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Aug 1, 2012
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Fight over Islam, money and power brings violence to Russia’s Volga region

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(Kul Sharif mosque (L) and Blagoveschensky Orthodox cathedral in Kazan July 23, 2012. REUTERS/Roman Kruchinin)

Not far from glitzy boulevards where an oil boom has sent up stadiums and high-rises overlooking the Volga River, women in headscarves wander through Islamic bookstores selling pamphlets on the institution of sharia in Russia.

Jul 27, 2012

Analysis: Fight over Islam, money and power brings violence to Volga

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Not far from glitzy boulevards where an oil boom has sent up stadiums and high-rises overlooking the Volga River, women in headscarves wander through Islamic bookstores selling pamphlets on the institution of sharia in Russia.

Kazan, capital of Russia’s mainly-Muslim Tatarstan region, has long had an image as a showcase of religious tolerance. But that reputation was shattered last week by car bomb and shooting attacks carried out only hours before the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Jul 17, 2012

Cautious partners Turkey, Russia to talk ties, rivalries

MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – A gleaming skyscraper rises from
the ultra-modern financial centre in the heart of Moscow,
dwarfing cathedral cuppolas and bombastic Stalinist highrises, a
symbol of how far Turkish business has come in the former Cold
War rival.

The distinctive Turkish-built steel and glass towers of
Naberezhnaya, the second tallest skyscraper in Russia, will
serve as a powerful backdrop when President Vladimir Putin hosts
visiting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in the Kremlin on
Wednesday to talk business, energy and regional power politics.

Jul 11, 2012

Russia clashes with Syria opposition but ups diplomacy

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian opposition talks with Russia on a political transition in Damascus ended in discord on Wednesday, and an opposition leader accused Moscow of pursuing policies that were helping to prolong the bloodshed in the pivotal Arab country.

“The Syrian people don’t understand Russia’s position. How can Russia keep supplying arms? How can they keep vetoing resolutions? There needs to be an end to mass killings,” said Burhan Ghalioun of the exiled Syrian National Council (SNC).

Jul 10, 2012

Russian Wikipedia closes site to protest Internet law

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian version of online encyclopedia Wikipedia closed its site on Tuesday in a one-day protest against what it said were plans by President Vladimir Putin to create his own version of the “Great Chinese Firewall” to block dissent on the Internet.

Supporters of amendments to Russia’s information law, which were proposed by the ruling United Russia party and will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, say changes are needed to protect children from harmful sites.

Jul 10, 2012

Russia offers to host new talks on Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it would be ready to host a new meeting of world powers on ending the conflict in Syria and proposed broadening the talks to invite other countries, including Iran.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Moscow had made the proposal at an international meeting in Geneva on June 30.

Jul 9, 2012

Putin says the West is on the decline

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the West’s influence was waning as its economy declines but warned Russian diplomats to be on their guard against a backlash from Moscow’s former Cold War enemies.

In a biennial speech to Russian ambassadors, Putin also took a shot at the West by condemning any unilateral actions to solve international disputes and underlined the importance of resolving such conflicts through the United Nations.

Jul 9, 2012

Russia’s Putin says the West is on the decline

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the West’s influence was waning as its economy declines but warned Russian diplomats to be on their guard against a backlash from Moscow’s former Cold War enemies.

In a biennial speech to Russian ambassadors, Putin also took a shot at the West by condemning any unilateral actions to solve international disputes and underlined the importance of resolving such conflicts through the United Nations.

Jul 9, 2012

Russia to suspend new arms to Syria: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will not deliver fighter planes or other new weapons to Syria while the situation there remains unresolved, the deputy director of a body that supervises the country’s arms trade was quoted as saying on Monday.

“While the situation in Syria is unstable, there will be no new deliveries of arms there,” Vyacheslav Dzirkaln told journalists at the Farnborough Airshow in Britain, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

Jun 26, 2012

Syria to get more arms from Russia soon: think-tank

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is expected to deliver air defense systems, reconditioned helicopters and fighter jets to Syria this year worth nearly half a billion dollars despite international pressure to halt arms sales to Damascus, a defense think-tank said on Tuesday.

The report, by CAST, a Moscow-based think tank, is likely to fuel concerns that Russia is supplying President Bashar al-Assad with arms that are being used against protesters taking part in an uprising against him and air defense systems that could be deployed in the event of international military intervention.

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