Russia shuns tough restrictions even as infections soar

MOSCOW (AP) — It's Friday night in Moscow, and popular bars and restaurants in the city center are packed. No one except the staff is wearing a mask or bothers to keep their distance. There is little ...

Russia approves 2nd virus vaccine after early trials

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have given regulatory approval to a second coronavirus vaccine after early-stage studies, two months after a similar move prompted widespread criticism from scientist...

Kyrgyz parliament confirms premier nomination in repeat vote

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Wednesday voted again to nominate a prime minister after the country's president vetoed the previous decision because of questions over its legitimacy. ...

Kyrgyzstan leader holds talks to try to end political crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Kyrgyzstan held his first talks Thursday with the newly appointed speaker of parliament to try to end a political crisis that unfolded in the Central Asian country after...

Kyrgyzstan opposition divided amid political chaos, protests

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition parties in Kyrgyzstan failed to form a new government Wednesday as different groups argued over who would be the new prime minister after three days of political chaos in the ...

Unrest in Kyrgyzstan: govt buildings seized, ex-leader freed

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition supporters in Kyrgyzstan have seized several government buildings in the country's capital, freed the ex-president from jail and announced plans to oust the president and form...

'You are good people:' Navalny thanks Russian pilots, medics

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in Germany recovering from what authorities there determined to be nerve agent poisoning, thanked Russian pilots and paramedics for actin...

Russia's FM laments sanctions at UN amid tension with West

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister complained about countries using sanctions to meddle in the domestic affairs of other nations, telling the U.N. General Assembly that such penalties hamper an e...

Navalny says nerve agent was found 'in and on' his body

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded Monday that Russia return the clothes he was wearing on the day he fell into a coma in Siberia, calling it “a crucial piece of evidence”...

Attempts to halt Kremlin critic Navalny have failed so far

MOSCOW (AP) — All the attempts over the years to stop the work of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have failed — so far. He’s been jailed repeatedly and twice put on trial for embezzlem...

Belarus poll workers describe fraud in Aug. 9 election

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Even before the Aug. 9 presidential election in Belarus ended, a poll worker in Minsk said she was asked to sign a document summing up its result, with the vote totals left blank...

Hospital: Russia's Navalny still in coma but improving

BERLIN (AP) — German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for a suspected poisoning said Friday the dissident is still in an induced coma but his condition is stable and his sympt...

Putin touts Russia's COVID-19 vaccine as effective and safe

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian president on Thursday praised a coronavirus vaccine that Russia approved for use earlier this month as effective and safe, a clear bid to address international skepticism ab...

Russia announces preliminary probe into Navalny's illness

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police on Thursday announced a preliminary probe into the circumstances of the sudden illness of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who fell into a coma last week following a susp...

Pressure mounts on Russia to investigate Navalny's poisoning

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Wednesday it doesn't want the illness of Russia's opposition leader, who is in a coma in a German hospital after a suspected poisoning, to affect relations with the West...