- FC Krasnodar pushes for Champions League spot Updated: May-24-15 4:33 pm
MOSCOW - FC Krasnodar boosted its bid to qualify for the Champions League for the first time with a 2-1 home win over FC Rostov on Sunday.
- Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed Updated: May-23-15 9:07 pm
VIENNA - Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies.
- EU embrace of eastern partners turns lukewarm Updated: May-22-15 10:32 am
RIGA, Latvia - The European Union reaffirmed its partnership with six post-Soviet nations Friday but offered them no new prospects of future membership in the Western bloc at a summit overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis.
- Lokomotiv Moscow wins Russian Cup Updated: May-21-15 5:45 pm
ASTRAKHAN, Russia - Lokomotiv Moscow won the Russian Cup on Thursday, defeating Kuban Krasnodar 3-1 in extra time to lift its first trophy for eight years.
- KHL looks to expand into China Updated: May-21-15 6:39 am
MOSCOW - The Kontinental Hockey League wants to expand into China, hoping to use a successful Chinese Winter Olympic bid to conquer the vast market.
- Lithuanian man arrested in Moscow on spying charges Updated: May-20-15 11:31 am
MOSCOW - Russia has arrested a Lithuanian man suspected of spying, a move that comes only weeks after the arrest of an alleged Russian spy in Lithuania.
- Correction: Ukraine-Russian Soldiers story Updated: May-20-15 9:32 am
KIEV, Ukraine - In a story May 19 about two men identified as Russian soldiers who were captured in Ukraine, The Associated Press gave an incorrect last name for one of them on second reference. The man's last name is Alexandrov, not Smirnov.
- Torpedo Moscow players strike over unpaid wages Updated: May-19-15 12:24 pm
MOSCOW - Torpedo Moscow's players are refusing to train in protest at months of unpaid wages as many Russian clubs battle financial problems.
- Estonia, Russia cut train links amid sanctions, soft demand Updated: May-19-15 12:21 pm
TALLINN, Estonia - Train service between the capitals of Russia and Estonia has been suspended due to declining demand, reportedly for the first time in six decades.
- NATO meets Russians in Brussels, urges Ukraine withdrawal Updated: May-19-15 9:08 am
BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Russia's foreign minister met Tuesday for the first time in three months, and Stoltenberg said he restated the "very strong NATO position" against Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.
- Chechen wedding scandal, leader's defiance put Putin in bind Updated: May-19-15 2:53 am
MOSCOW - The groom is approaching 50, a silver-haired boss in the Chechen strongman's feared police force. The bride is 17, a shy beauty reportedly devastated at the idea of wedding a man nearly three times her age.
- US's Nuland meets with Russians to back Ukraine cease-fire Updated: May-18-15 2:02 pm
MOSCOW - The United States wants to help solidify a shaky cease-fire and support efforts to resolve political and humanitarian concerns in Ukraine's rebellious east, a top U.S. diplomat said Monday after meeting with Russian counterparts.
- AVB tastes success in Russia Updated: May-18-15 7:42 am
MOSCOW - After rough spells in London, Andre Villas-Boas is tasting success in Russia.
- Gatlin runs 9.74 to win 100 at Diamond League opener in Doha Updated: May-15-15 9:05 pm
DOHA, Qatar - Justin Gatlin sent a message to Usain Bolt on Friday - both with his legs and his mouth.
- Moscow police detain man suspected of keeping tiger head Updated: May-15-15 11:13 am
MOSCOW - Moscow police say they have detained a man after he was found with what they believe are the skin and head of an endangered Siberian tiger.
- Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure Updated: May-15-15 11:03 am
MOSCOW - A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.
- Russian reporter leaves Chechnya amid safety concerns Updated: May-14-15 5:03 pm
MOSCOW - Russia's leading independent newspaper has voiced concerns about the safety of one of its reporters in Chechnya and has pulled her from the region.
- Russian court rejects demand to imprison Kremlin foe Navalny Updated: May-13-15 12:06 pm
MOSCOW - A Moscow court on Wednesday turned down authorities' request to turn a suspended sentence for opposition leader Alexei Navalny into prison time.
- No breakthrough as Kerry meets Russia's Putin Updated: May-12-15 5:06 pm
SOCHI, Russia - The United States and Russia emerged Tuesday from their most extensive, high-level talks in years vowing closer cooperation on Ukraine and Syria but unable to point to any breakthrough or new approach to bridge the major differences separating the two powers.
- FIFA observers to monitor racism at World Cup qualifiers Updated: May-12-15 11:20 am
LONDON - Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure spoke of the anguish felt by footballers subjected to racism on Tuesday as FIFA committed to deploying observers at qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup to uncover abuse.
- AP Photos: Migrants to Russia line up for days for permits Updated: May-12-15 5:23 am
SAKHAROVO, Russia - Moscow's migration center works 24 hours a day, seven days a week to process work-permit applications from the flood of people from other former Soviet states who travel to the Russian capital in search of work.
- Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past Updated: May-12-15 4:28 am
KIEV, Ukraine - A hulking steel statue of a victorious female warrior bearing aloft sword and shield looms in dour majesty over the Ukrainian capital. The Motherland Monument's shield bears the Communist hammer-and-sickle, but maybe not for much longer.
- Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis Updated: May-11-15 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.
- Ukraine officer turns 34 behind bars amid calls for release Updated: May-11-15 9:26 am
MOSCOW - A Ukrainian military officer imprisoned in Russia has turned 34 behind bars amid renewed international clamor for her to be released.
- Kerry to hold talks with Russian president Putin this week Updated: May-11-15 8:25 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Russia this week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kerry's first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began, the State Department announced Monday.