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Russian Court Cuts Khodorkovsky Jail Sentence

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has reduced the jail sentence of opposition leader and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky by two years, clearing the way for him to walk free in 2014. The Moscow City Court says the decision, announced Thursday, came as a result of recent changes to Russian law regarding economic crimes. Khodorkovsky was arrested […]

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Putin Backs Proposed Law Banning US Adoptions

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending a proposed law that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. During a news conference Thursday in Moscow, Mr. Putin acknowledged the bill recently passed by the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, was an “emotional” response to a new U.S. law that imposes sanctions on Russian officials […]

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Putin Backs Proposed Law Banning US Adoptions

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending a proposed law that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. During a marathon news conference Thursday in Moscow, Mr. Putin acknowledged the bill recently passed by the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, was an “emotional” response to a new U.S. law that imposes sanctions on Russian […]

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Russia Hosts Regional Forum, Denies Efforts to Rebuild Soviet Empire

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia on Wednesday hosted leaders of five other former Soviet nations for security and economic talks, while emphatically rejecting U.S. claims that Moscow is attempting to rebuild the Soviet empire. President Vladimir Putin met at the Kremlin with the leaders of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in what is known as the Collective Security […]

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Amnesty: NGOs Call for End to Russian Crackdown on Civic Freedoms

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of international non-governmental organizations has called on European Union leaders to urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to end what they call his crackdown on Russian civil society. In a statement Wednesday, human rights group Amnesty International announced that the eight organizations are seeking a commitment from the Russian government to ensure the involvement […]

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Russian Parliament Passes Measure Banning US Adoptions

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s parliament has approved a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. Lawmakers from Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved the bill after a second reading Wednesday. To become law, the bill must pass a third reading, then clear the upper house before going to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. Mr. […]

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Russia, Ukraine Postpone Gas Talks

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have postponed talks in which they were to discuss a new deal on natural gas supplies and stronger economic ties. Officials on both sides said Tuesday more time was needed to prepare documents they planned to sign. The meeting was meant to resolve a gas pricing […]

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Russian Activists Support US ‘Magnitsky Act’

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian rights activists say they will draft a list of Russian human rights violators, after the United States passed a law last week that imposes sanctions on such individuals. Ex-Soviet dissident and leader of the Moscow Helsinki Group for Human Rights, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, announced the creation of a new group that she says will investigate […]

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4 Opposition Leaders Arrested at Anti-Putin Rally

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian police have detained about 40 people, including four prominent opposition figures, in efforts to break up an unsanctioned anti-government rally in Moscow. Opposition leaders Alexei Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov, Ilya Yashin and Ksenia Sobchak were among those detained Saturday. The protest was organized to commemorate a year of rallies against President Vladimir Putin and his […]

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Opposition Leader Arrested at Anti-Putin Rally

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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At least four prominent Russian opposition figures have been arrested in conjunction with an anti-government rally in Moscow, as protesters commemorate a year of rallies against President Vladimir Putin. Police arrested leftist leader Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navalny at the rally, as well as activists Ilya Yashin and Ksenia Sobchak. The detainees tweeted about their […]

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