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Right from the Moscow Times, the only English language newspaer in Russia.

I will this forward every now and again. The links provided are your way to more news. Or do your own searches...

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Domestic Adoptions Expected to Double

Ten months after the government banned adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens, authorities say the number of children adopted domestically will more than double by this year's end amid increased state allowances.


Law to Open Floodgates to Foreign Oil Companies
1 hour ago

A law just out of the Kremlin is raising the specter of a new era in the development of the country's offshore oil and gas riches by streamlining the involvement of foreigners.



Russia and U.S. Praise Syrian Disarmament Cooperation

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday praised Syria for complying so far with its obligations to eliminate its chemical weapons and called for an international conference to draft further steps next month.


Deputy Mayor Speaks Against Affordable Housing

Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin spoke against building affordable housing in Moscow, arguing that expensive apartments are a key ingredient in controlling migration rates.


All Communications Traffic to Be Monitored at Sochi Olympics, Report Says

Telecommunication networks in Sochi may have been modified with the intention of letting the FSB monitor virtually all phone and internet traffic in the city during the 2014 Winter Olympics, a news report said Monday.

And this all will be under surveillance as things are in many other places. At the search site you can read more on this topic.


Muscovites Greet Olympic Flame

Hundreds of students, migrant workers and other Muscovites gathered Monday to greet the Olympic flame in a ceremony kicking off the torch's first city visit in its 123-day trip around the country.



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Russia Bans Imports of Lithuanian Dairy Products

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Azbuka Vkusa to Buy Moscow Region Retail Chain for $120M

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Snowden's Father Expected in Russia Soon Lawyer

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Thatcher Lunched With Top Russian KGB Agent, Papers Reveal

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Putin Urges Investors to Join Rail Projects

19:39
Memorial Honors 7th Anniversary of Politkovskaya's Death in Moscow

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SU-155 to Invest $310M in Building Materials Production

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Relocation of Government From City Center Delayed Indefinitely
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These are the major links for Asia and the Middle East.. As well as other regions.


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Using other news sources, ie Fox News I found this taking place in Russia.


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Russians pull huge meteorite from lake -- and promptly break it

Published October 17, 2013

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Eight months after a meteorite screamed out of the skies over the Ural mountains and shattered -- leading to about 1,200 injuries from the shockwave it created -- Russian divers pulled a hefty chunk of the space rock from a murky lake.

As shown on live TV in Russia, divers entered lake Chebarkul on Wednesday and pulled a 5-foot long, 1,255-pound hunk of the rock


from the water, AFP reported -- and promptly broke it
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"The rock had a fracture when we found it," one unnamed scientist said during the live video feed. As the scientists pulled it from the lake, using levers and ropes, the fracture expanded, splitting it into at least three pieces.

"It weighed [1,255-pounds] before the pieces fell off. And then the scale broke," he reportedly said.

Caroline Smith, curator of meteorites at London's Natural History Museum, confirmed that the object was a meteorite from characteristic features that are clear in images, she told BBC News.

"Fusion crust forms as the meteoroid is travelling through the atmosphere as a fireball," she said. "The outer surface gets so hot it melts the rock to form a dark, glassy surface crust which we term a fusion crust."

Other surface features also identify the rock's deep-space origin.

"Regmaglypts are the indentations, that look a bit like thumbprints, also seen on the surface of the meteorite," she said.
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So besides the break up of this object there are other things we have learned which the average Joe didn't know before now, IMHO.
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Maybe a few of the divers had a buyer for smaller pieces?
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Not that this is top news compared to all of what could be with Russia involved. But again people died.

I saw a documentary on one of their large airliners which then was new. What happened was the main pilot two children were aboard and he allowed his son to take his seat at the controls.

It then was to close to the mountains at to low of an altitude as in this they never climbed high enough. So bang it hit the mountain.

I guess I would be interested in the who were on this flight & if they were in any way connected to the govt., or Central Committee


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Official: 50 dead in Russian airliner crash

November 17, 2013 11:46 AM

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MOSCOW (AP) A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan and officials said all 50 people aboard were killed.

