Russia formally declares US foundation 'undesirable'

Russia has formally declared the United States' National Endowment for Democracy as an undesirable group hostile to national interests.

NATO eastward expansion would be `catastrophic`: Russian official

 NATO enlargement into Ukraine and Georgia would have "catastrophic consequences" for Europe, Russia`s envoy to NATO warned Tuesday in a television interview, as relations between Moscow and the West sink to Cold War-era lows.

U.N. vote Wednesday on MH17 tribunal, Russia likely to block - diplomats

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Wednesday on a bid for an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a passenger airliner last year in Ukraine, but Russia is likely to block the move, diplomats said.

Putin calls for destruction of smuggled Western produce

From French cheeses to Spanish hams, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for the destruction of Western produce being smuggled into the country in breach of an official embargo.

Moscow confirmed to host 2018 World Cup opener, final
Moscow confirmed to host 2018 World Cup opener, final

Moscow`s Luzhniki stadium will host both the opening match and final of the 2018 World Cup after the match schedule was confirmed by FIFA on Friday.

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.

Ban on Dutch flowers `highly probable`: Russian watchdog

 Dutch flowers represent a sanitary "threat" to Russia and could be banned in the country, its agricultural watchdog said Tuesday, as Moscow`s relations with The Hague have reached their nadir. 

US-led drills in Ukraine may threaten peace process: Moscow

Moscow on Monday said US-led military exercises in western Ukraine that began this week may have "explosive" consequences and threaten to derail the peace process in the separatist east.

Orthodox Church construction drive stirs anger in Russia

In Moscow, a sprawling city with highly-prized green spaces, hundreds of locals are up in arms to defend a park against what they claim is an illegal landgrab by Russia`s powerful Orthodox Church.

Leading Azerbaijan rights activist goes on trial

Prominent Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband went on trial Wednesday on charges of committing economic crimes that the couple say are politically motivated.

Russia rules it can reject European rights court rulings

Russia`s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled its national laws should take precedence over decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

World breathes `huge sigh of relief` at Iran deal: Putin

 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday hailed a deal reached on Iran`s nuclear drive as a "firm choice for stability and cooperation".

Ukrainian pilot held in Russia faces 25 years in jail

Russian investigators said today that a Ukrainian pilot controversially detained in Moscow faces up to 25 years in prison for her alleged involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists.

Russia wants Iran`s arms embargo `lifted as soon as possible`: Lavrov

Russia wants to see a United Nations arms embargo against Iran lifted "as soon as possible" but it is up to Tehran to accept the terms of a final nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

Russian senators propose first batch of `undesirable` NGOs

 Lawmakers in Russia`s pro-Kremlin upper chamber called on authorities Wednesday to blacklist 12 foreign NGOs as "undesirable," the first official proposal under a new law critics say is part of a clampdown on civil society.

Russia cuts off power supplies to Ukraine rebels: Kiev

Kiev said Tuesday that Russia had cut off electricity to Ukraine's rebel-run regions in what appears to be another sign that Moscow is losing interest in plans to splinter its neighbour.

Russian police launch `safe selfie` guide after spate of deaths
Russian police launch `safe selfie` guide after spate of deaths

Russian police on Tuesday launched a campaign urging people to take safer selfies after around 100 were injured and dozens died this year in gruesome accidents while striking high-risk poses. 

Putin congratulates Obama, calls for talks as equals

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks on an equal footing between Moscow and Washington, while congratulating Barack Obama, on the occasion of American Independence Day, the Kremlin has announced.

Russia slashes state funding for `foreign agent` NGOs

Some of Russia`s leading NGOs said Thursday that their work would be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.