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European Parliament Criticizes Russia for Election Rules

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The European Parliament is calling on Russia to guarantee free elections and register opposition parties. A Parliament resolution passed Thursday in Strasbourg said difficulties faced by political parties effectively constrain political competition in Russia. The parliament said it deplores the decision to reject the registration of the People’s Freedom Party for December’s State Duma elections. […]

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Russian Gets Death Sentence in China Drug Case

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say a Russian man has been sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking. A Russian embassy spokesman in China says the man was trying to smuggle nearly three kilograms of heroin when he was arrested at Urumqui Airport in northern China last year. He was tried and convicted last November. The Itar […]

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Five People Killed In Dagestan Shootout

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities say five people were killed in a gunfight in the North Caucus republic of Dagestan late Wednesday. The Itar Tass new agency quotes a source as saying gunmen in a wooded area fired on a convoy of servicemen, near the village of Serebryakovka. A gun battle ensued, leaving two civilians, a serviceman and […]

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Russia Bans Vegetables Seeds From Egypt Over E. Coli Fears

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has banned vegetable seeds and sprouts from Egypt over fears of E. coli contamination. Russia’s sanitary watchdog agency said Wednesday it reached the decision after experts from the European Commission said the E. coli bacteria that hit Europe in the earlier this year began in the north Africa country. The RIA Novosti news agency […]

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Activist: Russian Fight Against Militants is Inefficient

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A top Russian human rights activist has told President Dmitry Medvedev that the government’s operation against Islamic militants in the Caucasus is inefficient and counterproductive. Svetlana Gannushkina and other activists met with Mr. Medvedev Tuesday in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. She said allegations of kidnappings, torture and murders by Russian security forces create public anger […]

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Russia Resumes Wheat Exports

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has resumed the export of wheat after a one-year gap following catastrophic fires and drought that destroyed one-third of the country’s crop. Russia, once the world’s third largest wheat exporter, banned exports to preserve supplies for domestic consumption. However, this year’s harvest is expected to be better than projected, and, based on rainfall in […]

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Russian Paper Cites Security Concerns For Canceled Kim Summit

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russian and East Asian media provided conflicting accounts Thursday of the reasons for the apparent cancelation of a secret summit between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Neither government has confirmed that a meeting was in the works, though several news outlets quoted Russian sources saying the two were to […]

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Kim Summit Off Agenda as Medvedev Heads to Vladivostok

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials are denying published reports that President Dmitry Medvedev will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a visit to the Far East city of Vladivostok beginning Wednesday. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quotes senior South Korean officials as saying a meeting had been planned but was canceled for unknown reasons. Japan’s Kyodo […]

Clinton: US, Russia Want to Develop Lasting Relationship

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States and Russia are determined to move into a “very deep, growing relationship.” In an interview with the Russian news agency Itar-Tass, Clinton said the two countries have an opportunity in a “very complex world” to provide leadership in ways that prior generations could not imagine. […]

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Russia Successfully Tests Ballistic Missile

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has successfully test launched its new ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine, after several previous failed attempts. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday the latest underwater launch of the Bulava missile had met all parameters. The missile was fired from Russia’s northern White Sea and reached the Kura testing area on Kamchatka in […]

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