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Obama, Medvedev reach deal to cut nuclear arsenals

MOSCOW – President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reached a preliminary agreement Monday to cut the American and Russian nuclear arsenals by as much as a third while …


Obama, Medvedev optimistic

MOSCOW – Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev end a seven-year hiatus in U.S.-Russian summitry today, with each declaring his intent to further cut nuclear arsenals and repair a badly …


Russian economy to shrink 7.9 percent

MOSCOW – Russia’s economy will shrink by 7.9 percent this year, plunging millions of people into poverty and pushing the unemployment rate to 13 percent, the World Bank said Wednesday. …


Russian general hints at bombers in Cuba, Venezuela

MOSCOW – A Russian air force chief said Saturday that the country could base some strategic bombers in Cuba or on an island offered by Venezuela, the Interfax news agency …


Gorbachev blasts Putin’s United Russia party

MOSCOW – In some of his strongest criticism of his successors, Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday likened Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party to the worst of the communists he once led …


Obama hopes to thaw relations with Russia

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is preparing a wide-ranging set of initiatives designed to put shaky relations between the United States and Russia on a more solid footing, including resumption …


Jackson Diehl: Russian kinship ‘reset’ unlikely

MOSCOW – Normally sour Russian officials are almost jaunty in describing their first engagements with the Obama administration. It’s not just Vice President Joe Biden’s recent promise of a “reset” …


Kyrgyzstan to close key U.S. air base

MOSCOW – The U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban suffered two logistical blows Tuesday as the president of Kyrgyzstan announced that he’d shut a U.S. air base in his country and …


Russian Orthodox Church enthrones new patriarch

MOSCOW – A new patriarch took charge of the Russian Orthodox Church on Sunday, formally becoming the first leader of the world’s largest Orthodox church to take office after the …


World in brief: Netanyahu says he’d stop Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s leading candidate for prime minister, said Saturday that Iran “will not be armed with a nuclear weapon.” In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV, Netanyahu said …


Russia, Ukraine announce agreement on gas dispute

MOSCOW – The prime ministers of Russia and Ukraine announced a deal early today to settle the gas dispute that has drastically reduced supplies of Russian gas to Europe for …


Russia shuts all gas lines to Europe via Ukraine

MOSCOW – Russia cut off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine on Wednesday, playing hardball in a weeklong standoff that has left more than a dozen countries struggling to …


Some supplies cut amid gas fight

MOSCOW – Russia’s natural gas monopoly dramatically cut flows to Europe through Ukraine on Tuesday, sharpening fears of winter fuel shortages. Despite warnings from the European Union, a pricing dispute …


Gas company toughens stance with Ukraine

MOSCOW – Russia’s state-controlled gas company said Sunday that it was hiking the price it wants Ukraine to pay for natural gas, hardening its position in a dispute that has …


Stalin voted third-greatest Russian

MOSCOW – Television viewers have voted Soviet dictator Josef Stalin – who sent millions to their deaths in the Great Purge of the 1930s – Russia’s third-greatest historical figure. Rights …


Strapped Russians Not Buying Warplanes

The Russian air force did not buy any new combat planes in 1996, further evidence of the dwindling funds available to the military, a Russian news agency reported Tuesday. In …


Yeltsin Names A Replacement For Lebed ‘Good Luck,’ Ailing Russian President Tells Ivan Rybkin

Ivan Rybkin gets new job. Photo by Associated Press,


Yeltsin Approves Most Of Peace Plan

Breaking a long public silence, President Boris Yeltsin said Thursday he supports the Chechen peace plan negotiated by his security chief - except for the quick withdrawal of Russian troops …


Chechen Rebels Step Up Fighting As Yeltsin Prepares For Inaugural

The worst fighting in months flared Tuesday in the breakaway region of Chechnya, as Russian President Boris Yeltsin emerged from his postelection seclusion to prepare for his inauguration. Chechen rebels …


St. Petersburg’s Beauty Skin-Deep

You could spend the equivalent of the massive U.S. defense budget - or the former Soviet budget for war - and still the money would not be enough to fix …


The Candidates

Vladimir Bryntsalov, 49, flashy billionaire lawmaker who owns Russia’s biggest pharmaceutical company, Ferain. Campaigns on Russian nationalist slogans and vaguely socialist economic promises while flaunting wealth. Svyatoslav Fyodorov, 68, eye …


Yeltsin, Chechen Leaders To Meet In Moscow Russian President Sees Making Peace As Key To Election

Russian President Boris Yeltsin


Chechen Village Bombed After Peace Deal Town Elders Had Signed Accord With Russians Just Days Before

Three days after President Boris Yeltsin announced his peace plan for the breakaway region of Chechnya, Russian forces early Wednesday bombed a village whose elders had signed a peace accord …


Russian Official Signals Danger

Ordinarily, when a former columnist makes it to the top in politics, I get a warm feeling. But the emergence of Yevgeny Primakov as Russian foreign minister should send a …


Yeltsin Moves From Hospital To Federal Shake-Up

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin ended a two-week hospital stay Monday and moved to a rural spa where he was said to have directed a high-level shake-up of the Federal …


Quake Death Toll Rises To 1,160

The confirmed death toll from last week’s earthquake on Sakhalin Island rose to 1,160 on Sunday with the discovery of 97 more bodies in the rubble of the little oil …


Powerful Quake Jolts Island Off Russian Coast

A strong earthquake jarred a large island off Russia’s Pacific coast early Sunday, smashing furniture and sending frightened residents into the streets. There were no immediate reports of casualties or …


Russians Continue Pounding Chechnya’s Rebel Fighters

Russian forces pounded villages in southwestern Chechnya with artillery shells and rockets Thursday, despite an informal truce reached a day earlier. Chechen village leaders and Russian military officials met for …


Gorbachev Urges Yeltsin To Step Down

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev insisted Thursday that he is ready for a political role in the post-Cold War world he helped shape. “Don’t send me into the archives of …


Journey Of Faith New Friends Help Ease Transition Letter To Spokane

Michael Avakimov is grateful for friends who help his family through hard times. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review