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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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US spy suspect Whelan in Russian court

us spy suspect whelan in russian court
Paul Whelan, a former US marine accused of spying in Russia, has spoken to the BBC for the first time since his arrest.
BBC News - Published

Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. marine accused of spying

A Russian court on Friday ruled that Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine accused of spying, should be held in a pre-trial detention facility for a further three months to give investigators more time to..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Russia

Trump says it again; Trump says it again; "There was no collusion"

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has not spoken to Attorney General William Barr about releasing the report on the special counsel's probe on possible Russian election interference but..

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Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. marine, Paul Whelan [Video]Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. marine, Paul Whelan

A Russian court on Friday ruled that Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine accused of spying, should be held in a pre-trial detention facility for a further three months to give investigators more time to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

Saudi Arabia strikes $10 bln China deal in further move to bolster Asia presence [Video]Saudi Arabia strikes $10 bln China deal in further move to bolster Asia presence

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman cemented a $10 billion deal for a refining and petrochemical complex in China on Friday, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping. As David Pollard reports, the two..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:22Published

Despite Putin's bravado, Russian navy lags behind [Video]Despite Putin's bravado, Russian navy lags behind

President Vladimir Putin calls improving the Russian navy's combat capabilities a priority, but the unfinished husks of three guided-missile frigates that have languished for three years at a Baltic..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:25Published

Venezuelan Vice President Reportedly Could Visit Moscow Soon [Video]Venezuelan Vice President Reportedly Could Visit Moscow Soon

According to a report by Reuters, Venezuela's deputy foreign minister said that Vice President Delcy Rodriguez may visit Moscow soon. Venezuela, an ally of Moscow, is in political turmoil and the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Paul Manafort To Be Sentenced For Bank, Tax Fraud [Video]Paul Manafort To Be Sentenced For Bank, Tax Fraud

Paul Manafort will be sentenced on March 8 for bank and tax fraud.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

Fancy Cuban Missile Crisis #2? I'm ready - Putin [Video]Fancy Cuban Missile Crisis #2? I'm ready - Putin

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one and that his country would have the edge if it came to a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

Ready For Another Cuban Missile-style Crisis? [Video]Ready For Another Cuban Missile-style Crisis?

According to Reuters, President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States wanted one, and that his country currently has the edge..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published

Putin: 'I'm Ready For Another Cuban Missile Crisis' With U.S. [Video]Putin: 'I'm Ready For Another Cuban Missile Crisis' With U.S.

According to Reuters- President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one. He went on to say that his..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:50Published

Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary - Putin [Video]Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned he will target the U.S. with new missiles if Washington deploys land-based weapons in Europe. Gracie Jerome reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:16Published

Putin: We'll aim new weapons at U.S. if Washington deploys missiles in Europe [Video]Putin: We'll aim new weapons at U.S. if Washington deploys missiles in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned he will target the U.S. with new missiles if Washington deploys land-based weapons in Europe. Gracie Jerome reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:16Published

U.S. Dismisses Putin's Nuclear Comments [Video]U.S. Dismisses Putin's Nuclear Comments

According to Reuters, on Wednesday t he United States dismissed comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia as..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

Putin ... Becoming Unpopular [Video]Putin ... Becoming Unpopular

According to Reuters, President Vladimir Putin offered a raft of financial sweeteners on Wednesday to hard-pressed Russians after opinion polls showed trust in him has fallen to a 13-year low and..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Danske Bank pulls out of Russia, Baltics after money-laundering backlash [Video]Danske Bank pulls out of Russia, Baltics after money-laundering backlash

Danske Bank will pull out of Russia and the neighbouring Baltic states, the Danish lender said after Estonia ordered it to close the branch at the centre of one of the largest-ever money laundering..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin Threatens to Retaliate if U.S. Deploys New Missiles in Europe [Video]Russian President Vladimir Putin Threatens to Retaliate if U.S. Deploys New Missiles in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as..

