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Russia: Transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia
Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and North Asia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with about 146.77 million people as of 2019, excluding Crimea. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. Russia's capital, Moscow, is the largest metropolitan area in Europe proper and one of the largest cities in the world; other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. However, Russia recognises two more countries that border it, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are internationally recognized as parts of Georgia.

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U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela stall over role of Maduro

High-level U.S.-Russian talks on how to defuse Venezuela's crisis ended on Tuesday with the two sides still at odds over the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro.
Reuters - Published

Russian defense minister flies to Syria, hands to Assad message from Putin

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu traveled to Syria on Tuesday where he handed a message from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the defense ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Russia

Martinez wary of powerful Russia [Video]Martinez wary of powerful Russia

Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez believes that Russia will pose his side a tough test as they open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:51Published

Manafort's Lawyer Falsely Says Judges Ruled No Collusion [Video]Manafort's Lawyer Falsely Says Judges Ruled No Collusion

The two judges who presided over Paul Manafort's cases did not make any rulings on Russian collusion.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 02:04Published

Paul Pogba Buys American-Style Championship Rings for France's World Cup Team [Video]Paul Pogba Buys American-Style Championship Rings for France's World Cup Team

Paul Pogba honored France's World Cup team for their win in Russia by designing a championship ring for the squad.

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Russian pilots have a pet not everyone could bear [Video]Russian pilots have a pet not everyone could bear

Pilots in the Kaluga region, some 200 Kilometres away from Moscow, have a special pet living right in a former container on an airfield - a three-year-old brown bear named Mansur. Rough Cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published

Kazakhstan's president abruptly resigns [Video]Kazakhstan's president abruptly resigns

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power. Lauren Anthony reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

Key Senate Panel Split On Trump-Russia Collusion [Video]Key Senate Panel Split On Trump-Russia Collusion

According to Reuters, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, is split along party lines over whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The division..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Vladimir Putin Makes It Illegal To Insult Government Officials [Video]Vladimir Putin Makes It Illegal To Insult Government Officials

According to Business Insider, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law that can jail citizens for insulting government officials — including him. People who show "blatant disrespect"..

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GOP lawmaker sues Twitter for $250 million [Video]GOP lawmaker sues Twitter for $250 million

Republican Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and several Twitter users, claiming the site unfairly censored his tweets and subjected him to hateful messages. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:01Published

Russians hit ski slopes in bikinis [Video]Russians hit ski slopes in bikinis

Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders braved the cold in their swimsuits, during a festival in the Russia region of Sochi.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

New Russian Laws Criminalize Spread of 'Fake News' [Video]New Russian Laws Criminalize Spread of 'Fake News'

News outlets that are found guilty of using "unreliable" information could face up to $23,000 in fines.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

Trump's Moscow plans caught Mueller's eye [Video]Trump's Moscow plans caught Mueller's eye

An intriguing area of focus in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Kremlin’s role in the 2016 U.S. election is a proposed Moscow real estate deal that Donald Trump pursued while..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:20Published

Russia marks five years since annexation of Ukraine's Crimea [Video]Russia marks five years since annexation of Ukraine's Crimea

The West condemned the takeover of Crimea, a defiant Russia has built power plants and a new bridge to the peninsula.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

Messi trains with Argentina for the first time since World Cup [Video]Messi trains with Argentina for the first time since World Cup

Argentina's Lionel Messi trains with the Argentina squad for the first time since the World Cup in Russia

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:57Published

Great groundwork and Russian gold on Day 2 of Ekaterinburg Grand Slam [Video]Great groundwork and Russian gold on Day 2 of Ekaterinburg Grand Slam

Spectacular judo and great groundwork on Day 2 of the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam as Russia's first gold of the tournament thrills an ecstatic home crowd

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US Expected To Hit Russia With More Sanctions [Video]US Expected To Hit Russia With More Sanctions

In a statement on Friday details that the U.S. will be imposing new sanctions on Russia due to its "continued aggression in Ukraine."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:53Published

US-Russian crew reach International Space Station [Video]US-Russian crew reach International Space Station

A Russian-American crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, five months after a botched launch led to an emergency landing for two of the three astronauts

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Heightened Tensions With Russia Bring US B-52 Bombers To Europe [Video]Heightened Tensions With Russia Bring US B-52 Bombers To Europe

According to Business Insider, US Air Forces Europe - Africa announcedThursday that US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers are flying into Europe this week, at a time Russia is..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:49Published

Russian-US crew arrive at International Space Station [Video]Russian-US crew arrive at International Space Station

A Russian-American crew has arrived at the International Space Station, five months after a botched launch led to an emergency landing for two of the three astronauts. This time, the Russian Soyuz..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:52Published

