Tag Archives: RIA Novosti

Canada Sanctions Russian Officials Over Crimea

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Canada on Tuesday joined the U.S. and EU in announcing sanctions against 10 top Russian and Ukrainian officials following a referendum Sunday in Ukraine's Crimea that saw voters overwhelmingly support reunification with Russia. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Crimea Backs Union With Russia, Preliminary Referendum Results Show

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> More than 95 percent of Crimean voters have backed joining Russia and seceding from Ukraine during Sunday's referendum, the head of the Crimean commission for holding the referendum said after more than a half ballots were counted. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Siberian Poultry Producer Fined Over Toxic Bird-Waste Lake

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A poultry production plant in Siberia has been fined more than $3.5 million for improperly disposing of bird waste, creating a lake of toxic poultry droppings that have damaged the local environment. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Moscow Allows Ukraine to Conduct Aerial Inspection of Russian Borders

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia will allow Ukrainian military inspectors to carry out an emergency monitoring flight over Russian territory in response to allegations that recent military activity near Ukrainian borders poses a security threat. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia Breaks Its Olympic Medal Haul With Dominant Cross Country Displays

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia beat its record Winter Paralympic medal haul at the Sochi Games on Wednesday while claiming 10 of 18 medals on offer in the cross-country skiing one-kilometer sprints. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

RIA Novosti Sheds Employees as Details Emerge About Restructuring

By By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> RIA Novosti, Russia's largest state-owned news agency, is undergoing the final stages of its liquidation three months after President Vladimir Putin decreed its dismantlement and mandated the creation of Rossia Segodnya, a global news agency to be headed by a Kremlin loyalist. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Putin Tells Cameron, Merkel That Referendum in Crimea Is Legal

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin has said in phone conversations with the German and British leaders that Crimea's decision to secede from Ukraine and join Russia is within the framework of the international law. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

No Plans For Ukrainian Troop Deployment in Crimea, Defense Minister Says

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The movement of troops in western Ukraine, reported by the country's media, was held as part of military exercises and is not related to events in the breakaway region of Crimea, the acting defense minister said Sunday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

U.S. Military Vacates Kyrgyz Airbase

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> All military flights previously transiting through a U.S. air facility in Kyrgyzstan have been transferred to a new base in Romania, a representative of the Manas Transit Center in the Central Asian country said Friday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

DiCaprio Honored With 'Russian Oscar' from Chelyabinsk Troupe

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio was recently snubbed by the official Oscars for a fourth year, but a theater in Russia's Ural Mountains wants to give him a consolatory cast-iron "Russian Oscar," local media said Thursday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Kremlin-Run Television Channel Anchor Resigns Over Ukraine Crisis

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A U.S. anchor at the Kremlin-funded television news channel RT has resigned on air, saying the network "whitewashes" the actions of President Vladimir Putin. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Accelerated Construction Schedule Gives Kerch Bridge Project $1.3Bln Price Tag

By By Sam Skove <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The proposed bridge spanning the Kerch Strait between Russia and Crimea will cost 50 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) and could be completed in 3 1/2 years, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia to Establish Courts for International Child Custody Cases

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia will establish eight special courts to adjudicate international child custody battles in which one parent takes the child abroad without the permission of the other parent, a government official said Monday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Record-Breaking Biathlete Bjoerndalen Puts Retirement Plans on Back Burner

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, Norwegian biathlon star Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, announced Tuesday he has prolonged his career until the 2016 world championships after flirting with retirement. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

3 Ukrainian Cities Express Interest in Joining Crimea, Local Lawmaker Says

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A senior Crimean lawmaker has said that representatives of three southern Ukrainian administrative capitals have expressed a willingness to become a part of the autonomous republic if its autonomy is broadened in a referendum. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russian Skier On Road to Recover After Breaking Back in Sochi

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Russian freestyle skier who broke her back at the Sochi Olympics is in satisfactory condition and doing half-hour physical workouts every day, a doctor with the country's freestyle federation has said. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukrainian Military Units Side With Pro-Russian Forces, Crimean Authorities Say

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukraine's autonomous region of Crimea has said that the majority of Ukrainian military units stationed on the Crimean peninsula have expressed their support of legitimately elected Pro-Russian authorities ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Putin Asks Federation Council to Approve Troop Deployment in Ukraine

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin on Saturday requested approval from the country's upper house of parliament to move armed forces into Ukraine, the Kremlin's press service said in a statement. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Yanukovych to Hold News Conference in Rostov on Friday, Official Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will speak at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Friday at 5 p.m., an unidentified official close to him told RIA Novosti. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

RIA Novosti Employees Await Word on Fate of News Agency

By By Natalya Krainova <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Less than two weeks ahead of the deadline set by the Kremlin for the abolishment of major state-funded news agency RIA Novosti, its employees say they still lack details about what will happen to their jobs or when the company will cease its work. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Putin Signs Bill Overhauling the Voting System

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a law drastically overhauling the country's election law in a reform that will create a mixed system by reintroducing single-mandate elections in the next parliamentary vote. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukrainian Interior Ministry Issues Arrest Warrant for Yanukovych

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukraine's Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant Monday for the deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych, on charges of mass murder. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Winter Olympic Games Close With a Bang in Sochi

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach closed the 22nd Olympic Winter Games after a spectacular closing ceremony that rounded off 15 days of sporting action on the Black Sea coast. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukrainian Parliament Names Interim President

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Ukrainian parliament voted Sunday to transfer presidential duties to speaker, Oleksander Turchynov, who ordered a national unity government be formed by Tuesday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukraine Parliament Votes to Free Tymoshenko

