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Russia, in rare U-turn, frees jailed actor after outcry

Sep 20 2019

MOSCOW A Russian court on Friday ordered the release of an aspiring actor whose prison sentence for injuring a police officer on the sidelines of an opposition protest sparked a public outcry over alleged police brutality and judicial injustice. | Video

Russia widens Jehovah's Witnesses crackdown with new jailings

Sep 20 2019

MOSCOW Russia has widened a crackdown against Jehovah's Witnesses, jailing six adherents of the Christian denomination for extremism in a move rights activists said was unjust and flouted religious freedom.

Russia frees jailed protester as teachers, priests demand end to crackdown

Sep 18 2019

MOSCOW A Moscow court freed an opposition protester from custody on Wednesday, as school teachers and Orthodox priests told authorities to rein in a crackdown following the biggest anti-Kremlin protests in the capital for years.

Russian celebrities demand release of actor jailed over protest

Sep 17 2019

MOSCOW, Sept 17 Many Russian celebrities took to social media on Tuesday to condemn what they said was the brazenly unjust jailing of a novice actor over an opposition protest and demanded that the authorities release him from prison.

Russia blasts idea a CIA mole lifted lid on its U.S. meddling

Sep 11 2019

MOSCOW/LONDON Russia on Wednesday condemned as lies and slander suggestions a suspected CIA mole in President Vladimir Putin's administration had handed over information to the United States about alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections.

Pro-Kremlin rapper deletes new song goading protesters after outcry

Sep 10 2019

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Masked man tries to taser Russian election chief before regional vote

Sep 06 2019

MOSCOW A masked man broke into the home of the head of Russia's Central Election Commission on Friday and repeatedly tried to taser her, the Interior Ministry said, two days before an election that has triggered street protests.

Russia jails opposition protesters for violence against police

Sep 03 2019

MOSCOW A Russian court on Tuesday jailed two men for up to three years after convicting them of using violence against police at a political protest, the longest prison terms handed down in what the opposition says is a coordinated crackdown on dissent.

Russia's Rostec unit ready for out-of-court deal with Boeing on 737 MAX order

Aug 27 2019

MOSCOW A unit of Russian conglomerate Rostec said on Tuesday it was ready for an out-of-court settlement with Boeing over its order for 35 Boeing 737 MAX jets, a spokesman for Rostec's subsidiary Avia Capital Service told Reuters. | Video

Russia flouted dead lawyer Magnitsky's rights, says European court

Aug 27 2019

MOSCOW Europe's top human rights court rebuked Russia on Tuesday for multiple violations of the basic rights of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after complaining of mistreatment.

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Iran says it will destroy any aggressor

Iran will pursue any aggressor, even it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran.