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Russia Acquits Prison Official in Magnitsky Death

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:45 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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Russian Parliament Approves Ban on US Adoptions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The upper house of Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. All 143 members of the Federation Council present voted Wednesday to support the bill, which now goes to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. The legislation bans adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, ends bilateral adoption agreements […]

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Russian Parliament Approves Ban on US Adoptions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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The upper house of Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. All 143 members of the Federation Council present voted Wednesday to support the bill, which now goes to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. The legislation essentially bans adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, ends bilateral adoption […]

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Russian Opposition Leader Faces New Charges

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities have opened a third criminal investigation into prominent opposition and anti-Kremlin blogger Alexei Navalny. The government’s Investigative Committee said Monday that Navalny is suspected of defrauding a a liberal political party of $3.4 million. The new charges come less than a week after Navalny and his brother were charged with defrauding a mail […]

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Putin and Singh Meet in New Delhi

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s president and India’s prime minister held talks Monday in New Delhi. The meeting between Vladimir Putin and Manmohan Singh was expected to help Russia tighten defense ties and boost trade with India. Russia once held a virtual monopoly on on India’s arms market, but Moscow has recently lost several multi-billion dollar contracts to Western […]

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Russia Calls for Punishment for U.N. Helicopter Accident

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has called on South Sudan to punish those responsible for shooting down a United Nations helicopter, killing all four Russian crew members. In a Foreign Ministry statement Saturday, Moscow urged South Sudanese officials to take steps to make sure such incidents do not happen again. The statement said the “tragic occurrence” underscored the need […]

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Putin Calls EU Heads ‘Wrong’ on Energy Policy

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with European Union officials at a summit in Brussels, discussing contentious issues such as energy, trade, human rights and policy on Syria. Afterward, Mr. Putin and the EU leaders held a contentious news conference in which Mr. Putin called European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council […]

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Russia, EU Talks Focus on Energy, Rights, Syria

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is in talks with European Union officials at a summit in Brussels, discussing contentious issues such as energy, trade, human rights and policy on Syria. Mr. Putin met Friday with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Russia supplies a large chunk of Europe’s energy […]

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Russian Parliament Approves Ban on US Adoptions

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s State Duma, or lower house of parliament, has approved a ban on Americans adopting Russian children. The bill, passed Friday in its third and final reading by a vote of 420 – 7, now goes to the upper house of parliament for approval The ban on U.S. adoptions is in retaliation for a U.S. […]

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Russian Protest Leader Charged with Fraud

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent Russian opposition leader has been charged with fraud and money laundering. Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee said Thursday that Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg, are accused of defrauding a mail transport company of $1.8 million. In a statement posted to his website (blog), Navalny said the charges were reprisals for his efforts to […]

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