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Russian Boat Sinking Death Toll Rises to 120

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say divers have recovered six more bodies from the wreckage of a tourist boat that sank earlier this month in the Volga River, raising the death toll to at least 120. Officials said Sunday two people also remained missing and were presumed dead in Russia’s worst river disaster in decades. The tourist boat […]

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US Senator Demands Russia Stop ‘Unfair’ Car Trade Practices

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. senator representing the country’s leading car-building state has called on the top U.S. trade official to demand Russia stop what she calls unfair trade practices against American-made cars. Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan wrote in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Wednesday that Russia’s position must not be tolerated. She says […]

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Russia Launches Powerful Space Telescope

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has launched what experts say is the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever built. Russian scientists say the Spektr-R took off from the launch pad in Kazakhstan Monday and shortly after, began orbiting the Earth. The builders of Spektr-R say the telescope is designed to look billions of light years back into time […]

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Merkel, Medvedev Address Russian-German Forum

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed a wide range of topics on the second and final day of an annual Russian-German forum in Hanover . The German and Russian leaders spoke Tuesday about their countries’ business ties and international issues, including the ongoing Libya conflict and Europe’s debt crisis. Ties between […]

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Russia Launches Probe Against Jail Officials in Magnitsky Death

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Russian investigators have launched a criminal probe into two prison officials for their suspected role in the 2009 death of a jailed lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. The chief physician at Moscow’s Butyrskaya prison, Larisa Litvinova, and the prison’s deputy chief, Dmitry Kratov, are suspected of negligence in Magnitsky’s death. Magnitsky, who worked for a London-based investment […]

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German Group Rescinds Humanitarian Award to Russia’s Putin

Posted July 16th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A private German foundation has rescinded a humanitarian award it planned to give Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after a widespread furor erupted over his democratic credentials. The Werkstatt Deutschland on Saturday cited “massive criticism” in media and political circles in saying that it had decided not to give its Quadriga award to Putin, a […]

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Russia’s Medvedev Signs New Law Regulating Abortion

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a new law that restricts abortion in the country for the first time since the fall of communism. Until now, abortion has been mostly unrestricted in Russia. But the law signed by Mr. Medvedev on Thursday was seen by some as possibly the first in a series of restrictions […]

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Authorities Kill 3 Suspected Insurgents in Dagestan

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in the Russian republic of Dagestan say three suspected insurgents were killed Friday in a shootout with police. Law enforcement officials say a police patrol stopped a suspicious car during the night at a checkpoint in the capital Makhachkala. Police say the occupants of the car started shooting, and the police returned fire, killing […]

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Three Gunmen, Policeman Killed in Dagestan

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A top official of the military police has been assassinated in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan, in the restive North Caucasus region. Officials say Shamil Murtuzaliyev, the deputy head of the special police division in Dagestan, was gunned down around noon local time Thursday in the region’s capital, Makhachkala. Russian news reports quoted a law […]

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Putin Blames ‘Irresponsibility’ and ‘Greed’ for Deadly Riverboat Accident

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is blaming “irresponsibility” and “greed” for the recent sinking of an aging riverboat that killed at least 113 people. Prime Minister Putin made an unannounced visit Thursday to Kazan, the central Russian city from which the ill-fated Bulgaria had departed and was sailing back to on Sunday when it listed […]

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