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:46Published

Putin Threatens to Target US if Missiles Are Launched [Video]Putin Threatens to Target US if Missiles Are Launched

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his country will target the U.S. if Washington launches new intermediate-range missiles in Europe.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Russia will retaliate if US deploys missiles in Europe [Video]Russia will retaliate if US deploys missiles in Europe

In his annual address, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would retaliate if US deploys missiles in Europe.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:42Published

Putin: We'll target U.S. if Washington deploys missiles in Europe [Video]Putin: We'll target U.S. if Washington deploys missiles in Europe

Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself, President..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

Putin: Russia Will Target USA If Missles Deployed In Europe [Video]Putin: Russia Will Target USA If Missles Deployed In Europe

According to Reuters, Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Maduro: 300 Tons of Humanitarian Aid Coming from Russia [Video]Maduro: 300 Tons of Humanitarian Aid Coming from Russia

Venezuela is facing a huge economic and political crisis, but Maduro has turned down the U.S.' humanitarian aid in the past.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

Ice age: young Russians take the plunge in Moscow [Video]Ice age: young Russians take the plunge in Moscow

Ice swimming in Russia has long been associated with older, usually Speedo-clad, men but members of Moscow's "Walruses of the Capital" club are giving it a fashionable new image.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

Russian retro steam train returns to the tracks [Video]Russian retro steam train returns to the tracks

An old-fashioned steam-engine locomotive is back on the tracks in Tver region making it the first steam-powered scheduled train in Russia since 1976.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

Russian forces 'open corridors' for Syrian IDPs to return home [Video]Russian forces 'open corridors' for Syrian IDPs to return home

Moscow says it has opened two corridors in Syria to give people safe passage out of the Rukban refugee camp.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published

 

Russian cemetery gang leaves widow with body out in cold

russian cemetery gang leaves widow with body out in cold
Told to pay a huge funeral fee, a widow in Samara protested with a coffin outside parliament.
BBC News - Published

Russia accuses U.S. of planning to arm the opposition in Venezuela

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday accused the United States and its NATO allies of discussing how to arm the opposition in Venezuela and alleged Washington was deploying special forces and..
Reuters - Published

Russia charges US investor with fraud in high-profile case

russia charges us investor with fraud in high-profile case
Investor Michael Calvey is accused of embezzling $38m from a Russian bank - a charge he denies.
BBC News - Published

Putin to U.S.: I'm ready for another Cuban Missile-style crisis if you want one

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States wanted one, and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first..
Reuters - Published

Russia charges top U.S. investor Michael Calvey with fraud

Russian state prosecutors on Thursday formally charged top U.S. investor Michael Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group, with fraud, hours before Washington accused Moscow of..
Reuters - Published

Russian wealth fund calls for detained U.S. investor to be freed from jail

The head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund has appealed to a court in Moscow to move U.S. investor Michael Calvey and several other detained executives of the Baring Vostok private equity group to..
Reuters - Published

Despite Putin's swagger, Russia struggles to modernize its navy

President Vladimir Putin calls improving the Russian navy's combat capabilities a priority.
Reuters - Published

U.S. dismisses Putin nuclear comments as 'propaganda'

The United States on Wednesday dismissed comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia as propaganda designed to..
Reuters - Published

Putin, faced with ratings slump, offers Russians financial sweeteners

President Vladimir Putin offered a raft of financial sweeteners on Wednesday to hard-pressed Russians after opinion polls showed trust in him has fallen to a 13-year low and almost half the population..
Reuters - Published

Russia bans smartphones for soldiers over social media fears

russia bans smartphones for soldiers over social media fears
The decision comes after social media use by soldiers raised national security issues.
BBC News - Published

Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin

Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir..
Reuters - Published

Russian President Putin's address to parliament

The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual address to parliament on Wednesday. The highlights will be continuously updated throughout the speech.
Reuters - Published

Putin: We'll target USA if Washington deploys missiles in Europe

Russia will respond to any deployment of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where those missiles are stationed, but the United States itself, President..
Reuters - Published

Danske Bank pulls out of Russia, Baltics after money-laundering backlash

Danske Bank will pull out of Russia and the neighboring Baltic states, the Danish lender said after Estonia ordered it to close the branch at the center of one of the largest-ever money laundering..
Reuters - Published

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to step down in March: official

Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, is expected to step down..
Reuters - Published

Meet the women helping fill Russia's rural healthcare gap

meet the women helping fill russia's rural healthcare gap
After the closure of thousands of clinics in rural Russia, one region has taken matters into its own hands.
BBC News - Published

Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to "press the reset button" with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country.
Reuters - Published

U.S. cannot back Syrian forces who align with Assad: U.S. commander

The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela's PDVSA: source

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a..
Reuters - Published

Russian flag flown on Salisbury Cathedral 'disrespectful'

russian flag flown on salisbury cathedral 'disrespectful'
The stunt has been called "disrespectful" and "stupid" in light of last year's Novichok poisoning.
BBC News - Published

