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Kremlin: Putin doesn’t think Moscow protests significant

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The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin is following mass opposition protests in Moscow, but does not believe they are significant enough. Giving the Kremlin's first official comments on the massive opposition protests in Moscow, Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Putin has not spoken out about the demonstrations because he does not think there is anything "exceptional" about them. Peskov rejected suggestions that the protests have plunged the Kremlin into a political crisis and defended police response at the three weekends of protests as "proportionate." He also said police are looking into reports of violence against peaceful protesters. Moscow has been gripped by large-scale opposition protests three weekends in the row, including last Saturday's rally which is believed to be the large...
Russian ambassador to Sudan latest in string of Kremlin diplomat deaths

Russian ambassador to Sudan latest in string of Kremlin diplomat deaths

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Russia's ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinsky, was found dead at his residence in Khartoum on Wednesday night, officials said. According to Russia's foreign ministry, Shirinsky appeared to have suffered symptoms consistent with a heart attack when he was discovered. Russian embassy staff at the residence in Sudan's capital city called for medical assistance, but doctors were unable to save the ambassador's life. He died around 6 p.m. local time, the ministry said. "Mirgayas Shirinsky was a top professional who dedicated his life to diplomatic service," Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday. "We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the ambassador. May he rest in peace." Shirinsky, who w...