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'Drunk man' demands flight to Afghanistan in 'hijacking'

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A drunk passenger who tried to hijack a passenger jet over Russia has been arrested, police have said. The man had been on an Aeroflot flight from the Siberian city of Surgut to the Russian capital Moscow when he tried to break into the cockpit. He told the crew that he was armed and demanded Read More

Spike in ‘cathedral tourism’ thanks to cultural pursuits of ‘spies’? Twitter notices a pattern

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A lawyer for Paul Whelan, the American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of espionage, has claimed that he simply wanted pictures of Russian cathedrals, but happened to receive a memory stick containing state secrets instead. The defense immediately drew comparisons with the case of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two Russian citizens who claimed Read More

Former marine 'had secret Russian files on USB drive'

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A former US marine held in Moscow on suspicion of spying was found with classified Russian materials when he was arrested, his lawyer has said. Paul Whelan, 48, was detained at a hotel in the city on 28 December “while carrying out an act of espionage”, according to Russia’s FSB security service. On Tuesday, Moscow Read More

Let’s replace US dollar with Russian gold, Moscow exchange chief suggests

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Russian gold could become the perfect alternative to conservative investments in the greenback, the CEO of Russia’s key trading floor, Moscow Exchange (MOEX), believes. “Let’s offer an alternative to the US dollar in the form of Russian gold, which we produce… investment gold,” CEO Alexander Afanasiev suggested, speaking in the Lower House of Russia’s parliament Read More

Moscow slams EU’s ‘arbitrary’ chemical-weapons sanctions, threatens to retaliate

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Russia has threatened to respond to “freshly invented” punitive measures imposed by the EU over the Skripal poisoning. Moscow says it’s an arbitrary punishment that disrespects established non-proliferation norms. The accusations that gave rise to the sanctions “don’t stand up to criticism,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We reserve the right to Read More

Russia aims to boost trade with Japan to $30 billion

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Trade between Russia and Japan grew by 20 percent to $20 billion last year, Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin has said. He met with his Japanese counterpart Hiroshige Seko in Moscow on Tuesday. “Now we are specifying the categories of goods where we have prospects of increasing supplies,” the minister told journalists. Moscow and Tokyo Read More

Ex-US Marine Paul Whelan charged with spying was in possession of Russian ‘state secrets’ – lawyer

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Paul Whelan, the ex-US Marine suspected of espionage in Russia, had documents containing state secrets at the time of his arrest in Moscow, his lawyer said. Whelan may not have been aware he had sensitive information, he added. “I can confirm that at the time of his detention, Whelan had some documents containing state secrets, Read More

Russia cuts foreign debt to decade low while boosting national reserves

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Russia’s external debt has fallen by $64.4 billion or 12.4 percent from the beginning of last year, amounting to $453.7 billion as of January 1, 2019 – the lowest level since April 2009, according to Central Bank of Russia data. All institutional sectors dropped their debts last year, the Central Bank of Russia announced on Read More

Fourteen die as gas tankers catch fire near Crimea

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Fourteen people have died and five are missing after two gas tankers caught fire near Crimea, Russia’s transport ministry has said. The blazes broke out when one vessel was transferring fuel to another in the Kerch Strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Workers on both ships had to jump overboard and Read More

Fourteen dead as gas tankers catch fire near Crimea

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Fourteen people have died and five are missing after two gas tankers caught fire near Crimea, Russia’s transport ministry has said. The fires broke out when one vessel was transferring fuel to another in the Kerch Strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Workers on both ships had to jump overboard and Read More