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  • A Russian convoy moves from Sevastopol to Sinferopol in the Crimea, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. A convoy of hundreds of Russian troops headed toward the regional capital of Ukraine's Crimea region on Sunday, a day after Russia's forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot. The new government in Kiev has been powerless to react. Ukraine's parliament was meeting Sunday in a closed session. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea

    Warning that it was "on the brink of disaster," Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.

  • U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, center, gestures as she and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, right, walk through the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Top Western diplomats headed to Kiev Tuesday to try to defuse a standoff between President Viktor Yanukovych's government and thousands of demonstrators, following a night in which police in riot gear dismantled protesters' encampments outside government buildings. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    State Dept. caught on tape saying 'F*** the E.U.'; Russian bugging suspected

    U.S. officials say they suspect Russia is behind the leak of an apparently bugged phone conversation about Ukraine between two senior American diplomats in which they make disparaging comments about the European Union.

  • US and Russia talk about bomb tech in Olympic prep

    The top U.S. and Russian military leaders have discussed security at the Sochi Olympics, including the possibility of sharing technologies used by American forces to counter roadside bombs, the Pentagon said Thursday.

  • FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 file photo a general view of the newly built railway station "Adler" at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. The organizers of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and sweeping security measures ever to be seen at an international sports event, trying to fulfill their pledge to make the Winter Games in Sochi “the safest Olympics in history.”  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

    Tight Sochi security regime raises rights concerns

    The organizers of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and sweeping security measures ever seen at an international sports event, raising concerns that they are stifling dissent and violating privacy under the pretext of fulfilling their pledge to make the games "the safest Olympics in history."

  • President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in June in Northern Ireland. Mr. Obama has put off a scheduled meeting in Moscow following Mr. Putin's granting of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
(Associated Press)

    Obama cancels Putin meeting over Snowden amnesty deal

    President Obama canceled a planned one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to protest Moscow's granting of asylum to fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden and a "lack of progress" between the two nations on other issues, the White House announced Wednesday.

  • President Obama's one-on-one meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin was the most anticipated meeting of the day at theG-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. The two said they had found common ground on issues including violence in Syria, though Mr. Putin said little beyond that. (Associated Press)

    Obama cancels Putin meeting over Snowden asylum

    President Obama is canceling a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin due to Moscow's granting of asylum to fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden and a "lack of progress" between the two nations on other issues, the White House announced early Wednesday.

  • Picture of Edward Snowden tweeted by Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch, Moscow

    White House bashes Russia for giving Edward Snowden 'propaganda platform'

    The White House criticized Russia on Friday for allowing National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to meet with human rights activists, calling it a "propaganda platform" for the man who seeks to avoid prosecution for leaking classified information about secret U.S. electronic surveillance programs.

  • S&P warns Russia on high costs for 2018 World Cup

    Many of the Russian cities hosting the 2018 World Cup will have trouble finding the money to build soccer stadiums and improve transit links and other infrastructure, the Standard & Poor's ratings agency has warned.

  • Russia warned about high costs for 2018 World Cup

    Standard & Poor's is warning that many of the Russian cities hosting the 2018 World Cup will have trouble finding the money to build soccer stadiums and improve transportation and other infrastructure.

  • Nataliya Magnitskaya, mother of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in jail, holds his portrait during an interview with the AP in Moscow in 2009. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    MCKINNEY: Magnitsky Act triggers Russian retort

    In 2008, Sergei Magnitsky, a young Russian lawyer, uncovered $230 billion in tax fraud. In a parody of justice, the Russian government arrested him for tax fraud. In November 2009, after being abused and neglected, Magnitsky died in prison.

  • Pussy Riot member year on: I have no regrets

    One year after the band Pussy Riot staged an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral that landed them in jail, a released band member said Thursday that she has no regrets.

  • US: Immigrant stole military technology for Russia

    An American success story of an immigrant from Kazakhstan who made millions off his Texas export firm took a Cold War-era turn on Wednesday when U.S. authorities accused him of being a secret agent who's been stealing military technology for the Russian military.

  • NY charges in US-Russia military electronics case

    A Kazakhstan-born owner of a Texas export firm was charged in New York on Wednesday with being a secret Russian agent involved in a multimillion-dollar scheme to, in the words a U.S. prosecutor, "steal American technology" for Russian military and intelligence agencies.

  • **FILE** Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (right) speaks Feb. 8, 2012, with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during his meeting with Russia's religious leaders in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Yana Lapikova, Government Press Service)

    In Putin's Russia, little separation between church and state

    The Russian Orthodox Church is enjoying its newfound prestige with the Russian government. But the church's closeness to the government has also made it a target of criticism and protest.

  • Russian Wikipedia shuts down site to protest bill

    Wikipedia on Tuesday shut down its Russian-language site for 24 hours to protest a bill that would give the Russian government sweeping powers to blacklist certain sites, the latest in a flurry of legislation that appears aimed at neutering a growing opposition movement that has protested President Vladimir Putin's rule.

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