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukraine's parliament voted to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail in a session on Saturday that also saw the appointment of a new Interior Minister and the dismissal of the country's top prosecutor. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russian Olympic Biathlon Athlete Expelled For Criticizing Team

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian biathlon athlete Yekaterina Glazyrina has been expelled from the Olympic national team for making derogatory comments about her teammates. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

German Athlete Disqualified from Olympics After Failing Doping Test

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Germany's five-time Olympic medalist Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has become the first athlete to be disqualified from participating in the Sochi Games for failing a doping test. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukraine Opposition Calls for Ouster as Yanukovych's Whereabouts Remain Unknown

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Opposition figures in Ukraine signaled their intent Saturday to seek the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in parliament and call elections by the end of May as the government showed signs of total capitulation following days of bloody protests. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Obama Phones Putin For 'Constructive' Talk on Ukraine

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the implementation of a plan to resolve the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, in a conversation that one senior U.S. official described as "constructive." ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Teen Sensation Lipnitskaya Falls During Short Program Skate

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Defending champion Kim Yuna secured a narrow lead in the women's figure skating competition as the pretender to her throne, Russian sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya, languished in fifth place after a fall. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukraine Athletes in Sochi Not Allowed to Wear Black Armbands of Mourning

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The International Olympic Committee has turned down a request from Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Winter Games to wear black armbands in memory of the 25 people killed during violent clashes between police and anti-government demonstratorsin Kiev. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Snowden Action Figures Go on Sale in U.S.

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has been hailed as a hero by many for disclosing details of mass surveillance programs conducted by the U.S. government. Now he's joined the ranks of fictional superheroes with the release of an action figure in his likeness. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Lawmaker Owns Undeclared Luxury Property in Dubai, Navalny Says

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has published material supposedly showing that a prominent lawmaker and son of nationalist firebrand Vladimir Zhirinovsky owns an undeclared $2.5 million apartment abroad, with seven toilets and a balcony Jacuzzi. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Dutch Skaters Complete Podium Sweep in Women's 1500-Meter Final

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Dutch speed skater Jorien ter Mors ripped up an increasingly orange-infused Adler Arena on Sunday to set a new Olympic record and claim the gold medal in the women's 1,500-meters, leading to yet another Dutch podium sweep in the sport at the Sochi Games. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Canadian Hockey Team Beat Finland in Overtime

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored twice to give Canada a 2-1 overtime win over Finland in the last match of the Olympic men's hockey preliminary round, sending both medal contenders through to the quarterfinals ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Switzerland's Cologna Demolishes Rivals in Cross-Country Skiing

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Switzerland's Dario Cologna claimed his second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Friday with a breathtaking victory in the men's cross-country skiing 15 kilometer classic. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Olympic Skater Rival Yagudin Criticizes Plushenko for Pulling Out

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian figure skating star Yevgeny Plushenko's decision to pull out of the Olympic men's competition and hang up his skates, blaming injury, was criticized Friday by his old rival and former gold medalist Alexei Yagudin. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

American's Opinion of Putin and Russia at 20-Year Low, Poll Says

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> With the eyes of the world trained on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Americans' opinions of Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin have reached their lowest point in 20 years, according to a survey released by the U.S. pollster Gallup. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Putin Picks Pamfilova for Human Rights Ombudsman Role

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin formally nominated an outspoken Kremlin critic as Russia's next human rights ombudsman on Thursday, saying he expected her to watch Russia's political life with "a critical eye." ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Colorado Avalanche's Goaltender Varlamov to Start for Russia in Opening Match

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who saw an assault charge against him dropped in December, has been handed a starting berth for Russia in the host nation's Olympic hockey curtain-raiser against Slovenia on Thursday, a team spokesman said. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia's Shipulin Taken Off Individual Biathlon Race After Disappointing Sprint

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> MOSCOW- Russia's Anton Shipulin, who was one shot away from Sochi Olympic biathlon sprint gold, won't take part in the individual race, the country's biathlon union announced Wednesday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

South Korea's Lee Sets New Olympic Record for Women's 500 Meters Speedskating

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> South Korea's star speedskater Lee Sang-Hwa retained her Olympic title in the women's 500 meters in Sochi on Tuesday, scorching around the Adler Arena track to set a new Olympic record while Russia's Olga Fatkulina claimed the silver on home ice. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russian Leads Team Figure Skating

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov capped a near-perfect day for Russia in the Olympic team figure skating event on Saturday, winning the pairs free program and giving the host nation a commanding six-point lead at the top of the standings. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Council of Europe Invites Snowden to Speak on Spying

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembl, or PACE, said Wednesday that it would invite National Security Agency intelligence leaker Edward Snowden to Strasbourg in April to debate "mass surveillance and whistleblowing" with U.S. officials at public hearings. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

No Plans to Revise $15Bln Ukraine Loan, Putin Says

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin has said his country will stick to its commitments to lend debt-strapped Ukraine $15 billion and reduce natural gas prices even if Ukraine's new Cabinet of ministers is filled with opposition politicians. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Yanukovych Appoints New Chief of Staff

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> An official in Ukraine who has been serving as a top government adviser on security was appointed Friday to head the presidential administration as a wave of demonstrations continues to plague the former Soviet nation's authorities. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Families of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Plane Crash Victims File Lawsuit

By RIA Novosti <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Relatives of six Russian hockey players killed in a 2011 plane crash are seeking 105 million rubles ($3 million) in compensation for moral and financial damages, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times