Kremlin calls G8 summit snub `counterproductive`

Russia on Tuesday dismissed as counterproductive the decision of G8 member countries to snub a June summit in the Russian resort of Sochi.

G8 preparations put on hold as Russia strengthens military presence in Crimea

The G8 Summit is scheduled for June and is to be held in Russia`s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Pussy Riot came to Sochi looking for trouble: Russia Deputy PM

The high profile members of punk group Pussy Riot came to Olympics host Sochi this week looking for trouble, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Saturday after the women were filmed being beaten with a horsewhip.

Russia arrests 200 as court convicts anti-Putin protesters

200 were arrested near Moscow court as it convicted eight defendants of mass riots and attacking police at a protest against President Vladimir Putin, a case widely seen as a crackdown on dissent.

Pussy Riot criticise Russian Games in new video

Members of the all-women protest group Pussy Riot released a new music video on Thursday criticising Russia`s staging of the Winter Olympics and its human rights record, in a rare show of dissent during the Games.

Pussy Riot say Cossacks beat them with whips in Sochi

Tolokonnikova said she and Alyokhina had also been detained for seven hours on Sunday and for 10 hours on Monday.

Pussy Riot members say arrested in central Sochi

The two members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot who were released from prison colonies late last year said they had both been arrested Tuesday in downtown Sochi during the Olympic Games.

Sochi activist launches hunger strike to protest jail term

A leading Russian activist who was jailed after criticising the environmental impact of the Olympic Games in Sochi has gone on hunger strike, his organisation said Monday.

Transgender ex-member of Italy Assembly held in Sochi

A transgender former member of Italy`s Parliament said on Monday she had been detained by Russian police for about three hours for trying to stage a gay rights protest at the Winter Olympics.

Ukrainian charged over bid to hijack Turkish plane

An Istanbul court Sunday charged a Ukrainian man over his failed attempt to force a Turkish airliner to land in Sochi where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony was underway.

Turkish F-16s scrambled for `drunken` Sochi hijack attempt

Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets to force down an airliner from Ukraine when an apparently drunk would-be hijacker ordered it to Sochi where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony was underway.

Japan`s Abe backs Putin with visit, in contrast to China, Korea ties

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to Russia in a show of support for President Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympics.

Winter Olympics 2014: Google Doodle marks the Sochi Games

To mark the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Google has come up with a colourful and vibrant doodle.

US, European security officials worry about Sochi-related attacks

Intelligence agencies believe attacks by militants during the Sochi Winter Olympics are highly likely, but will probably be aimed at "softer" targets elsewhere in Russia.

Sochi Olympics 2014: US warships enter Black Sea amid `toothpaste bomb` threat

Amidst a flurry of threats flooding Russia as it hosts Winter Olympics 2014, the US has positioned two warships in the Black Sea to provide help in case of any untoward incident threatens security.

China offers Russia cooperation on Japan disputes: Report

Russia has rejected a Chinese offer to cooperate on their separate territorial rows with Japan, a report said Thursday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepared to meet President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

Pussy Riot to appear at star-studded Amnesty concert in New York

The Russian punk band Pussy Riot will join Madonna, R&B singer Lauryn Hill and alternative rock group Imagine Dragons at an all-star concert for Amnesty international on Wednesday night, on the eve the Winter Olympics opening in Sochi, Russia.

Two US ships arrive in Black Sea before Sochi Olympics

Two US warships have arrived in the Black Sea and will stand ready to offer assistance in the case of a security emergency at the Sochi Olympic games.

Bigger security threat outside Sochi: US official

The biggest security threat facing the Olympic games in Russia is a possible attack in areas outside of Sochi and its heavily-guarded venues, a top US counter-terrorism official said.

Moscow school shooting: Armed teenager neutralised, students freed

A high-school student armed with a rifle barged into a biology classroom on Monday and killed a police officer and a teacher besides taking 20 students hostage in a school in Moscow.