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Nov 6, 2012

Putin dismisses Russian defence minister after scandal

MOSCOW, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
publicly dismissed his defence minister on Tuesday after a
multi-million dollar corruption scandal and appointed a longtime
ally to oversee military reforms.

Putin announced on television that he had fired Anatoly
Serdyukov, who had become a liability due to an investigation
into the sale of ministry assets at suspiciously low prices.

Oct 30, 2012

Gunmen kill religious leader in Russia’s Dagestan

MOSCOW, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead a Muslim
religious leader in Russia’s Dagestan region on Tuesday in an
attack likely to worsen a spiral of militant violence that
threatens Moscow’s hold on the restive North Caucasus.

Karimulla Ibragimov was at least the fifth Muslim leader
killed this year in Dagestan following a rise in tension between
moderate and more radical Muslims in the southern Russian
republic.

Oct 29, 2012

U.N.-Arab League envoy regrets Syria truce crumbled

MOSCOW (Reuters) – International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi expressed regret on Monday at the failure of a four-day truce in Syria that he had arranged between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebel forces.

Brahimi also said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow that there was no immediate plan to send U.N. peacekeepers to the Middle Eastern country.

Oct 29, 2012

Arab League envoy regrets Syria truce not successful

MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – International envoy Lakhdar
Brahimi expressed regret on Monday at the failure of a four-day
truce in Syria that he had arranged between President Bashar
al-Assad’s government and rebel forces.

Brahimi also said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov in Moscow that there was no immediate plan to send
U.N. peacekeepers to the Middle Eastern country.

Oct 22, 2012

Russia condemns United States for human rights record

MOSCOW, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States
on Monday of double standards on human rights, criticising its
failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison and its use of the death
penalty while the U.S. Congress considers a law which could
punish Moscow for alleged abuses.

Russia and the United States attempted to “reset” their
relations when President Barack Obama entered the White House in
2009, but ties have turned decidedly cooler since Vladimir Putin
declared last year he planned to return to the presidency.

Oct 22, 2012

Russian activist arrested in investigation into opposition

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian investigators said on Monday that a man accused of plotting to foment unrest with other opponents of President Vladimir Putin had turned himself in and confessed, but a video on the Internet showed the activist saying he had been tortured.

Investigators said Leonid Razvozzhayev had voluntarily confessed on Sunday in a high-profile case that Kremlin critics say is part of a clampdown aimed at sidelining activists who have led the biggest protests of Putin’s nearly 13-year rule.

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.

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