Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Russia has sacked the head of a Siberian theatre after its radical staging of a Richard Wagner opera angered the powerful Russian Orthodox Church and prompted street protests.

Moscow hopes Yemen crisis won't 'impact' Iran nuclear talks: Russian negotiator

Russia`s chief negotiator in the Iranian nuclear talks on Saturday said Moscow hoped that the conflict in Yemen -- where a Saudi-led offensive is under way against Iranian-allied rebels -- would not negatively affect the ongoing six-party talks with Tehran in Switzerland.

Vandals destroy memorial to murdered Russian leader Nemtsov

Vandals on Saturday destroyed an improvised memorial created by supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot a month ago, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported today.

Vandals destroy memorial to murdered Russian opposition leader Nemtsov

Vandals Saturday destroyed an improvised memorial created by supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot a month ago, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported Saturday.

Russia to join China-led development bank: Official

Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies.

Moscow says new US national security strategy is anti-Russian

Russia`s federal Security Council on Wednesday criticised as "anti-Russian" the new US national security strategy, which lists Moscow`s aggression in its neighbouring Ukraine among most pressing threats.

European far-right groups back Putin at Russia forum

Representatives of about a dozen far-right groups from across Europe gathered in Russia Sunday for a pro-Kremlin conference as concern grows over Moscow`s alleged attempts to court extremists on the continent.

Assad supports Russian role in resolving Syrian crisis

The administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad supports the Russian efforts on holding a second round of talks on the Syrian crisis in Moscow next month, media reports said Sunday.

Russia has 'more right' to Crimea than UK to Falklands, says Moscow

Russia has more claim to Crimea than Britain has to the Falkland Islands, a senior Russian lawmaker insisted Sunday as London again denounced Moscow`s "illegal annexation" of the peninsula.

Crimea plans to launch own airline

Authorities in Crimea said Saturday they plan to set up an airline to facilitate connections with Russia and encourage tourism in the picturesque Black Sea peninsula, a year after the Ukrainian territory was annexed by Moscow.

Russian forces kill seven terror suspects in Dagestan

Russian security forces said on Saturday that they had killed seven suspected terrorists in an operation in Russia`s North Caucasus region of Dagestan which has been plagued by an Islamist insurgency.

Ayurveda a big hit among Moscow women

Ayurveda has been a big hit in Russian capital Moscow, with many women who were looking at alternate health care practices asking about it during the country's largest tourism fair.

Russia, Ukraine, EU to hold further gas talks in April

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission will hold a new round of gas supply talks next month after an initial round in Brussels on Friday ended without a deal.

Russia brands branch of Norwegian eco group 'foreign agent'

Russia on Friday added a branch of a Norwegian-based environmental NGO to its list of "foreign agents" under a controversial law that critics say is designed to curb civil society.

Putin to meet top aide to Chinese president in Moscow

President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday with a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, underlining Russia`s increased effort to establish closer ties with Beijing as its relations with the West have deteriorated.

Ukraine peace plan creaks amid Moscow-Kiev row  

A peace plan to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine came under renewed strain on Wednesday, with Ukraine and Russia rowing publicly over the next steps and further Ukrainian military casualties from rebel attacks testing a fragile ceasefire.

Ukraine pilot detained in Russia resumes hunger strike

A female Ukrainian pilot detained in Russia on murder charges that Kiev says are politically motivated restarted a hunger strike Monday that officials have warned could kill her, her lawyer told AFP.

With pomp and no regrets, Crimea celebrates choice to join Russia

Crimea kicked off celebrations that will see fireworks and concerts on Monday to mark a year since a controversial vote to join Russia that the West blasted as an illegal takeover.

Paper says Austrian doctor treating Putin for back problems

An Austrian newspaper reported on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was suffering from back problems, and that a Viennese orthopaedic expert had travelled to Moscow to treat him.

Russia prepared raising nuclear readiness over Crimea: Putin

Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year's tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine's president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday.