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Russian court rejects call to ban Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita

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(A child dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna poses with a miniature 'Bhagavad-Gita', a scared scripture of Hinduism, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh May 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ajay Verma)

A Russian court has rejected a call from prosecutors to ban one of Hinduism’s holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India.

Mar 21, 2012

Russian court rejects call to ban translated Bhagavad Gita

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court rejected a call from prosecutors on Wednesday to ban one of Hinduism’s holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India.

Indian lawmakers had criticised the case strongly. Russia and India have vibrant trade ties dating back to the Soviet era and New Delhi is Moscow’s top arms customer, buying several billion dollars in weapons every year.

Mar 21, 2012

Russian court rejects call to ban Hindu holy book

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court rejected a call from prosecutors on Wednesday to ban one of Hinduism’s holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India.

Indian lawmakers had criticized the case strongly. Russia and India have vibrant trade ties dating back to the Soviet era and New Delhi is Moscow’s top arms customer, buying several billion dollars in weapons every year.

Mar 19, 2012

Russia calls on Syria, rebels to hold daily truces

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his foes on Monday to agree to daily humanitarian truces, backing an initiative from the International Committee of the Red Cross to treat the wounded in the violence-torn country.

Russia is one of Syria’s main remaining international allies but it is unclear how much influence Moscow can wield over Damascus more than a year into a bloody uprising against Assad.

Mar 18, 2012

Russia police detain more than 100 anti-Putin protesters

MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) – Russian police detained more
than 100 people on Sunday, including leaders of the largest
protest movement against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule, as
hundreds rallied against him weeks after his re-election to the
presidency.

At least 500 protesters gathered near Moscow’s largest
television tower at Ostankino to condemn what they said was the
Kremlin’s domination of the media and to denounce a recent
documentary that portrayed them as floundering traitors.

Mar 16, 2012

Russian “smear” documentary provokes protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A pro-Kremlin documentary alleging Russians were paid to attend the biggest protests against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule provoked an angry response from the opposition on Friday and the promise of more demonstrations over the weekend.

The opposition said it would stage a rally outside Moscow’s Ostankino television broadcast tower on Sunday to protest against the video aired on Thursday on the television station NTV, which is controlled by state-owned gas behemoth Gazprom.

Mar 15, 2012

Less than half Russians trust Putin vote result, poll shows

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Less than half of all Russians trust the official results of the election in which Vladimir Putin won a return to the presidency for a six-year term, a state-controlled polling agency said on Thursday.

International monitors have said the election was slanted in favor of Putin, who is now prime minister, and opponents have refused to recognize the results, which gave him more than 63 percent of the vote.

Mar 13, 2012

Aluminium giant RUSAL’s chairman quits, cites “deep crisis”

HONG KONG/MOSCOW, March 13 (Reuters) – Russian
billionaire Viktor Vekselberg quit on Tuesday as chairman of the
world’s largest aluminium producer, UC RUSAL, saying
the heavily indebted company was in deep crisis after a long
battle with fellow oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

The resignation tightens Deripaska’s grip on RUSAL but the
company faces a struggle to recover because of a fall in global
aluminium prices and its large debt, acquired a stake in Norilsk
Nickel, the world’s largest nickel and palladium
miner.

Mar 10, 2012

Smaller crowds challenge Putin after Russia poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of people chanting “Time for change” challenged Vladimir Putin’s presidential election victory on Saturday but far fewer turned out to protest against the Russian leader than in previous weeks.

People who demonstrated in bright sunshine in central Moscow waved flags, balloons and banners and wore white ribbons, the symbol of protests that began three months ago. Echoing chants from previous rallies, they shouted “Russia without Putin”.

Mar 5, 2012

Russia detains protesters calling for Putin to go

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police detained at least 100 people at protests calling on Vladimir Putin to resign after a presidential election they say was unfairly skewed in his favor.

Putin says he won a fair and open contest, but thousands of protesters chanted “Russia without Putin” at Moscow’s Pushkin Square, the scene of dissident protests during Soviet times.

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