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  1. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia 'has not, will not' change Syria stance

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 08:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Moscow

    ... Russia said on Friday that it had not changed and would not change its controversial stance on Syria, after a top Russian diplomat said the defeat of the Syrian regime was possible. In a bid to play down claims of a sudden about-turn in Russian policy, th ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1105548/russia-has-not-will-not-change-syria-stance
  2. News - World - RUSSIA

    'Vladimir Putin's lover' Alina Kabayeva to head Russian media firm

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:24pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow 'Putin's lover' to head media group An Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, rumoured to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's lover, has been appointed the head of a powerful pro-Kremlin media group. Alina Kabayeva, 31, announced on Monday that she was standing down early after seven years as a lawmaker for the ruling United ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1594114/vladimir-putins-lover-alina-kabayeva-head-russian-media-firm
  3. News - World - RUSSIA

    History of Nato-Russia relations

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:09pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brussels Relations between Nato and its former cold war foe Russia have been difficult and often strained since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of its equivalent Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1991. Below are some key bones of contention: EASTERN ENLARGEMENT (1999 and 2004): Russia described as "an historic error" Nato's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583997/history-nato-russia-relations
  4. News - World - RUSSIA

    Actor Gerard Depardieu announces plans for vodka distillery in Russia

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 09:33pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow Gerard Depardieu gets into real spirit of Russia Actor Gerard Depardieu, Russia's most famous recent celebrity citizen, wants to open a distillery ... of Mordovia, which is now his official home. He already owns a string of restaurants in France and Belgium. Depardieu took Russian citizenship last year after quitting France in protest at President ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555389/actor-gerard-depardieu-announces-plans-vodka-distillery-russia
  5. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia’s Medvedev criticises France for backing Syrian rebels

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 02:24pm by Reuters in Moscow

    ... Reuters in Moscow Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking before a visit to Paris on Monday, criticised France’s support for the Syrian opposition and accused European Union leaders of indecisiveness in dealing with the region’s economic crisis. France became the first European power to recognise Syria’s new opposition coalition as the sole representative of its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1091119/russias-medvedev-criticises-france-backing-syrian-rebels
  6. News - World - RUSSIA

    Edward Snowden applies to extend Russia stay as asylum status nears expiry

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:56pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has formally requested to stay in Russia past July 31, when his one-year asylum status expires, his lawyer said on Wednesday. “We have already filed documents to extend his stay in Russia,” Anatoly Kucherena told reporters. Kucherena did not say for how long Snowden wanted to extend his stay, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550581/edward-snowden-applies-extend-russia-stay-says-lawyer
  7. News - World - RUSSIA

    Bank fines a US attempt to 'blackmail' Paris into halting warship sale: Putin

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:39am by Reuters

    ... the pressure that our American partners are putting on France to stop the sale of Mistrals," Putin told Russian ambassadors in Moscow. "We know they have hinted that if the French do ... Despite pressure from Washington to halt supply of military hardware to Moscow in the wake of its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, France is pressing ahead with the €1.2 billion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545044/bank-fines-us-attempt-blackmail-paris-halting-warship-sale-putin
  8. News - World - RUSSIA

    Weary Russians lament rash of 'absurd bills' being debated in the Duma

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 09:28pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow Bans galore in rash of 'absurd bills' see citizens demanding mental health check of lawmaker Weary Russians lament dumb times in the Duma If Russian lawmakers have their way, smoking for women under 40 will soon be banned, ads for condoms and pregnancy tests will be banished from mainstream media and using foreign words will result ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541147/weary-russians-lament-rash-absurd-bills-being-debated-duma
  9. News - World - RUSSIA

    New sanctions on Russia could ‘seriously’ impact growth: minister

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 08:25pm by Agence France-Presse in Moscow

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev tells TV channel further sanctions by the West over Ukraine could cause Russia's 'economic growth rates go seriously into the negative' A new round of Western sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine could seriously impact its already stalled economy, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1542500/new-sanctions-russia-could-seriously-impact-growth-minister
  10. News - World - RUSSIA

    Moscow court gives long jail terms to journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s killers

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 05:20pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow Life terms for two of Politkovskaya's killers A Russian court yesterday sentenced two men found guilty of the murder of prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya to life in prison, and handed lengthy jail terms to three others involved in the killing. Moscow city court jailed Rustam Makhmudov, the Chechen man convicted of firing the fatal shots, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1528715/two-jailed-life-murder-russian-journalist-anna-politkovskaya

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