Uzbekistan to hold presidential vote in March

Uzbekistan said on Friday that the next presidential elections in the tightly controlled Central Asian state would take place in March next year.

Uzbekistan votes in parliamentary polls

Uzbeks voted Sunday in parliamentary elections in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state where all four competing parties support President Islam Karimov.

Top banker warns Russia against repeating Soviet mistakes

 The head of Russia`s largest bank delivered on Thursday a blistering attack on Moscow`s economic policies, warning that Russia could repeat the fate of the Soviet Union.

Gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin eyes her seventh Olympics in Rio
Gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin eyes her seventh Olympics in Rio

Former Olympic champion and gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin said Wednesday that she hopes to compete in Rio De Janeiro in 2016 in what would be her seventh Olympic Games.

Russian Communist park restored amid wave of nostalgia

Sliding into shabbiness after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a giant Moscow complex extolling the days of the old planned economy has been restored amid a wave of nostalgia for Russia`s past.

NASA`s Mars Opportunity breaks `out of this world` distance record

NASA`s Opportunity Mars rover has now become the first vehicle to travel farther than any other man made vehicle on the surface of another world.

Ukraine seeks to ban Communist Party

Ukraine sought on Tuesday to ban the Communist Party more than two decades after the Soviet Union`s collapse because of its alleged support for pro-Russian insurgents battling government forces in the separatist east.

Last Soviet FM Shevardnadze dies at 86

Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union`s last foreign minister before becoming president of Georgia, died on Monday at the age of 86.

Democracy falling in ex-Soviet countries: Survey

Democracy is declining in many nations that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union as governments take their cue from an increasingly repressive Russia, a new poll said Wednesday.

Putin orders crackdown on NGOs

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a crackdown on "destructive" non-government organisations, saying such groups were behind the mass protests that brought down Ukraine`s government.

Crimea: Soviet-era gift to Ukraine haunts Moscow

Crimea, a rugged strategic peninsula jutting into the Black Sea, is part of Ukraine thanks to a whim of a Soviet leader, a gift that has come back to haunt Moscow.

Ukraine failed to act democratically: Mikhail Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said that political crisis in Ukraine, which has seen its president driven from Kiev after protests, stems from its government`s failure to act democratically.

Declassify files relating to Netaji: Forum

Claiming there was "clear evidence" of Subhas Chandra Bose in Soviet Union after he was believed to die in plane crash, All India Legal Aid Forum demanded Russia disclose KGB files regarding Netaji.

UN`s Ban condemns Ukraine`s `excessive force`

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged Ukrainian authorities to "desist from the use of excessive force" after fierce clashes with anti-government protesters left at least 26 people dead.

Eyes on ice with big hockey clash, US speed skaters` suit switch

Russia meets the United States in men`s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics on Saturday in a clash redolent of rivalries past, while the American speed skating team are hoping a change of suits brings a change in fortunes.

Russia v U.S. and the `Forgotten Miracle` of 1960

Long before the Miracle On Ice, another United States team pulled off another stunning Olympic upset over the Soviet Union en route to winning gold on home ice.

First teams arrive in Sochi as Russia races to finish

Russia on Sunday welcomed the first teams to its southern resort of Sochi less than a week ahead of the start to the Olympic Games, as organisers worked all out to finish accommodation on time.

Ukraine army calls on prez to take urgent steps to ease crisis

Ukraine`s armed forces urged embattled President Viktor Yanukovych to take "urgent steps" to ease the crisis in the ex-Soviet country, entering the fray on the political crisis for the first time.

Russia claims anti-doping progress, must convince sceptics

Russia, for years after the fall of the Soviet Union notorious as one of the world`s worst sports doping offenders, claims to have finally made progress in the fight against drugs and but now must convince sceptics when it hosts the Olympics.

Russia claims anti-doping progress, must convince sceptics

Russia, for years after the fall of the Soviet Union notorious as one of the world`s worst sports doping offenders, claims to have finally made progress in the fight against drugs and but now must convince sceptics when it hosts the Olympics.