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Apr 29, 2011

Clashes in Russia’s Caucasus kill 10 rebels

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian security forces killed at least 10 suspected militants on Friday in clashes in the North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting a growing Islamist insurgency, federal authorities said.

Russia’s National Anti-terrorist Committee said the dead included insurgent group leaders behind several attacks in the Kabardino-Balkaria province over the past year.

Apr 28, 2011

Russia calls on Syria to investigate deaths

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia urged Syria Thursday to punish those responsible for deadly violence during a crackdown on anti-government protests but said an international investigation sought by the United States was not necessary.

The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on Syria Friday at Washington’s request and is due to consider a draft resolution submitted by the U.S. delegation.

Apr 26, 2011

Japanese luxury market to make full recovery–Dior

MOSCOW, April 26 (Reuters) – Luxury goods sales in Japan
are improving and likely to recover to levels seen before last
month’s earthquake and nuclear crisis, the Chief Executive of
French luxury house Christian Dior SA (DIOR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) told Reuters on

“My first concern is the situation with the people. Thank
God that, despite what happened, things (sales) are improving
now,” Sidney Toledano said on the fringes of an exhibit of Dior
dresses and shoes in Moscow.

Apr 5, 2011

Reviving Russian luxury market outpaced by rivals

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Luxury boutiques are popping up across the country again, the capital’s streets are gridlocked with Bentleys and top designers are steadily trickling back in.

Russia’s luxury market may be worth only half of what it was pre-financial crisis, but its thirst for excess is making somewhat of a comeback, though uncertainty over its ability to grow lingers.

Apr 4, 2011

Russian fashion looks to motherland for inspiration

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s style gurus have turned to the motherland for inspiration at the capital’s fashion weeks, celebrating ethnicities and returning to a pre-Soviet era of elegance.

Flowing felt coats, the bright blues and hot pinks of folkloric shawls and cloaks reminiscent of tsarist cavalrymen dominated doyen of fashion Slava Zaitsev’s show this week.

Mar 24, 2011

U.S. promises better teamwork on Afghan drug raids

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it would coordinate better with its partners on heroin raids in Afghanistan after rattling Kabul officials with an operation with Russia last year.

Over the past two years the former Cold War foes have been tackling heroin production in Afghanistan, which produces 90 percent of the global total, as Russia struggles to contain a crippling HIV/AIDS crisis.

Mar 7, 2011

Top Moscow club throws party for “coolest” Putin

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) – Bare-breasted women, celebrities and club promoters threw their support behind Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a lavish party for the country’s paramount leader, a year before presidential elections.

Around 2,000 revelers streamed into trendy Moscow nightclub Rai, which means “paradise” in Russian, for Sunday night’s “Putin Party” to celebrate the macho prime minister, who has hinted that he could run for president again in 2012.

Mar 5, 2011

Ex-Soviet Georgia eyes film industry rebirth

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Georgian moviemakers are banking on European partners, international stars such as Mexico’s Gael Garcia Bernal and their rich landscape to rebuild a film industry that was devastated by the Soviet collapse.

“The Loneliest Planet,” an independently financed thriller focusing on a young couple’s trek through the wilderness, stars Bernal and Israeli actress Hani Furstenberg and was entirely shot in Georgia last summer.

Mar 3, 2011

Russian rebel calls for jihad, praises Arab unrest

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chechen-born rebel leader Doku Umarov, Russia’s most wanted man, called on Muslims throughout the country to wage jihad against the state in videos posted on websites on Thursday.

He also urged the Arab world to usher in radical Islam during the resulting unrest.

Feb 25, 2011

Russia honors freedom of serfs, American slaves

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) – They wrote letters to each other, were both assassinated in public, and led separate campaigns to free large swathes of their countrymen.

Czar Alexander II and President Abraham Lincoln now share the spotlight in a new exhibit, which Russia and the United States opened Tuesday in the State Archive in Moscow.

    • About Amie

      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
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