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Ballet Director Subject to Acid Attack

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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The artistic director of Russia’s famed Bolshoi Ballet troupe was injured in an acid attack late Thursday by an unknown assailant. A spokeswoman for the Bolshoi told reporters Sergei Filin suffered severe burns to his face and eyes after a masked attacker splashed concentrated acid on him as he approached his home late at night. […]

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Russian Court Rejects Pussy Riot Member Appeal

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has rejected a request to release an imprisoned member of the Pussy Riot band. Maria Alyokhina asked the court on Wednesday to defer her two-year sentence until her young son turns 14. Judges rejected the petition, saying the child’s age was already taken into account during the sentencing. Alyokhina was convicted last […]

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Russia Grants $1 Billion Loan to Bangladesh for Weapons

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has granted a $1 billion loan to Bangladesh for the purchase of Russian-made weapons. The deal was signed Tuesday in Moscow during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Details on the possible weapons purchases were not released, but reports say the new agreement could include orders […]

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Thousands March in Russia to Protest Adoption Ban

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people marched through Moscow Sunday to protest a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children. Protesters carried posters with photographs of lawmakers who voted in favor of the law late last month. The word ‘shame’ was written across their portraits in red. The protest march, which was permitted by Russian authorities, was organized […]

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U.S. “Hopeful” Pending Adoption Cases from Russia Can Continue

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is “very hopeful” that pending adoptions of Russian children to U.S. parents can be completed as planned, despite passage of a Russian law recently passed to ban the practice. Russia said on Thursday it will allow a bilateral adoption agreement with the United States to remain valid for the next […]

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Kremlin: Russia – US Adoption Agreement to Remain Valid Until 2014

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it will allow a bilateral adoption agreement with the United States to remain valid for the next year, despite Russia’s recent passage of a law banning the practice. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency that the adoption agreement will remain in force until early January […]

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French Actor to Assume Russian Citizenship

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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French actor Gerard Depardieu traveled to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in Russia, Saturday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and obtain Russian citizenship to dodge higher taxes in France. Mr. Putin publicly granted Depardieu citizenship on Thursday after the actor expressed dismay over a new French millionaires’ tax rate of 75 percent. In […]

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4 Killed in Plane Crash in Moscow

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian passenger plane slid off a runway and and crashed onto a highway outside a Moscow airport Saturday, killing four of the eight crew members on board. The Russian-made TU-204 aircraft was flying back from the Czech Republic as it tried to land at Vnukovo Airport. After sliding off the runway, the plane broke […]

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2 Killed in Plane Crash in Moscow

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say two people have been killed in a plane crash at an airport in Moscow. The passenger plane broke apart Saturday after sliding off a runway and into a highway outside Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. The Emergency Ministry says 12 people, including crew, were on board the plane at the time of the crash. […]

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Russia Acquits Prison Official in Magnitsky Death

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has acquitted a top prison official charged in the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The Tverskoy court Friday found Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence in causing Magnitsky’s death. Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer died in prison after exposing an official corruption ring involved in the embezzlement of $250 million […]

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