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OSCE Concerned By Detention Of Journalists In Russia

The Representative on Freedom of the Media from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed concern over the "indiscriminate detention" of journalists reporting on street protests in Moscow and recent cyber attacks on Russian media websites.

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Russia: Muslim lawyer proposes Islamic Courts: forced to leave Russia

Dagir Khasavov invokes sharia law and threatens a bloodbath in the country. Chechen leader Kadyrov dennounces him. After intimidation, the man decides to take refuge in Europe.

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Independent UN expert calls on Russia to ensure better protection of cultural rights

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on Russia to ensure better protections so that everyone can fully participate in the cultural life of the country.

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UN Says Russia Must Better Protect Cultural Rights

The United Nations' special rapporteur on cultural rights has called on Russia to better protect the diversity of its citizens and their ability to participate in cultural life.

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Thousands Protest In Russia Against NATO Transit Center

Thousands of people have gathered in the central Russian city of Ulyanovsk to march in protest against the proposed establishment of a transit center for NATO.

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NATO Chief Says Missile Defense Shield Will Not Threaten Russia

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has reiterated that the alliance's plan to build a missile-defense shield in Europe will not "threaten" Russia.

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Financial Crisis No Impact On Military Spending In Russia And China

Russia and China were among the few nations to increase military spending last year amid the global financial crisis.

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Tajikistan Wants 'Respect' From Russia

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called Russia his country's only strategic partner but said Moscow should "respect" Tajikistan.

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Belarusians Barred From Leaving Country Will Be Stopped In Russia

Russian Border Services Chief Vladimir Pronichev has announced that Belarusian citizens barred from leaving the country will not be allowed to use Russian territory for travelling to other countries.

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India: India "rents" first nuclear submarine from Russia

The K-152 Nerpa, renamed Chakra Ins II, will cost New Delhi about one billion dollars over the next 10 years. The submarine will not carry nuclear weapons but will carry cruise missiles. Meanwhile, New Delhi’s first nuclear submarine, the Arihant operative next year.

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Greece: Russia: Mount Athos abbot released on bail as tensions with Russia continue

Vatopedi monastery Hegumen Ephrem is released after three months under house arrest. He is suspected in an illegal land sale. The case highlights tensions between Moscow and Athens. Putin might visit Mount Athos for Easter.

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Romney To Russia: 'No. 1 Foe!' Russia To Romney: 'Pea-Brained!'

A new U.S. poll has found that 51 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Russia and just 2 percent consider Moscow to be Washington's arch enemy. That flies in the face of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's recent assertion that Russia is America's "No. 1 ...

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Rights Watchdog Calls On Russia To Stop Arresting Peaceful Protesters

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon Russia to stop police from detaining peaceful protesters after more than 100 demonstrators were arrested at rallies over the weekend.

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Man's Death In Police Custody Leads To More Revelations Of Abuse In Russia

Albert Zagitov was selling fruit at a Kazan market when police detained him, threatened him with rape, and beat him until he agreed to pay a small fine.

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Ambassador McFaul: 'Real Politics in Russia Again'

Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, says there is "real politics in Russia again"

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Russia: Presidential elections in Russia: most tense in last 15 years

109 million citizens are eligible to vote, and 96 thousand polling stations set up throughout the country. Certain victory for Prime Minister Putin over four challengers. Uncertainties of the post-election atmosphere.

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Syria: Un: China and Russia join UN pressure on Syria for humanitarian access. Red Cross reaches Homs

Food and medicine should reach the people of Baba Amr later today. The UN Security Council demands that Syria allow entry permit to Valerie Amos, head of UN humanitarian aid. The opposition is divided: there is less collaboration between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council.

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Detained Tajik Businessman Could Face New Charges In Russia

A Tajik businessman arrested in Moscow in 2010 on a warrant from Tajikistan has not been released from custody after his term of pretrial detention expired.

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Tajikistan Wants Russia To Pay Rent For Military Bases

Tajikistan's ambassador to Russia says his country expects Russia to pay rent for bases it uses on Tajik territory.

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Georgian President Demands To Know Opponents' Stand On Russia

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has challenged his political opponents to disclose their views on relations with Russia, while also underlining his commitment to strengthening Georgia's ties with NATO and the European Union.

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Tens Of Thousands Back Putin In Russia Rally Battle

With Russian presidential elections just over two weeks away, rallies are being held in eastern Russia where crowds are showing their support for front-runner Vladimir Putin.

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Early Elections Start In Russia

Starting on February 17, early presidential elections are being held in remote areas of the vast country.

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Kyrgyz President Says He'll Demand Overdue Base Fees From Russia

Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambaev says he plans to demand overdue fees for Russian military assets on Kyrgyz soil during upcoming talks with the Russian leadership in Moscow.

