Moscow, June 18 (IANS) Russia said Monday that it would not allow the imposition of a no-fly zone over the conflict-ravaged Syria and expressed surprise over Cairo severing ties with Damascus. "Russia sees no necessity of introducing such measures and considers them counter-productive," reported Xinhua citing Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich over the need to impose no-fly zone over Syria. Citing example of Libya, where imposition of a no-fly zone in 2011 allowed NATO warplanes to help the rebels topple former leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Russian ministry opposed repeating that in Syria.
Moscow, June 18 (IANS) The Russian government has expressed surprise over Egypt's decision to cut off diplomatic relations with Syria.
Moscow, June 17 (IANS) Russian judo champion Elena Ivashchenko committed suicide last Saturday because of her failure during the London Olympics, a judo official said Monday.
Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russia will spend over 660 billion rubles ($20.6 billion) on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.
Moscow, June 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the Russian authorities must pay over 28,000 euros (around $37,000) to two Russians who took part in an anti-terrorist operation but never received combat allowance.
Moscow, June 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Belarusian authorities have found a new "target" in a campaign against free-living citizens, by persecuting naturists at an unofficial nudist beach outside the capital Minsk, a media report said. Riot police demanded that nude beach-goers at Minskoye More reservoir must cover up, claiming going naked equates to "hooliganism", the Belarusian edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda said. Police also fined several people, including at least one woman who was made to pay 300,000 Belarusian rubles ($35) for sunbathing in the raw, the daily said.
Moscow, June 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Admiral Nakhimov, a nuclear-powered missile cruiser currently being overhauled and modernised, will rejoin the Russian Navy in 2018 with the most advanced weapons systems for its vessel type, its maker said.
Moscow, June 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Nearly 70 percent of Russia's population of 140 million will be involved in the preparation and execution of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Speaking Thursday, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko however did not explain how the massive workforce would be apportioned out but said jobs would be created through the construction or renovation of 12 World Cup stadiums in 11 Russian host cities.
Moscow, June 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former Russian football star Valery Karpin is being sued for $29.3 million in a Spanish court over a real estate dispute, La Voz de Galicia newspaper reported Thursday.
Moscow, June 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) After nine months out injured, Spartak Moscow and Brazil midfielder Romulo is to face yet more time on the sidelines because he needs another operation.