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Oct 21, 2012

Headscarf debate highlights Russian Muslims’ grievances

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A ban on girls wearing the Islamic headscarf to a school in southern Russia has angered Muslims and forced President Vladimir Putin, who has robustly defended the Orthodox Church, to affirm that Russia is a secular state.

Muslims in the town of Kara Tyube in the Stavropol region say the ban on the hijab at School No. 12 forces their children to choose between their religion and a state education.

Oct 17, 2012

Russia moves to prosecute anti-Putin protest leader

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian investigators opened criminal proceedings against a prominent leader of protests against President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, saying a documentary on a pro-Kremlin TV channel showed evidence Sergei Udaltsov had plotted mass disorder.

Law enforcement officials raided Udaltsov’s Moscow apartment around daybreak and said they were also searching the homes of two associates facing the same charges, which carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Oct 16, 2012

Putin demands protection for Olympics, World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin told security forces on Tuesday that they must outsmart and outmuscle Islamist militants to prevent attacks on major events to be hosted in Russia like the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup.

Russia is working hard to prevent its image being tarnished by security problems at the events that will be watched around the world.

Oct 16, 2012

Russia’s Putin demands protection for Olympics, World Cup

MOSCOW, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin told
security forces on Tuesday that they must outsmart and outmuscle
Islamist militants to prevent attacks on major events to be
hosted in Russia like the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018
World Cup.

Russia is working hard to prevent its image being tarnished
by security problems at the events that will be watched around
the world.

Oct 12, 2012

Freed Pussy Riot member says protests must be “more cunning”

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Newly released from Russian prison, Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich said her protests against Vladimir Putin’s rule had to become “more cunning” and that she would fight to free fellow band members still in jail.

In one of her first interviews since a judge suspended her two-year sentence on Wednesday, Samutsevich, 30, said she was trying to deal with public attention and increased scrutiny by the authorities.

Oct 12, 2012

For Erdogan quarrel with Assad is one thing, Putin another

ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Standing up to Bashar
al-Assad is one thing. Picking a fight with Vladimir Putin would
be something else entirely.

By forcing down an airliner flying from Moscow, and publicly
accusing Russia of ferrying military equipment to Damascus,
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has taken what may prove
to be the biggest gamble yet in his Syria policy.

Oct 11, 2012

Russia says its arms not onboard plane seized by Turkey

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow on Thursday accused Ankara of endangering Russian lives after Turkish fighter jets intercepted a Syrian airplane on route from Moscow to Damascus which Russia’s arms exports agency said was not carrying any of its cargo.

Turkish military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A-320, carrying about 30 passengers from Moscow, into Ankara airport late on Wednesday after Turkey said it had received intelligence that the plane had military supplies onboard.

Sep 30, 2012

Insight: Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran

BAKU (Reuters) – Israel’s “go-it-alone” option to attack Iran’s nuclear sites has set the Middle East on edge and unsettled its main ally at the height of a U.S. presidential election campaign.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exudes impatience, saying Tehran is barely a year from a “red line” for atomic capacity. Many fellow Israelis, however, fear a unilateral strike, lacking U.S. forces, would fail against such a large and distant enemy.

Sep 30, 2012

Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran

BAKU, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Israel’s “go-it-alone” option to
attack Iran’s nuclear sites has set the Middle East on edge and
unsettled its main ally at the height of a U.S. presidential
election campaign.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exudes impatience, saying
Tehran is barely a year from a “red line” for atomic capacity.
Many fellow Israelis, however, fear a unilateral strike, lacking
U.S. forces, would fail against such a large and distant enemy.

Sep 17, 2012

Putin watches war games, tells soldiers to boost Russian defense

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin oversaw Russian military exercises on Monday and warned soldiers that more conflicts around the world meant they had to “keep their powder dry” and improve Russia’s defenses.

Speaking to soldiers at maneuvers in the Caucasus Mountain region on the country’s southern border, near where Russian troops invaded neighboring Georgia in a five-day 2008 war, Putin said the use of military force was rising worldwide.

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