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Yekaterinburg: World Cup Host City where Gangs Once Ruled

Yekaterinburg has escaped its dark past of contract killings and organized crime to become a World Cup host city with a more hopeful future.

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S. Korea's Moon Arrives in Russia for Talks with Putin

South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Russia Thursday ahead of talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, which are expected to focus on economic cooperation and the situation in North Korea.

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Russia Calls for 'Dialogue' between Israel and Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday called for dialogue between Israel and Iran following Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria that marked a sharp escalation between the two enemies. 

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Russian Court Rules to Block Telegram Messaging App

A Moscow court on Friday ruled to block the popular messaging app Telegram in Russia, after it refused to give state security services access to private conversations. 

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Moscow Calls on West to 'Seriously Consider' Consequences of Syria Threats

Moscow on Thursday called on the West to "seriously consider" the consequences of threats against Syria after the U.S. and France said they would respond to an alleged chemical attack. 

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State of Play over Russian Envoy Expulsions

The United States, EU members, NATO and other nations across three continents have announced the expulsion of over 150 Russian diplomats in a coordinated action against Moscow which they accuse of poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.

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Russia Says UK Forcing 'Allies to Take Confrontational Steps' over Spy Poisoning

Russia on Friday slammed Britain for encouraging European Union member states to support London over a spy poisoning row after they agreed to recall the bloc's envoy from Moscow for consultations.

In London they "are feverishly trying to force allies to take confrontational steps," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on a visit to Hanoi, state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

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Russians See Little Hope of Change They Crave in Putin's Next Term

Retired rocket scientist Anatoly Alexandrovich has a blunt suggestion for how the Russian healthcare system could be improved: "Drop an atomic bomb on it."

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Russia Denies Role in Strikes Killing Civilians in Syria's E. Ghouta

The Kremlin on Wednesday denied involvement in air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave that monitors say have killed at least 250 civilians since the start of the week.

"These are groundless accusations. It is not clear what they are based on. No specific data has been given. We do not agree (with them)," said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to a U.S. briefing saying that Russia was responsible for the attacks.

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U.S. Pushes Russia on Syria as U.N. Warns of 'Dangerous Moment'

The United States has urged Russia to use its leverage over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the war as the U.N. envoy warned of a "worrying and dangerous" moment in the nearly seven-year conflict.

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