Russia invalidates 'rigged' vote after protests
Russian authorities on Thursday cancelled the result of a vote in an unprecedented move after claims of vote-rigging in favour of a candidate backed by President Vladimir Putin triggered protests.
Whistleblower warns WADA of 'catastrophe' if Russia ban eased
Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov said Tuesday the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) risked a "catastrophe for clean sport" if it lifts a suspension against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency later this week.
Putin: plane downed in Syria after 'chain of tragic accidental circumstances'
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that "tragic accidental circumstances" led to the downing by Syria of a Russian warplane with 15 people on board.
Ukrainian Church to become independent of Russia
An envoy of Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, told Ukraine's leader Monday that his country's church would soon be declared independent of Russia, a move set to infuriate Moscow. Istanbul-based Bartholomew I is expected to rule in the coming months on a Ukrainian appeal to sever spiritual bonds with Moscow…
Poisoning suspects 'tourism' claims raise eyebrows even in Russia
Two Russian men's claims that they were innocent tourists wrongly branded would-be assassins met with mockery in Britain Friday and even raised eyebrows in the usually patriotic Russian media.
Skripal suspects say were in UK as tourists, deny murder attempt
Two men accused by London of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal denied being involved with the murder attempt in a bizarre Russian media interview on Thursday that Britain dismissed as "an insult to the public's intelligence".
Putin's ally re-elected Moscow mayor amid pension protests
Russian President Vladimir Putin's close ally has been overwhelmingly re-elected Moscow's mayor, election officials said on Monday, following a poll overshadowed by protests over a pension reform.
Moscow accuses US of using white phosphorous in Syria
Russia on Sunday accused the United States of carrying out bombing using white phosphorous in eastern Syria against military targets in civilian areas, which is banned under international law.