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Ukrainian Church's independence

Russian FM says independent Ukrainian Church is US-backed ‘provocation’

October 13, 2018 1:02 am

Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate’s decision to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was a “provocation” backed by Washington. He described the move as “provocation by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, undertaken with direct public support from Washington” during a media interview, according to a transcript […]

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Rocket bound for ISS fails, crew survives emergency landing

Russia may bring forward manned launch after rocket failure

October 12, 2018 7:11 pm

Moscow: Russia said Friday it was likely to bring forward the flight of a new manned space mission to the International Space Station but postpone the launch of a cargo ship after a rocket failure that forced two crew members to make an emergency landing. It was the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history […]

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Ukrainian Church's independence

Moscow rages as Ukrainian Church’s independence recognised

October 12, 2018 1:28 am

Istanbul: The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate on Thursday said it had agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in a move welcomed with jubilation by Kiev but condemned as “catastrophic” in Moscow. Russia had warned against allowing the Ukraine Church to sever its ties with Moscow, with the powerful head of the Russian […]

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Rocket bound for ISS fails, crew survives emergency landing

Rocket bound for ISS fails, crew survives emergency landing

October 12, 2018 12:12 am

Baikonur : A two-man crew bound for the International Space Station was forced to make an emergency landing when their Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off on Thursday, in a major setback for Russia’s beleaguered space industry. US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan. Russian investigators said they were launching a criminal probe into the incident, the first […]

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UK poison suspect is doctor for Russian intelligence

UK poison suspect is doctor for Russian intelligence, claims report

October 9, 2018 2:27 am

London: One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a trained doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday. Bellingcat said on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a […]

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Trump says won’t fire embattled Russia probe official

October 9, 2018 1:51 am

Washington: Donald Trump said Monday he does not plan to fire the deputy attorney general in charge of an explosive probe into alleged collusion between the president and the Kremlin. Rosenstein had appeared close to being fired following US media reports — which he denied — that he discussed secretly recording Trump and using the […]

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Second Skripal poisoning suspect is Russian GRU agent: Bellingcat

October 9, 2018 1:10 am

London: Investigative group Bellingcat on Monday identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a trained military doctor employed by Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency. “We have now identified ‘Alexander Petrov’ to be in fact Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU,” […]

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Kazakhstan denies asylum to China ‘re-education camp’ whistleblower

October 6, 2018 1:31 am

Moscow: Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan has refused asylum to an escaped Chinese national whose court testimony helped expose a secretive network of re-education camps in China’s restive Xinjiang region, her lawyer said Friday. Sayragul Sauytbay, 41, was denied political asylum by a migration committee in the Central Asian country. The decision came despite an earlier court ruling […]

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Halting hunger strike to avoid being force-fed, says Ukraine’s Sentsov

October 6, 2018 12:22 am

Moscow: Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has refused food for more than 140 days in a Russian jail, said on Friday he was halting his high-profile protest to avoid being force-fed. “I am forced to halt my hunger strike from tomorrow, that is 6/10/18,” Sentsov said in a hand-written statement, a copy of which was […]

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India, Russia agree to expand nuclear collaboration in third countries

October 6, 2018 12:00 am

New Delhi: India and Russia Friday signed a pact to further enhance cooperation in the area of nuclear energy and agreed to expand collaboration in the arena in third countries. A joint statement said the two sides reiterated their commitment to further strengthen global non-proliferation, and Russia expressed its support for India’s membership of the […]

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