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Russia’s ruble currency has fallen to a two-week low against the U.S. dollar.
Speaking during a visit to Khakasia by President Vladimir Putin, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said the fires destroyed about 1,400 homes and left 5,000 people homeless.
Authorities say a bomb exploded in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on April 21.
A Russian opposition activist sentenced to four and a half years in prison for assaulting police has cut his wrists to protest his incarceration.
A 22-year-old Belarusian IT engineer has been sent to jail for pro-Ukrainian activities on the Internet.
A veteran Russian ice hockey coach, Sergei Mikhalyov, died in a car accident on April 21.
A court in Moscow has convicted an opposition journalist on charges of terrorism and extremism, sentencing him to seven years in prison.
U.S. and Ukrainian troops have begun joint training exercises in western Ukraine in a bid to strengthen government forces that are fighting Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
A group of Russian hackers has leaked private e-mails belonging to the head of Roskomnadzor, the federal agency for media oversight.
A leading Russian environmentalist says she has moved to Estonia to eliminate the possibility of her children being taken from her.