North Korea reconsiders nuclear talks, missile ban: reports [Video]North Korea reconsiders nuclear talks, missile ban: reports

After a failed summit in Hanoi, North Korea is considering suspending nuclear talks with the United States, according to news reports form the North's capital. Ryan Brooks reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:43Published

Senior prosecutor to leave Mueller's team [Video]Senior prosecutor to leave Mueller's team

The expected departure of one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, could hint that the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election is nearing an end, as..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:05Published

Redo launch with astronauts from Oct. failure [Video]Redo launch with astronauts from Oct. failure

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying three astronauts into space, two of whom survived a mid-air rocket failure in October. Rough Cut..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Expedition 59 Prepares For Launch On Soyuz [Video]Expedition 59 Prepares For Launch On Soyuz

According to Business Insider, astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are preparing to a second Soyuz launch in five months. The NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut were on-board a Soyuz..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Russia Latest To Ban Boeing 737 MAX [Video]Russia Latest To Ban Boeing 737 MAX

FILE PHOTO: Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S., March 11, 2019. REUTERS/David Ryder/File Photo MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s aviation..

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New fines for insulting Russian state online [Video]New fines for insulting Russian state online

Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved new fines for people who insult the authorities online or spread fake news, defying warnings from critics that the move could open the way to direct state..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

House Debates Resolution Aimed at Mueller Report's Release [Video]House Debates Resolution Aimed at Mueller Report's Release

​The resolution encourages the attorney general to publicly release special counsel Robert Mueller's completed report.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

 

U.S. investor jailed by Russia tells Washington to keep distance: prison monitor

A prominent U.S. investor being held in Russia on embezzlement charges has asked U.S. diplomats not to defend him because he is worried about his case becoming politicized, a prison monitor who visited..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela positive but no agreement on Maduro: Abrams

Talks between the United States and Russia over the crisis in Venezuela were positive and substantive but the two sides were still divided over the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro, U.S. special..
Reuters - Published

UK condemns Russia for sentence on rights activist in Chechnya

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the sentence handed out to a prominent human rights activist by a court in Chechnya, calling it "an awful example of Russia suppressing vital work of..
Reuters - Published

Senior Russian lawmaker says Kazakh leader's resignation is unexpected: agencies

Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said on Tuesday that the resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, was unexpected and very..
Reuters - Published

Russia warns of attempts to destabilize situation in Algeria

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia was concerned by protests in Algeria and saw attempts underway to destabilize the situation in the North African country.
Reuters - Published

Russia stands with India amid Indo-Pak tension, calls Parrikar a true friend and visionary

The Russian Ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev recently said that Moscow is supportive of the Indians in the recent India-Pakistan tensions in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack on February 14
DNA - Published

Court in Chechnya sentences rights activist to four years in penal colony

By Maria Vasilyeva SHALI, Russia (Reuters) - A court in Chechnya sentenced Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights activist, to four years in a penal settlement on Monday after finding him guilty of..
Firstpost - Published

Putin flies into Crimea for annexation party, launches power stations

By Anastasia Lyrchikova and Andrew Osborn SEVASTOPOL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin flew into Crimea on Monday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of the region from..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Why an unbuilt Moscow Trump tower caught Mueller's attention

By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intriguing area of focus in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Kremlin's role in the 2016 U.S. election is a proposed Moscow real estate deal..
Firstpost - Published

Canada to extend military training missions in Ukraine, Iraq

Canada will keep a 200-strong military training mission in Ukraine for another three years to help domestic security forces handle continuing tensions with Russia, Ottawa said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Russia recognizes official name of 'Republic of North Macedonia' despite doubts

Russia recognizes the Republic of North Macedonia as Macedonia's new official name, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday, despite having previously expressed reservations about the..
Reuters - Published

Russia decides to deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Crimea: RIA

Russia has decided to deploy nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to the Crimean peninsula in response to the U.S. rolling out missile defense systems in Romania, the RIA news agency cited..
Reuters - Published

Norway says it proved Russian GPS interference during NATO exercises

Norway has electronic proof that Russian forces disrupted global positioning system (GPS) signals during recent NATO war games, and has demanded an explanation from its eastern neighbor, the Nordic..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin signs law banning fake news, insulting the state online

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law tough new fines for Russians who spread what the authorities regard as fake news or who show "blatant disrespect" for the state online, an official portal..
Reuters - Published

Russia accuses Serbian opposition of stoking violence with protests

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday it was seriously concerned by what it described as attempts by some opposition forces in Serbia to provoke violence during protests in Belgrade over..
Reuters - Published

Russian and U.S. diplomats to hold Venezuela talks in Italy this week

United States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov are due to meet in Rome this week to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats..
Reuters - Published

