Fourteen members of a Russian doomsday cult on Tuesday abandoned the remote underground bunker where they had been hiding for nearly half a year awaiting the end of the world. An official said the cult members believed God had sent them a sign when part of their dugout collapsed.
Russian rescue helicopters and ships searched for five missing seamen on Monday after a storm in the northern mouth of the Black Sea, while oil spilt from a sunken tanker coated birds in a black sludge. The storm killed three people and sank a small oil tanker and at least four freighters, leaving other ships stranded on the shoreline.
Russia launched an inter-continental ballistic missile on Thursday from its Plesetsk cosmodrome in the north of the country, a Russian military spokesperson said. The RS-12M Topol', called the SS-25 Sickle by Nato and configured for a mobile platform, was successfully launched at 9.10am Moscow time.