It's a wrap: Russian Batmobile towed away in plastic after city jaunt

A would-be Russian superhero returned to reality with a bump when police pulled him over as he drove a replica Batmobile through Moscow. The vehicle was too wide for the city’s streets and had not been certified as roadworthy, a Moscow interior ministry spokesman said late on Tuesday. Police


Putin’s aide Surkov leaves post: Kremlin

Vladislav Surkov, an aide to Russian President Vladimir, has left his post, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday. Surkov was previously in charge of advice on Russia’s relationship with Ukraine but earlier in February the Kremlin said that it would now be handled by the Ukrainian-born d


'There will be dad and mum': Putin rules out Russia legalizing gay marriage

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would not legalize gay marriage as long as he was in the KremlinHe made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”. “As


EU slaps sanctions on seven more people in Russian-annexed Crimea

The European Union added seven Russian-backed officials in Crimea to its sanctions blacklist on Tuesday for organizing local elections in the peninsula last year. The decision came after Cyprus came on board, as any EU move on sanctions requires unanimity. Nicosia had stalled the process in recent


Putin calls for summit of UN security council permanent members

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for a summit in 2020 of leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to “defend peace” in the face of global instability. A summit for states that “hold special responsibility to save civilization” would


Russia: Biggest pool in Muslim-majority North Caucasus bans women

The biggest swimming pool in Russia's Muslim-majority North Caucasus region has banned women, prompting anger from rights activists and others who have accused the sports complex of discrimination. The Anzhi Arena spa-complex near Makhachkala, the capital of the internal Russian republic of Dagesta


Putin: Don't lose hope that Libya conflict will be solved

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he hoped that the Berlin summit on Libya could bring further progress and that Moscow’s peace efforts had yielded first results. “We don’t lose hope that dialogue will continue and the conflict will be solved,” Putin said befor


Russian authorities ramp up pressure on Kremlin opponent Navalny and his allies

Russian authorities raided Alexei Navalny's offices on Thursday, just a day after the Kremlin opponent said one of his allies had been forcibly conscripted and sent to serve at a remote Arctic base.Navalny was taken from the office by officers of the federal court bailiffs' service that forced their


Putin Hopes There Will Be No New Cold War, Says Russia Won't Be Dragged Into Another Arms Race

The Russian president met with representatives of several Arab-language media outlets to discuss a variety of issues: from the situation in the Middle East region and attacks on oil facilities and tankers there to bilateral ties between the US and Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged




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