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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.