The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed about 7:20 p.m. local time (1520 GMT; 10:20 a.m. EST). There were no immediate indications of what may have caused the crash. Weather in the city soon after the crash was reported to be light precipitation and winds of about 8 meters per second (18 mph).

Kazan is about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, where the flight originated.

A spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry, Irina Rossius, said there were 44 passengers and six crew members aboard and all had been killed.

Russia's last plane crash came in January, when a Russian-made Tupolev belonging to Red Wings airline careered off the runway at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, rolled across a snowy field and slammed into the slope of a nearby highway, breaking into pieces and catching fire. Investigators say equipment failure caused the crash, which killed five people.
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A very good question being asked.

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Why are Russian bombers buzzing Japanese airspace?

By Fred Weir 6 hours ago

Russian planes skirted Japan's territory twice this past weekend an oddly provocative move given recent improvements in Russo-Japanese relations.

Japanese fighter planes scrambled, and Tokyo foreign policy-makers scratched their heads in confusion, after two huge Russian bombers provocatively skirted Japan's airspace for the second time in as many days Sunday, barely two weeks after top Russian and Japanese officials had finished a round of unprecedented negotiations aimed at boosting military and security cooperation between the two countries.

Japan's Air Force went to high alert when the two lumbering Tu-95 strategic bombers roughly equivalent to US B-52s appeared on radar screens over the Pacific Ocean Sunday, and flew the full length of the Japanese archipelago before disappearing into Russian airspace near Sakhalin Island. On Saturday, a Russian Tu-142 long-range antisubmarine aircraft triggered a similar response when it approached Japanese airspace. On neither occasion did the aircraft cross into Japanese territory.


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Experts say encounters like this are fairly common. The Japanese Defense Ministry has reported 105 cases when it scrambled fighters to intercept incoming Russian aircraft between July and September of this year alone, a huge increase over the previous three-month period.

But last weekend's incidents appear out of tune with the first-ever high level talks aimed at boosting military trust between the two countries, held in Tokyo earlier this month between the Russian foreign and defense ministers and their Japanese counterparts. The talks were declared a success, with both sides agreeing to engage in deeper dialogue, exchange security information, and even hold joint military exercises.

"To boost cooperation in the field of security, and not just in the field of economic and people exchanges, means that we are improving overall Japan-Russia ties," Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a news conference on Nov 2.

"Cooperation between Japan and Russia, as key players in the Pacific Ocean region, is important for fortifying peace and stability in the region," he added.

Some observers say the unprecedented new dialogue could even lead to an eventual breakthrough in the Russo-Japanese deadlock over the disputed Kuril Islands that's lasted since the end of World War II.

"There is absolutely no reason for anyone to want to make some sort of military demonstration to Japan at this point. They've been holding talks, and quite successful ones, about enhancing mutual security," says Alexander Golts, military expert with the online journal Yezhednevny Zhurnal.

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Gee I just noticed I haven't placed the ABC site in the links above. Next time around I will get to that. Yet in the mean time one can check out the few other thread I run in this Topic area.

In them I have spoken about how these now or former commie countries are in the bigger picture pressing America, NATO and our Western Allies.

This one of seveal things Russia is doing to keep its former boarder states or in this case state.
And most of the population don't want this to happen, sense Russia has pushed on this govt., hard to not become part of the EU.

I have seen on Americas BBC news where this has been going on for over a week now.

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Ukrainian protesters demand release of Tymoshenko


KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Thousands of people on Wednesday kept up their nearly week-long protest against the Ukrainian government's decision to ditch an agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia, but officials showed no signs of relenting to their demands.

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Tens of thousands rally in Kiev for closer EU ties Associated Press
Thousands rally in Kiev calling for closer EU ties Associated Press
Ukraine opposition urges rallies to defend EU deal Associated Press
Ukraine warned of missed chance after ditching EU deal AFP
Thousands rally in Ukraine capital over EU deal Associated Press


About 5,000 people gathered on Independence Square despite freezing temperatures, listening to music and singing. A couple of thousand demonstrators also rallied earlier in the day outside the Ukrainian government building to call for the release of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The EU had made the release of Tymoshenko, the political rival of President Viktor Yanukovych, a condition for signing the association agreement at a summit that begins Thursday in Vilnius, Lithuania.

