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FBI: Russian Spy Arrested in the Bronx

Evgeny Buryakov is accused of working undercover at Manhattan bank

(Newser) - The FBI today arrested an alleged Russian spy in the Bronx, saying he posed as a Manhattan banker while collecting information for Russia's SVR or foreign intelligence service, ABC News reports. A criminal complaint identifies him as Evgeny Buryakov and names his cohorts as Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy.... More »

Pro-Russian Fighters Reject Peace Deal in Ukraine

New offensive could bring about more sanctions on Moscow

(Newser) - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal today and announced a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops. The main separatist leader in the Donetsk region said the insurgents won't join further peace talks, and another rebel went even further, saying they will not abide... More »

ISIS Claims Video Shows Child Soldier Killing Spies

'Lion cub' seen executing alleged Russian agents

(Newser) - Fresh horror from ISIS: The militant group's latest video depicts what it says is a child soldier executing two Russian spies. The video shows the men confessing to spying on ISIS for Russian intelligence services before cutting to a scene showing a boy who appears to be around 10... More »

Russia Bans Drivers With 'Sex Disorders'

Rights group slams new 'road safety' law

(Newser) - Russia is a dangerous place to drive, and authorities there seem to believe that getting transgender people off the roads will somehow make them safer. A new law tightens medical controls for drivers, and transgender people are among those classified with "disorders," meaning they can be refused driver'... More »

Putin Is Getting 'Medieval'

He's essentially holding the brother of a political opponent hostage, say critics

(Newser) - The good news for Russian political activist Alexei Navalny is that even though he's been convicted of fraud in what supporters say is a bogus case, Vladimir Putin allowed him to remain free with a suspended sentence of 3.5 years. The bad news is that Putin jailed his... More »

Putin Foe Defies House Arrest, Busted at Protest

Alexei Navalny gets suspended sentence

(Newser) - Police have detained President Vladimir Putin's chief foe, who has broken the terms of house his arrest to attend a protest of several thousand just outside the Kremlin. The unsanctioned demonstration today came hours after Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner, was found guilty of fraud and given a suspended... More »

Russia to N. Korea: Interview Freakout 'Understandable'

Foreign Ministry rep says US reaction to Sony hack 'dangerous'

(Newser) - Russia is apparently no fan of Seth Rogen. A Foreign Ministry spokesman today came to the defense of North Korea's rage over The Interview, reports the AP , saying it was "quite understandable" given the content of the movie. Alexander Lukashevich also sent Washington a little Christmas slap in... More »

Putin to 1.2K Journalists: Russia Is No Stuffed Animal

Gives annual news conference

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin today gave his annual televised news conference, with his words described as defiant and patriotic. The New York Times calls his message an "acidic" one, noting he gave no indication of backing down—on Ukraine, or in terms of his anger toward the West. As for the... More »

N. Korea Is Now Done Mourning Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Un may have opportunity to 'consolidate his power'

(Newser) - It's Korean tradition to mourn a parent's death for three years, and today North Korea reached a similar milestone marking the passing of Kim Jong Il in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports. The country completed its mourning period with three minutes of silence—though it was also... More »

How Do Things Look for Russia? It's 'Doomed,' 'Screwed'

As the ruble falls, and as interest rates rise

(Newser) - What transpired in Russia that led Jordan Weissmann to pen a piece for Slate titled "Russia Is So Screwed"? The country's Central Bank made a surprise decision in a 1am meeting to jack its interest rate from 10.5% to 17% in a last-gasp attempt to stanch... More »

Sorry, Moscow, No 'Eye of Sauron' for You

'Demonic' glowing eye on top of skyscraper nixed after church protest

(Newser) - "Sadly, we are obliged to halt the Eye of Sauron" is both the best line from a press release you'll read all week and the worst. Russian creative art group Svecheniye has halted a "fan project" that would have placed a menacing, pulsing eye like the one... More »

Cat's Fish Feast Costs Deli $1K

Feline dined on dried octopus, squid, other gourmet seafood at deli

(Newser) - This stray cat strutted up to a deli in Russia's Vladivostok International Airport and got right to work—chowing down on dried octopus, squid, and whatever other fine fare the shop's owner had set out for his human customers, the BBC reports. The cat, apparently an airport regular,... More »

99% of Russian Athletes Are Doping: Report

Whistleblowers speak in German documentary, IAAF investigating

(Newser) - As if bribery allegations weren't enough, Russia has found itself in the center of a corruption and systematic doping scandal via a German documentary that claims up to 99% of Russian Olympic athletes are doping, the Guardian reports. Liliya Shobukhova, winner of the Chicago Marathon from 2009 to 2011,... More »

Report: Russia Used Picasso as World Cup Bribe

UK embassies allegedly kept tabs on FIFA corruption

(Newser) - There's regular corruption, and then there's over-the-top Teapot Dome-style bribery. The latter is what took place ahead of the controversial decision to award the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups to Russia and Qatar, according to a report submitted to British lawmakers. The report compiled by the Sunday ... More »

Dozens Get Out to Push Plane Stuck in Ice

Russian officials not pleased at herculean efforts in Arctic Circle incident

(Newser) - In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner and into the bitter cold to help it move to the runway. A Russian-made Tu-134 with 74 oil workers and seven... More »

Expert: Mystery Sword Was Ivan the Terrible's

Russian archaeologist says it fell during a historic battle

(Newser) - A medieval mystery sword found nearly 40 years ago in Siberia belonged to the notorious Ivan the Terrible, if a rather colorful theory can be believed. Scholars have long wondered how the 12th-century blade—which looks central European by design and was later adorned with Norse runes and a silver... More »

Putin: I Won't Be President for Life

Says he'll step down no later than 2024

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency. Staying in office beyond that would be "detrimental for the country and I don'... More »

US Worries Russia Put a 'Satellite Killer' in Space

Tracking object as experts raise concerns about possible military use

(Newser) - The US military is among those tracking an object Russia recently sent into space. Object 2014-28E, which has been moving toward other Russian space objects, was at first thought to be simply debris, the Financial Times reports. It could be intended to repair satellites already in space, or it could... More »

Sweden: Sure Looks Like a Submarine to Us

Military releases sonar image of suspected intruder

(Newser) - Sweden was pretty sure a foreign submarine was sneaking around its waters last month, and it's released a sonar image to back up the claim, reports the BBC . The image shows tracks on the sea floor made by something that looks for all the world like a small sub.... More »

Russian Bombers Will Patrol Near US Shores

Kremlin resuming Cold War-era flights due to 'anti-Russia inclinations'

(Newser) - A "dangerous game of brinkmanship" just got a little closer to home: Russia is sending long-range bombers to do rounds "in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico," with Russia's defense minister blaming NATO's "anti-Russia... More »

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