Corey Flintoff Corey Flintoff is NPR's international correspondent based in Moscow, Russia.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Visits Moscow In First Trip Since War Began

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A Syrian man holding portraits of President Bashar Assad and Russian leader Vladimir Putin joins several hundred pro-government demonstrators near the Russian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday to express support for Moscow's air war in Syria. Two rockets later struck the embassy compound and sparked panic among the crowd. No one was killed. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Russia Sustain Its Military Operation In Syria?

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Russian Officials Challenge Dutch Report On Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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Anna Akhmatova, who lived from 1889 to 1966, was a beacon of artistic courage in the face of repression during Soviet times. Her work is now receiving renewed attention. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An Unexpected Revival For A Beloved Russian Poet

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The Russian leader, shown here as "Vladimir Vladimirovich Buddha," was depicted as various pop culture heroes and religious, mythical and historical figures at a Moscow exhibition on Wednesday, his 63rd birthday. MAXIM SHIPENKOV/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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In Honor Of His 63rd, Putin Plays Hockey And Is Painted As The Buddha

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Russian Reaction Is Mixed Over Moscow Entering Syria's Conflict

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Russian Warplanes Bomb Syria; Russian TV Takes On The U.S.

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Russia Launches Airstrikes Against Bashar Al-Assad Enemies In Syria

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President Obama and Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes after the Russian president's Monday speech at the United Nations. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Putin, Obama Meet On Syria, But Sharp Disagreements Remain

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler performed during Moscow's 868th birthday celebration last week. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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As Warm Days Wane In Moscow, An 'Air Of Desperate Celebration'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center left) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (center right) arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 international military show outside Moscow in June. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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In Russia, A 'Show Of Force' As The Military Tries To Modernize

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Russia Denies It Plans To Take Part In Syria's Military Operations

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (right), was recently convicted of terrorism charges in Crimea dating to last year, when Russia seized the territory from Ukraine. A Russian military court sentenced him to 20 years in one of several cases that have drawn criticism from human rights groups. He's shown here at a hearing at Moscow's Lefortovo District Court on Dec. 26, 2014. Mikhail Pochuyev/ITAR-TASS/Landov hide caption

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High-Profile Russian Trials Bring International Criticism

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Russian workers threw contraband peaches off a truck outside the city of Novozybkov on Aug. 7. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's War On Western Food: Detaining Cheese, Crushing Frozen Geese

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