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A RUSSIAN billionaire has declared he is seeking to lead a political party backing a second term for President Dmitry Medvedev, a move that could undermine an unwritten rule that tycoons stay out of politics.
President Dmitry Medvedev has said Russia could face civil war or stagnation if too much power was concentrated in the hands of one man, an apparent jibe at the prime minister, Vladimir Putin.
Scientists have identified what may be one of the last northern refuges of Neanderthals, a spot near the Arctic Circle in Russia with artifacts dated to 31,000 to 34,000 years ago.
TENS of thousands of soldiers marched in lockstep across Red Square yesterday in Russia's annual Victory Day display of military might, while president Dmitry Medvedev said the country was committed to peace and global stability.
Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader flippantly dismissed suggestions of involvement in killings in the restive Russian region, telling a court yesterday his hands were clean from a recent manicure.
RUSSIA'S president argued yesterday that tough international guidelines could help prevent accidents such as the Chernobyl meltdown.
GROWING numbers of wealthy Russian visitors are helping Scotland's tourism industry withstand the economic downturn.
SCOTLAND is seen as a very high-quality destination in Russia. As there are no direct flights, you really have to make a special effort.
Vladimir Putin yesterday insisted that Russia must be strong to fend off foreign threats and heaped praise on his own achievements - a show of muscle seen as a signal that he intends to reclaim the country's presidency next year.
A RUSSIAN submarine is to work alongside Nato warships for the first time.
Russia's ruling party wants premier Vladimir Putin to stand in the 2012 presidential election, Russian news agencies reported.
Russia will test a next-generation spacecraft, build a new cosmodrome and even consider a manned mission to Mars after 2035, the nation's space chief said yesterday.
Russian hacker attacks on the country's biggest blog site and a spy agency's warning to Gmail and Skype have raised fears that authorities are tightening their grip on dissent in a China-like assault on free speech.
Riot police in Moscow detained about 25 protesters who unfurled an anti-government banner at an unauthorised demonstration.
A CHECHEN rebel warlord was behind the suicide bombing of a Russian airport, the investigative agency said yesterday, adding that it has detained two suspects.
Opposition leaders alleged yesterday that corruption in Russia has worsened under Vladimir Putin's rule, and his friends and relatives have abused their positions for personal gain.
Ardent British heavy rock fan Dmitry Medvedev got his wish on Tuesday night when the Russian president hosted Deep Purple at his luxurious residence near Moscow.
Russia is putting an escalating territorial spat with Japan on hold to prepare to offer energy supplies and manpower for the relief effort.