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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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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..
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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..
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Videos for Russia

China Rebukes Germany After Calling For Global Nuclear Arms Treaty [Video]China Rebukes Germany After Calling For Global Nuclear Arms Treaty

According to a report by Reuters, on Saturday, China rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel's appeal to join a Cold War-era arms control treaty the the United States has accused Russia of breaking,..

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Part of the roof and several floors of a university building in Russia's second-largest city have collapsed, with no casualties. The Russian emergencies ministry said the collapse at the Saint..

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Pence Chastises EU, Rejects Merkel's Call to Work With Russia [Video]Pence Chastises EU, Rejects Merkel's Call to Work With Russia

According to Reuters, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence rebuked European powers over Iran and Venezuela on Saturday, rejecting a call by Germany’s chancellor to include Russia in global cooperation..

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In Munich, it's Pence versus Merkel [Video]In Munich, it's Pence versus Merkel

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave speeches at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday criticizing each other's countries on trade and national security. It's..

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Third Suspect In Skripal Poisoning Is Russian GRU Agent [Video]Third Suspect In Skripal Poisoning Is Russian GRU Agent

According to Reuters, 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...

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Trump Believes Russia Over U.S. Intelligence [Video]Trump Believes Russia Over U.S. Intelligence

According to Business Insider, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe reveals in his new book "The Threat," that U.S> President Donald Trump has been at odds with the U.S. Intelligence..

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U.S. Founder Of Baring Vostok Detained In Russia Over Bank Dispute [Video]U.S. Founder Of Baring Vostok Detained In Russia Over Bank Dispute

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, private equity group Baring Vostok said that its founder Michael Calvey and three other employees had been detained in Moscow over a dispute with Vostochny..

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits Auschwitz [Video]U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits Auschwitz

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, visited former Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz on Friday, alongside Poland's President Andrzej Duda. Rough cut (no reporter..

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Russia's Putin shows off judo skills [Video]Russia's Putin shows off judo skills

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is a judo black belt holder, took part in a training session of the country's national judo team in Sochi on Thursday.

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Russia, Turkey, Iran see US pullout from Syria as positive step [Video]Russia, Turkey, Iran see US pullout from Syria as positive step

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran say US withdrawal is good for the country as they meet in the Russian city of Sochi.

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Kremlin Says He Wants Action In Idlib, No Plans Yet [Video]Kremlin Says He Wants Action In Idlib, No Plans Yet

Reuters reports President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had agreed to take steps to clear Syria’s Idlib region of what he called “a hotbed of terrorists." Putin, a close..

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Russia Says U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria Has Not Begun [Video]Russia Says U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria Has Not Begun

According to Reuters, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia had not seen any large movement in Syria to suggest that the United States was moving to withdraw its troops from the country...

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Iran Claims U.S. Should Withdraw From Syria, Rethink Its Middle East Policy [Video]Iran Claims U.S. Should Withdraw From Syria, Rethink Its Middle East Policy

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that the presence of the United States in the Middle East harmed countries in the region and called on Washington..

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Russia Urges Turkey & Iran To Devise Plan To Crush Militants In Syria's Idlib [Video]Russia Urges Turkey & Iran To Devise Plan To Crush Militants In Syria's Idlib

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkey and Iran that he wanted to devise a plan to wipe out what he called 'a hotbed of terrorists' in Syria's Idlib..

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Turkey's Erdogan Expresses Uncertainty Over Syria After U.S. Withdrawal [Video]Turkey's Erdogan Expresses Uncertainty Over Syria After U.S. Withdrawal

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that uncertainty lingers over the withdrawal of US troops..

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McCabe says he ordered investigation into Trump [Video]McCabe says he ordered investigation into Trump

In an interview on '60 Minutes,' former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe said he began an obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigation involving U.S. President Donald Trump and his..

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Putin Says Militants In Syria's Idlib Should Not Be Tolerated [Video]Putin Says Militants In Syria's Idlib Should Not Be Tolerated

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish and Iranian counterparts that the presence of terrorist groups in Syria's Idlib region should not be..

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Senate To Confirm William Barr At Attorney General [Video]Senate To Confirm William Barr At Attorney General

Reuters reports The U.S. Senate was set to approve President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr on Thursday, putting the veteran Republican lawyer in charge of Special Counsel..

