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400 arrested as police crack down on second day of anti-Putin protests

Hundreds of people demanding an end to Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule protested in Russia’s two largest cities last night, despite a crackdown by riot police and intimidation by young pro-Kremlin groups.

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Putin calls for Eurasian Union of old Soviet allies

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has proposed forming a “Eurasian Union” of former Soviet nations, saying the bloc could become a major global player competing for influence with the United States, the European Union and Asia.

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Russian oligarch making waves with bid for political power

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.

Medvedev warns of civil war for Russia

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.

Last Neanderthal bolthole found in Russia

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.

20,000 soldiers march in step as Russia honours its world war heroes

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 leader denies link to death of activist

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.

Chernobyl remembered but Russia still backing nuclear

RUSSIA'S president argued yesterday that tough international guidelines could help prevent accidents such as the Chernobyl meltdown.

From Russia with lucre

GROWING numbers of wealthy Russian visitors are helping Scotland's tourism industry withstand the economic downturn.

Sofia Soboleva: High-quality destination more Russians want to explore

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 tightens his hold on power

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.

Russian sub to work with Nato

A RUSSIAN submarine is to work alongside Nato warships for the first time.

Backing for Putin's electoral return

Russia's ruling party wants premier Vladimir Putin to stand in the 2012 presidential election, Russian news agencies reported.

Russia sets sights on the Red Planet

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.

Kremlin suspected of attacks on bloggers

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.

25 held in Moscow 'freedom' protest

Riot police in Moscow detained about 25 protesters who unfurled an anti-government banner at an unauthorised demonstration.

Russians arrest two over airport attack

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.

Putin and his friends accused of corruption

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.

Kremlin rocker lives the dream

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.

Japanese crisis: Russia rallies round despite islands row

Russia is putting an escalating territorial spat with Japan on hold to prepare to offer energy supplies and manpower for the relief effort.

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