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Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia: Barack Obama

President Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years.

Ally of Putin critic asks for asylum in Britain

A key ally of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said today he had applied for asylum in Britain, linking his request to political persecution due to his work.

Putin, Security Council discuss fall-out from Ukraine-EU pact - RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his advisory Security Council discussed on Monday progress in the peace process in southeast Ukraine and the possible fall-out from Kiev`s pact with the European Union, RIA news agency reported.

Russia World Cup not under discussion, says Sepp Blatter
Russia World Cup not under discussion, says Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reiterated that Russia`s hosting of the 2018 World Cup is not up for discussion.

Putin wrong to link Crimea seizure, German unity: Berlin

Germany on Wednesday rejected as skewed history President Vladimir Putin`s claim that Russia absorbing the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea was akin to Germany`s reunification.

Opposition campaigner attacks Putin over Sochi costs

A leading opponent of President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticised what he said was huge overspending on the Winter Olympics and accused Russian officials and businessmen of making big profits from the Games.

Russia fields 25,000 volunteers for Sochi Games

They are young, bright and speak good English. Russia has trained 25,000 volunteers to work at the upcoming Sochi Games.

Britain to send same-sex marriage minister to Sochi

Britain is to send the government minister responsible for the country`s recently passed same sex marriage laws to next month`s Winter Olympics in Russia, where a row over gay rights has clouded the build-up to the event.

Russian torchbearer dies after carrying flame in Sochi relay

A torchbearer died of a heart attack after carrying the Olympic flame as part of Russia`s torch relay leading up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games in February, an official said on Monday.

Putin opposes wearing headscarves at schools

President Vladimir Putin has spoken out against the wearing of headscarves in Russian schools in his first public comment on a potentially explosive issue.

Putin`s cranes vs anti-Putin protesters

President Vladimir Putin struck back on Sunday at the Russians who ridiculed his effort to lead young Siberian cranes in flight.