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Russia, Iran, Turkey to hold fourth round of Syria talks in Sochi [Video]Russia, Iran, Turkey to hold fourth round of Syria talks in Sochi

Trilateral summit between 'guarantor countries' to focus on long-term settlement of the Syrian crisis, the Kremlin says.

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"Stoltenberg is a machine" acting U.S. Defense Secretary says at NATO meeting

U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan described NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as a "machine," as he arrived at a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels. Rough cut (no reporter..

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U.S. judge rules Manafort broke plea deal [Video]U.S. judge rules Manafort broke plea deal

A U.S. federal judge says President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors, and so breached his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. Ryan Brooks..

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Judge Rules Paul Manafort Intentionally Lied to Investigators in Russia Probe [Video]Judge Rules Paul Manafort Intentionally Lied to Investigators in Russia Probe

Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel in the Russia probe, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Elon Musk Compliments Teen Who Made Car Go Backwards [Video]Elon Musk Compliments Teen Who Made Car Go Backwards

Elon Musk just gave a social media shoutout to a Russian teenager who hacked their car to drive backwards. NTV, a Russian TV station, posted a Twitter video of the teen’s refitted vehicle on Monday...

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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

Russia and U.S. foreign ministers to discuss Venezuela: Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will discuss the situation in Venezuela later on Tuesday by phone, Lavrov said.
Reuters - Published

Invasion of the polar bears in Russia

invasion of the polar bears in russia
Why is part of Russia in a state of emergency over polar bears?
BBC News - Published

Russia, Turkey agree on decisive action in Syria's Idlib: RIA

Russia and Turkey agreed on Monday that they needed to take decisive measures to stabilize the situation in Syria's Idlib province after talks between the two country's defense ministers, Russia's RIA..
Reuters - Published

Bulgaria examines possible link between Skripal, Sofia poisonings

Bulgaria is investigating a possible link between a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in England in 2018 and the poisoning of an arms dealer in Sofia in 2015.
Reuters - Published

José Mourinho to host own football show on Russian network RT

josé mourinho to host own football show on russian network rt
The Manchester United ex-manager is to provide Champions League analysis in a fortnightly programme.
BBC News - Published

OPEC, Russia draft cooperation charter offers no formal body: document

Scared by looming U.S. anti-cartel legislation for the oil industry, the Organization for the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies such as Russia have decided against creating a formal body, at..
Reuters - Published

Russia to test cyber-war defences

russia to test cyber-war defences
Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning against a future conflict.
BBC News - Published

Russia's Gazprombank says Venezuela's PDVSA has not opened new accounts

Russia's Gazprombank said on Sunday that Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA opened accounts with the bank several years ago and has not opened any accounts recently.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank - document, sources

Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its oil joint ventures to deposit sales proceeds at an account it recently opened at Russia's Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an..
Reuters - Published

Russia islands emergency over polar bear 'invasion'

russia islands emergency over polar bear 'invasion'
Dozens of the endangered species enter human settlements in the remote territory of Novaya Zemlya.
BBC News - Published

German banks maneuver in Washington to temper Russia sanction risk

German banks are seeking to blunt any fresh U.S. sanctions against Russia so they can continue existing business with Russian clients, according to an internal briefing paper prepared by a financial..
Reuters - Published

Acting Attorney General 'has not' spoken to Trump about Russia probe

acting attorney general 'has not' spoken to trump about russia probe
Matthew Whitaker told a congressional panel he has not interfered with the Russia inquiry "in any way".
BBC News - Published

Whitaker to defend Russia probe handling in U.S. hearing: testimony

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will defend his handling of the U.S. special counsel's Russia probe before a U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday, but will not discuss his..
Reuters - Published

Nord Stream 2: EU agrees tighter rules for Russian pipeline

nord stream 2: eu agrees tighter rules for russian pipeline
A compromise is reached on Nord Stream 2, which will double Russian gas flowing into Germany.
BBC News - Published

International Paralympic Committee reinstates Russia

The International Paralympic Committee lifts its ban on Russian Para-athletes - but under strict conditions.
BBC News - Published

Senate committee to consider resolution against Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday unveiled a resolution calling for the cancellation of Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a link under the Baltic Sea from Russia to..
Reuters - Published

Gas wars: The problem with Nordstream 2

gas wars: the problem with nordstream 2
Nordstream 2 is the name of the undersea pipeline that should soon pump more Russian gas into Europe.
BBC News - Published

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