Black Sea

Gay rights protesters hold up posters during a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Madrid, Spain.  (AP Photo/Paul White)

Putin bans rallies in Sochi near the 2014 Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, […]


Russia President Vladimir Putin (AP Photo)

Putin attends military exercise in southern Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian troops participated in a military exercise in the Black Sea on Friday, aimed at showcasing Russia’s resurgent military might.



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