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Pro-Russian leader in Ukraine asks Moscow to send troops: Russian agency

The leader of pro-Russian demonstrators in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on Sunday appealed to Moscow to send in peacekeeping troops after a deadly shootout breached an Easter truce, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Sunday. The head of Slavyansk protests, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, said only Russia could defend the city, and appealed to President Vladimir Putin to send peacekeeping forces into the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the agency reported. am/cc

Islamic teacher shot dead in Russia's North Caucasus

Masked gunmen have shot dead an Islamic teacher after bursting into his home in Russia's Dagestan, in the latest such killing in the volatile region, investigators said on Friday. "At around 11:00 pm on Thursday, unidentified attackers in masks entered the house of 32-year-old Magomed Zakaryayev, the teacher at the madrasa in the village of Nechayevka and fired several shots," the Investigative Committee, which probes major cases in the country, said in a statement.

Russia works on law to hurt EU, U.S. companies as sanctions reply-RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers are working on a draft law to allow the confiscation of property, assets and accounts of European or U.S. companies if sanctions are imposed on Russia over Ukraine, RIA news agency said on Wednesday. RIA quoted Andrei Klishas, head of the constitutional legislation committee in the upper parliament house, as saying the bill "would offer the president and government opportunities to defend our sovereignty from threats".

Russia offering Egypt helicopters, air defence systems

Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defence systems in a landmark deal reportedly worth $2 billion that would mark a revival of large-scale military cooperation, a Russian official said Friday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Egypt on Thursday seeking lucrative contracts with the government after the ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Snowden hired to work on Russian website

US security leaker Edward Snowden is set to start a new job at a major Russian website, three months after the fugitive was given asylum in Russia, his lawyer said Thursday. "Edward Snowden will start working at a big Russian company on Friday, November 1. His job will be to support and develop a major Russian website," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax news agency. Tantalisingly, Kucherena declined to give the name of the company, citing security concerns.

Report: Snowden's lawyer says former NSA leaker now has a tech job at a Russian website

MOSCOW - Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer for former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, says his client has found a technical support job at a Russian website. Kucherena told the RIA Novosti news agency Thursday that Snowden starts his new job on Friday. Kucherena declined to name the company that has hired Snowden but says it's a major Russian website. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month after flying there from Hong Kong. His whereabouts in Russia remain secret.

Russia to boycott maritime court hearings over Greenpeace ship

Russia said Wednesday it will boycott maritime court hearings sought by the Netherlands over the fate of 30 crew members of a Greenpeace ship who were detained during a protest against Arctic oil drilling. "The Russian side has informed the Netherlands and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea... that it does not intend to take part in the tribunal's hearings," the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted an unnamed Russian foreign ministry official as saying.

Russia allows Snowden 'to leave airport'

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was set Wednesday to leave the Moscow airport transit zone where he has been holed up for the last month after being provided with a document allowing him to officially enter Russia, reports said. The state RIA Novosti news agency said the document confirms that his application for asylum in Russia is being considered and allows him to cross into Russia proper so long as border guards do not object, it said.

Russia gives Snowden document allowing him to leave airport

Russia's migration service has provided fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden with a document that allows him to leave the Moscow airport transit zone where he has been holed up for the last month, RIA Novosti news agency said Wednesday. The document confirms that his application for asylum in Russia is being considered but allows Snowden to cross the Russian border so long as border guards do not object, it said.

Snowden set to leave Moscow airport

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was set Wednesday to leave the Moscow airport transit zone where he has been holed up for the last month after being provided with a document allowing him to cross the Russian border, reports said. The state RIA Novosti news agency said the document confirms that his application for asylum in Russia is being considered but allows him to cross the Russian border so long as border guards do not object, it said.
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