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  • Putin describes secret meeting to take Crimea Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 7:17 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has described a secret meeting with officials last year when Russia decided it would take Crimea.

  • MOSCOW, March 6- Last week, when Boris Nemtsov was shot dead as he walked across a bridge next to the Kremlin, it took 11 minutes before a police car arrived at the scene, according to the time stamp on closed circuit television footage. Nemtsov was the most high profile opposition figure killed during President Vladimir Putin's 15- year rule. His shooting prompted...

  • LONDON, March 4- Britain on Wednesday told Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman he had seven days to explain why he should be allowed to retain ownership of newly acquired oil and gas fields in the North Sea or face being forced to sell them. Upping the ante in a standoff that could deter other Russians from investing in Britain, Ed Davey, Britain's energy minister,...

  • LONDON, March 4- Britain will not drop its opposition to Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's purchase of North Sea oil and gas fields after cementing its objections at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron, a government source told Reuters. But the British government has said that it is concerned that production at the fields could be halted if...

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, March 4- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he did not want a gas conflict with Ukraine similar to ones that took place in the past, and that Kiev only had enough pre-paid gas from Russia to last two days. Previous "gas wars" have led to supply disruptions to Europe, which gets around a third of its gas from Russia, and 40 percent of this...

  • GENEVA, March 3- Europe's carmakers are benefiting from robust demand for passenger cars in most of Europe although the slumping Russian market continues to cast a shadow, making forecasts increasingly difficult, the Chief Executives of Opel and Volkswagen said. The Russian market, once the third largest for General Motors in Europe, is massively down and GM...

  • EXCLUSIVE-Full text of Reuters interview with Obama Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 5:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 2- Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason interviewed President Barack Obama on Monday on topics including U.S.- Israel relations, Iran, China and Russia. REUTERS- Let's start right on Israel. Your administration has described Prime Minister Netanyahu's plans to address Congress tomorrow on Iran as destructive.

  • GENEVA, March 2- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the main U.N. human rights forum on Monday that the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was a "heinous crime" and that President Vladimir Putin was leading an investigation to bring perpetrators to justice. He addressed the Geneva forum shortly before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and after the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • *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...