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Russia Test-Fires Cruise Missiles Amid Tensions

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has test-fired two nuclear-capable cruise missiles, amid tensions between Moscow and Washington involving a proposed NATO missile defense shield. Russian military officials say two long-range strategic bombers launched the missiles, and that the tests were successful. Russia often steps up such activities at times of diplomatic tensions with the U.S. Russia regards the defense […]

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Member of Russian Punk Rock Band Takes Case to European Court

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The only freed member of the anti-Kremlin all-female punk band Pussy Riot has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. Yekaterina Samutsevich’s lawyer, Irina Khrunova, said on Friday the complaint accuses Russia of violating Samutsevich’s right to free speech and illegally detaining her during her six months in jail. Khrunova says prison […]

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Survey: Russian Attitudes Toward US Worsened in 2012

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A new survey of Russian public opinion shows the attitude of Russians toward the United States has worsened in the past year. The poll taken by the Levada Center, a non-governmental Russian research organization, shows the percentage of respondents with a positive view of the United States dropped to 46 percent, from 67 percent last […]

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Russian Investigators File Charges Against Opposition Leader’s Aide

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Russian investigators have filed criminal charges against an assistant of opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, as part of an ongoing crackdown against opponents of President Vladimir Putin. Russia’s Investigations Committee said Thursday it charged Left Front party member Konstantin Lebedev with plotting mass riots to overthrow the government. Authorities detained Lebedev and party leader Udaltsov on […]

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Russian Opposition Leader Investigated

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities have launched a criminal case against opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, accusing him of plotting to ignite mass riots. Police arrested Udaltsov Wednesday and searched his Moscow apartment. They freed him on bail and ordered him to stay in the Russian capital. Russia’s Investigative Committee opened the probe a week after a documentary on […]

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Russia Concerned over Arms Sales, Sanctions

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has lashed out against international moves that restrict transactions with Syria and Iran. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday only sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council could serve as a basis for limiting its weapons supplies to any country. “Nobody can use any pretext to dictate to Russia or any other country on […]

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Russian Opposition Leader Investigated

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities say they have launched a criminal case against opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, accusing him of planning to ignite mass riots. Russia’s Investigative Committee announced Wednesday that the probe was opened after a television documentary aired on a pro-government television station, appearing to show Udaltsov of conspiring with Georgian officials to overthrow the Russian […]

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Russian Elections Preserve Putin’s Dominance

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s ruling party appears to have won Sunday’s local elections, but opponents are alleging widespread voting violations that will preserve President Vladimir Putin’s dominance. The Central Elections Commission said Monday early results showed United Russia heading for victory in all five provincial elections for governor. The ruling party had nearly 5,000 candidates running for office […]

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Russian Elections Preserves Putin’s Dominance

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s ruling party is the big winner in Sunday’s elections. United Russia had nearly 5,000 candidates running for office around the country. The ruling party’s candidates were set to win all five elections for governor. Opponents allege widespread voting violations in the elections that will preserve President Vladimir Putin’s dominance. Leaders of United Russia – […]

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Russia Will Not Renew Arms Deal With US

Posted October 11th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it will not renew a two-decade-old agreement with the United States aimed at securing nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it will not accept a U.S. proposal to extend the deal without a major overhaul. A ministry statement said U.S. officials know their proposal does not […]

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