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14 sailors killed in submarine fire laid to rest in Russia

Jul. 6, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The 14 Russian seamen who died in a fire on one of the navy's research submersibles earlier this week were laid to rest in St. Petersburg on Saturday. The sailors were killed in the blaze on the unnamed submarine in the Barents Sea on Monday. Officials withheld details of the...

AP gets rare peek behind the curtain at famed Bolshoi Ballet

Jul. 5, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Makhar Vaziev's workday begins before he sets foot inside his office in Moscow's famed Bolshoi Theater. As he makes his way past the vast columns of the main building, the ballet director pauses to chide a dancer late to class, and then one of his senior coaches, Piotr Nardelli, catches up to...

Russia: Nuclear reactor safe on fire-hit submersible

Jul. 4, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The nuclear reactor on one of the Russian navy's research submersibles hasn't been damaged in a fire that killed 14 seamen, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday, adding that the vessel would be put back into service after repairs. The Defense Ministry said the 14 seamen were killed by...

Military woman slain with kids became citizen at White House

Jun. 24, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. military member who became an American citizen during a 2012 White House ceremony has been slain along with her two toddlers, and the children's father has been arrested. Alla Ausheva, 2-year-old Ivan Walker and 3-year-old Elia Walker were found dead Saturday in their Staten Island...

Russians back sisters charged with murder in father's death

Jun. 22, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Dozens of people have demonstrated in St. Petersburg to support three young women charged with killing their allegedly abusive father and to demand stronger laws against domestic violence in Russia. The sisters were arrested in the stabbing death of their father, Mikhail...

Russian fire teams save 300 cats from burning animal shelter

Jun. 14, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian emergency workers have rescued hundreds of cats and several dogs from a fire that engulfed an animal shelter. The Emergencies Ministry said its team quickly responded to Friday's fire on St. Petersburg's Vasilyevsky Island, evacuating 300 cats and seven dogs from the...

Hundreds detained in Moscow protest over journalist's case

Jun. 12, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of people were detained Wednesday as they marched in the Russian capital to protest what they called police fabrications in the wake of the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that later were dropped when the government admitted there was no evidence he committed a...

Russian journalist released to house arrest in drug case

Jun. 8, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian investigative reporter who was detained on drug-dealing charges has been released to house arrest in a case that has raised widespread alarm among journalists. Ivan Golunov was taken to a Moscow court late Saturday after undergoing medical examination that was initiated...

Putin says US unilateralism hurts global trade, sows chaos

Jun. 7, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States for using pressure and sanctions to maintain its economic supremacy, saying it spawns chaos in global affairs. Speaking Friday at an investment forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said the U.S. attempt to "spread its...

The Latest: Putin says no plan for Belarus merger

Jun. 7, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin at an investment forum (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no plan for a full merger of Russia and Belarus. Speaking Friday at an investment forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said the two...