Vladimir Putin backs new Moldovan strife amid political strife in former Soviet country

The new coalition government in Moldova includes the pro-Russia party of President Igor Dodon and the pro-Europe Acum group, while the previous authorities are dominated by the Democratic Party, controlled by powerful oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc.

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Putin hopes new British PM will ‘turn the page’ on UK-Russia relations

The Salisbury Novichok attack put the relationship between Moscow and London into a deep freeze.

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Dozens injured in explosion at Russian TNT manufacturing plant

The ministry said four of the injured are in a serious condition.

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Beluga whale trained to spy for Russia?

A beluga whale wearing a harness approached fishing-boats off the Norwegian coast last month

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Two Russians among 13 sentenced in Montenegro in coup plot trial

A court in Montenegro has sentenced 13 people, including two Russians, to up to 15 years in prison after they were convicted of plotting to overthrow the country's government and prevent it from joining Nato.

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Putin says Russian military will be strengthened in Victory Day parade speech

The military parade marked the 74th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

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Latest: Russian plane ‘struck by lightning’ before fatal blaze

Latest: A total of 41 people died when the aircraft caught fire while making an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

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‘Russia-linked’ whale off Norway staying close to humans

The beluga whale was first spotted last week wearing a tight harness with a camera mount and ‘equipment St Petersburg’ written on the strap.

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Fishermen find whale which may have been ‘trained by Russian military’

Officials in Norway are investigating after a beluga whale was found wearing a tight harness, prompting speculation the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.

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Russian polar bear airlifted back home after going hundreds of miles off course

The animal was in an exhausted state when it was found roaming in a village and is thought to have travelled on an ice floe.

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UK Apache helicopters head to Estonia as deterrent to Russia ‘threat’

The five aircraft will form part of Nato’s enhanced forward presence.

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Russia plans to free almost 100 captured animals from ‘whale prison’

Jean-Michel Cousteau of the Ocean Futures Society arrived in Russia’s Far East to advise Russian authorities.

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Explosion rocks elite Russian military academy

An unidentified ‘object’ went off inside the prestigious Mozhaisky Academy in St Petersburg.

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Readers' blog: Op-ed piece is nothing but a pack of Russian lies

If I’m not mistaken, an op-ed piece is an opinion piece that normally should be based on generally accepted facts, and not simply be propaganda.

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Crimea: West still plays ‘occupied’ card five years after vote

The people of Crimea expressed their own free will and self-determination when they voted in 2014 to rejoin Russia, writes Yuriy Filatov.

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Putin suspends Russian obligations under nuclear pact 'until US ends its violations of the treaty'

President Vladimir Putin has suspended Russia's participation in a key nuclear arms treaty following Washington's decision to withdraw from it.

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Nato does not want a new Cold War, secretary general says

He added that at the same time Nato needs to be prepared for a world without the INF Treaty, and with more Russian missiles.

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Russia’s former cybersecurity chief jailed for 22 years

Moscow’s District Military Court heard several months of evidence and arguments behind closed doors .

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Smartphone ban for Russian soldiers

Russian politicians have approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using smartphones on duty, a move intended to block leaks of sensitive information on social media.

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‘Is this what snow looks like in hell?’ Apocalyptic scenes as toxic black snow covers Siberia

While some locals think it looks quite beautiful, others have criticised the government's laws on the environment.

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Nature versus mankind: Wildlife alert

Re-introducing long lost wildlife species in rural areas is an idea — and increasingly a passion — that excites romantics eager to put a mark on the scoresheet for nature in its losing struggle against mankind’s machines and sprawling cities.

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Mixed reaction from Russian islanders whose town has been invaded by polar bears

More than 50 of the animals have been spotted in a town and some believe climate change may be responsible.

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Nato chief vows response to Russian missile pact violations

Nato's secretary-general has warned that the military alliance will respond to what it insists are Russia's violations of a key Cold War-era treaty - but will not station more nuclear missiles in Europe.

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Russia to design new land-based missiles within two years

Russia will develop land-based intermediate range missiles within two years, the country's defence minister has said.

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Russia withdrawing from nuclear arms treaty following US move

Vladimir Putin said Moscow will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so.

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Sailors killed as ships catch fire in Black Sea

The blaze erupted while fuel was being pumped from one vessel to another, the Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said.

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Model who claimed to have US-Russia collusion tape arrested in Moscow

Anastasia Vashukevich was detained in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on charges of inducement to prostitution.

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Two killed and 40 others detained in Chechen 'gay purge'

At least two people have died and about 40 others were detained in what has been described as a crackdown on gay people in the Russian republic of Chechnya, LGBT activists said.