Algeria deputy PM to make foreign tour to discuss events at home

Algeria's newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra is expected to visit several countries including Russia, China, and some EU nations to explain the crisis in Algeria, a foreign ministry..
Reuters - Published

Russia says it will respond to new EU sanctions

Russia will respond to new European Union sanctions, its foreign ministry said on Saturday, without saying what action it would take.
Reuters - Published

U.S., EU, Canada impose sanctions on Russians over Ukraine

The United States, Canada and European Union on Friday imposed fresh sanctions to punish Russia for its 2018 attack on three Ukrainian ships as well as its annexation of Crimea and its activities in..
Reuters - Published

Russian metals tycoon Deripaska sues U.S. over sanctions

Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska sued the United States on Friday, alleging that it had overstepped its legal bounds in imposing sanctions on his companies and made him the "latest victim" in the U.S...
Reuters - Published

Deripaska says he sued U.S. to stop destruction of his life's work

Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska said on Friday he had launched a lawsuit to try and force the United States to lift sanctions on his companies because he did not want his life's work to be..
Reuters - Published

Five years on, Crimea annexation divides a family

Five years after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine, prominent dissident Ilmi Umerov finds himself in Kiev, separated from his wife and family in Crimea whom he fears rejoining because of what he thinks..
Reuters - Published

Washington asks Russia: Where's your proof ex-U.S. marine is a spy?

The United States on Friday asked why Russia had not provided any evidence to back up its accusation that Paul Whelan, a detained former U.S. marine, was a spy, a day after Whelan alleged he was being..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Aeroflot will cancel Boeing 737 Max order if safety issue not solved: CEO

Russia's national flag carrier Aeroflot will cancel its order of 20 Boeing 737 Max planes unless Boeing is able to guarantee the plane's safety after Sunday's deadly crash in Ethiopia by November,..
Reuters - Published

Russia calls for U.S. dialogue with North Korea to continue: RIA

Russia wants dialogue between North Korea and the United States to continue, RIA news agency cited the Russian foreign ministry as saying on Friday.
Reuters - Published

EU sanctions eight Russians over Azov Sea

The European Union sanctioned on Friday eight more Russians over a stand-off with Ukraine in the Azov Sea, including senior security service officials and military commanders that the bloc accuses of..
Reuters - Published

North Korea considering suspending nuclear talks with U.S.: TASS

North Korea is considering suspending nuclear talks with the United States, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said on Friday, according to Russia's TASS news agency.
Reuters - Published

Russian space rocket lifts off with astronauts who survived rocket failure

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian-made Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying three astronauts into space, two of whom survived a mid-air rocket failure in..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

U.S. sees Turkey's Russian missile deal as national security problem for NATO

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey's pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system presents a national security problem for NATO, which would not be able to deploy F-35..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Erdogan says Turkey can't quit S-400 missile deal with Russia

It is not possible for Turkey to back out of a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defense systems, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Russia's Lavrov meets Venezuela's foreign minister in Vienna: RIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is holding talks with Venezuela's foreign minister in Vienna, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Russia suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights: Ifax

Russia's aviation authority on Thursday suspended flights by Boeing 737 MAX planes in the country's airspace following Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, Interfax news agency cited the..
Reuters - Published

Russian and Syrian air strikes intensify on last rebel bastion

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army, aided by Russian warplanes, attacked rebel-held towns in northwestern Syria on Wednesday in the most extensive bombardment in months against..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

U.S. looks to test ground-launched cruise missile in August

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is aiming to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) in August, a Pentagon official said on..
Firstpost - Published

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chief, sentenced to 43 more months in jail; will serve 7.5 years total

Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 43 more months in prison in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia...
Firstpost - Published

Russia's parliament backs new fines for insulting the state online

Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved new fines for people who insult the authorities online or spread fake news, defying warnings from critics that the move could open the way to direct state..
Reuters - Published

Former Trump adviser Flynn asks judge to delay sentencing - court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge on Tuesday to delay his sentencing in a case that stemmed from an investigation..
Firstpost - Published

Russia’s S7 Airlines grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 planes

Russian S7 Airlines said on Monday it would ground Boeing 737 Max 8 airlines starting from Wednesday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.
Reuters - Published

Turkey says it is discussing Syria offensive with Russia, U.S.

Turkey is discussing with Russia and the United States a potential military offensive in a region of northeast Syria controlled by Kurdish fighters, a Turkish defense official was cited as saying by..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo blames Russia, Cuba for Venezuelan crisis; Rosneft rejects accusations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela's political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro and said he had urged India not to help Maduro's..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Firstpost

Russia's Rosneft says U.S. statements on its Venezuela operations groundless

Russia's top oil producer Rosneft said on Tuesday that U.S. statements that it had violated U.S. sanctions in its Venezuela activities were "groundless accusations".
Reuters - Published

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