But Yanukovych has made no move to do so and says that Ukraine wants a better deal than the one offered by the EU. He still plans to attend the summit.

In an open letter released late Wednesday, Tymoshenko urged European leaders to ink the deal with Ukraine without linking it to her release if Yanukovych changes his mind at the last moment.

Yanukovych's government says Ukraine cannot afford to sacrifice trade with Russia for closer ties to the EU. As Kiev intensified talks with Brussels in recent months, Russia imposed punishing trade sanctions.

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Activists of the Ukrainian Opposition Party hold a posters with a photo of former Ukrainian Prime Mi


Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has blamed the turnaround on the EU's refusal to provide financial aid to help Ukraine's struggling economy.

Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, an EU envoy who has pushed Yanukovych to free Tymoshenko, lamented that the West has nothing to offer Ukraine to help it overcome the "economic blockade" that Russia initiated in the summer.

"This is lacking, but this is crucial because Ukraine's economy is in extremely poor condition, the budget is close to bankruptcy and whoever can help today rather than after a few years is the stronger partner," Kwasniewski said on state Polish Radio 1.

Top Ukrainian opposition figures, including boxer turned politician Vitali Klitschko, have also traveled to Vilinius to attend the EU summit.

The Kiev protesters had been split between two central squares, but on Wednesday afternoon those on Europe Square took down their tents and moved to Independence Square, the center of the 2004 Orange Revolution.

Tymoshenko was the heroine of the peaceful Orange Revolution, which overturned Yanukovych's victory in a rigged presidential election. She narrowly lost to Yanukovych in the 2010 presidential election, and the next year was sent to prison in a case the West has condemned as political. Yanukovych comes up for re-election in early 2015.

"Sooner or later, she (Tymoshenko) will walk free," said political analyst Viktor Zamyatin of the Razumkov Center. "But understanding the danger she poses to him, Yanukovych is doing everything he can to drag this out as long as possible."

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Associated Press writer Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, Poland, contributed to this report.
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Well Russia & American are at it again, this time over $ & their diplomats are costing the American taxpayer way to much money. And I would bet this is just the crust on top of a very large scandle. Involing plenty of other countries and their diplomats and the trongs that come with each of them.


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Russia, US in new row after Russian diplomats charged
By Stuart Williams, 2 Hours ago.. 6 Dec. 2013

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File photo of the Russian Embassy in Washington DC. Russia has voiced outrage at charges in the US against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their wives over a $1.5 million fraud (AFP Photo/Kris Connor)


Moscow (AFP) - Russia and the United States were on Friday embroiled in a new diplomatic dispute after Moscow reacted furiously to charges launched in the United States against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their wives over a $1.5 million fraud.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement to Russian news agencies that Moscow had many claims against the behaviour of US diplomats in Moscow but had preferred not to bring them into the public sphere.

"We categorically reject the charges against the staff of Russian diplomatic institutions in the United States," he was quoted as saying by the ITAR-TASS news agency, saying it was "illegal" for diplomats to have been watched by the authorities in this way.

"If the American authorities have claims against our citizens... they should have been made first through diplomatic channels. This is no more than cheap PR and an attempt to fulfil an order by Russophobes in the US," he added.

Ryabkov hinted that Russia had many allegations it could lay against American diplomatic staff if it so desired but said Moscow had preferred stay quiet.

"We have many claims against how American embassy staff work and act. But we do not want to go down the path of a rhetorical war of mutual accusations," he said.

They have claims against our corps of diplomats, so they to must be spying on any American or from any other country as they did when we were in the cold war. Yet they clain this isn't done, and I ride a donkey to save the world.

The scandal risks causing a new crisis in US-Russia relations which have already been scarred by Russia's decision to grant asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and a host of other issues including human rights.

There had been signs in the last weeks of a better atmosphere, particularly after Washington and Moscow worked together on a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons and have attempted to realise a plan for a peace conference on the Syrian conflict.

