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Russian opposition leader Navalny free after 50 days in jail

Oct. 14, 2018 6:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail after serving 50 days on two consecutive sentences for organizing unsanctioned protests. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent foe, had been sentenced to 30 days for organizing a protest in August, but upon...

Military intelligence offers career path in today's Russia

Oct. 12, 2018 4:14 AM EDT

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — "First time here?" the conductor on the train that stops at the logging outpost of Loyga asks some departing passengers. "My condolences — there isn't even cell phone connection." This desolate village, deep in the far northern Arkhangelsk region, is the hometown of one of the...

Nevada regulator suspends Khabib, McGregor for UFC brawl

Oct. 11, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said. Letters were sent Wednesday informing both...

US, Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

Oct. 11, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. The crew landed safely on the steppes of...

Measure seeks to protect election systems from foreign foes

Oct. 11, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Foreign nationals would be prohibited from owning or controlling companies that support U.S. election systems under legislation introduced by two senators from Maryland, where officials learned this summer that a Russian oligarch is heavily invested in a company that maintains key...

Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

Oct. 11, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, even ones that flee abroad to escape their...

Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village

Oct. 10, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — As the recipient of Russia's highest award, Alexander Mishkin is the pride of his home village, his photo even decorating a local school. Several residents of this remote hamlet located amid marshlands and deep forests in Russia's northwestern Arkhangelsk region easily recognized him...

Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor

Oct. 10, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter's actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor. Putin hailed Nurmagomedov's "convincing" victory in the highly...

Poisoning suspect honored by Putin in 2014, UK group says

Oct. 9, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of the two suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England is a medical doctor in Russian military intelligence who was honored as a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, a group of British investigators said Tuesday. British police say two GRU...

Little-known UK site Bellingcat hunts online for scoops

Oct. 9, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A little-known website that fingered two Russians with military intelligence backgrounds in the poisoning of an ex-spy derived its name from an old fable about mice discussing how best to deal with a hungry cat. The mice decide that hanging a bell around its neck — "belling the cat"...