LONDON (Moscow Times) — Arsen Galstyan has become Russia’s first Olympic judo winner since the Soviet collapse, and he dedicated his gold medal to those affected by recent floods in the Krasnodar region. Continue reading.
MOSCOW (Agence France Presse) — One of the legendary Soviet agents of World War II, who infiltrated a British spy school and protected the “Big Three” in the Tehran conference, died at age 87 of cancer here on January 10, Russia’s intelligence service said Wednesday.
YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — The top religious leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia have called for a withdrawal of snipers from Karabagh frontlines as a means to stop bloodshed amid more reported casualties in the conflict zone.
MOSCOW (Reuters) — The former vice president of oil group Yukos, Vasily Aleksanyan, died on Monday, October 2, of complications from AIDS, according to reports, a condition that Russian rights activists said was worsened by poor treatment during a two-year jail term.
ASTRAKHAN (RFE/RL) — Officials in Washington and Paris have welcomed the Russian leader’s latest effort on Karabagh to broker an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the exchange of prisoners of war and bodies of soldiers killed in recent clashes.
YEREVAN (AFP) — Armenia and Russia signed a deal Friday extending the presence of Russian forces here by decades, bolstering Moscow’s military clout in the strategic South Caucasus region.