Russians in Crimea prepare to mark five years since annexation

Russians living in Simferopol prepare to mark the fifth anniversary since the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Manafort lawyer: judge rules ‘no evidence’ of Russian collusion

Kevin Downing, the lawyer for Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort, insists “two courts have ruled no evidence of any collusion with any Russians” as he is heckled outside court following a second sentencing hearing. Manafort, who already faced 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud, was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison on conspiracy charges.

For Russians, growing worries over ‘eternal poverty’

In the basement of a central apartment bloc in Saint-Petersburg, a cafe offers free food for the elderly — a group particularly hard hit by the economic strains causing growing anger in Russia.

Russians march in memory of slain Boris Nemtsov

Several thousand Russians take part in a Moscow march in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, four years after he was gunned down in the Russian capital. Ordinary Muscovites and prominent opposition figures march through the centre of the city; many carry Russian flags, portraits of Nemtsov and banners with anti-Kremlin slogans. IMAGES of the march in Moscow

Russians march in memory of slain Boris Nemtsov

Several thousand Russians take part in a Moscow march in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, four years after he was gunned down in the Russian capital. Ordinary Muscovites and prominent opposition figures march through the centre of the city; many carry Russian flags, portraits of Nemtsov and banners with anti-Kremlin slogans. IMAGES of the march in Moscow

FBI: Russia used social media in 2018 US midterms

(29 Jan 2019) FBI Director, Robert Wray, tells a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that Russians continued to interfere in the US elections in 2018. (Jan. 29)

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In Russia, ‘snow rugby’ is making its mark

An oval ball, five players per team and races in powder snow: to avoid getting too bored during the long winter months, the Russians have adopted “snezhnoye-rugby”, literally “snow rugby”. The discipline is booming in the year of the Rugby World Cup for which the Russian team is qualified. “It’s a very dynamic game. The rules are simple, they are simplified compared to ‘big’ rugby – rugby 15. Anyone can participate in snow rugby. Everything is quite simple, fast and very spectacular”, explains Anton Nikolaichuk, a snow rugby player from Murmansk.

‘Our land’: Russians protest Kuril islands handover to Japan

Hundreds of Russians protest against a feared giveaway of strategic islands to Japan, two days before a key summit between the countries’ leaders in Moscow. “We are opposed to the transfer of the Kuril Islands, the native Russian land, from imperial Russia, under Japanese control. We are categorically against it. This is our land”.

Xmas trees gifted to animals at Moscow zoo

Because Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas two weeks after December 25, Russians usually keep their decorations around a bit longer than Western Europeans. But now, as these festivities come to a close, people in Moscow are hurrying to get rid of their trees. With some being gifted to the elephants, monkeys, bears and other animals of Moscow zoo, that enjoy playing with or simply eating them.