday expressed concern...