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Russia: When Cops Attack

Allegations of brutal abuse by Russian police are so common they barely register BY Marc Bennetts Sergei Pestov was a passionate drummer. In the mid-1970s, he was a founding member of the Soviet rock group Zhar-Ptitsa (Fire-Bird), thrilling fans of the country’s nascent underground music scene with his frantic solos. Although, like many Soviet and

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Fire Rips Through Russian Defense Ministry Building in Moscow

MOSCOW, April 3 – A fire ripped through a Russian Defense Ministry building in central Moscow on Sunday, sending plumes of smoke over the Russian capital as fire fighters battled to extinguish the blaze. Around 50 people were reported to have been evacuated from the administrative building, which dates from the end of the eighteenth

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Assad Says He Can Form New Syria Government With Opposition

By Jack Stubbs and Lisa Barrington MOSCOW/BEIRUT, March 31 – President Bashar Al Assad said it would not be difficult to agree on a new Syrian government including opposition figures, but his opponents responded on Wednesday that no administration would be legitimate while he remained in office. Assad, bolstered by military victory in the desert city of Palmyra,

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Around 20 Daesh Recruiters Arrested in Moscow

MOSCOW, March 30 – Around 20 Daesh followers were arrested in Moscow trying to recruit new fighters for the group, Russia’s RIA news agency cited a security source as saying on Wednesday. “During a joint operation of the FSB (Federal Security Service) and the police, around twenty people suspected of connections to [Daesh] were arrested,” RIA quoted

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Turkish Firms in Russia Struggle as Diplomatic Row Rages

By Alexander Winning MOSCOW, March 30 – Four months after President Vladimir Putin accused Ankara of a “stab in the back”, Turkish business executives in Russia are getting used to saying hasty goodbyes. “Every week another friend calls to say he’s leaving,” one Turkish businessman based in Moscow told Reuters. “It’s become very difficult for

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Assad Says Syria Military Gains Will Speed Up Political Deal

By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW, March 30 – The Syrian army’s successes and its strong support from Russia will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar Al Assad said, as the two allies maintained an offensive against Daesh militants. Assad was speaking in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Tuesday, two days

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CIA Head Discussed Assad Leaving Power in Moscow this Month: RIA

MOSCOW, March 28 – The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, raised the issue of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving power when he visited Moscow at the start of March, RIA news agency cited the U.S. embassy in Russia as saying on Monday. Brennan also discussed the observance of the ceasefire in

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Russia’s Putin, Iran’s Rouhani Agree to Cooperate Closely on Syria

MOSCOW, March 28 – The presidents of Russia and Iran agreed on Monday to step up bilateral contacts, including over the Syrian conflict, in which both countries are allies of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government and Western-backed opposition are currently holding U.N.-mediated peace talks as part of a diplomatic push launched with U.S.-Russian support

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Turkish Tourism and Economy Struggle Due to Bombings, Russia Row

By Nevzat Devranoglu and Ece Toksabay ANKARA, March 23 – Suicide bombings in Istanbul, a row with the Kremlin and hard times for the Russian middle class – all these factors spell trouble for Turkey’s tourist industry and its wider economy. Nowhere is the mood gloomier than among shopkeepers in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural gem and

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Russia Tries To Decipher Crash Plane Pilots’ Final Conversations

MOSCOW, March 21  – Russian investigators on Monday were trying to restore the damaged cockpit voice recorder of a passenger jet which crashed at the weekend killing all 62 people onboard, in an effort to understand why it had tried to land in strong winds. The Boeing 737-800, operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, crashed

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