Russia Says It Has Opened Helicopter Training Center in Venezuela

Russia has opened a training center in Venezuela to help the country’s pilots fly Russian-made military helicopters, Russian state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Moscow’s latest gesture of support for President Nicolas Maduro. Rostec said the centre was inaugurated on Thursday last week, the same day as the White House warned Moscow and other countries backing Maduro…

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Dead Russian Woman’s Family Brings Her Body to Protest, Claiming Legal Dispute Killed Her

A dead Russian woman’s relatives and former colleagues brought her body to a local administrative building to protest officials who they claim were responsible for her death, the state-run RIA Novosti news site reported. Irina Fokina, who died March 28 at age 51, had been accused of conducting business illegally with her transportation company in the…

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Poroshenko’s Politics Have ‘Failed,’ Russian Lawmakers Say After Ukraine Election Results

A comedian’s double-digit lead over Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election signals that the incumbent’s politics have failed, Russian lawmakers have said. Russia has paid close attention to the vote in Ukraine, a country on the front line of the West’s standoff with Russia after the 2014 Maidan street…

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Share of Russians Predicting Better Ties With the West Hits 5-Year High – Poll

The number of Russians forecasting improved relations between their country and the West has reached a five-year high, the independent Levada Center pollster said Monday. Public support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has remained in the high 80s in the Levada poll since 2014, despite it leading to economic sanctions and strained Russia-West relations.…

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Russia Dismisses Speculation About its “Specialists” in Venezuela

Russia has clearly stated the purpose of the “specialists” it has sent to Venezuela under a military cooperation deal,Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday, dismissing U.S. concerns about their presence. “The Russian side clearly stated the purpose of the arrival of its specialists to Caracas. This is not about any ‘military contingents’,” Zakharova said…

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Trump Will ‘Probably’ Talk to Putin About Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will probably talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping about the crisis in Venezuela. “We will probably be talking at some point,” Trump told reporters after the White House warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela.…

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Russia Threatens to Block Popular VPN Services to Prevent Website Access

Russia’s communications watchdog threatened on Thursday to block access to popular VPN services which allow users to gain access to websites which have been outlawed by Moscow. Russia has introduced tougher internet laws, requiring search engines to delete some results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store users’…

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Moscow Mayor Accused of Reviving ‘Europe’s Biggest Landfill’ After Promising to Close It

Russian opposition politician and Moscow municipal deputy Ilya Yashin has accused the city’s mayor of budgetary waste in connection with plans to seal off one of several controversial landfills outside Moscow. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin pledged in 2017 to close the Malinki landfill 40 kilometers north of Moscow near the town of Troitsk. Activists believe…

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Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill to Punish Organized Crime Bosses

Russian lawmakers have passed legislation that extends punishments for those holding senior positions in organized crime groups. Lawmakers estimate that members of organized crime groups in Russia committed more than 15,000 felonies in 2018. Russia’s upper-house Federation Council voted in favor of the organized-crime bill on Wednesday, sending it to President Vladimir Putin’s desk to be…

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Violent Clashes Erupt Between Protesters and Security Forces in Russia’s Ingushetia

Protesters clashed with security forces in Russia’s republic of Ingushetia early on Wednesday during a protest against a controversial land swap deal. More than 10,000 protesters rallied in Ingushetia’s capital of Magas on Tuesday against legislation that would bar residents from voting on border-related issues. Protest leaders said the rally would continue “indefinitely” to demand…

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More Than 1,300 Russian Officials Fired for Corruption in 2018 – Prosecutors

More than 1,300 Russian state officials suspected of violating corruption rules were fired for loss of trust last year, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Russia ranks among the world’s most corrupt countries. Observers have criticized anti-graft campaigns under President Vladimir Putin’s rule as ineffective. The Prosecutor General’s Office said its intervention has led to the dismissal…

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Russia Says Presence of ‘Russian Specialists’ in Venezuela Is Governed by Mutual Accord

The presence of “Russian specialists” in Venezuela is governed by a military-technical cooperation agreement between the two countries, Russia‘s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry did not provide any further details in its statement about the specialists. Two Russian Air Force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100…

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