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13th Sep 2013

Russia: Dozens missing in nursing home fire in Novgorod region

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): About three dozen people were missing after a fire broke out at a nursing home for mentally disabled seniors northwest of Moscow, local media reported early Friday morning. Twenty-three people have been evacuated from the facility, which is … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Russia: US attack on Syria would cause “surge in terrorism”

Russia on Monday warned a military assault on Syria risked causing an “surge in terrorism” in the region and urged for a peace conference to end the two and a half year civil war. “All the more, politicians share our … Continued

7th Sep 2013

Russia: G20 summit fails to produce Syria solution

The meeting of the 20 leading industrial and emerging countries failed to move nations closer together in finding a solution for the Syria crisis. But there was progress on the issue of tax equity. After anything but promising conditions ahead … Continued

7th Sep 2013

Russia: Obama pushes for support on Syria intervention as G20 closes

Barack Obama has continued to push for military intervention in Syria, enlisting the support of ten nations at the close of the G20 conference. John Kerry has traveled to Europe to make his case for armed involvement. Obama on Friday … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Russia: UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges political solution in Syria at G-20 summit

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has told world leaders at the G-20 summit that there is “no military solution” to Syria. Meanwhile, a US ambassador to the UN accused Russia of holding the Security Council “hostage” over the crisis. UN Secretary-General … Continued

1st Sep 2013

Russia puts Israeli satellite into orbit

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Russia has sent an Israeli communications satellite into orbit, the federal space agency Roscosmos said Sunday. A Zenit-2SB rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 00:05 Moscow time Sunday (2005 GMT … Continued

18th Aug 2013

Russian ship collision leaves four dead, 46 injured

Rescuers work at the collision site in Omsk region, Russia, Aug. 17, 2013. Four people were killed and 46 others were injured when a passenger ship collided Saturday with a barge in Russia’s Omsk region, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Russia: Snowden ‘leaves Moscow airport and enters Russia’

Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden has thanked Russia after being granted asylum, and left the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for over a month. US-Russia talks scheduled for September are now in doubt. Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Russia: 263 Central Asians detained at “Prayer House” in Moscow suburb

MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti): More than 260 people from Central Asia were detained Saturday at a “prayer house” in a Moscow suburb, police and a human rights advocate said. A Moscow region police official told RIA Novosti that police raided a house … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Russia: Snowden remains at Moscow airport, exit date pending

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Speculation that fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden had been granted approval to leave Sheremetyevo airport’s transit zone was quashed by his lawyer Wednesday. Anatoly Kucherena told reporters after meeting Snowden in the Terminal E of the airport … Continued

14th Jul 2013

Russia: 18 killed in Moscow accident

Moscow, (IANS): Eighteen people have been killed in a truck-bus crash in Moscow, the city’s acting vice mayor said. “It is a horrible accident that occurred through the fault of one irresponsible driver,” Xinhua quoted Pyotr Biryukov, who is also … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Russia: Snowden applies for temporary asylum in Russia

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has announced that he will apply for asylum in Russia. His application has strained already tense US-Russian relations. The fate of fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden rose to the top of the US-Russian bilateral … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

Russia: ‘Stateless’ Snowden hedges asylum bets, says US hindering his applications

Intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in a number of countries, including Germany. In a statement, he also accused the US government of “using citizenship as a weapon.” The WikiLeaks website published a statement purportedly from … Continued

27th Jun 2013

Russia: Snowden remains stranded in Russian airport as Ecuador asylum may take months

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden remained stranded on Wednesday for the fourth straight night in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport, while Ecuador said its decision on his asylum could take no less than two months. The U.S. fugitive … Continued

26th Jun 2013

Russia: Putin says US whistleblower free to leave Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that US whistleblower Edward Snowden remains in the transit zone of a Moscow airport. Putin denied allegations that Russian intelligence agencies had worked with Snowden. Russian President Putin told reporters during a trip to … Continued

12th Jun 2013

Russian parliament passes bill banning ‘homosexual propaganda’

The Russian parliament has passed with near-unanimous support two controversial bills banning the distribution of “homosexual propaganda” to minors and imposing jail sentences on those who offend religious believers. Around two dozen people staged a “kissing protest” outside the Kremlin … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Russia: Syria differences linger at Russia-EU summit

Moscow and Brussels’ differing approaches to the Syria conflict have remained apparent at the Russia-EU summit. However, officials tried to play down some of the differences that persisted during the talks. President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia had not … Continued

25th May 2013

Russia: Suicide bomb attack hits Dagestan

MOSCOW,  (Xinhua): Nine people, including four policemen, have been injured in a suicide bomb attack near Russia’s Dagestan Interior Ministry headquarters on Saturday, the Interfax news agency reported. Editor: Zhu Ningzhu http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/25/c_132408150.htm

20th May 2013

Russia: Banning “Wahhabism”

By Vestnik Kavkaza Vestnik Kavkaza: Recent events which are connected with recruiting Russian citizens for fighting in Syria or events in Surgut’s suburbs where the local police stopped two car trains with “Wahhabits” made experts talk about possible interethnic conflicts … Continued

15th May 2013

Russia expels CIA spy

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Russia on Tuesday declared a CIA agent detained while attempting to recruit a Russian intelligence officer “persona non grata” and ordered him to leave the country immediately. “Overnight to May 14 the Federal Security Service’s counterintelligence service detained … Continued

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