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First Wine, Then Meat, Then Veggies. Now Russia Cuts The (Ukrainian) Cheese

Ukraine and Russia are trading harsh words in an escalating row over Ukrainian cheese. Russia last week barred imports of some Ukrainian cheeses, citing poor quality.

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EU's Ashton Calls On Russia To Rethink Position On Syria

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has called on Russia to reconsider its position on the crisis in Syria after Russia and China on February 4 vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning violence in Syria.

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The Politics Of Crowd Estimates In Russia

What conclusions about Russian society's mood can be drawn from dueling pro and anti-regime protests on February 4? The answer, of course, depends on whom you ask -- and which side of the barricades they stood on.

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Clinton Urges Bulgaria To Break Energy Dependence On Russia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Bulgaria to break its energy dependence on Russia by diversifying its oil and gas supplies.

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Putin Says NATO Missile System Pointed At Russia

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and NATO of aiming a European antimissile system at Russia.

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NATO Chief: No Summit With Russia Without A Deal On Missile Defense

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says there will be no summit with Russia in May if there is no deal by then on missile defense cooperation.

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More than 7,500-year-old fish traps found in Russia

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Chechen Leader Denounces Protest Organizers As Enemies Of Russia

The leader of Russia's Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has denounced as enemies of Russia the activists who have organized protests over the country's disputed December elections for the State Duma lower house of parliament.

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IRAN – CHINA – RUSSIA Wen Jiabao: no to sanctions against iranian oil, for Russia it would be a catastrophe

China’s premier defends Chinese imports of Iranian oil, but warns Tehran against closing Hormuz. Russian foreign minister warns that an attack would be a catastrophe.

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New U.S. Ambassador To Russia Gets Frosty Reception

Russia's main state-owned television channel has accused Michael McFaul, the new U.S. ambassador, of being sent to destabilize the country, after he held meetings with members of the opposition.

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Ex-Official Says Britain Used Fake Rock To Spy On Russia

A former British official has admitted for the first time that Britain did use a fake rock fitted with electronic equipment to spy on Russia.

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Russia: Former oligarch appeals to the Patriarch for regime change in Russia

From London, Berezovsky Kirill writes, but the Orthodox Church sarcastically rejects the proposal of a sworn enemy of Putin.

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As WTO Member, Will Russia Be Able To Continue Using Health Concerns To Block Trade?

It is as predictable as snow in a Russian winter. When Moscow has a tussle with one of its neighbors, Russian health officials suddenly discover something wrong with that country's exports.

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McFaul Sworn In As New U.S. Envoy To Russia

Secetary of State Hillary Clinton described Russia as "one of the most complex and consequential relationships" that America has.

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Moscow Activists: Russia Today Similar To 'Bloody Sunday'

Hundreds of activists from Russian leftist groups in Moscow have marked the anniversary of the shooting of peaceful demonstrators in St. Petersburg in 1905 known as "Bloody Sunday" while making parallels to the situation in Russian society today.

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Poland Detains Ex-Prosecutor Wanted By Russia

Poland has detained former Russian prosecutor Aleksandr Ignatenko, wanted by Moscow for his alleged involvement in a network of illegal casinos.

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Russians Outside Russia Join Election Protests

While all eyes were on the massive December 24 protests in Moscow, Russian diaspora communities around the world expressed their solidarity by staging their own rallies.

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INDIA – VATICAN Christian leaders urge pope to defend religious freedom in Russia

In Russia, a Russian Orthodox group wants the Bhagavad Gita banned, claiming that Hinduism’ sacred text has “dangerous contents”. Embarrassed Russian authorities reiterate their “great respect” for the book.

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Russia: Nuncio in Russia: this Christmas of crisis a chance to recover sense of eternity

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, tells AsiaNews about his first year of ministry in Russia. The testimony of the small Russian Catholic community helps to introduce Russian society to Christmas atmosphere. Good relations with the Orthodox Church, help to proclaim the importance of religious principle for ...

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Senate Confirms New U.S. Russia Envoy

The confirmation came days after Senator Mark Kirk lifted the block on the nomination that he had imposed over concerns about the security of U.S. missile defense technology.

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U.S. Officials Cite 'Nationwide Awakening' In Russia

At a Senate hearing on rule of law and corruption in Russia, U.S. officials criticize perceived "manipulation" of voting in Russia and say recent mass protests could represent a "nationwide awakening" among Russians who want more accountability from their government.

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Political Uncertainty In Russia Has Investors Nervous

Russian shares have fallen more than 10 percent since the disputed December 4 election. And firms with close ties to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have taken the biggest hit.

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After Mass Protests In Russia, Is The Kremlin Using Facebook To Ease The Pressure?

