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Navalny to be released Friday, court rejects term extension

Aug. 22, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has rejected an attempt to prolong the jail sentence of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, clearing the way for him to be released on Friday morning. Navalny, the Kremlin's most prominent foe, was sentenced last month to 30 days for calling on people to take part in an...

UN to meet at Russia's request on recent US missile test

Aug. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an open meeting Thursday at Russia's request on a U.S. missile test that would have been banned under a treaty that both Washington and Moscow abandoned earlier this month. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters Wednesday...

Venezuelan vice-president in Moscow to discuss stronger ties

Aug. 21, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister has held talks with visiting Venezuelan vice president on ways to expand economic, military and other ties between the two nations. During Wednesday's meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia will back...

Putin says opposition protesters must abide by law

Aug. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned opposition protesters that they must abide by the law or face the consequences. Speaking after Wednesday's talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin said "it's important that both protesters and law enforcement agencies observe Russian...

Big questions linger as Russia shares radiation data

Aug. 20, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has resumed sharing data from radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, a nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday, while an American expert said the fact that more than one Russian site went offline at the same...

Russia decries US missile test, warns of destabilization

Aug. 20, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat has lamented the U.S. test of a type of missile that was banned for decades before both Washington and Moscow quit the treaty earlier this year. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in comments to the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday expressed concern...

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

Aug. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms competition that...

Putin, Macron hold French-Russian talks before G-7

Aug. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to give a new boost to peace talks with Ukraine and to improve Moscow's relations with the European Union during a meeting in southern France on Monday. But they disagreed on other issues, including Syria and the...

Russian panel eyes alleged foreign interference in protests

Aug. 19, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament on Monday set up a commission to examine alleged cases of foreign interference in connection with a series of protests against the Moscow city council election, while President Vladimir Putin defended the harsh police crackdown on some of the demonstrations....

Russian opposition figure re-arrested upon jail release

Aug. 18, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian opposition figure has been detained by police immediately after leaving a jail where he had served two sentences connected to protests in Moscow. Ilya Yashin is one of the independent and opposition politicians who were denied a place on the Sept. 8 ballot for Moscow's...