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Russian Judges Defend Ruling in Pussy Riot Trial

Posted October 11th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian judges who upheld the prison sentences of two of the three members of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot have defended their decision, saying it was made independently and without pressure. An appeals court on Wednesday sentenced Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina to two years in a prison camp for an unsanctioned protest at […]

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Russia Will Not Renew Arms Deal With US

Posted October 11th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it will not renew a two-decade-old agreement with the United States aimed at securing nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it will not accept a U.S. proposal to extend the deal without a major overhaul. A ministry statement said U.S. officials know their proposal does not […]

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Russian Court Releases One of Three Pussy Riot Members

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian appeals court has freed one of the members of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot, but has upheld a jail sentence for two others for an unsanctioned protest at a Moscow cathedral. The judge at the Moscow city court issued a suspended sentence for Yekaterina Samutsevich, saying she was thrown out of the […]

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Floods Kill Seven in Russia’s Dagestan

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Heavy rains have caused flooding in Russia’s southern region of Dagestan, leaving seven people dead. The Emergency Situations Ministry said Wednesday the flooding occurred in the Caspian Sea coastal city of Derbent, affecting hundreds of homes. It said more than 1,000 people were affected, including 280 children. A flash flood in August killed 171 people […]

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Russian Court Releases One of Three Pussy Riot Members

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian appeals court has freed one of the members of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot, but has upheld a jail sentence for two others for an unsanctioned protest at a Moscow cathedral. The judge at the Moscow city court issued a suspended sentence for Yekaterina Samutsevich, saying she was thrown out of the […]

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Russian Court Hears Pussy Riot Appeal

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has opened an appeal hearing for members of a punk band who were sentenced to two years prison for holding an unsanctioned anti-Kremlin protest at a Moscow cathedral. The three female punk rockers from the band Pussy Riot were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. The Moscow City Court […]

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Iraq, Russia Sign Multi-Billion Dollar Arms Contracts

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Iraq has signed contracts pledging to buy more than $4.2 billion worth of weapons from Russia. The Russian government made the announcement in a statement issued Tuesday following a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his visiting Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki. The deals reportedly include the purchase of 30 Mi-28 attack helicopters and […]

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Kremlin Denies Involvement in High-Technology Spy Ring in US

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Kremlin says it had nothing to do with an alleged spy ring in the United States involving smuggled high-technology military equipment to Russia. U.S. authorities have arrested 11 people, including suspects from Russia and other former Soviet states. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov said Thursday the charges are of a criminal nature and […]

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Russia Sides with Pakistan on US Drone Strikes

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russia says it supports Islamabad’s position that U.S. drone strikes targeting suspected militants within Pakistan’s borders are a violation of the country’s sovereignty. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in the Pakistani capital Thursday that Moscow believes no one has the right to violate a country’s sovereignty. He spoke alongside his Pakistani counterpart, Hina […]

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Russia Hopes Georgia Election Leads to Normalized Ties

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it hopes that Monday’s parliamentary election in Georgia will help normalize relations between the two countries. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement Wednesday that “Georgian society has voted for changes”. He expressed hope that Georgia will move towards a “normalization” and “establishment of constructive and respectful relations” with […]

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