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Russia: New sanctions against Iran unacceptable

November 22, 2011
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CNN    

"Russia called new sanctions against Iran 'unacceptable,' saying the new punishments would hurt efforts to talk with Tehran. The Russian Foreign Ministry posted a statement Tuesday, a day after the United States announced tougher sanctions against Iran -- joining Britain and Canada in a coordinated effort to tighten the screws around the country's suspected nuclear weapons program." (11/22/11)

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Russia fights to prevent 18th failed Mars mission

November 10, 2011
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Fox News    

"Russia's space agency has so far failed to contact its $13-million unmanned Phobos-Grunt Mars probe, which it lost contact with immediately after launch early on Wednesday -- and may end up as the 18th in a long string of unsuccessful Russian missions to the Red Planet. ... The probe is stuck in a dangerously low orbit, officials said, and if uncontacted could eventually crash down to Earth." (11/10/11)

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WTO working group approves Russia’s 18-year membership bid

November 10, 2011
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Bloomberg    

"Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization was all but sealed when a working group agreed on the terms of membership by adopting a package of documents that include its obligations on goods and services. The group agreed today to ask trade ministers to back Russia’s entry during a Dec. 15-17 meeting in Geneva." (11/10/11)

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Russians set for Mars adventure

November 8, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"Russia is about to launch an audacious bid to scoop up rock and dust samples from the Martian moon Phobos and bring them back to Earth for study. The dusty debris should provide fresh insights into the origin of the 27km-wide moon that many scientists suspect may actually be a captured asteroid. The mission is called Phobos-Grunt ('Grunt' means 'soil' in Russian). It is also a significant venture, because it will be carrying China's first Mars satellite." (11/08/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15631472  

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Serbia: Liberals protest Russian involvement

October 30, 2011
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Bellingham Herald    

"A liberal party in Serbia demanded the expulsion of the Russian ambassador Sunday after he appeared at a nationalist gathering. Ambassador Aleksandr Konuzin has been meddling in Serbia's internal politics and should be declared persona non grata, the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina, or LSV, said in a statement." (10/30/11)

 

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Russia: Church seeks ban on “Lolita” as “pedophilia”

September 28, 2011
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Associated Press    

"A senior Russian Orthodox official claimed Wednesday that novels by Vladimir Nabokov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez justify pedophilia and said they should be banned in the nation's high schools. Father Vsevolod Chaplin's demand that Russia's government investigate and limit the use of the books was his church's latest attempt to impose religious norms in a country that once rejected religion altogether." [editor's note: Hobson's choice of tyrannies -- atheist communism or doctrinaire religious fundamentalism? - SAT] (09/28/11)

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Russia: Putin set to return to presidency

September 25, 2011
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Russia is prepared for Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012 elections even as two top officials dramatically broke ranks with his plan for a historic third presidential mandate. President Dmitry Medvedev, who took over at the Kremlin from Putin in 2008, announced on Saturday that he would step aside for the incumbent prime minister in the March 2012 polls and instead serve as government chief." (09/25/11)

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Russia: Medvedev sets date for parliament elections

August 29, 2011
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Atlantic City Press    

"Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has set Dec. 4 as the date for elections to the powerful lower house of parliament. The lower house, the Duma, is the only chamber of the national legislature that is directly elected. The election is to be followed in the spring by the presidential vote, for which a date has not been set." (08/29/11)

 

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New Russian opposition party barred from election

June 22, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Russia's Justice Ministry on Wednesday denied registration to a new political party created by three prominent opposition leaders, effectively barring them from participating in upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. The decision on whether to register the People's Freedom Party was seen as a test of President Dmitry Medvedev's pledges to increase political competition in Russia." (06/22/11)

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Russia: Court upholds Khodorkovsky’s show “conviction”

May 24, 2011
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Guardian [UK]    

"A Moscow appeals court has upheld the second conviction of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky but reduced his jail sentence by a year. ... He was convicted in December of stealing oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds, a ruling that drew strong international condemnation. He was seen as a political threat to Vladimir Putin, who was president in 2003 when he was arrested and is now prime minister." (05/24/11)

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Billionaire to lead Russian political party

May 17, 2011
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New York Times    

"Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the billionaire and owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, announced yesterday that he would lead a liberal Russian political party with close ties to the Kremlin. The decision, seven months before parliamentary elections, seems to be part of a Kremlin effort to provide an alternative for Russians disaffected with the country’s dominant political party, United Russia, while ensuring continued support for the ruling authorities." (05/17/11)

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Russia: Putin vs. Medvedev in 2012?

