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Reports: Russia, North Korea to Hold Summit

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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News reports say that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is preparing to visit Russia later this week for talks with President Dmitry Medvedev. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a Japanese daily the Mainichi Shimbun Monday as saying that Russia and North Korea are in final consultations for the meeting in Russia’s Far East Friday. […]

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Russian Officer Convicted of Treason

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian military court on Monday handed down a 25-year sentence to a former senior intelligence officer for exposing 10 agents who were spying on the United States. Colonel Alexander Poteyev was found guilty in absentia of high treason and desertion for betraying the so-called “sleeper cell” network whose agents posed as American professionals in […]

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Iran’s Nuclear Power Plant Start Set for August

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say Iran’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant will likely be providing electricity by August. Russian news agencies quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday say tests are nearly complete on the Islamic Republic’s first nuclear power-generating facility. Iran started loading fuel rods into the 1,000-megawatt reactor last August, but the process encountered […]

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Russian Court Convicts Former Spy of Treason

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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A military court in Moscow has found a former Russian intelligence officer guilty of high treason and desertion for his part in helping U.S. authorities arrest 10 Russian “sleeper” agents in June of last year. The court on Monday convicted Alexander Poteyev on charges of helping expose a ring of Russian spies who had been […]

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Russian Billionaire Elected Head of Pro-Business Political Party

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov has been elected to lead the pro-business Russian political party Right Cause. Members of the party voted in the 46-year-old billionaire on Saturday. Prokhorov is one of Russia’s richest men and owns a U.S. professional basketball team. He heads the Onexim Group, an investment firm that has interests in mining, banking […]

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Russia Questions US Sanctions Against Iran

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Moscow on Friday said that sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran could affect Russian companies doing work in Iran and demanded the U.S. revise the policy. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that Washington’s decision raised “serious questions” and could put Russian firms at risk. The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday […]

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4 Russians Die after Drinking Indonesia Brew

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian police say four Russian sailors died and three others were hospitalized after drinking a potent alcoholic brew in Borneo island, where their ship is anchored. Central Kalimantan police said the deadly liquor was purchased from a local man. The four died on Wednesday and Thursday and three others suffered from breathing problems, dizziness and […]

Belarus PM Pledges to Repay Electricity Debt to Russia

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarus Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich says his country will repay the country’s electricity debt to Russia by next Tuesday. Mr. Myasnikovich said Thursday that energy officials of the two countries have agreed that Belarus will repay its $53 million debt to Russia for April and May electricity supplies by June 28. Russia has threatened to […]

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Russia To Retire Tupolev Planes After Crash

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday recommended the permanent grounding of all Soviet-built Tupolev passenger airplanes like the one that crashed this week. The plane crashed on a road in heavy fog moments before its scheduled landing at Petrozavodsk airport in northwest Russia, killing 44 people. A young boy later died of his injuries, increasing […]

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Television Journalist Killed in Russia

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A journalist working for a regional television company in northeastern Russia has been stabbed to death. Russian investigators said that the body of Anatoly Bitkov, chief editor of Kolyma Plus regional television company, was found Wednesday morning in his apartment in the city of Magadan in Russia’s Far East. Investigators said Bitkov’s death was likely […]

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