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Office of rights group in Russia's North Caucasus torched

Jan. 17, 2018 7:38 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Masked attackers on Wednesday torched the office of the prominent Russian rights group Memorial in the region of Ingushetia, the latest escalation of tensions between the activists and officials in the North Caucasus. The arson attack that Memorial said happened in the early hours came a week...

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

Jan. 16, 2018 2:44 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday. In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow...

Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

Jan. 16, 2018 10:08 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics. Even as the Russian team faces up to being barred from next month's Winter Games for doping offenses, audiences are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago. "Going Vertical" tells the...

Russian officials move to shut Navalny's foundation

Jan. 15, 2018 2:28 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Justice Ministry said Monday it has filed a lawsuit to shut down a company used by opposition leader Alexei Navalny that is being used to finance his political campaigning. The Justice Ministry said it has asked a Moscow court to close the Fifth Season of the Year foundation, which...

Russian military conducts massive missile drills

Jan. 15, 2018 12:06 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers. The Defense Ministry said maneuvers involving Topol-M and Yars missile launchers began Monday. Those types of nuclear-tipped ICBMs are mounted on heavy all-terrain vehicles,...

Russia slams US demands for Iran; Germany seeks more detail

Jan. 15, 2018 11:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia spoke out strongly Monday against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and analyze the situation with its European partners. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow won't support...

Turkey vows to 'drown' US-backed Syrian Kurdish force

Jan. 15, 2018 10:27 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to "drown this army of terror before it is born," as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned U.S. troops against coming...

Spartak Moscow posts 'racist' tweet about its own players

Jan. 13, 2018 1:30 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian soccer champion Spartak Moscow was accused of racism on Saturday after tweeting a message which appeared to refer to its own black players as "chocolates." A video posted on the club's Twitter account showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando exercising during a...

Russia says it eliminated Syria rebels who attacked its base

Jan. 12, 2018 10:58 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Friday it has eliminated a group of rebels that had attacked Russia's air base in Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said it tracked down the rebels with drones and other intelligence assets and struck them with artillery while they were getting into a minibus in...

Russia, US hold talks about nuclear pact, Putin says

Jan. 11, 2018 1:41 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is holding negotiations with Washington regarding a pivotal nuclear arms pact. Putin said the U.S. plans to re-equip some of the nuclear capable aircraft and submarines to carry conventional weapons has drawn Russian concerns. He noted Thursday...