Pro-Kremlin maestro Gergiev named head of Bolshoi Theater

Russia on Dec. 1 appointed notoriously pro-Kremlin maestro Valery Gergiev, a personal friend of President Vladimir Putin for decades, to lead Moscow's world famous Bolshoi Theater.

Gergiev takes over Russia's main stage at a time when Moscow is increasingly casting culture as a battleground in its clash with the West while troops fight in Ukraine.

Police nabs senior member of int’l gang in Istanbul

Istanbul police have apprehended one of the managers of an organized crime group actively operating in Russia, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya has announced.

Shamil Amirov, identified as one of the managers of the "Thieves in Law," was wanted by Interpol with a blue notice of fraud, Yerlikaya said on X on Dec. 3.

Ukraine accuses Russia of killing surrendering soldiers

Kiev accused Russia on Saturday of committing a war crime by executing Ukrainian soldiers who had signalled their intention to surrender.

A short video posted on Telegram shows two men coming out of a shelter, one with his hands above his head, before lying on the ground in front of another group of soldiers.

Argentina won’t join BRICS as scheduled, says member of Milei’s transition team

Argentina will not be joining the BRICS bloc of developing economies next year as scheduled, a senior official in President-elect Javier Milei's team has said.

"We will not join the BRICS," Diana Mondino, who Milei picked as foreign minister once he is sworn into office on Dec. 10, wrote on X.

Lavrov: "Serbia won't open a new EU chapter if it doesn't impose sanctions on Russia"

"If you want to join the EU, I think you won't open a new chapter if you don't follow all EU decisions, including the sanctions against Russia," Lavrov said at a press conference during the OSCE Ministerial Council, answering a question from a journalist from Serbia what the final outcome of talks between Belgrade and Pristina would be.