A Russian defector, former Russian security officer and a body guard of Boris Berezovsky Alexander Litvinenko suddenly died in London in November 2006 with symptoms of what British forensic experts described as poisoning with radioactive polonium. Earlier this week, Foreign Secretary William Hague issued instructions to purge the Litvinenko inquest of all evidence that could implicate Russia in Litvinenko’s death or suggest that British special services could have averted the tragedy.
Russia will do its utmost to secure the return of Russian nationals Victor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, who were convicted in the US, for serving their sentences in Russia. Lawyers for Bout and Yaroshenko insist that their sentences should be revised. Should that prove impossible, they demand that their appeals receive fair hearings.
Analysts feel that the spy scandal will in no way affect further relations between Moscow and Washington. The US State Department also hopes so. Third Secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow, Ryan Fogle, has been caught red- handed by Russian FSB officers, declared a persona non grata and expelled from Moscow. Experts are certain that this is all there can be to it, given that the world situation is so grave now that neither the US, nor Russia is wishing to take an ultra-hard stand on the issue.
Iran supports the insistence by Russia, as articulated by Foreign Minister Lavrov, that the sorting out of its nuclear disagreements with world powers must be implemented stepwise.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will sue opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu after he compared him to Syria's embattled president over deadly bombings near the border, media reported Saturday.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, currently on a visit to the Russian Black Sea resort Sochi, went to see a city school earlier this Saturday.
Nigeria's military said on Saturday it had killed 10 insurgents and arrested 65 as part of an offensive meant to wrest back control of parts of its remote northeast from an Islamist group seen as the main security threat to Africa's top oil producer.
Gunmen have shot dead a senior intelligence officer in Yemen, a security official said Saturday.
Ukrainian world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko led 15,000 protesters through the streets of Kiev on Saturday demanding the immediate release of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
In the period since the nuclear accident in Fukushima in Japan, Russia’s Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant in the region of Tver northwest of Moscow has installed cutting-edge safety features which should enable it to withstand seismic shocks of up to 5 points. Appropriate tests have been successfully carried out.
Russia’s governing United Russia party must lead the national campaign to promote Russian brands worldwide. It is already pushing 43 high-profile federal and almost 400 regional projects.
Russia's General Staff is opposed to military intervention in Syria, saying this would be meddling in the war-torn country's domestic affairs, Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff, Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov said.
Economic issues took centre stage Saturday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Pope Francis at the Vatican, two days after the pontiff called unbridled capitalism ungodly.
Natural disasters have cost the global economy $2.5 trillion since 2000, that’s according to a UN report released on Wednesday. These figures are at least 50% higher than previous international estimates. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction warned economic losses from earthquakes, floods and droughts will continue to escalate, unless businesses take action to reduce their exposure to disaster risks.
European Stabilization Fund has transferred a bailout tranche of 4.2 billion euros to Greece.
A white-tailed deer crashed through the windshield of a public bus in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was filmed by a surveillance camera. (VIDEO)
In a harsh rebuttal to George Soros, the President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research Hans-Werner Sinn accused the speculator of “playing with fire” and stated that “Germany will not accept Eurobonds” in spite of the pressure from the investing community.
In an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia, Wolf Richter talks about the ECB's desperation, the money printing bonanza of the world's central banks and about a French finance minister who is barking at the wrong tree. Wolf Richter is the editor of
According to Ekho Moskvy radio, Russian film director Alexei Balabanov has died near St Petersburg at the age of 54.
With more and more medical data being digitalized hospitals, doctors and pharmacies are becoming more and more efficient in treating patients. It is also changing the way pharmaceutical companies are making their appeals to doctors as they are mining data to help tailor their pitches on the newest drugs. But is all this efficiency better for the patients as whole?
Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is due to arrive in Moscow in June to promote his new film World War Z at the Moscow International Film Festival, the festival's general producer has said.