Britain is to kick out 23 Russian diplomats, the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War, over a chemical attack on a former Russian double agent in England that Prime Minister Theresa May has blamed on Moscow. May says no British ministers or royals to attend World Cup Moscow says it could in turn expel 23 British diplomats Experts cast doubt over effectiveness of UK action Ms May pointed the finger firmly at Russian President Vladimir Putin overnight as she outlined retaliatory measures in Parliament.
Nomadic pastoralism developed in the Pontic-Caspian steppe beginning in the Chalcolithic. Beginning in the 8th century BC, Ancient Greek traders brought their civilization to the trade emporiums in Tanais and Phanagoria. Ancient Greek explorers, most notably Pytheaseven went as far as modern day Kaliningradon the Baltic Sea.
Romans settled on the western part of the Caspian Seawhere their empire stretched towards the east. Between the 3rd and 6th centuries AD, the Bosporan Kingdoma Hellenistic polity which succeeded the Greek colonies,  was also overwhelmed by nomadic invasions led by warlike tribes, such as the Huns and Eurasian Avars.
From the 7th century onwards, the East Slavs constituted the bulk of the population in Western Russia  and assimilated the native Finno-Ugric peoplesincluding the Meryathe Muromiansand the Meshchera.
Kievan Rus' Main articles: Rus' KhaganateKievan Rus'and List of early East Slavic states Kievan Rus' in the 11th century The establishment of the first East Slavic states in the 9th century coincided with the arrival of Varangiansthe traders, warriors and settlers from the Baltic Sea region.
Primarily they were Vikings of Scandinavian origin, who ventured along the waterways extending from the eastern Baltic to the Black and Caspian Seas.
Inhis successor Oleg ventured south and conquered Kiev which had been previously paying tribute to the Khazarsfounding Kievan Rus'. Oleg, Rurik's son Igor and Igor's son Sviatoslav subsequently subdued all local East Slavic tribes to Kievan rule, destroyed the Khazar khaganate and launched several military expeditions to Byzantium and Persia.
In the 10th to 11th centuries Kievan Rus' became one of the largest and most prosperous states in Europe.
In the 11th and 12th centuries, constant incursions by nomadic Turkic tribes, such as the Kipchaks and the Pechenegscaused a massive migration of Slavic populations to the safer, heavily forested regions of the north, particularly to the area known as Zalesye.
Kiev's dominance waned, to the benefit of Vladimir-Suzdal in the north-east, Novgorod Republic in the north-west and Galicia-Volhynia in the south-west.
Ultimately Kievan Rus' disintegrated, with the final blow being the Mongol invasion of —40  that resulted in the destruction of Kiev  and the death of about half the population of Rus'. Led by Prince Alexander NevskyNovgorodians repelled the invading Swedes in the Battle of the Neva inas well as the Germanic crusaders in the Battle of the Ice inbreaking their attempts to colonize the Northern Rus'.
While still under the domain of the Mongol - Tatars and with their connivance, Moscow began to assert its influence in the Central Rus' in the early 14th century, gradually becoming the leading force in the process of the Rus' lands' reunification and expansion of Russia.
Times remained difficult, with frequent Mongol-Tatar raids. Agriculture suffered from the beginning of the Little Ice Age.
As in the rest of Europe, plague was a frequent occurrence between and Moscow gradually absorbed the surrounding principalities, including formerly strong rivals such as Tver and Novgorod. He was also the first to take the title "Grand Duke of all the Russias".
Moscow Kremlin complex; the administrative centre of the Russian State since the 15th century Tsardom of Russia Main article: The Tsar promulgated a new code of laws Sudebnik ofestablished the first Russian feudal representative body Zemsky Sobor and introduced local self-management into the rural regions.
Thus, by the end of the 16th century Russia was transformed into a multiethnicmultidenominational and transcontinental state. However, the Tsardom was weakened by the long and unsuccessful Livonian War against the coalition of Poland, Lithuania, and Sweden for access to the Baltic coast and sea trade.
The slave raids of Crimeanshowever, did not cease until the late 17th century though the construction of new fortification lines across Southern Russia, such as the Great Abatis Lineconstantly narrowed the area accessible to incursions.Nov 10, · WASHINGTON — At midday on March 24, , an improbable group gathered in a London cafe to discuss setting up a meeting between Donald J.
Trump, then a candidate, and President Vladimir V. Putin. The US' expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats in response to a chemical attack on a former Russian spy in the UK, announced earlier this week, has a huge loophole.
A State Department official. A year-old Russian woman who entered the U.S. on a student visa was charged with seeking to influence American politics on behalf of Russia before and after the presidential election.
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•The first book to be dedicated to the British branch of Fabergé, covering its fascinating history from its opening in , to its closure in Royalty, Aristocrats, American heiresses, exiled Russian Grand Dukes, Randlords, Maharajas, Socialites and Financiers with newly made fortunes flocked to Fabergé in London to buy gifts for each other.
Russia’s businesswomen in UK choose balance sheets over Birkins Rather they are swapping business cards and discussing entrepreneurial opportunities. “A Russian woman in London must be. The woman found slumped next to a former Russian spy on a shopping mall bench in England is his daughter, according to a report Tuesday.
Yulia Skripal, 33, and her father, Sergei Skripal, 66, who.