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Rally, pickets call for fair Moscow elections

Aug. 17, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — About 4,000 people have held a rally in Moscow to demand fairness in upcoming city council elections, and solo pickets protesting the exclusion of some opposition and independent candidates are taking place at prominent monuments. The actions Saturday have been much smaller and less heated...

Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

Aug. 16, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist. This summer's wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia's opposition movement. Her name...

Putin gives pilot who landed in cornfield Russia's top medal

Aug. 16, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday awarded the nation's highest medal, the Hero of Russia, to the pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled passenger plane in a cornfield after a flock of birds hit both engines and knocked them out. The experienced captain, 41-year-old Damir...

Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

Aug. 15, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one of the 233 people on board was hurt seriously enough to be hospitalized. The quick thinking of the...

Russian court puts French investor under house arrests

Aug. 15, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has put a jailed French investor under house arrest. The Moscow City Court ruled on Thursday to place Philippe Delpal, partner at the Moscow-based private equity firm Baring Vostok, under house arrest, more than six months after he was first detained and sent to jail. Delpal...

Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions

Aug. 14, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Last week's mysterious accident on the White Sea, along with changing or contradictory information from Russian...

Russian fighter wards off NATO jet nearing minister's plane

Aug. 13, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian fighter jet warded off a NATO military aircraft that approached a passenger plane carrying Russia's defense minister Tuesday, according to media reports in Russia. State-owned news channel Rossiya 24 broadcast a video of the in-flight encounter over the Baltic Sea shortly after...

Kremlin: Putin doesn't think Moscow protests significant

Aug. 13, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Tuesday broke weeks of silence on opposition protests and police violence in Moscow, saying that President Vladimir Putin does not see the increasing wave of discontent as anything significant. The Russian capital has been gripped by three consecutive weekends of large-scale...

5 Russian nuclear engineers buried after rocket explosion

Aug. 12, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people attended the funerals Monday of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion as they tested a new rocket engine, a tragedy that fueled radiation fears and raised questions about a secretive weapons program. The engineers, who died Thursday, were laid to rest...

Russian media agency complains YouTube facilitates protests

Aug. 11, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's media oversight agency said Sunday that it wanted Google to stop YouTube users from posting information about unsanctioned political protests or the Russian government would feel free to retaliate against the American company. The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of...