Flare-up in tensions as Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier

Azerbaijan on Saturday accused arch-foe Armenia`s troops of killing its soldier in a new clash amid a Western-mediated push to cauterise the protracted conflict in the South Caucasus.

Top Russian golfer could emerge soon, says British pro
Top Russian golfer could emerge soon, says British pro

Russia and the former Soviet Union have produced world and Olympic champions in virtually every sport over the last century but no Russian has ever made an impact at the top level in golf.

Vladimir Putin extends Western food ban for one year
Vladimir Putin extends Western food ban for one year

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict until January 2016.

Activists doubt Azerbaijan`s opening up through sport
Activists doubt Azerbaijan`s opening up through sport

Sport and politics do mix when the Azerbaijan hosts of the first European Games are accused by rights groups of putting on the "Games of Repression."

Modi greets Russians on ''Day of Russia''
Modi greets Russians on ''Day of Russia''

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the Russians on `Day of Russia`.

Family, politics shape Putin`s view of WWII anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up with tales of how his father battled the Nazis as a Red Army soldier and his mother lived through the punishing siege of Leningrad. 

Poland denies entry to pro-Putin bikers planning victory ride

Poland on Friday said it had denied entry to a Russian biker gang backed by the Kremlin, which is planning to ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union's role in the World War II victory over Nazi Germany.

Rahul pays left-handed compliment to Modi on Obama praise

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday paid a left-handed compliment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over US President Barack Obama's praise for him as he compared him with Mikhail Gorbachev, whose tenure saw disintegration of Soviet Union.

Vladimir Putin admits Russia forcibly imposed Soviet model on Eastern Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted that the Soviet Union sought to "forcibly" impose the Soviet model on Eastern Europe after World War II.

Pro-Putin bikers anger Poland with plan to ride to Berlin

A Russian biker gang backed by President Vladimir Putin is planning to ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union`s role in World War II victory over Nazi Germany, sparking anger in Poland.

Laws to wipe away Ukraine`s Soviet past may cause fresh tension

Controversial laws designed to leave Ukraine`s Soviet past behind could stoke fresh tension in the war-divided country as rebels in the east voice outrage and analysts dub the bills "crude" or even "asinine".

Soviet army monument banned from returning to Warsaw square

Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet World War II brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place in a city square.

Uzbekistan to hold presidential vote in March

Uzbekistan said on Friday that the next presidential elections in the tightly controlled Central Asian state would take place in March next year.

Uzbekistan votes in parliamentary polls

Uzbeks voted Sunday in parliamentary elections in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state where all four competing parties support President Islam Karimov.

Top banker warns Russia against repeating Soviet mistakes

 The head of Russia`s largest bank delivered on Thursday a blistering attack on Moscow`s economic policies, warning that Russia could repeat the fate of the Soviet Union.

Gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin eyes her seventh Olympics in Rio
Gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin eyes her seventh Olympics in Rio

Former Olympic champion and gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin said Wednesday that she hopes to compete in Rio De Janeiro in 2016 in what would be her seventh Olympic Games.

Russian Communist park restored amid wave of nostalgia

Sliding into shabbiness after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a giant Moscow complex extolling the days of the old planned economy has been restored amid a wave of nostalgia for Russia`s past.

NASA`s Mars Opportunity breaks `out of this world` distance record

NASA`s Opportunity Mars rover has now become the first vehicle to travel farther than any other man made vehicle on the surface of another world.

Ukraine seeks to ban Communist Party

Ukraine sought on Tuesday to ban the Communist Party more than two decades after the Soviet Union`s collapse because of its alleged support for pro-Russian insurgents battling government forces in the separatist east.

Last Soviet FM Shevardnadze dies at 86

Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union`s last foreign minister before becoming president of Georgia, died on Monday at the age of 86.