Mikhail Khodorkovsky, listens to questions  at his first news conference after his release in Berlin, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Putin frees his enemies as part of Sochi spin

MOSCOW (AP) — It came as a shock for both those released and the general public — President Vladimir Putin’s move to pardon his foes has allowed him to seize the news agenda in his […]


Kremlin, Moscow

Kremlin recipe for avoiding leaks: use typewriters

MOSCOW (AP) — Got an old typewriter in your garage? Call the Kremlin, they need some. Russia’s Federal Protective Service, a KGB successor agency in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin and his officials, has […]


Russia President Vladimir Putin (AP Photo)

Russia’s Putin signs law limiting adoption by gays

MOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that sharply limits the adoption of Russian children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage. The new law prohibits adoption by same-sex foreign couples […]


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Faberge egg exhibit an Easter highlight in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) – Eggs are a symbol of renewal, which is why they are part of Easter celebrations, but a collection of jewel-encrusted eggs on display in Houston is a symbol of extreme wealth.


Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky (AP Image)

UK police: Russian oligarch Berezovsky found dead

LONDON (AP) – Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken former Russian oligarch who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been found dead in southeast England, police said Saturday. He was 67.


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Napoleon’s coded Kremlin letter sold for $243,500

FONTAINEBLEAU, France (AP) — A secret code letter sent in 1812 by Napoleon Bonaparte boasting that his French forces would blow up Moscow’s Kremlin has sold at auction for ten times its estimated presale price.



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