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Apr 2, 2013

Russia’s top Olympic investors complain over cost overruns

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some of the biggest investors in Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics in the resort city of Sochi are requesting financial help from the government to help ease the burden from the Games’ estimated $50 billion price tag.

In a letter obtained by Reuters on Tuesday and addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who is responsible for the 2014 Games, four major companies listed measures they want adopted to help them “secure a minimum return on investment”.

Mar 22, 2013

Russia says U.S.-Georgia military exercises threaten peace

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia criticized the United States and Georgia on Friday over their joint military exercises in the former Soviet republic, accusing Washington of putting peace at risk five years after a war between Moscow and Tbilisi.

The United States started annual training exercises in Georgia in 2010, two years after Tbilisi fought a five-day war with its former Soviet master over two breakaway Georgian regions.

Mar 22, 2013

China’s new leader visits Russia on first foreign trip

MOSCOW, March 22 (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping sent
a signal to the United States and Europe on Friday by visiting
Russia on his first foreign trip as president, underlining the
importance of Beijing’s growing alliance with Moscow.

The world’s largest energy producer, Russia, and its biggest
consumer, China, want particularly to bolster their clout as a
financial and geopolitical counterweight to Washington, whose
“Asia pivot” regional strategy worries Beijing.

Mar 22, 2013

China’s new leader to meet Russia’s Putin on first foreign trip

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Decorated with Chinese paintings and red silk armchairs, a huge business complex on the edge of Moscow is the kind of enterprise China’s new leader Xi Jinping wants to nurture when he arrives on Friday in Russia for his first overseas trip.

Just off the traffic-choked highway ringing Moscow, a jumble of Chinese and Russian firms, a 400-room hotel and conference venues sprawl over the 200-square-kilometre (77 square miles), $350 million Greenwood complex, which was built by a Beijing-controlled consortium with materials shipped from China.

Mar 19, 2013

Russia drops investigation into whistleblower’s death

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian investigators have dropped an investigation into the death in custody of a whistleblowing anti-corruption lawyer, prompting his allies and human rights campaigners to accuse the Kremlin of a cover-up.

The Investigative Committee, a government agency, said on Tuesday it had found no evidence that a crime was committed when Sergei Magnitsky died at the age of 37 while awaiting trial in 2009 on charges of tax evasion and fraud.

Mar 19, 2013

Russia regrets U.S. not pressing charges over boy’s death

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Tuesday criticized a decision by U.S. authorities not to file charges against the adoptive parents of a Russian-born boy whose death in January was seized on in Moscow as justification of a ban on adoptions by Americans.

The death of three-year-old Max Shatto led to criminal and child welfare investigations in the U.S. state of Texas, where he died. Russia has also opened an inquiry and lawmakers in Moscow called for his younger brother to be returned to Russia.

Mar 12, 2013

Russia’s Bolshoi artists ask Putin for new attack investigation

MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) – Artists at Russia’s Bolshoi
ballet asked Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to order a new inquiry
into the acid attack on the troupe’s artistic director, fearing
the dancer arrested for the assault was only a pawn in the case.

Three hundred performers said in a letter to Putin they
believed Bolshoi star Pavel Dmitrichenko had only confessed to
plotting the Jan. 17 attack that almost blinded Sergei Filin
because of police pressure.

Mar 6, 2013

Militants from Russia’s North Caucasus join “jihad” in Syria

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the ‘jihad’ against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Dressed almost entirely in black, the militant from Russia’s Chechnya region declares an Islamist state is within reach. Fellow fighters from the brigade of foreign militants he leads translate his Russian words into Arabic.

Mar 6, 2013

Bolshoi dancer who played villains admits acid attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A dancer at Russia’s Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles.

Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has danced the crazed monarch in Ivan the Terrible and the villain in Swan Lake, was detained on Tuesday for a crime that shocked Russia and blackened the reputation of the world-famous theatre.

Mar 6, 2013

Bolshoi Ballet dancer confesses to acid attack: police

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of the top dancers at Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre has confessed to plotting an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe’s artistic director, police said on Wednesday.

Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has played the evil villain in Swan Lake and the crazed monarch in Ivan The Terrible, was detained on Tuesday over a crime that has shocked Russia and damaged the reputation of one its leading cultural institutions, revealing bitter rivalries behind the scenes.

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