April 20, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"As the political differences between Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev widen into a visible public rift, and each continues to insist on the wish to run for president in polls next year, some Russians are mulling a prospect that sounded like a fantasy just a few weeks ago: What if they faced off against each other in an open and fair election? It was Mr. Putin himself who kicked off the speculation that's now surging like electricity through Russia's blogosphere. 'Neither me nor Dmitry have ruled out that each of us could be a candidate in the race,' he said last week in an effort to tamp down discussion about the looming Kremlin choice." (04/20/11)

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Gorbachev blasts Russia’s duumvirate leadership

February 21, 2011
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The Hindu [India]    

"The former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has blasted Russia's duumvirate leadership for presiding over 'imitation democracy' and displaying contempt for voters. In his harshest criticism yet of the ruling tandem of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Mr. Gorbachev said the duo showed 'incredible contempt' for the electorate by asserting that they would decide between them who runs for President in the coming election in 2012." (02/21/11)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article1477855.ece  

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Russia: Suicide bombers kill two

February 14, 2011
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"A pair of suicide bombers, including a woman, attacked security forces in Russia's volatile Dagestan province on Monday, killing two security officials and wounding 21 others, according to officials and news reports. The female suicide bomber blew herself up as she tried to enter a police station in the village of Gubden -- known as a stronghold of radical Islamists -- killing one soldier and wounding six others, regional police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said." (02/14/11)

 

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Russia: Three arrested in connection with Moscow bomb

February 9, 2011
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Reuters    

"The brother and sister of the alleged suicide bomber who killed 36 people at Russia's busiest airport have been arrested for helping him, along with a third accomplice, Russian media said Wednesday. ... Russia's top Islamist rebel Doku Umarov said earlier this week he ordered the devastating airport attack -- the second on the capital in 10 months. He has pledged to inflict 'blood and tears' on the Russian heartland ahead of 2012 presidential elections." (02/09/11)

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Russia, realism and the Wikileaks factor

December 30, 2010
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"If you’re an empire, with its vaunted self-assurance and air of invulnerability, any sort of sustained 'realist' foreign policy is fundamentally impossible because appearances must be kept up, no matter what the facts might be. Retreat is not an option: the frontiers of empire must be pushed ever-forward, never back. The idea that the Russians are falling back into a form of neo-communism, or neo-Stalinism, with Putin in the role of Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, is utter nonsense, and yet it serves the purposes of the War Party, which can never run out of enemies." (12/31/10)

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Putin prosecution backed by pitchfork mob

December 30, 2010
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Barely A Blog
by Ilana Mercer  

"Let’s remember this: Be it in the US or in Russia, the masses are foursquarely behind their governments when it comes to the zealous, over-prosecution of the rich. Putin has the support of the pitchfork-wielding Russian folks. That’s democracy in action." (12/29/10)

http://barelyablog.com/?p=32833  

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Russia: Second show “trial,” “conviction,” sentence for Khodorkovsky

December 27, 2010
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MSNBC    

"Mikhail Khodorkovsky was convicted Monday of stealing oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds, a verdict likely to keep the oil tycoon — who once challenged the power of Vladimir Putin — behind bars for several more years. ... Khodorkovsky, 47, is nearing the end of an eight-year sentence after being convicted of tax fraud in a case seen as punishment for challenging the Kremlin's economic and political power, in part by funding opposition parties in parliament." (12/27/10)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40819489/ns/world_news/  

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Fate of Russian arms treaty remains uncertain

December 19, 2010
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MSNBC    

"The Senate Republican leader said Sunday he would oppose a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, damaging prospects for President Barack Obama's top foreign policy priority in the final days of the postelection Congress. ... Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the treaty's verification system and expressed concern that the pact would limit U.S. missile defense options even though Obama insisted Saturday that the treaty imposes no restrictions on missile defense." (12/19/10)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40739853/ns/world_news-europe/  

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