China rebuffs Germany's call for U.S. missile deal with Russia

China rejected on Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel's appeal to join a Cold War-era arms control treaty that the United States accuses Russia of breaching, saying it would place unfair limits on..
Reuters - Published

Pence chastises EU, rejects Merkel's call to work with Russia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence rebuked European powers over Iran and Venezuela on Saturday in a renewed attack on Washington's traditional allies, rejecting a call by Germany's chancellor to include..
Reuters - Published

Merkel calls Russia a partner, urges global cooperation

Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a robust defense on Saturday of Germany's foreign trade relations and ties with Russia, urging global leaders meeting in Munich to work together to tackle the world's..
Reuters - Published

NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid programme delays

NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon..
Reuters - Published

Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraud

Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia's biggest private equity firms, denied allegations of fraud in a Moscow court on Friday but a judge ordered him to be detained for 72 hours, a move..
Reuters - Published

Russian court orders Baring Vostok founder to be held for 72 hours

A Russian court on Friday ordered Baring Vostok's founder Michael Calvey to be kept in custody for 72 hours following his detention on suspicion of fraud, allegations that he denies.
Reuters - Published

Russia's Sberbank CEO defends U.S. Baring Vostok founder

German Gref, the chief executive of Russia's biggest state lender Sberbank, said on Friday he hoped the criminal case against Baring Vostok's founder Michael Calvey would turn out to be a..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Ex-wife of Russian killed in Syria tells Kremlin - come clean

Olga Markelova's ex-husband was killed two years ago on a clandestine mission in Syria for the Russian state.
Reuters - Published

Russia detains U.S. founder of Baring Vostok private equity group

Russia has detained the U.S. founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group in Moscow on suspicion of fraud, a Moscow court said on Friday, a move likely to concern foreign investors.
Reuters - Published

Senate confirms William Barr as U.S. attorney general

The U.S. Senate confirmed William Barr as attorney general on Thursday, installing a seasoned lawyer with decades of Washington experience to head the Justice Department and putting him in charge of..
Reuters - Published

Skripal poisoning: Bellingcat names 'third man' in Salisbury case

skripal poisoning: bellingcat names 'third man' in salisbury case
He is claimed to be a Russian intelligence officer who was in the UK at the time of the 2018 attack.
BBC News - Published

Kremlin, after summit, says no offensive planned in Syria's Idlib

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had agreed to take unspecified extra steps to clear Syria's Idlib region of what he called "a hotbed of terrorists," but the..
Reuters - Published

Third suspect in Skripal poisoning is Russian GRU agent: Bellingcat

A third man suspected of involvement in the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England last year is a high-ranking Russian military intelligence agent, the investigative..
Reuters - Published

Russia says no signs of U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had not noted any big changes suggesting the United States was moving to withdraw its troops from Syria, following an order from U.S. President..
Reuters - Published

Putin to Turkey and Iran: We must crush militants in Syria's Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkey and Iran on Thursday he wanted them to devise a joint plan to wipe out what he called "a hotbed of terrorists" in Syria's Idlib region, an idea Moscow has..
Reuters - Published

Putin says militants in Syria's Idlib region will not go unpunished

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that aggressive actions by militants in Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib would not go unpunished.
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says uncertainty remains over U.S. withdrawal from Syria

Uncertainty remains over the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Russia to Turkey: You can't have Syrian safe zone without Assad's consent

Russia told Turkey on Thursday it had no right to create a "safe zone" inside Syria unless it sought and received the consent of President Bashar al-Assad, signaling tensions as a three-way summit on..
Reuters - Published

U.S. senators to try again to pass Russia sanctions bill

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would impose stiff new sanctions on Russia over its meddling in U.S. elections and aggression against Ukraine, the latest..
Reuters - Published

Russia moves to mask its soldiers' digital trail

Russia is moving to ban its soldiers from sharing information on the internet, a step that follows the use of social media posts by investigative journalists to shine a light on Moscow's clandestine..
Reuters - Published

Mothers' fury: The cost of challenging Putin

mothers' fury: the cost of challenging putin
Anger is growing in Russia over the house arrest of activist Anastasia Shevchenko.
BBC News - Published

Russia ready to help Venezuela resolve crisis, warns U.S. against meddling

Russia said on Tuesday it was ready to facilitate the start of dialogue between Venezuela's government and opposition but warned the United States against intervening in Caracas' internal affairs.
Reuters - Published

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