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Police in St. Petersburg briefly detain several gay activists who held pickets in defense of gay rights - @AP

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Russia

Photo: Crash of an Mi-28N military helicopter near Ryazan, Russia - @RT_com

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Russia

Mi-28N military helicopter crashes at an aviation competition in Russia - @RT_com

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Russia

Earthquake: M 4.7 - 41km SSE of Kuril'sk, Russia

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Crimea, Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin places a major archaeological site in Crimea under federal control - @AP

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Alexander Litvinenko

Inquiry into death in London of former spy Alexander Litvinenko hears Vladimir Putin 'personally ordered' killing - @BBCNews

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Russia

Widow's lawyer says Russian authorities have repeatedly tried to obstruct an inquiry into poisoning death of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko - @AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

France agrees to pay compensation to Russia for cancelling sale of 2 warships, Russian official says - @BBCNews

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2016 US elections

Donald Trump says he is confident he would 'get along very well with Vladimir Putin,' despite Russian president's contentious relations with US president - @NBCNews

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Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014

Russia remains committed to 'thorough and objective international investigation' of MH17 crash over Ukraine, foreign ministry says - @tassagency_en

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Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014

Russia says UN Security Council resolution on MH17 'inopportune and badly thought-out'; more about 'political propaganda than practicality' - @WilliamsJon

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Russia

The Bank of Russia suspended daily purchases of dollars for its reserves as the ruble dropped to 5-month lows - @MarketWatch

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Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014

More: 11 countries on UN Security Council vote in favor of bid to set up tribunal for downed flight MH17, which Russia vetoed - @Reuters

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Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014

Russia vetoes UN resolution creating tribunal to investigate shooting down of Malaysian airliner MH17 - @AJENews

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Ukraine claims they have captured a Russian army major who was allegedly delivering explosives to rebels in Donetsk region - @DailyStarLeb

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FIFA corruption case

FIFA president Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Russian president Vladimir Putin says on Swiss TV - @AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Kremlin says it has no info confirming or denying reports on detained Russians' swap for Ukrainian soldiers - Interfax

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United States Department of State

US Secretary of State John Kerry appoints Michael Ratney as new Special Envoy for Syria ahead of upcoming Aug. 3 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Doha - @margbrennan

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Russia

Editor's note: The Ocean X group reports it has discovered a small Russian submarine in the waters off Sweden. It says it can not determine how long it has been there. - Tom

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Russia

Russia says it is considering ban on import of Dutch flowers - @AP

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