Rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in St. Petersburg:
The upcoming May 9 Victory Day parade in St. Petersburg will involve more soldiers and new military equipment than before.
North Korea to try 2 U.S. journalists for ‘hostile acts’:
North Korea said on Friday it would try two female American journalists arrested last month for border trespass and unspecified “hostile acts.”
NATO, Russia to share information on airborne threats:
Poland, Norway and Turkey are planning to set up a radar early warning network which will exchange information on airborne threats with Russia, the Polish defense minister said.
Georgian protesters interrupt president Saakashvili’s dinner:
A crowd of opposition activists gathered outside a restaurant where President Mikheil Saakashvili was eating, forcing him to abandon his dinner, as protests continued on the streets of Tbilisi.
Russian, U.S. experts to discuss strategic arms reduction in Rome:
The first round of Russian-American expert-level consultations on preparing the new version of the Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (START) will begin in Rome on Friday.
Gazprom Neft buys minority stake in Sibir Energy:
Gazprom Neft has bought a minority stake in oil producer Sibir Energy, the oil arm of Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Friday.
Police kill militant leader in south Russia’s Daghestan:
A militant group leader suspected of numerous attacks on law enforcement officers was shot dead by police on Friday in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Daghestan, a police spokesman said.
Five killed in south Moscow multi-vehicle pile up:
Five people were killed and one person seriously injured in a six-car pile up in south Moscow early on Friday, a local emergencies spokesman said.
Opposition says anti-Saakashvili protests enter ‘active’ phase:
Georgian opposition leaders said on Thursday protests demanding the president’s resignation were entering their “active” phase, threatening to block Mikheil Saakashvili’s movements in the capital.