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  • 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...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 28- Russia's Investigative Committee is pursuing several lines on inquiry following the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, including the possibility it was an attempt to destabilise the political situation, Interfax news agency said.

  • *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...

  • Armenia's GDP growth slows to 3.4 pct in 2014 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:16 AM ET

    YEREVAN, Feb 27- Armenia's gross domestic product growth slowed to 3.4 percent in 2014 from 3.5 percent in 2013, and was down from an initially projected 5.2 percent, the National Statistics Service said on Friday. It also belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin's Eurasian Union, a bloc he hopes will rival the European Union. The International Monetary Fund...

  • * "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...

  • 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...

  • *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in the North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • Brent approaches $61, set to end 7-month losing streak Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 PM ET

    *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 26- Crude oil futures fell sharply on Thursday as rising inventories in the United States pressured both Brent and U.S. contracts and countered expectations for recovering demand. While Brent losses were tempered by those expectations for improving global demand and geopolitical concerns about energy supplies from Libya and Russia, U.S. crude...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 26- Crude oil futures fell on Thursday, as rising inventories in the United States pressured both Brent and U.S. contracts and countered expectations for recovering demand. Brent losses were tempered by those expectations for improving global demand and geopolitical concerns about energy supplies from Libya and Russia. Brent April crude was...

  • After months in which Kiev has been faithfully paying for gas and Moscow reliably supplying it under a deal brokered by the European Union, this week has seen the quarrel erupt anew. Russia, which has cut off the gas three times in the past decade, including for six months last year, has once again threatened to switch off supplies unless Ukraine sends more money...

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- Germany is considering buying more tanks in the light of the Ukraine crisis and Europe's deteriorating relations with Russia, after years of drastic cuts left the military operating with just 75 percent of the heavy equipment it needs. "NATO has set new goals on flexibility and rapid reaction time. Lawmakers on both sides of Germany's right-left...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 26- Kremlin-controlled Gazprom said on Thursday it would exempt gas supplies to rebel-held regions from its main contract with Ukrainian Naftogaz, days before Kiev uses up gas volumes it has already paid for. The dispute flared up last week when Gazprom said it started direct gas supplies to the regions of eastern Ukraine held by pro- Moscow rebels.

  • Russia could cut off gas to Ukraine by 'end of week' Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia could cut off supplies to neighboring Ukraine by the end of the week if it does not get further payments from the country, state-owned gas company Gazprom said Thursday. Spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said in televised remarks that "if no new funds are received from Kiev, then naturally we cannot continue delivering gas to Ukraine."

  • *Ukraine says it is too early to follow suit. *Ukraine reverses currency trading halt. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- Ukraine came under greater economic pressure after unexpectedly banning most currency trading and then abruptly reversing course, wreaking havoc on the hryvnia, just as a truce in the east took hold on Wednesday with no combat fatalities reported.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Feb 25- Gas giant Gazprom's oil arm is shifting its trading operations from Austria back to Russia, it said on Wednesday, with industry sources saying the firm wanted to protect huge revenues from potential seizure as Moscow's relations with the West worsen. A decision by Gazprom Neft to relocate trading from Vienna to St Petersburg, Russia's...