Russian Opposition Figures Interrogated

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top investigation agency has summoned several key opposition figures for questioning in an apparent bid to disrupt the first massive protest against President Vladimir Putin since his inauguration for a third term. Anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, leftist politician Sergei … [Read more...]

Russian Police Search Protest Leaders’ Apartments

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators searched the apartments of several protest leaders and ordered them to come in for questioning, making it difficult if not impossible for them to lead a mass demonstration Tuesday against President Vladimir Putin on a key Russian holiday. The sudden escalation in pressure … [Read more...]

UEFA Charges Russia Over Fan Violence At Euro 2012

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — UEFA has charged the Russian football association with "improper conduct" of its supporters, who were filmed fighting with stadium stewards after a European Championship match. UEFA says it is seeking more evidence to investigate reports of "alleged abuse directed at Czech Republic … [Read more...]

Racist Abuse, Far-right Flags At Russia Match

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Racist abuse by Russian fans toward a Czech Republic player at a European Championship match was reported to UEFA on Saturday. Expert spotters from the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network identified verbal insults targeted at Theodor Gebre Selassie, who is black, during … [Read more...]

Russia Produces Attacking Show To Beat Czechs 4-1

WROCLAW, Poland (AP) — Alan Dzagoev scored a goal in each half in Russia's masterful display of attacking soccer to beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in their European Championship Group A opener Friday. Dzagoev and Roman Shirokov gave Russia a 2-0 halftime lead before Vaclav Pilar in the 52nd minute gae the … [Read more...]

Plushenko Announces Date For Knee Surgery

Former Olympic figure skating champion Evgeni Plushenko says he will have surgery on his left knee in Germany on Feb. 23.The 29-year-old Russian won a seventh European title last week in Sheffield, England, to add to his Olympic gold from 2006 and three world championships.He announced his plans for surgery … [Read more...]

Putin Campaign Focuses On Working Classes

Clad in a bomber jacket, Vladimir Putin walks briskly into a new railway car plant, greets workers and pushes a button to launch production.The prime minister's tightly choreographed appearance at the factory in the northwestern city of Tikhvin got top billing on all three Kremlin-controlled networks — … [Read more...]

Russian FM Assails EU Foreign Policy Chief

The Foreign Ministry is accusing the European Union foreign policy chief of interfering in Russia's internal affairs in her statement on the Russian election.Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Catherine Ashton's speech at the European Parliament Thursday contained a tendentious" assessment of the … [Read more...]

Russia Says It Will Not Stop Arms Sales To Syria

Russia's deputy defense minister says Moscow will not stop arms sales to Syria.Russian state news agencies quoted Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov on Thursday as saying Russia is not violating any international obligations.Moscow has stood by Syria, its long-standing ally, as the country tries to crush … [Read more...]

Putin Says He May Face Runoff In Russia’s Election

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he could face a runoff, his first acknowledgement that he may not get enough support for an outright victory in March's presidential vote.Putin said at a Wednesday meeting with election monitors that there is nothing horrible" about a runoff and he's ready, … [Read more...]