Vladimir Putin calls Donald Trump a 'very bright and talented man'

Vladimir Putin has given the Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump a ringing endorsement, reciprocating Trump’s praise for Russia.

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'Kalashnikov: Promoting peace and calm' -- famous assault rifle gets a makeover

Equipped with a shiny new logo, shrugging off US sanctions and claiming its guns are “protecting peace”, the Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov launched a major rebranding drive in Moscow on Tuesday.

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Unrest in Ferguson lets Moscow score points against Washington

Social tension, police brutality and public disorder – and all of it in the heart of the United States. For the Kremlin and its mouthpieces, who have long accused Washington of outrageous hypocrisy and double standards, unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, come like manna from heaven.

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Vladimir Putin's adviser calls Ukrainian president a 'Nazi' as EU deal signed

A senior adviser to Vladimir Putin has called the Ukranian president a "Nazi" as Ukraine signed an association with the European Union.

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Ukraine announces troop withdrawal from Crimea

Ukrainian servicemen come under pressure from Russian troops and local forces to abandon Crimean bases

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Pro-Russian Crimeans celebrate landslide 95.5 percent vote to return to motherland

With Soviet-era music blaring from loudspeakers and the Russian tricolour everywhere, the overwhelming feeling in Sevastopol was that the city was finally "going home" after a 23-year stay in Ukraine.

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Pussy Riot members arrested in Sochi

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who were among group of activists detained by police, deny alleged hotel theft

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Sochi flame lighter blames racist Obama tweet on hackers

Irina Rodnina, the former figure skater who lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games, has claimed that a racist photo of Barack Obama she tweeted last year was the fault of hackers.

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Despite anti-LGBT laws, it's business as usual in Sochi's Club Mayak gay bar

No shortage of visitors in town's only gay club as Russians debate effect of western rhetoric against anti-gay laws

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