MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) – Egypt has reached an initial agreement on how to implement a new Russian arms delivery deal worth over $3 billion, Vedomosti newspaper reported Friday. Egypt’s defense minister and likely new president Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi negotiated the agreement, aimed at replacing decreased assistance from Washington, during talks in […]

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych is taking a sick leave, while the protesters are asking for his resignation. The presidential website said that Yanukovych suffers an acute respiratory illness and high fever.
Some have seen the announcement in such a crucial moment as suspicious and a sign that Yanukovych may be losing power.

Vladimir Putin has decided to close by decree the state news agency RIA Novosti without previous notice to their workers and replace it by a news agency called Rossiya Segodnya focused on “coverage abroad of Russian state policy and public life”. RIA Novosti says the move is “the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector”.

A Moscow court sentenced a 38-year-old man to indefinite confinement for forced psychiatric treatment after he took part in a mass demonstration in 2012. Human rights groups denounce the ruling marks a return to a Soviet-Styile punishment.

Moscow police have detained thousands of suspected irregular migrants since late July 2013, for alleged violation of migration and employment regulations. Hundreds are in custody, including in a makeshift tent camp in inhuman conditions, Human Rights Watch denounces.

Russia finally granted Edward Snowden  temporary asylum for one year. After 39 days living in the Sheremetyevo airport transit zone, the former analyst wanted in the US for giving to the press details about  National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, left in a taxi to “a secure, confidential place”. The organization WikiLeaks explained in a statement […]

The court that ordered to jail Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny yesterday, ordered today to freed him temporarily but with movement restrictions, after the protests of thousands of people against his conviction seen by his supporters as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to silence him and make impossible his plans to run for Moscow’s Mayor […]