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Russian official instructs aide to rape pregnant journalist

Russian official instructs aide to rape pregnant journalist

MOSCOW, April 21 (UPI) -- A Russian parliamentarian Vladimir Zhirinovsky shoved a pregnant journalist at a press conference and instructed an aide to "violently rape" her.
Aileen Graef
McDonald's suspends operations in Crimea

McDonald's suspends operations in Crimea

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 4 (UPI) -- McDonald's Ukraine halted operations in three of its restaurants in Crimea, following ongoing tensions in the region.
Ananth Baliga
Russia party leader: Obama should get a divorce

Russia party leader: Obama should get a divorce

MOSCOW, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party told U.S. President Barack Obama to get a divorce to become a more effective leader.

Thousands protest in Kiev over halted EU trade deal

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain said Sunday "America stands with" protesters rallying against the Ukrainian president's backing out of a trade deal with the European Union.
Chechen leader says comments by Russian lawmaker incited hatred

Chechen leader says comments by Russian lawmaker incited hatred

MOSCOW, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has charged a Russian lawmaker with inciting hatred against residents of the troubled North Caucasus region.
Opposition rallies in front of U.S. Embassy in Moscow over Syria

Opposition rallies in front of U.S. Embassy in Moscow over Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Demonstrators outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow Wednesday protested a push by U.S. leaders toward a military response over use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Moscow mayoral hopeful rebuts charges of illegal campaign donations

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A candidate running to be mayor of Moscow Monday denied allegations by prosecutors that he had received illegal money from abroad to fund his campaign.

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Russian party wants a month of no news

MOSCOW, June 26 (UPI) -- The leader of a Russian nationalist party has suggested all the country's journalists take a one-month vacation to relieve the "news pressure" on the public.

Outside Moscow, Putin wins over Russians

MOSCOW, March 3 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears to have enough support outside Moscow to give him the victory in his bid to become president, observers say.
Putin bid said to have wide support

Putin bid said to have wide support

MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- More than half of Russian voters surveyed said they support Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his bid to become the country's president.
Moscow officials deny pushing Putin rally

Moscow officials deny pushing Putin rally

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- City officials in Moscow deny claims they're pressuring school leaders to send employees to a rally supporting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's presidential bid.
Russian panel rejects 2 presidential bids

Russian panel rejects 2 presidential bids

MOSCOW, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Russian Central Election Committee rejected Liberal opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky's bid to run for president against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Putin urged not to run for president

Putin urged not to run for president

MOSCOW, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- One of Vladimir Putin's rivals for president of Russia says it would be "unbecoming" for him to seek a third term, a view shared by a top Russian businessman.
Polls show Putin support under 50 percent

Polls show Putin support under 50 percent

MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Support for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's presidential bid rose to 48 percent in recent weeks, the state-run polling agency VTsIOM said Friday.
Medvedev pushes Putin for president

Medvedev pushes Putin for president

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the main task of the ruling United Russia Party is to make Vladimir Putin a "worthy" 2012 presidential candidate.

Gadhafi urged to leave Libya for Russia

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The leader of a Russian political party has urged Moammar Gadhafi to stop the violence in Libya and move to Moscow, the party's Web site said.

Top Russian communist disputes election

MOSCOW, March 22 (UPI) -- The head of the Communist Party in Russia wants a commission created to investigate alleged ballot-rigging in the recent presidential election.

Observers doubt Russian elections fair

MOSCOW, March 3 (UPI) -- Russia's presidential elections may have reflected the will of the voters but European observers said they questioned its fairness.

Medvedev wins election, officials say

MOSCOW, March 2 (UPI) -- Russian presidential hopeful Dmitry Medvedev has won the national election, election officials say.

Putin urges Russians to vote Sunday

MOSCOW, March 1 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his countrymen to take part in Sunday's national election, Itar-Tass reported Saturday.

Medvedev expected to win Russian election

MOSCOW, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Dmitry Medvedev has a commanding lead heading into Russia's presidential election next month, it was reported Friday.
Medvedev skips first presidential debate

Medvedev skips first presidential debate

MOSCOW, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A televised presidential debate marked the beginning of the campaign season in Russia, but the presumptive next president did not attend, a report said.

Russian presidential candidates campaign

MOSCOW, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Russia's four registered presidential candidates Saturday were allowed to begin buying advertisements and air time on the country's mass media.

Communist leader blasts Russian media

MOSCOW, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Russia's Communist Party leader Saturday blasted his country's media for its favorable coverage of Kremlin-backed Dmitry Medvedev.
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