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  • MOSCOW, March 1- Holding placards declaring "I am not afraid", thousands of Russians marched in Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has widened a split in society that some say could threaten Russia's future. Families, the old and young walked slowly, with many carrying portraits of Nemtsov, an opposition politician and former...

  • MOSCOW, March 1- Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin. Putin's opponents say such suggestions show the cynicism of Russia's leaders as they whip up nationalism, hatred and anti-Western...

  • KIEV, Ukraine— War-torn Ukraine is a long way from Wood Dale, Illinois. "I don't see myself as a politician," she told The Associated Press at her office in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Corruption is endemic throughout Ukraine.

  • Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    MOSCOW, March 1 ( (Reuters)- Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin. Putin's opponents say such suggestions show the cynicism of Russia's leaders as they whip up nationalism, hatred and...

  • KIEV, Feb 28- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he planned to disclose evidence of Russia's involvement in Ukraine's separatist conflict. Poroshenko paid tribute to Nemtsov, who was shot dead late on Friday, and said the fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin had told...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 28- Russian President Vladimir Putin promised the mother of murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Saturday that everything will be done to find and punish her son's killers, the Kremlin said. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back near the Kremlin in central Moscow on Friday and sympathisers on Saturday placed flowers at the place...

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said. Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for...

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. MOSCOW, Feb 28- Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead metres from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back, the Interior Ministry said.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 28- Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday. He was shot four times late on Friday night, not far from the Kremlin in the centre of Moscow. "Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in the back," an Interior Ministry...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 27- The rouble and Russian shares fell on Friday, ending the month on a cautious note after a rally the day before, as support from monthly taxes waned and oil prices remained volatile. At 1550 GMT the Russian currency was down 1 percent to 61.73 against the dollar and by a similar amount against the euro at 69.32. Although oil benchmark Brent was up around 2...

  • KIEV, Feb 27- Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if a ceasefire holds. Kiev and Western governments have accused Russia of sending troops and weapons to support the separatists in east Ukraine, despite a peace deal agreed in the Belarussian...

  • Volkswagen profits up 20 percent for full year Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    Volkswagen warned that economic trends in Latin America and Eastern Europe could affect its commercial vehicles and power engineering businesses. Russia's economy appears headed for recession after a sharp drop in the ruble and its recent conflict with Ukraine has undermined business confidence in Eastern Europe. Chief Financial Officer Hans Dieter...

  • KIEV/ KRASNOYARSK, Russia, Feb 27- Ukraine has sent a small prepayment of $15 million to Russia for March natural gas deliveries, energy officials from the two sides said on Friday, after Moscow threatened to cut off supply. In their latest dispute, Ukraine and Russia have argued over who should pay for Russian gas sent to two rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Emerging market stocks dipped on Friday but were heading for their third weekly gain in the last four as investors positioned for an extended era of cheap money ahead of the European Central Bank's looming bond-buying scheme. "There a bit of market pressure on Turkey," said Aberdeen Asset Management portfolio manager Viktor Szabo.

  • * "Now we know China better," deputy PM says. KRASNOYARSK, Russia, Feb 27- Russia may consider allowing Chinese investors more than 50 percent stakes in its strategic oil and gas fields, an official said on Friday, an about-face by Moscow that underlines its need for foreign help to develop energy reserves. But now that Western sanctions over Moscow's role in Ukraine...

  • *Truce taking hold in east Ukraine but new deaths reported. KIEV, Feb 27- Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if the truce is solid. Kiev and Western governments have accused Russia of sending troops and weapons to...

  • UPDATE 1-Russian assets tread water after rally Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 4:03 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 27- The rouble and Russian shares were little changed on Friday, as markets took a breather after a strong rally the previous day and as oil markets remained volatile. He said in addition to the volatile oil price, investors were also confused by reports about the implementation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. However, analysts at Sberbank...

  • MOSCOW— Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive. That increases the pressure on Ukraine to strike a deal at a meeting Monday with Russian officials in Brussels— a showdown that comes amid rising fears in...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 27- Austria's Raiffeisenbank will close its branches in Russia's far east to improve efficiency after they generated little income and had few opportunities for growth, a move which shows the impact of Russia's economic crisis on the sector. Banks are suffering from higher bad loan provisions and lower profits because of the crisis, deepened by...

  • *U.S. exports to Asia not profitable at current prices. Asia has traditionally taken more than 70 percent of annual global liquefied natural gas demand, and exporters developing new projects in the United States, Canada and Australia had been looking to China, Japan and South Korea- the world's top three buyers- as the most reliable outlets. Nuclear energy, coal and...