Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Russia brands new sanctions roadblock to Ukraine peace

Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.

Russia military modernisation plan to go on: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernisation programme with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.

Russian prosecutors seek 10-year term for Kremlin critic Navalny

Russian prosecutors Friday called for leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to be sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher of more than half a million dollars.

Putin says his grip on power is firm, economy will rebound

President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would rapidly recover from its financial crisis and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Formula One delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy
Formula One delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy

Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport`s hall of fame as a double world champion.

Chechen leader had `no right` to punish rebels` relatives: Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticised Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for saying that families of Islamist insurgents would be punished for a rebel attack on Grozny, a statement quickly followed by torching of several houses.

Opponent calls for Vladimir Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis

A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president`s response to the dramatic decline of the rouble.

Russian ruble rebounds slightly after record plunge

 Russia scrambled Wednesday to halt a run on the ruble, selling billions of reserves to prop up the currency in the worst economic crisis of President Vladimir Putin`s 15 years in power.

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Russia`s President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phone call early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.

Rouble crisis could shake Vladimir Putin's grip on power
Rouble crisis could shake Vladimir Putin's grip on power

Russia failed to halt the collapse of the rouble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power.

'Russia invites North Korea leader for May visit'

Russia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to attend a May ceremony marking the end of World War Two, in what would be Kim`s first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive state in 2011, Japan`s Asahi Shimbun daily said on Wednesday.

Russia says arms for Kiev won't help solve Ukraine crisis

A deputy Russian foreign minister declared on Tuesday that supplying weapons to Kiev would not help solve a crisis in east Ukraine, after the White House said US President Barack Obama would sign corresponding legislation this week.

Kerry says Russia sanctions could end if Putin takes right steps

Russia has made constructive moves in recent days towards reducing tensions in Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday, and he raised the possibility that Washington could lift sanctions if Moscow keeps taking positive steps.

White House has not yet decided on Russia sanctions bill

The Obama administration has not yet made a decision on whether the president will sign a bill authorizing new sanctions against Russia over its activities in Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Monday.

Russian arms sales soared in 2013, bucking global slowdown: Think tank

Russian arms makers` sales soared 20 percent in 2013, bucking a slowdown in other countries` industries, largely thanks to a Kremlin push to modernise its military, the SIPRI think tank said on Monday.

Russian President Putin's tiger caught on camera devouring domestic dog in China

Russian President Vladimir Putin's rare Siberian tiger, who he freed into the wilds in May, was recently filmed eating a domestic dog in China.

Russia warns of retaliation if US imposes new sanctions
Russia warns of retaliation if US imposes new sanctions

Moscow will definitely respond to new sanctions should the US decide to impose them, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Saturday.

Ukraine ballet school rejects charity from pro-Putin dancer

 The Kiev State Ballet School has refused to accept money raised by Moscow`s Bolshoi Theatre after it emerged the star dancer at a charity gala had supported the annexation of Crimea.

Russia outraged over US move to arm Ukraine, more sanctions

Russia on Friday expressed outrage at the US Senate`s approval of a bill to potentially provide lethal military aid to Ukraine in its fight against Kremlin-backed separatists, and to impose fresh sanctions on Moscow.