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Ukraine’s Parliament Backs Language Bill Amid Protests

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of demonstrators massed in Ukraine’s capital Tuesday, as parliament backed a controversial bill that would make Russian the country’s second language. An estimated 6,000 people gathered outside the parliament building in Kyev. The crowd was divided in half between those for and against the draft law. A VOA reporter on the scene, Ruslan Deynychenko, […]

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Stricken Russian Fishing Ship Sends Distress Call in Antarctic Waters

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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New Zealand authorities say it may take up to five days for rescue vessels to reach 32 crew members of a troubled Russian fishing ship that is taking on water near Antarctica and has sent out a distress call. The 55-meter ship, the Sparta, sent the call early Friday about 3,700 kilometers southeast of New […]

Russian Blogger Faces 8-year Prison in Moldova

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian writer and blogger Eduard Bagirov is facing eight years in prison in Moldova for participating in a political protest there in 2009. The Prosecutor General’s Office in Moldova said Wednesday that the criminal prosecution in Bagirov’s case is completed and that he has been charged. The statement said the defendant and his lawyer were […]

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Cargo Planes Crashes in Russia

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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A cargo plane crashed Tuesday in Russia’s far northeastern region of Siberia, in Kolyma, killing 11 people. Reuters news agency says the aircraft was a Soviet era Antonov-12 cargo plane that was trying to make an emergency landing when it went down. The cargo plane was heading to the northeastern town of Chukotka when it […]

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Russia Seeking to Boost Natural Gas Exports to Asia

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom says it is looking to boost exports to Asia as it reduces its dependence on revenues from European nations. The company’s chief executive, Alexei Miller, said Thursday that it is holding “intense negotiations” with officials in India, China and South Korea to expand those markets. Gazprom, the world’s biggest […]

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