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Thousands rally in Moscow to demand release of jailed protesters

Thousands rally in Moscow to demand release of jailed protestersMore than 20,000 Russians took to the streets of Moscow on Sunday to demand the release of protesters jailed over the summer in what opponents of the Kremlin say is a campaign to stifle dissent. The protesters were arrested at rallies that flared in July when opposition politicians were barred from a local election. Allegations of police brutality and what many Muscovites saw as harsh jail sentences have sparked an unusual public outcry.



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Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks 'dead'

Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks 'dead'A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived Friday in Russia, a representative told The Associated Press, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared dead a deal with the insurgent group in Afghanistan. Russian state news agency Tass cited the Taliban’s Qatar-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as saying the delegation had held consultations with Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for Afghanistan. The Interfax news agency cited an unidentified Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the meeting in Russia underlined the necessity of renewing talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, and that the Taliban confirmed their readiness to continuing dialogue with Washington.



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Moscow asks U.S. to confirm location of ex-official named as possible spy

Moscow asks U.S. to confirm location of ex-official named as possible spyRussia has asked the United States via Interpol to confirm the whereabouts of a former Kremlin official who Russian media have said may have been a U.S. spy exfiltrated in 2017, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. Zakharova made the comment after U.S. media reports, confirmed to Reuters by two sources, said a CIA informant in the Russian government had been extracted and brought to the United States in 2017.



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Russia's ruling party loses a third of seats in Moscow election after protests

Russia's ruling party loses a third of seats in Moscow election after protestsRussia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, has lost one third of its seats in the Moscow city assembly, final polling data cited by Russian news agencies showed on Monday, in an awkward setback for the Kremlin. The outcome of the local elections was closely watched in Moscow after the exclusion of many opposition candidates triggered the biggest protests there in nearly a decade.



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France pushes risky bet on detente with Moscow

France pushes risky bet on detente with MoscowFrench President Emmanuel Macron senses an opportunity to bring Russia’s Vladimir Putin back in from the cold and potentially help usher in peace in Ukraine, an ambitious — and risky — undertaking that Western allies might not welcome. In the latest sign of Macron’s diplomatic drive, France’s foreign and defence ministers, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly, will meet their Russian counterparts in Moscow on Monday, in the first so-called “2+2″ format since Russia seized Crimea in 2014.



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German media, lawmakers point finger at Moscow over executed Georgian

German media, lawmakers point finger at Moscow over executed GeorgianDespite Russian denials, German politicians and media are blaming Moscow for the Berlin assassination of a Georgian who once fought Russian forces in Chechnya, an affair that could spark a diplomatic crisis. One security source, in comments to German weekly Der Spiegel, described the killing as a second Skripal affair — referring to the attempt on the life of a former Russian agent in England last year. On Friday, August 23, German police arrested a 49-year-old suspect from Russia’s Chechnya republic, shortly after Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, 40, had been shot dead.



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Small protests in Moscow for free elections

Small protests in Moscow for free electionsRussian opposition activists held small one-man protests in Moscow Saturday to demand free elections, as the wave of the Russian capital’s larger demonstrations took a breather this weekend. In a move to circumvent restrictions by the authorities, activists took turns to hold protest signs as such demonstrations do not technically need approval. The protests, held at several locations in central Moscow, were a far cry from the wave of rallies in which tens of thousands took to the streets after opposition figures were banned from local elections a month ago.



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Moscow court allows opposition candidate to run after protest: TASS

Moscow court allows opposition candidate to run after protest: TASSThe Moscow city court cancelled a decision by an election commission to bar a Russian opposition candidate, Sergei Mitrokhin, from running in a municipal election in September, TASS news agency reported. The court ruled in favour of Mitrokhin three days after tens of thousands of protesters turned out at a rally in Moscow, in which Mitrokhin also took part. A month of demonstrations over elections for the Moscow city legislature have turned into the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013, when protesters took to the streets against perceived electoral fraud.



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Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in Moscow

Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in MoscowNearly 50,000 opposition supporters rallied and dozens were arrested in Moscow on Saturday at one of the largest authorised protests since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. Demonstrators crowded the central Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities deployed a massive police presence, including officers in riot gear, after giving permission for the rally to go ahead. The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 49,900 people, while Moscow police gave a much lower attendance figure of 20,000.



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Moscow election protest attracts huge crowd, spurs spinoffs

Moscow election protest attracts huge crowd, spurs spinoffsTens of thousands of people rallied Saturday against the exclusion of some city council candidates from Moscow’s upcoming election, turning out for one of the Russian capital’s biggest political protests in years. After the rally, which was officially sanctioned, hundreds of participants streamed to an area near the presidential administration building to continue with an unauthorized demonstration. The rally was the fourth consecutive weekend demonstration in Moscow over the local election.



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