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Russia’s military plans loom over talks with US

Barack Obama, the US president will be holding a key meeting Wednesday April 1 with Dimitry Medvedev, his Russian counterpart.

Both sides have indicated they are ready to start rebuilding US-Russian relations.

But suspicion remains, and Russia has made no secret of its plans to beef up its own military power, in the wake of Nato’s expansion towards the east.

Neave Barker reports from Moscow.

Jailed Russian oil tycoon back in court

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former chief of oil empire Yukos, has gone back on trial in Moscow.

Once Russia’s richest man, he now faces another 15 years behind bars for embezzlement and money laundering.

Outside court, his supporters were carted away by police as they protested his innocence.

Neave Barker reports from Moscow.

Russian Orthodox church elects new leader

The Russian Orthodox Church has installed its first leader since the fall of the Soviet Union.

At a solemn ceremony in a vast Moscow cathedral, Patriarch Kirill took charge of the world’s largest orthodox church.He has promised to maintain unity, and attract more young people to the religion.

Claudio Lavanga reports.

Bush, Russia: mission impossible


Russian and U.S. experts have met in Moscow to discuss America’s missile defence plans for Eastern Europe and other sensitive security issues. Russias hopes, however, seem to lie in the future.