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Kremlin lays claim to North Pole

It is already the world's biggest country, spanning 11 time zones and stretching from Europe to the Far East. But this week Russia signalled its intention to get even bigger by announcing an audacious plan to annex a vast, 1,19-million-square-kilometre chunk of the frozen and ice-encrusted Arctic.

‘The most inspiring musician I have ever known’

Mstislav Rostropovich played the cello with grace and verve -- and lived his life offstage the same way. His death at age 80 takes away one of modern Russia's most compelling figures, admired both for his musical mastery and his defiance of Soviet repression. Rostropovich stirred souls with playing that was both intense and seemingly effortless.

Russian cellist Rostropovich dead at 80

Mstislav Rostropovich played the cello with grace and verve -- and lived his life offstage the same way. His death at age 80 takes away one of modern Russia's most compelling figures, admired both for his musical mastery and his defiance of Soviet repression. Rostropovich stirred souls with playing that was both intense and seemingly effortless.

Famous Russian caviar risks extinction

It can be a delicacy or status symbol, a cure-all or even an aphrodisiac, but ecologists are warning that Russian caviar could disappear altogether as the Caspian Sea's sturgeon population reaches dangerously low levels. The WWF conservation group has for the past few months waged a campaign to persuade Russians to give up their caviar habit for six years.

Russia downplays Iran nuclear ‘agreement’

Russia on Monday downplayed progress on its plan to alleviate fears over Iran's nuclear programme, saying there was still work to be done to reach agreement and warning that time was quickly running out ahead of a March 6 deadline. "This is a complex issue and the negotiations are difficult," said Sergei Kiriyenko, Russia's chief nuclear negotiator with Iran.

Russian tycoon sent to Siberian prison colony

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the founder of the Yukos oil giant and formerly Russia's wealthiest man, has been sent to a prison colony in eastern Siberia to serve the rest of his eight-year sentence for financial crimes. Alexander Pleshkov, head of the punishment implementation department for Siberia, said the the tycoon had been sent to a colony in the Krasnokamensk district of Chita province

The patron saint of Russian nuclear bombers

Historic Russian admiral Fyodor Ushakov -- a hero of Russia's wars against Turkey and Napoleon Bonaparte -- was designated the patron saint of nuclear-armed, long-distance Russian bombers by the Orthodox Church on Monday. "His strong faith helped Saint Fyodor Ushakov in all his battles," the church said.

‘End of a legend’ as perestroika-era editor dies

Russian newspapers celebrated on Monday the career of pioneering editor Yegor Yakovlev before and after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, following his death from heart failure. Yakovlev, a journalist and author of several books, died in a Moscow hospital on Sunday, aged 76.

Astrologer sues Nasa over comet experiment

A Russian astrologer took legal action against Nasa for compensation on Monday, claiming that the United States space agency's bombardment of the Tempel 1 comet will upset her horoscope and violates her spiritual rights. Nasa fired a projectile the size of a fridge at the comet on Monday.

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