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To Improve Economy, Russia Must 'Reduce Geopolitical Tensions'

Forbes - ‎15 hours ago‎
If Russia's economy is every to grow over 1% again, it shouldn't count on oil topping $80 a barrel. It should work overtime to reduce geopolitical tensions, says Alexei Kudrin, a former Finance Minister and now chairman of Moscow-based Center for ...
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Effort to Expose Russia's 'Troll Army' Draws Vicious Retaliation

New York Times - ‎12 hours ago‎
HELSINKI, Finland - Seeking to shine some light into the dark world of Internet trolls, a journalist with Finland's national broadcaster asked members of her audience to share their experience of encounters with Russia's “troll army,” a raucous and ...
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Juncker's plan to visit Russia in June reopens EU sanctions debate

Reuters - ‎7 hours ago‎
BRUSSELS European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to meet President Vladimir Putin in June in Russia on Monday reignited a debate about ties with Moscow as the bloc weighs renewing sanctions on the Kremlin.

Russian Village Resists Privatization Effort Championed by Putin

Wall Street Journal - ‎3 hours ago‎
MOLOCHNOYE, Russia—The Russian government's privatization drive soured in a village called Milk. The dairy plant here that for more than a century has churned out Russia's most-recognizable brand of butter was scheduled to be auctioned in ...

For a Russian Couple, Safe Haven in Guatemala Is Fleeting

New York Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
GUATEMALA CITY - Irina and Igor Bitkov were once entrepreneurs in a new Russia, lauded by provincial leaders and eager to expand the thriving paper company they had created from derelict Soviet-era factories.
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NATO urged to ward off 'serious' Russian challenge

Yahoo News - ‎10 hours ago‎
Tirana (AFP) - NATO's parliamentary assembly on Monday called on members of the Western military alliance to be ready to respond to the "potential threat" of Russian aggression against them.
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Turkey's Erdogan accuses Russia of arming PKK militants

Reuters - ‎11 hours ago‎
While Erdogan has previously castigated Russia for its support of Kurdish fighters in Syria, the latest comments appear to be the first time he has accused Moscow of supplying arms to the PKK, seen as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and ...
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Kremlin Rejects Working Group to Mend Russia-Turkey Relations

The Moscow Times (registration) - ‎15 hours ago‎
The Kremlin has rejected the creation of a dedicated working group aimed at normalizing relations between Russia and Turkey, the Interfax news agency reported Monday.
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'Russia is attacked while they turn a blind eye to other countries' - Isinbayeva on Rio ban threat

RT - ‎10 hours ago‎
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva, speaking exclusively to RT, has said she is frustrated by Russia's ongoing athletics ban and has pledged to take her case to the International Court of Human Rights to fight to compete in Rio this summer.

Human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva: 'There will be positive change in Russia'

Deutsche Welle - ‎8 hours ago‎
Lyudmila Alexeyeva: It's mainly the Russian people who should be trying to influence human rights in Russia. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia still lags behind Western states when it comes to human rights. That's why we are happy when ...
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Ankara calls on Russia to form joint working group to mend fences

Daily Sabah - ‎6 hours ago‎
Senior government officials have reiterated that Turkey intends to restore relations with Russia and have made a call for Russia to establish a joint working group to discuss which steps should be taken to such ends. Speaking to reporters at the end of ...
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Euro 2016: Everything you need to know about England's opener against Russia

The Independent - ‎10 hours ago‎
England manager Roy Hodgson will name his final 23-man squad for the European Championship on Tuesday 31 May ahead of their opening match against Russia. Hodgson's boys have already dispensed with both Turkey and Australia in international ...

American Student Deported From Russia for Private Tutoring

The Moscow Times (registration) - ‎14 hours ago‎
Yan Bonner - an American citizen studying in Russia - has been deported from the country for tutoring without a special license, the Interfax news agency reported Monday.

Russian-Chinese passenger jet to take on Boeing & Airbus

RT - ‎15 hours ago‎
The long-haul plane will be developed in Russia and assembled in China. A special engineering center will be created in Russia to undertake technical and electronics production. The plane's engines will be produced by Rolls Royce and GE. The production ...
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Polish Lieutenant Colonel Gets Six-Year Sentence for Spying for Russia

The Moscow Times (registration) - ‎12 hours ago‎
A Polish lieutenant colonel, named as J. Zbigniew, has been sentenced to six years in prison for spying for Russia, the RBC news website reported Monday, citing local media.

Ex-militant leader launches movement on 'Ukraine and Belarus returning to Russia'

Ukraine Today - ‎19 hours ago‎
The members of the new movement are in favour of "uniting the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, and other Russian lands into a single all-Russian state and transforming the entire territory of the former USSR in the unconditional Russian zone of ...
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Germany sees increase in Russian asylum seekers

Deutsche Welle - ‎14 hours ago‎
Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate did, however, confirm the numbers cited in the newspaper: Between January and May of this year, more than 80 percent of people who have fled from Russia are Chechens. The fifth-largest group of asylum seekers in ...
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3 reasons why Russia finally released Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko

Russia Direct - ‎17 hours ago‎
Last week Russia exchanged Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko for Russian citizens Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Aleksandrov, who were fighting for the Luhansk People's Republic in Eastern Ukraine.

UPDATE 1-Russia's Mechel says shareholders approve debt restructuring deals

Reuters - ‎10 hours ago‎
With other Russian steelmakers, Mechel has also been hit by a collapse in global steel prices, which plumbed 10-year lows in late 2015 and early 2016, while demand for at home has been undermined by Russia's deepening economic downturn.
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