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A Trial in Moscow Exposes Russia’s War on Artists

MOSCOW—When Russia’s leading contemporary theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov and his three colleagues went on trial, virtually all of Russia’s cultural elite, nearly 4,000 actors, poets, writers, and directors demanded authorities stop the shameful proceedings. Even the most careful celebrities stopped being careful and made public comments condemning the prosecution. What they realized as they watched this case taking shape ...

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Russia: Symbolic Vote On Whether To Keep Putin In Power Until 2036

Voters across Russia have taken to the polls as part of a nationwide, week-long vote on constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. The amendments have already been approved by both houses of the Russian parliament, the country’s constitutional court and were signed into law by Putin, and the vote is seen as ...

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COVID-19: Russia-ASEAN strategic partnership in action

On June 17, foreign ministers of ASEAN member states and Russia held a special meeting via video conference to discuss current tasks on countering unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and its adverse impact on the political and economic landscape of the Asia-Pacific region and the whole world. They unanimously adopted a substantial eight-page joint statement pointing out clearly how ...

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As US-China Competition Unfolds, Russia Watches Closely

Russia’s relations with the West are at their lowest point in two decades. Similar patterns of warming and cooling have taken place intermittently ever since Russia emerged as a major Eurasian power in the early 18th century. Each crisis with the West alternated with rapprochement and at times full military and security cooperation. An unchangeable trait of those relations was that ...

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France’s Macron says he plans to travel to Russia soon

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he would soon travel to Russia for more talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin. “Trust-building talks initiated with President Putin at Fort Bregancon continue,” Macron said in a tweet, mentioning European security, regional conflicts and climate change as key themes. “I will travel soon to Russia.” Macron and Putin held a video call ...

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Egypt says near meeting Russia’s airport security demands

Cairo – Egyptian officials say they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. They say work has begun this week to install up to 16 finger-print security gates for employees at two of Cairo airport’s main terminals and to raise a potentially vulnerable stretch of the facility’s perimeter fence ...

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Donald Trump blasts ‘fools’ who oppose good Russian ties

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets condemning those who oppose good relations with Russia as “‘stupid’ people, or fools”. Mr Trump vowed to work with Russia “to solve some of the many… pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!” His comments came after an intelligence reportsaid Russia’s president had tried to aid ...

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Russian Flights to Egypt Will Resume Soon, Putin Tells Sissi

CAIRO —  Russian flights to Egypt will resume soon, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in a phone call, Sissi’s office said on Thursday. Flights to Egypt from Russia were suspended after a Russian plane crashed into the Sinai desert in October 2015. Islamic State said it brought down the plane with a bomb smuggled inside ...

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Ambassador shooting highlights Russia’s long fight with Islamic radicals

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG For Russia, the assassination of its ambassador in Turkey may only be the beginning of a new chapter in a long, gloomy book. He shouted his support for the traumatized people of Aleppo, but exactly who the killer represented is still unknown — or if he simply acted on his own. Ghastly, theatrical and public, the ...

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Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery

The Russian ambassador to Turkey has been shot dead by a police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” as he pulled the trigger. The chilling attack on Monday evening, which was captured on video, appeared to be a backlash against Russian military involvement in the Syrian civil war. Andrei Karlov was attacked at the opening of an art exhibition in ...

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