Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a country in Eastern Europe with a vast expanse of territory that stretches across Northern Asia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), it is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning eleven time zones, and bordering 18 sovereign nations. About 146.79 million people live in the country's 85 federal subjects as of 2019, making Russia the ninth most populous nation in the world and the most populous nation in Europe. Russia's capital and largest city is Moscow; other major urban areas include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Chelyabinsk.
Russian airports are screening travelers arriving from China to try to identify those infected with the new coronavirus. In Russia, at least four airports have introduced screening measures to try to..
Shoreh Bayat is a referee at the Women's World Chess Championships, but she's accused of violating Iran's Islamic dress code during a match in Russia. Now she tells Reuters that she's afraid to return..
Ukraine has appealed to the FBI for help in investigating a suspected cyber attack by Russian military hackers on the energy company Burisma, the company at the center of President Trump's impeachment...
Cyprus is blocking new European Union sanctions against several officials from Russia-annexed Crimea in a bid to secure EU backing for tougher action against Turkey in a separate row over drilling for.. Reuters - Published
Three Syrian army servicemen were killed and eight wounded in the last 24 hours by gunfire from militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo, RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing the Russian defense.. Reuters - Published
The Kremlin said on Friday that the possible release of Naama Issachar, a U.S.-Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges, was being held up because she had not yet formally asked to be granted a.. Reuters - Published
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday appointed former economy minister Maxim Oreshkin as his adviser following the resignation of his government last week, a Kremlin decree said. Reuters - Published
There have been few chuckles during U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate. But a wisecrack on Thursday about Russian President Vladimir Putin produced some laughter, at least.. Reuters - Published
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges.. Reuters - Published
Russia said on Thursday it had missed a United Nations deadline to repatriate North Korean workers due to what it called objective difficulties, but said it was scrupulously complying with U.N... Reuters - Published
Syrian state media said militants launched a major attack on government forces in Idlib on Thursday that Russia's defense ministry said killed up to 40 Syrian soldiers, though the account was disputed.. Reuters - Published
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday proposed holding a summit between the leaders of Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain in 2020 to discuss global problems. Reuters - Published
A popular stand-up comedian has temporarily left Russia for security reasons after police opened an investigation into one of his performances in which he cracked crude jokes about Jesus and the.. Reuters - Published
Ukraine started talks with Russia on a new swap of Ukrainians detained in Russia and in eastern Ukraine, which is under separatist control, Ukraine's presidential office said on Thursday. Reuters - Published
Russia's lower house of parliament unanimously gave its initial backing on Thursday to sweeping constitutional changes proposed by President Vladimir Putin which are widely seen as an attempt to extend.. Reuters - Published
Israel is to hold one of the largest commemorations of World War II on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz by the Red Army. More than 40 world leaders, including.. France 24 - Published
President Vladimir Putin said during a visit to Israel on Thursday that he had given assurances to the mother of Naama Issachar, a U.S.-Israeli woman jailed in Russia, that "everything will be okay".. Reuters - Published
Russia's lower house of parliament backed sweeping constitutional reform legislation put forward by President Vladimir Putin in a preliminary vote on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported. Reuters - Published
Russia's defense ministry said on Thursday that hundreds of Syrian militants launched multiple attacks in Syria's Idlib province, killing up to 40 Syrian soldiers and wounding 80, the Interfax news.. Reuters - Published
A Russian government reshuffle that brought in a new first deputy prime minister and a new economy minister is an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to secure his economic legacy, say two sources.. Reuters - Published
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. Reuters - Published
Russia's consumer safety watchdog said it has strengthened its sanitary and quarantine control at all entry points into the country, due to concerns over coronavirus from China, the Interfax news.. Reuters - Published
Three weeks after Election Day 2016, the Kremlin officially floated a theory that would ultimately lead to only the third presidential impeachment in U.S. history. “Ukraine seriously complicated the.. WorldNews - Published
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new government, giving most of the ministerial portfolios to new faces but retaining some of the most important ones. President Putin approved the new.. WorldNews - Published
featured_button_text 1 of 3 FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, the sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Germany. World.. WorldNews - Published
President Vladimir Putin approved a new Russian government on Tuesday which he called a break with the past and included a new economy minister and first deputy prime minister, but many senior.. Reuters - Published
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, and Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev will keep their posts in Russia's new government, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Reuters - Published
Alexander Novak has retained his post as Russian Energy Minister after a government reshuffle, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, following days of uncertainty over who would lead Moscow's global energy.. Reuters - Published
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday named Andrei Belousov, his economy advisor since 2013, as Russia's first deputy prime minister, replacing Anton Siluanov who had held the role since May 2018. Reuters - Published