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Russian Envoy Sees No Breakthrough in Chilly NATO Ties

MOSCOW, April 9 – Russian relations with former Cold War adversary NATO will not improve for as long as the alliance continues a “containment policy” towards Moscow, Russia’s NATO envoy was quoted as saying on Saturday. Alexander Grushko said a breakthrough in diplomatic relations should not be expected this month at a forum that will

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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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Turkey Detains 3 Russians Suspected of Daesh Ties After Istanbul Bomb

ISTANBUL, Jan 13 – Turkish authorities detained three Russian nationals suspected of links with Daesh following a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul that killed 10 tourists, media reports said on Wednesday. A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed nine German and one Peruvian tourists on Tuesday in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet Square,

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Gunman Opens Fire on Tourists in Dagestan

MOSCOW, Dec 30 – A gunman opened fire on a group of tourists visiting a historic fortress in Dagestan in southern Russia on Tuesday evening, killing one and injuring eleven, an official in the region’s health ministry said on Wednesday. “As a result of a gun attack 12 people were hurt, one of whom died,”

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Iraq Closes Northern Airspace Due to Traffic from Russian Airstrikes

BAGHDAD, Nov. 23 – Iraq closed its northern airspace to commercial flights on Monday for at least two days due to military traffic from Russia’s air campaign in neighboring Syria, a spokesman for Erbil International Airport said. The closure was expected to affect domestic routes to Erbil and Sulaimaniya as well as international flights from

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Egypt Confirms Russian Plane with 224 Aboard Crashes in Sinai

ISMAILIA/CAIRO, Oct 31 (Reuters) A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the Egyptian civil aviation authority said, and a security officer who arrived on the scene said all aboard the plane were probably dead. The Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia with registration number KGL-9268, was

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