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Anti-Terror Official Killed in Russia’s Caucasus

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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An anti-terror official has been killed in a skirmish with militants in the restive southern Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Khasan Bogatyryov, deputy head of the regional interior ministry’s anti-extremism department, was killed Sunday during a military sweep in the town of Baksan. Russian troops have been battling Islamist insurgents for more than a decade in […]

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Russia Concerned About US Navy Vessel in Black Sea

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has expressed concern about a U.S. warship just off its shores in the Black Sea. The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey is taking part in annual joint military exercises conducted by NATO and Ukraine. Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Sunday saying Moscow has repeatedly stressed that any elements of the U.S. strategic infrastructure in […]

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Russian Colonel Gunned Down in Moscow

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A former Russian army colonel convicted in 2003 of killing an 18-year-old Chechen woman has been gunned down on the streets of Moscow. Officials say Yuri Budanov was shot in the head four times in what appeared to be a contract-style killing. He died at the scene Friday. The pistol and getaway car were found […]

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Khodorkovsky Sent to Unknown Prison Camp

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Jailed Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been sent to a prison camp to serve the rest of his 13-year sentence. Khodorkovsky’s wife and lawyers were not allowed to meet with him before he was transferred to the undisclosed location. Russia has 753 prison colonies around the country. Both Khodorkovsky and his jailed business partner […]

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Russian Colonel Killed in Moscow

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Russian police say a former army colonel convicted in 2003 of killing an 18-year-old Chechen woman has been killed. Officials say Yuri Budanov was shot dead Friday in Moscow. The Russian news agency Ria Novosti say Budanov, who received a 10-year sentence, was released early on parole in 2009. Budanov’s case came to symbolize army […]

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Russian Spacecraft Docks at ISS

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft with an international crew on board has arrived at the International Space Station. The Russian mission control said the spacecraft docked early Friday Moscow time. The spacecraft carrying American Mike Fossum, Russian Sergei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan had lifted off Wednesday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. The three […]

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More EU Deaths Fuel Fight Over Contaminated Vegetables

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Three more deaths pushed the death toll from Europe’s E. coli outbreak to 30 Thursday, ahead of a crucial meeting between European Union and Russian leaders. German officials say the latest fatalities included a 68-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The bacterial outbreak blamed on contaminated vegetables has now sickened more than 2,800 people, costing […]

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Vegetable Ban Overtakes Russia-EU Summit as Death Toll Rises

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials are refusing to back down on a total ban on all vegetables from the European Union as the continent’s E. coli outbreak claims more victims. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other top officials are hosting top EU officials for a two-day summit in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod starting Thursday. Russia outraged […]

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Russia Cuts Electricity to Belaurus Over Debt

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state run electric company said Thursday it has reduced the amount of power it sends to Belarus because of an outstanding debt. Russia’s InterRao power provider lowered its to supply to Belarus to 200 megawatts, which is half of what it usually provides. Belarus has owed Russia just over $48 million in unpaid electric […]

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NATO, Russia Still Disagree Over Missile Plan

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO and Russia have failed to reach an agreement to cooperate on the alliance’s plan for a missile defense system in Europe. At a meeting Wednesday in Brussels, NATO rejected Moscow’s proposal, which would divide the continent into Russian and NATO zones of responsibility. But NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the two sides could […]

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