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Several gay men and women 'detained in Chechnya'

Several people have been detained in Chechnya, Russia, on suspicion of being gay in a throwback to an earlier crackdown, activists said.

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Semi-free press starting to pose different problems for Putin

The Russian president may not be taking the challenge he faces seriously enough as media shifts away from anti-Western propaganda to highlight people’s frustrations, writes Nina L Khrushcheva.

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Moscow denies British citizen being held as bargaining chip for jailed Russian

Paul Whelan, 48, is believed to be facing espionage charges.

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Irish embassy seeks access to man arrested in Russia on spying charges

The Irish embassy in Russia has requested consular access to a man detained in Moscow after being accused of spying.

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Russian building collapse death toll rises to 33

An 11-month-old boy who was pulled alive from the wreckage nearly 36 hours after the building collapsed is in a serious but stable condition.

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American arrested in Russia as spy was there for wedding

The Russian spying charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

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Baby boy rescued alive 35 hours after building collapse in Russia

A section of the 10-storey building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk crumbled in an explosion.

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Russian media watchdog launches probe into BBC World News channel

Roskomnadzor’s inquiry comes a day after Ofcom said it was looking at Kremlin-backed RT channel.

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Putin’s rejection of second Brexit referendum an insult, says David Miliband

Former foreign secretary David Miliband has criticised Vladimir Putin after the Russian president spoke out against a second referendum.

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Kremlin-backed broadcaster breached impartiality rules, watchdog finds

Diplomatic relations between the UK and Russian governments hit the deep freeze following the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal.

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Putin claims Russia’s new weapons have no foreign equivalent

The president said hypersonic missiles have significantly bolstered Moscow’s military capability.

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Russia social media influence efforts still ongoing, US Senate report says

The study says that as attention was focused on Facebook and Twitter in 2017, the Russians shifted much of their activity to Instagram.

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NATO allies say Russia is violating nuclear pact with US

The ruling paves the way for the United States to leave the pact unless Moscow complies with it.

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Ukraine urges Nato to deploy ships amid stand-off with Russia

Petro Poroshenko was speaking after the Russian coastguard fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels.

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West must decide on Russian response

With its actions on the Azov Sea over the weekend, coming on the eve of a G20 meeting, Russia and Vladimir Putin is calling the west’s bluff, writes Peter Apps.

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Russia releases footage of seized Ukrainian crew members

The seamen admit violating the Russian border but it is not clear if they are speaking under duress.

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What lies behind Russia’s latest conflict with Ukraine and the possible consequences

The latest incident comes on the back of a four-and-a-half year long proxy conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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Police release CCTV footage of two suspects in Salisbury nerve agent attack

CCTV footage of the two suspects - known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - shows them as they arrive and travel around Salisbury on Sunday 4 March.

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Dip in popularity for Vladimir Putin in Russian opinion poll

The president can count on the support of 56% of voters, a five-year low, according to the findings.

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Head of Russian military intelligence ‘dies following serious illness’

General Colonel Igor Korobov died on Wednesday, sources told Tass.

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Frozen flamingo rescued in Siberia after fall from mid air during migration

TV reports in Russia say the bird, which was heading to Saudi Arabia, is now in good condition.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny allowed to leave Russia

He had been stopped at a Moscow airport on Tuesday as he was heading to France for a hearing of his case at the European Court of Human Rights.

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Moscow square to be named after British double agent Kim Philby

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed the order amid tensions between Russia and Britain.

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Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in plea to prevent new arms race

Mr Gorbachev said he hoped today’s leaders could build on his work with the late US president Ronald Reagan.

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Putin praises under-fire Russian military intelligence agency

The president said he appreciates intelligence information and analytics provided by the GRU.

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Teenage attacker killed in bomb blast at Russian intelligence agency branch

Russian investigators said they are treating the attack as an act of terrorism.

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Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged in crane accident at dock

The accident happened as the ship was leaving the dock following repairs.

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Scores detained in Russian protests against extremist case

Around 50 people were held in the Russian capital and St Petersburg.

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New blow to Russian spying unit as more agents exposed

A new report has detailed alleged misbehaviour and bizarre bureaucratic decisions.

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Putin invited to visit Washington next year

The move was confirmed by national security adviser John Bolton.

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Flash floods kill six in southern Russia

The Black Sea region saw two months worth of rain in a single day.

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Putin says Russia will target nations hosting US missiles

The warning followed US President Donald Trump’s weekend announcement that he intends to opt out of a US-Russia nuclear treaty.

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