James Kilner

Russia says it will ‘crush’ future aggressors

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday promised a ''crushing response'' to any attack on its citizens.

Russia take South Ossetian capital

Russian troops took the capital of the separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia on Sunday after a three-day battle as Georgian forces retreated.

Russians queue up to mourn Solzhenitsyn

Russia paid tribute to former Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Tuesday with all the hallmarks of an official lying-in-state.

Russia restricts visas for British Council staff

Russia announced on Monday it will not issue new entry visas to staff working in the British government's cultural offices in two regions, sharpening a row that has soured already-poor relations. Russia ordered the British Council to halt work at the two regional offices from January 1 in a move both sides have linked to a diplomatic feud.

Saakashvili wins Georgian presidential election

Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili was on Monday celebrating Orthodox Christmas and victory in a presidential election his opponents called rigged. The central election commission said late on Sunday Saakaashvili had won 52,8% of votes cast on Saturday, almost twice as many as his nearest challenger

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