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Russian anti-doping CEO says track ban won't be lifted soon

Sep. 20, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The CEO of the Russian anti-doping agency predicted Friday that the country's track team won't be reinstated in time for the upcoming world athletics championships. The Russian team has been suspended from international track and field since 2015 over widespread doping, though dozens are...

Russian actor arrested at rally released pending appeal

Sep. 20, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison for allegedly assaulting a police officer has been released from custody following a massive outcry. Pavel Ustinov, 24, was charged on Sept. 16 with assaulting a police officer at an opposition rally in July. He pleaded not guilty, claiming...

Russian anti-doping CEO says track team set to miss worlds

Sep. 20, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The CEO of the Russian anti-doping agency has predicted that the country's track team won't be reinstated in time for the upcoming world athletics championships. The Russian team has been suspended from international track and field since 2015 over widespread doping, though dozens are allowed...

Moscow court rules to release anti-government protester

Sep. 18, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled to release a protester, who was facing years in prison for assaulting police, following a mounting public campaign in support of anti-government activists and even bystanders caught up in an opposition rally. Following their own pleas to keep the man in jail,...

Moscow court sentences protest bystander to years in prison

Sep. 16, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has sentenced a man who claimed to be a bystander at a summer opposition protest to 3 ½ years in prison. The court on Monday found Pavel Ustinov guilty of assaulting police during a July 27 protest in Moscow. Ustinov became the fourth person this month to be convicted and...

Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks 'dead'

Sep. 13, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived Friday in Russia, a representative told The Associated Press, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared dead a deal with the insurgent group in Afghanistan. Russian state news agency Tass cited the Taliban's Qatar-based spokesman Suhail...

Snowden tells life story and why he leaked in new memoir

Sep. 13, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time. Snowden, who now lives in Russia to avoid...

Lawmakers call for release of US man jailed as spy in Russia

Sep. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan security executive who has been detained in Russia on espionage charges since December is being held without cause as his health deteriorates under tough conditions, members of Congress said Thursday as they demanded his release. A Russian court has repeatedly extended Paul...

Administration releases $250 million in Ukraine military aid

Sep. 12, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has released $250 million in military aid to Ukraine that had been held up despite criticism that the money was desperately needed to deter Russian aggression and territorial expansion. That move came before a Senate Appropriations panel debate Thursday, when...

US presents new effort to counter Kremlin influence

Sep. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An intergovernmental coalition hosted a presentation Thursday about a new U.S. foreign aid initiative intended to help targeted European countries withstand Kremlin interference. The U.S. Agency for International Development describes its initiative, called Countering Malign Kremlin...