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Jan 24, 2011
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Moscow prison opens first prayer room for Muslims

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A prison where Soviet-era writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was jailed and a third of inmates are Muslims from the North Caucasus and Central Asia, has become the first in Moscow to open a Muslim prayer room.

Nineteenth century Butyrka prison in central Moscow, which also held Adolf Hitler’s nephew Heinrich among other high-profile prisoners, held its first prayers on Friday, in a hall near a Christian church that has operated since 1989.

Jan 24, 2011

Suicide bomber kills 31 at Russia’s biggest airport

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 31 people were killed and more than 130 injured Monday in a suicide bombing at Russia’s biggest airport, state-run TV reported.

Russia’s rouble-dominated stock market MICEX fell by nearly two percent following the blast, which ripped through the arrival hall at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at 1332 GMT, the airport’s press office said in a statement.

Jan 24, 2011

Suicide bomber kills 31 at Russian airport – reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 31 people were killed and more than 100 injured on Monday in a suicide bombing at Russia’s biggest airport, Russian news agencies reported.

Russia’s rouble-dominated stock market MICEX fell by nearly two percent following the blast, which ripped through the baggage claim area at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at 1332 GMT (1:32 p.m. British time).

Jan 20, 2011
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Orthodox Church asks Russian women to dress modestly

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Russian feminists have expressed outrage after the country’s increasingly powerful Orthodox Church proposed an official dress code to ensure that women dress more modestly.

A top Church official, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, called for the code in a letter in which he said: “Either scantily clad or painted like a clown, a woman who counts on meeting men on the street, in the metro or a bar not only risks running into a drunken idiot but will meet men with no self-respect.”

Jan 19, 2011
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Russia to launch Muslim TV channel to promote tolerance

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(Photo: Workers clearing snow during windy weather in front of the Kul-Sharif mosque in Kazan, capital of the Tatarstan republic, March 11, 2010/Denis Sinyakov)

Russia will soon launch a Muslim television channel in the hope it will foster tolerance after the capital saw some of the worst clashes since the fall of the Soviet Union, state-run media have reported.

Proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev two years ago, the satellite channel will go on air in February or March across Russia, home to some 20 million Muslims, or a seventh of the country’s population.

Jan 14, 2011

Art or propaganda? North Korea exhibit in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chubby-cheeked, hard-working and joyous but also ready for military action is how North Korea presents its people at a major show of official art from the secretive state in Moscow.

“And Water Flows Beneath the Ice” exhibits 40 works by 39 state-commissioned artists which have never been shown abroad and span 25 years of tight North Korean rule.

Jan 14, 2011

Exhibitions: Art or propaganda? North Korea exhibit in Moscow

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) – Chubby-cheeked, hard-working and joyous but also ready for military action is how North Korea presents its people at a major show of official art from the secretive state in Moscow.

“And Water Flows Beneath the Ice” exhibits 40 works by 39 state-commissioned artists which have never been shown abroad and span 25 years of tight North Korean rule.

Dec 10, 2010

Kremlin aide says Medvedev wants second term – report

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin’s top economic aide said he believes President Dmitry Medvedev wants to seek a second term in Russia’s 2012 presidential election, the BBC reported Friday.

When asked whether the president wanted another term in the Kremlin, Arkady Dvorkovich answered: “I believe he does.” He also said he believed Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had not yet decided who will run.

Dec 10, 2010

Kremlin aide says Medvedev wants second term: sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin’s top economic aide said he believes President Dmitry Medvedev wants to seek a second term in Russia’s 2012 presidential election, the BBC reported on Friday.

When asked whether the president wanted another term in the Kremlin, Arkady Dvorkovich answered: “I believe he does.” He also said he believed Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had not yet decided who will run.

Dec 10, 2010

Kremlin aide says Medvedev wants second term–BBC

MOSCOW, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The Kremlin’s top economic aide
said he believes President Dmitry Medvedev wants to seek a
second term in Russia’s 2012 presidential election, the BBC
reported on Friday.

When asked whether the president wanted another term in the
Kremlin, Arkady Dvorkovich answered: “I believe he does”. He
also said he believed Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
had not yet decided who will run.

    • 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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