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Iran Balks at 11th Hour, Says Deal Still 'Doable'

Tehran suddenly says it won't ship uranium to Russia

(Newser) - A German foreign minister today cited "some progress and some setbacks" in an 11th-hour attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran in Swiss talks—and those "setbacks" include a seemingly sudden decision by Iran not to ship the bulk of its uranium to Russia as it had... More »

Russian Wants London-to-NY Highway— Via Moscow

Putin pal says 13K-mile superhighway would cost 'trillions' but be totally worth it

(Newser) - London to New York? Skip flying the Atlantic and hop a 13,000-mile superhighway connecting the two via Moscow. That’s the plan a pal of Vladimir Putin's is proposing to create the first modern roadway from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Fox News reports. And while Russian Railways... More »

Broke Russians Swap Pricey Booze for Bath Cleaner

Economic crisis taking a toll on heavy drinkers

(Newser) - As an economic crisis sweeps through Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in the heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol, or even cleaning products. Layoffs, wage cuts, and price increases are combining to worsen the problem of alcoholism, which has long been a major... More »

Russia Picks a New Fight—With Tiny Denmark

'Danish warships will be' nuclear targets if country joins NATO shield: ambassador

(Newser) - Denmark is poised to play a role in NATO's missile defense system, and Russia isn't happy about it. In August, Denmark said it would use its warships' radar to contribute to the shield, Reuters reports; now Russia has issued a threat over the decision. "If that happens,... More »

A 'Relaxed If Pale' Putin Reappears

He's finally surfaced

(Newser) - Meetings between the presidents of Russia and Kyrgyzstan don't usually capture the world's attention—until today. After more than 10 days out of the public eye, Vladimir Putin appeared before reporters in his first appearance before journalists since March 5. Reuters describes him as "relaxed if pale,... More »

China Now the World's 3rd-Largest Arms Exporter

Buyers turn to China instead of US, Russia for cheaper, comparable weapons

(Newser) - From 2005 to 2009, China reigned as the world's top weapons importer, but since then, it's fallen to third place—while sliding into the third slot on another list: It's displaced Germany as the third-largest weapons exporter. China retains only 5% of the global export market—the... More »

Still No Putin in Public: Is It the Flu?

CIA thinks so, says Gawker

(Newser) - The Kremlin may have released what it says are up-to-date images of Vladimir Putin, but another day without a public appearance has kept the rumor mill moving. While the one about him being in Switzerland for the birth of his love child is tempting, consensus seems to be shifting toward... More »

'Missing' Putin May Have Finally Re-Emerged

Kremlin denies he's ill, says his grip will still 'break hands,' spokesman says

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin hasn't been seen doing anything in public for a while, let alone engaging in macho stunts , but the Kremlin firmly denies rumors that the president is sick. Those rumors started to swirl after the 62-year-old leader canceled a trip to Kazakhstan earlier this week, and Kremlin-watchers became... More »

Nemtsov Murder Suspect Blows Himself Up

Suspect charged in killing is said to have confessed

(Newser) - Well, that seems settled: Not only has Russia charged two and detained three others in the murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, but one of those charged has apparently confessed. And a sixth suspect blew himself up last night when police approached his apartment in Chechnya, reports Interfax via the... More »

Russia Charges 2, Detains 3 More in Nemtsov Murder

2 arrested yesterday are charged as 3 more arrive in court

(Newser) - Five suspects in the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov have been delivered to the court for arraignment, the spokeswoman for a Moscow court said today. The statement by Anna Fedeeva to reporters outside the courthouse came one day after the Federal Security service said two suspects had... More »

Russia Arrests 2 in Nemtsov Murder

But few details on why they might have done it

(Newser) - Russia has made two arrests in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov , but there's little explanation yet of the suspects' possible motive. The head of the Russia's Federal Security Bureau went on state TV to announce the arrests of two men from the Caucasus region, which CNN... More »

Snowden in Talks to Return to US

Lawyer in Moscow says he wants a guarantee of a fair trial

(Newser) - Edward Snowden apparently doesn't want to spend the rest of his days in Russia. One of his lawyers in Moscow says he is in negotiations to return to the US, reports Reuters . "We are doing everything possible now to solve this issue," says Anatoly Kucherena. "There... More »

Russia Blocks Some From Putin Critic's Funeral

'He was our hope'

(Newser) - Mourners have gathered at a human rights center to remember slain Vladimir Putin critic Boris Nemtsov —but many haven't been welcome at the event, the BBC reports. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, held for 15 days after promoting a demonstration, hasn't been allowed out of jail, while Poland'... More »

Thousands Rally for Slain Putin Critic: 'I Am Not Afraid'

Litvinenko's widow, many others point blame at Putin

(Newser) - Boris Nemtsov was due to lead an opposition protest in Moscow today, and thousands of people are instead holding one in memory of the critic of Vladimir Putin who was gunned down on Friday, reports the BBC . Marchers carried signs declaring "He died for the future of Russia,"... More »

Slain Putin Critic Was Working on Ukraine Report

Ukraine president thinks Boris Nemtsov was killed because of it

(Newser) - Russian investigators promise to find the gunmen who murdered Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin, and the president of Ukraine thinks they won't have far to look. Petro Poroshenko says Nemtsov was poised to release evidence proving that Russia was playing a big role in the Ukraine conflict... More »

Russian Opposition Leader Is Murdered

Boris Nemtsov is shot to death in Moscow

(Newser) - One of Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics has been shot dead in Moscow—and guess who's taking personal charge of the investigation? The Kremlin says Putin himself will handle it, reports AP . Authorities say a gunman in a passing car shot Boris Nemtsov four times in the back... More »

US Offers Record Bounty for a Hacker

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev accused of leading Zeus gang

(Newser) - The FBI is offering a record-breaking $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a Russian hacker accused of infecting up to a million computers with software that stole passwords and sucked at least $100 million out of bank accounts. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whose online aliases include "... More »

Ukraine Peacekeepers Would 'Destroy' Truce: Russia

Ambassador accuses Ukrainian president of calling for UN assistance

(Newser) - In an unraveling ceasefire with Russia-backed separatists, Ukraine lost the city of Debaltseve yesterday; the BBC also reports that shelling picked up in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, and that separatists have been conducting mortar attacks in the town of Shirokyne. So it's perhaps not surprising that Ukrainian President... More »

Peace Deal Signed, but Ukraine Battles Rage On

Ceasefire set to take effect Sunday

(Newser) - Fierce fighting raged today in east Ukraine between government troops and Russia-backed separatists as the warring sides attempted to bolster their positions ahead of a weekend ceasefire deadline . Combat persisted in the first hours after the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France signed a peace deal yesterday in the... More »

Pentagon Study's Theory: Putin Has Asperger's

Report: His movements 'so clearly reveal ... a neurological abnormality'

(Newser) - Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from USA Today , we have this tidbit: a Pentagon think tank suspects Vladimir Putin may have Asperger's syndrome. In a 2008 report obtained by the paper, a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment doesn't mince words: A review of... More »

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