More than 200 years ago, the renowned Russian historian Nikolai Karamzin summed up the situation in his country in two words: "They steal."
They still do, and the news in Russia lately has been dominated by one high-profile corruption scandal after another.Thursday, 6 December, 2012, 5:00am
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a landmark visit to Istanbul on Monday to discuss their differences over the crisis in Syria.3 Dec 2012 - 12:00pm
Russia released a physicist who spent eight years in a Siberian prison on charges of spying for China in what supporters maintain was a wrongful conviction motivated by Soviet-style paranoia.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Russia on Saturday released a physicist who was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of spying for China despite his insistence that the information involved had long ago been declassified.
Valentin Danilov was released early from prison number 17 in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk with over three years of his original sentence remaining, Russian news agencies said.24 Nov 2012 - 4:51pm
One of the jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot has been moved into a solitary cell following tensions with other inmates, Russian prison officials said Friday.24 Nov 2012 - 3:40am
Aide of sacked Russian defence minister held24 Nov 2012 - 3:27am
Workers at the Russian human rights organisation Memorial arrived at work to see a phrase spray-painted across their office building: "Foreign Agent."
Anonymous vandals scrawled the same words in giant, sloppy white letters across the door of For Human Rights, which represents citizens in disputes with police or prosecutors.23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am
President Hu Jintao met new Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Beijing yesterday. Hu said China stood ready to work with Russia on bilateral relations and co-operation in key areas, and maintain military ties22 Nov 2012 - 4:42am
Russia's candidate for a global beauty pageant has veered away from platitudes about world peace to deliver a stinging condemnation of her homeland under President Vladimir Putin, calling it a "beggar country" and a "great artery" that feeds a corrupt elite.22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am
Russian officials are promising a tough response to US legislation that would impose sanctions on Kremlin officials if Congress finds them responsible for violating human rights.19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am
Ripples of scandal are spreading in Russia's Far East, where, auditors say, US$472 million in construction financing was misallocated. About US$200 million in missing funds have led to firings in the space industry. And corruption in the defence ministry has figured prominently in the media since November 6, leaving the fate of its former minister uncertain.19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am
Russia lost the ability to send basic commands to most of its satellites and a segment of the International Space Station (ISS) following a cable failure near Moscow.
The Roscosmos space agency attributed the embarrassing malfunction to basic road repair work near the sprawling Korolyov mission control centre that sits within sight of one of Russia's most heavily used highways.16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am
Property advertisements in Cyrillic letters, Russian radio and newspapers and even schools in the coastal resort of Limassol spell out the identity of Cyprus’s top foreign investors.15 Nov 2012 - 12:00pm 1 comment
Pelosi to stay as House leader for Democrats15 Nov 2012 - 6:30am
A Russian court yesterday paroled a physicist convicted of spying for China and jailed for 14 years in 2004 in a case criticised by human rights campaigners during President Vladimir Putin's first term.14 Nov 2012 - 3:56am