Russian rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva dies at the age of 91

Russian human rights activist and Putin critic who has fought against the Kremlin for decades dies aged 91 Lyudmila Alexeyeva died in Moscow hospital yesterday after battling long illness Her passing was described as ‘a huge loss for the entire human rights movement’ Began campaigning in Soviet era in ’50s and challenged Putin’s modern Russia Soviet-era dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who became a […]

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‘Shy’ Russian beauty queen who married Malaysian King ‘found fame having sex in swimming on tacky reality TV show watched by millions

Russian model Oksana Voevodina, 25, had a screen name Nikol on the programme five years ago, according to the country's biggest newspaper. The new first lady – who last week married monarch Muhammad V of Kelantan, 49 – has not commented on the claims highlighted by pro-Kremlin Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP). “Previously she was not shy at all,” said a report today […]

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Race to stop Russian becoming Interpol head

London: Two of the Kremlin's most prominent critics have joined forces to try to stop a Russian becoming the next president of international police organisation Interpol, saying they feared Moscow would abuse the post to hunt down its detractors. Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, right, and financier William Browder attend a joint press conference in London.Credit:AP Interpol's general assembly is due to […]

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Moment Russian warplane crashes NATO's biggest military exercise since the Cold War risking WW3

The rumbling engine of the low-flying Soviet-era plane signalled Russia's uninvited arrival at the massive operation, which involves 50,000 troops, 65 ships and 250 aircraft. More than 2,330 UK personnel, plus hundreds of vehicles including Foxhounds and Jackals, seven ships and Hawk jets, are in Norway to take part in Trident Juncture. Soldiers on board the USS Mount Whitney off […]

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Video: Pregnant woman gives birth at supermarket checkouts

Supermarket delivery: Pregnant woman goes to the grocery store and leaves 25 minutes later with a baby after giving birth at the checkout Russian woman, 28, visited Nazyvaevsk store in Omsk region to buy groceries But she went into labour by the till forcing staff to act as an impromptu midwife  The birth lasted just 11 minutes before the new […]

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Bolton says Russian meddling in US elections hardly had any effect

Moscow: US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Monday Russian meddling in US elections had hardly had any real effect. John Bolton, national security advisor.Credit:Bloomberg "I told our Russian colleagues that their meddling in our election process had hardly had any real effect", Bolton told during an interview with the radio station Echo of Moscow. Russia denies meddling in […]

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Russian 'witch' who strangled and burned daughter-in-law in 'black magic' bonfire wants custody of granddaughter as 'witch apprentice'

Valentina Yartseva was convicted of murdering her daughter-in-law Natalia Yartseva, 31, in Zarinsk, Russia, four years ago. Now the 58-year-old wants her grandchild, Anastasia, as her “apprentice” when she is freed from jail, according to a major Russian newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP). During her trial she "cast a spell” on Judge Natalia Zagnetina prompting her son Alexander, who is also, […]

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Ricciardo to start Russian GP from bottom

Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen will start Sunday's Russian Grand Prix at the back of the grid after being penalised for exceeding the engine change limit. The pair finished Friday's practice in the top four but then were sanctioned after it emerged the team switched engines more than three times in the session […]

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Cops probe whether Russian model and husband's poisoning claims are just a hoax

Anna Shapiro, 30, and Alex King, 42, were interviewed as witnesses after insisting Vladimir Putin was behind a plot to poison them in Salisbury. Cops are now working on the theory that the major incident sparked by King’s sudden collapse could have been faked. Anna claimed she had been targeted by Russian state killers after receiving death threats. She said […]

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Russian model’s husband faces police probe after new Salisbury crisis

The Prince and the Prankster: Russian model’s husband who sparked second Salisbury crisis once tricked Charles at film premiere – as it’s revealed he faces police quiz over ‘poisoning’ and has child porn conviction Alex King taken ill along with his 30-year-old lingerie model wife Anna Shapiro Shapiro claimed in newspaper interview she was the target of assassination plot  Police […]

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