Murder charges filed in deadly bomb attacks in Sochi

RussiaMoscow - Murder charges were filed Wednesday against two suspects in connection with a series of bomb attacks in the city of Sochi, the venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The two men, who have already made admissions, were charged in the deaths of 5 persons and in injuring 19 others with home-made explosive devices, investigators said, the Itar-Tass agency reported.

Investigators said the two, a camera man and a member of the militia, gave an inferiority complex as their motive behind the series of blasts which took place on a beach, in a park, and in a number of interior apartment building courtyards.

Moscow: 29 pirates arrested off Somali coast

Moscow  - Russia's navy detained 29 suspected pirates off the Somali coast, the Itar-Tass news agency reported Wednesday, quoting Defence Ministry officials.

Medvedev fires Moscow police chief after policeman's shooting spree

Medvedev fires Moscow police chief after policeman's shooting spreeMoscow - Russian President Dmitri Medvedev fired Moscow police chief Vladimir Pronin Tuesday, after one of his officers killed three people and wounded six in a shooting spree. Medvedev earlier Tuesday suspended several senior officers in the precinct where the shootings occurred, saying the local police should take full responsibility, Medvedev spokeswoman Natalia Timakova said.

Moscow looks remarkably familiar - but mind your p's and h's

Moscow looks remarkably familiar - but mind your p's and h'sMoscow  - The letter "f" looks like an upright line with two ears, "h" stands for "n" and "p" for a rolled "r". Visitors to Moscow have to get to grips with the basics of the Cyrillic alphabet, if they want to make the most of their stay.

It may sound daunting, but it is a modest hurdle to take and most visitors should encounter few difficulties in the Russian capital, a city which has a very familiar feel to it, especially to western Europeans.

Russian policeman kills three, injures six in shooting spree

Russian policeman kills three, injures six in shooting spree Moscow­ A Russian policeman killed at least three people and injured six in a shooting spree in southern Moscow on Sunday night, Russian news agencies reported. The head of police in the Zarizyno district killed his driver and then started firing indiscriminately in the street and in a supermarket, investigators told journalists. A cashier and a customer were killed and four of the wounded were in a critical condition.

Kremlin candidate wins Sochi elections

Kremlin candidate wins Sochi electionsMoscow - Anatoly Pakhomov, the Kremlin-backed candidate, won a landslide victory in the race for the mayor's post in Sochi, host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2014, news reports said Monday.

The Itar-Tass news agency, quoting election officials, said with about 80 per cent of the votes counted, Pakhomov had won 77 per cent of the vote. Opposition candidate Boris Nemtsov came second with 13.5 per cent, followed by the Communist candidate Yuri Dzaganiya.