Red Army veteran`s war years end in Gulag

Lev Netto felt nothing but delight when a crackly radio loudspeaker in a town outside Moscow announced on June 22, 1941 that the Nazis had invaded and the Soviet Union was now at war.

Kremlin says too early to speak of Ukraine peacekeeping mission
Kremlin says too early to speak of Ukraine peacekeeping mission

Russia said on Friday that it was premature to discuss the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine before a peace deal agreed in February is implemented in full.

North Korea`s Kim cancels planned visit to Russia: Kremlin
North Korea`s Kim cancels planned visit to Russia: Kremlin

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has cancelled his planned visit to Moscow to attend Russia`s World War II anniversary celebrations on May 9, President Vladimir Putin`s spokesman said on Thursday.

Vladimir Putin says `no regrets` over Crimea annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast Sunday to mark 15 years in power, said he has no regrets over Moscow`s 2014 annexation of Crimea as it overturned "a historical injustice."

Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for `ordinary flat`

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can "completely imagine" leaving the Kremlin for a more modest abode and does not consider himself a member of his country`s elite.

Russian MPs back mass prisoner amnesty for WWII anniversary

Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a mass prisoner amnesty proposed by President Vladimir Putin that could free thousands ahead of next month`s World War II victory anniversary.

21 foreign students 'critical' after Moscow dorm fire

Twenty-one foreign students were on Thursday in a critical condition in hospital after fire ripped through a student residence in Moscow, an official said.

Rocket crashes on launch in northern Russia: official

A military rocket has crashed on launch in northern Russia, an official familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

US starts training Ukraine forces to fight pro-Russian militants

US paratroopers launched a training mission Monday for Ukrainian government forces who will fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, angering Moscow as the deadly conflict rumbles on.

EU dreams of Iranian gas to break dependence on Moscow

The EU is hoping future gas imports from Iran can break its dependence on Russia as prospects grow for a nuclear deal that would include lifting sanctions on Tehran.

Athens-Moscow to sign gas deal: Greek official

Athens and Moscow are set to sign a deal extending a planned gas pipeline to Greece in exchange for billions in advance payment to the cash-strapped eurozone country, a Greek official told AFP Saturday, a claim denied by the Kremlin.

Lenin statues toppled in government-held east Ukraine

 Masked men have toppled several statues of the Soviet leader Lenin in eastern Ukraine, authorities said Saturday, in a fresh show of anti-Russian sentiment as Kiev battles pro-Moscow separatists.

Russia-Japan relations over disputed islands unchanged after Crimea: Putin

Russia`s relations with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands have not changed following Moscow`s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Russia blames US for security crisis, turmoil in Ukraine

Top Russian officials accused the United States on Thursday of seeking political and military dominance in the world and sought to put blame on the West for international security crises, including the conflict in east Ukraine.

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.

France`s non-delivery of helicopter carriers will not affect Russia's defence capabilities: Putin
France`s non-delivery of helicopter carriers will not affect Russia's defence capabilities: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that France`s refusal to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Moscow over the Ukraine crisis would not affect its defence capabilities.

Russia's Putin says Kiev abandons people of eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Kiev was cutting off the Donbass area of eastern Ukraine by excluding its citizens from the national financial system.

Vladimir Putin says worst is over for Russian economy

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the worst was over for crisis-hit Russia, pointing to the recent rebound of the ruble despite Western sanctions over Ukraine.

Lifting missile ban to boost Iran 'aggressiveness': Netanyahu to Putin

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed Israel's "grave concerns" on Tuesday over Moscow's decision to lift a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems.

Russia training separatists inside Ukraine: US

Russian forces still are operating inside Ukraine and have set up training camps for pro-Moscow separatists, despite a ceasefire agreement backed by the Kremlin, the Pentagon said Tuesday.