Yet do we really know if all of these chemical weapons have been removed? NO we don't.

Ryabkov said the case had been created by those in the United States who wanted to spoil constructive trends in US-Russia relations.

"Someone in Washington needed to spoil the atmosphere -- we cannot see this any other way."

Hear that? The sound of the next poll on both houses dropping.

Russian senator Ruslan Gattarov described the charges as "petty revenge on the part of the hawks in the State Department."

The alleged scam took place between 2004 and August 2013, when the suspects were based at the Russian mission to the United Nations, the Russian consulate and the Russian trade mission, all in New York.

All the defendants have diplomatic immunity and none have been arrested following a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

They are accused of lying about their true income to claim benefits while splurging on tens of thousands of dollars worth of products in designer shops such as Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo and Prada.

Prosecutors say the group obtained almost $500,000 from Medicaid, a programme earmarked for low-income American families, under provisions that pay out funds for children born in the United States.

Again another waste for our taxpayers as one would except any country that deals with America to have their own way of reimbursement for any medical coverage they might receive, instead of using fraud.

I would bet anyone reading this is surprised as me they even are allowed to use our hospitals without payment up front as is what is required by any American Citizen with earnings.


A total of $1.5 million in benefits was illegally obtained by the Russians and dozens of other co-conspirators, who were not named in the complaint.

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny, who has accused President Vladimir Putin and his top allies of endemic corruption, seized on the charges as proof of the extent of graft within the foreign ministry.

"Now we have full confirmation that the rank-and-file of Russian diplomacy lives fully in line with the approaches of the Kremlin leadership," Navalny wrote on his Live Journal blog.

"Since the 1970s in the USSR, diplomacy in 'prestigious capitalist countries' turned into a way of handing out jobs for the children of the nomenklatura," he added.
Russia, US in new row after Russian diplomats charged

The part of the shame here is most of PW's member don't both to read any of these threads that I have in this Topic Area and have missed a chance to see our leadership failing the public again. So their lost is your gain.

That is why in the links post I do the few who do read and then post in them.
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Slowly yet surly President Putin is placing less freedoms in his Country. And sense he can't be President again these twp parties are both loyal to him & the Comminust Party.

So his & his cronies power will be preserved in newer ways. Now this is just IMHO. Yet this much power is not given up that easy if one can find a way to retain it.


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Speaking in foreign tongues? Russian lawmakers say 'nyet'


December 12, 2013 1:39 PM

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Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky speaks to media after voting …


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Speak Russian or be silent.

Nationalist lawmakers want to ban foreign languages at the workplace - a rule that would leave some foreigners speechless, from menial laborers from former Soviet states to Western business executives in suits and ties.

Two deputies from flamboyant ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky's party introduced a bill on Thursday that would bar Russians and foreigners from speaking foreign languages on the job during working hours, state-run RIA news agency reported.

Kind of blowing steam up the average Russian's legs to keep them happy while Puti will reveal his version, later on.

It cited a summary of the proposal as saying that many foreigners do not know Russian and "speak amongst themselves in their own language at the workplace during work hours, which makes the native (Russian) population indignant".

That explanation suggested the bill is aimed mainly to control the speech of migrant workers from former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus, whose growing presence in Russia has led to ethnic tension.

Some Russians accuse migrants of a lack of respect for Russian culture and say they should assimilate or leave.

Mindful of those opinions, President Vladimir Putin promised in a state-of-the-nation speech on Thursday to tighten control over labor migration, but he also said Russia must not undermine ties with the ex-Soviet states.

He wants them as they were a boarder scurity fence sort of.

The concern about damaging relations with Moscow's closest geopolitical allies suggests the proposal is unlikely to pass in its present form. It would be seen by some in the West as draconian, casting further chill on Russia's investment climate.

Parliament is dominated by the United Russia party, which is loyal to Putin. Zhirinovsky and his misleadingly named Liberal Democratic Party, LDPR, support most Kremlin initiatives.

They sometimes produce initiatives that reflect popular opinion in exaggerated form, but which can then be repackaged in more acceptable terms and made into law.

Catching on to my meanings?

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Alistair Lyon)
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