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Russian PM Defends Raid on Filmmaker’s Home

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has defended a police raid on the home of a filmmaker working on a documentary about modern Russian politics and political protest. Speaking in an interview with a group of broadcasters Friday, Mr. Medvedev said the police who conducted the raid on the home of Pavel Kostomarov earlier that morning […]

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US Senate Votes to Normalize Trade With Russia

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that normalizes trade relations with Russia, but also imposes sanctions on Russian human rights violators. Lawmakers voted Thursday to lift trade restrictions on Russia that date back to the Cold War era. The bill would also normalize U.S. trade with Moldova. President Barack Obama has pledged to sign the […]

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Russian News Host Shot Dead in North Caucasus

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A television news host in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus region has been shot to death, in the latest deadly attack in an area where Islamic militants are active. Russian officials said Thursday that 28-year-old Kazbek Gekkiyev was shot to death late Wednesday by unknown assailants. His colleagues at a regional branch of the state channel […]

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Russia, Turkey Fail to Agree on Syria

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia and Turkey have again failed to come to an agreement on how to help end the Syrian conflict, an issue on which the two countries sharply disagree. Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the crisis, blocking Western-sponsored resolutions at the United Nations condemning the Syrian government. Meanwhile, Turkish Prime […]

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Putin in Turkey for Bilateral Talks on Trade, Syria

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss a range of issues, including the countries’ burgeoning trade relationship and differences over the Syrian conflict. Mr. Putin arrived in Istanbul Monday for a one-day visit, his first foreign trip in two months. The Russian leader was originally due to […]

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Russia: New Proof in Foreign-Backed Riot Plot

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian investigators say there is new evidence proving key opposition leaders were working with foreign backers to help overthrow the government. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Friday said the new information confirms that activists Sergey Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhayev and Konstantin Lebedev met with officials from Georgia in order to plot mass riots. Markin also […]

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Reports Say Noda Postpones Meeting with Putin, Citing Russian President’s Health Problems

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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News reports in Japan say Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has postponed a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month because of the Russian leader’s poor health. Japan’s Kyodo and Jiji newspapers reported Friday that the mayor of a northern Japanese town told Mr. Noda Friday that Mr. Putin’s health condition is bad. However, the […]

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Russia Bans Pussy Riot Video Online

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Moscow has ruled that Internet websites must remove video footage of a Pussy Riot band performance in which they protest against President Vladimir Putin. The court ruled Thursday that the video set in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is too extremist, and ordered “restricted access” to it. Two members of the […]

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British Police: Exiled Russian Tied to Magnitsky Case Died Mysteriously

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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British authorities say a Russian businessman linked to a high-profile Russian corruption scandal has died under mysterious circumstances. Local police tell VOA that they are treating the death of Alexander Perepilichnaya as unexplained. They are awaiting results of toxicology tests and a second autopsy. The 44-year-old Perepilichnaya collapsed and died outside his mansion south of […]

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Russia PM Voices Confidence In Eurozone

Posted November 27th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says his country has confidence the eurozone’s economic fortunes will improve, despite ongoing concerns about some debt-ridden members. Mr. Medvedev said Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of switching its euro-dominated foreign exchange reserves into other currencies. He was speaking to reporters in Paris after meeting with France’s prime minister, […]

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