After posting a message on Facebook ordering officials to look into reports of possible violations at polling stations during the December 4 vote, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev page has been overwhelmed by negative comments.

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Mayors Resign After Poor Poll Results For United Russia

The mayors of two Russian cities where the number of votes for the ruling United Russia party in parliamentary elections on December 4 was relatively low have tendered their resignations.

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Tajik Official In Russia To Monitor Probe Of Brutal Murder

Tajikistan has sent a senior parliament deputy to Russia to monitor the investigation into the killing of a Tajik citizen in St. Petersburg.

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Hundreds Arrested On Second Night Of Opposition Protests In Russia

Russian police have arrested hundreds of protesters in a second night of demonstrations against parliamentary election results. A heavy police presence didn't deter thousands of opposition supporters from once again turning out in Moscow, where they faced competing pro-government rallies.

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Thousands In Moscow Protest Election Results Favoring Putin, United Russia

In what may be the largest opposition rally in Russia in years, several thousand people turned out in Moscow to protest the results of the December 4 parliamentary elections, said by many observers to have been rigged in favor of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party. ...

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Allegations Of Electoral Violations Made Across Russia -- And Online

Even before polls closed in Russia's parliamentary elections, accusations of vote-rigging and fraud -- all to aid the ruling United Russia party -- had been widely reported. And in the Age of the Internet, some of the alleged violations have been filmed or photographed and posted on the web.

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Five Arrested For Protesting Tajik Deportations From Russia

Police in Moscow have arrested five people who were part of a protest against recent deportations of Tajik migrant laborers from Russia.

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Russia: Putin booed as Russia calls for change

The unprecedented challenge to Vladimir Putin is accompanied by a gradual decline in approval of the Prime Minister and his party: the Russians dissatisfaction with pre-announced role reversal with Medvedev. Satire and protest build on the web.

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U.S. Halts Arms Treaty Cooperation With Russia

The United States has announced that it will not allow Russian inspections of U.S. bases or share data with Russia on its nonnuclear weapons stores in Europe after years of failed efforts to revitalize a Cold War-era arms treaty.

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Moldova Anticipates 'More Intense Dialogue' With Russia Over Transdniester

Moldovan Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca says Moscow is increasingly open to a "more intense dialogue" with Chisinau over the breakaway region of Transdniester.

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Uzbek Who Swam To Estonia Wants Political Asylum In Russia

An Uzbek who swam across a river from Russia to reach Estonia is applying for political asylum in Russia following his release from jail there.

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Poll Shows Moldovans Losing Interest In EU, Warming Up To Russia

A new poll shows Moldovans are losing interest in the post-Soviet country's European integration and is warming up to the idea of joining a Commonwealth of Independent States' (CIS) free-trade zone led by Russia.

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Tajikistan Says More Migrant Workers Detained In Russia

Tajikistan's Migration Service says that the detention of Tajik citizens in Russia has increased in the past week amid a row with Moscow over the sentencing of two ethnic Russians for smuggling and other crimes.

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Obama Says Will Work With Russia On Response To Iran Nuke Report

U.S. President Barack Obama says he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have agreed to devise "a common response" to new allegations that Iran has been covertly trying to build a nuclear bomb.

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Podcast: The Causes Of Militant Islam, Plus Putin And The State Of Marriage In Russia

In Episode 44 of The Blender, a talk with "Wall Street Journal Asia" columnist Sadanand Dhume about the differences in violent, radical Islam from Pakistan to Indonesia; a report from Ingushetia on allegations of human rights violations by security services; and a closer look at ...

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With Popularity Fading, United Russia Tries To Get Sexy

Amidst rapidly declining poll numbers, the ruling United Russia party has released a steamy online video designed to win the support of younger voters.

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RUSSIA – CHINA China and Russia helping eurozone to boost own power in IMF

Moscow and Beijing like the Eurogroup rescue package but will loosen their pursestrings only through the International Monetary Fund to boost their own influence. Investments in Europe are needed to save their own growth.

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Georgia Accepts Swiss Proposal In WTO Dispute With Russia

Georgia has accepted a Swiss plan to end a customs dispute with Russia, a move which could pave the way for Moscow to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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RUSSIA – CHINA Beijing interested in investing in Russia

China’s need for steady energy supplies, foreign investments to cool an overheating economy and search for new markets for its exports lead Beijing to buy Russian assets.

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Kyrgyzstan Extradites Alleged Terrorist To Russia

The Kyrgyz authorities have extradited to the Russian Federation a Russian citizen wanted for alleged terrorism and involvement in creating an armed criminal group.

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Turkmenistan Lashes Out At Russia Over Gas Pipeline

Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry has released a statement criticizing Russia for its position on Turkmenistan's cooperation with the European Union.

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