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Feb 21, 2013

Special Report: Russia’s $50 billion Olympic gamble

SOCHI (Reuters) – Above the Black Sea city of Sochi, one of Russia’s richest men is spending billions of roubles to turn a patch of mountainside into a global showpiece. Metals magnate Vladimir Potanin has paid for new buildings, new lifts and hundreds of snow canons in the hope of transforming slopes not far from sub-tropical Sochi into a world-class ski resort.

Like most of the plans to host the Winter Olympic Games next year, Russia’s ambitions for the ski village and other venues are outsized in scale and ambition. Total investment to make the sleepy region fit to welcome thousands of competitors and the world’s media is expected to exceed $50 billion, according to Russia’s international news agency RIA Novosti.

Feb 15, 2013

Russian meteorite images caught on dashboard cameras

MOSCOW, Feb 15 (Reuters) – It is no coincidence the first
videos that captured the images of a meteorite breaking apart
over central Russia on Friday were shot from drivers’ dashboard

The small video cameras, fixed to the dashboard or rear view
mirror of a car to film oncoming traffic and the road ahead, are
immensely popular in Russia because of motorists’ fears about
the corruption, violence and insurance fraud schemes that can
make driving in the country a nightmare.

Feb 14, 2013

Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered security forces to be on high alert on Thursday to protect against attacks by militants ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Russia, which this week hosts the G-20 meeting of major world economies, is battling an Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus region which grew out of two separatist wars in its Chechnya province since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Feb 14, 2013

Suicide bomber kills three police in Russian Caucasus

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed three policemen and wounded another six in Russia’s North Caucasus on Thursday, hours before President Vladimir Putin was to meet with officials to discuss security ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics.

The Kremlin is fighting to staunch an insurgency that aims to carve an Islamic state out of the Caucasus region, which borders Sochi, Russia’s planned site for the 2014 Games.

Feb 13, 2013

Russian arms exporter says supplies to Syria will go on

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will continue deliveries of arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his armed forces, the head of the state weapons exporter said on Wednesday, despite the Middle Eastern country’s civil war.

Russia supplied nearly $1 billion’s worth of arms to Syria in 2011 and has long been an ally of Assad.

Feb 11, 2013

Russia coal mine blast kills 18 – Interior Ministry

MOSCOW, Feb 11 (Reuters) – An underground methane gas
explosion killed up to 18 miners at a coal pit in northern
Russia on Monday, the latest in a long line of fatal accidents
at Russian collieries.

Rescue workers said they had brought 10 bodies to the
surface at the Vorkutinskaya mine, owned by large Russian steel
company Severstal, in the icy Komi region and were
trying to recover eight other corpses.

Feb 6, 2013
via FaithWorld

Orthodox Church should have more control over Russian life: Putin


(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill attend a meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013, in this picture provided by Ria Novosti. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev)

President Vladimir Putin has said the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill.

Feb 4, 2013

Russian Bolshoi ballet chief says knows in heart who attacked him

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director left hospital on Monday saying he knew in his heart who was behind the acid attack that threatens his sight and the reputation of one of the world’s great theatres.

Sergei Filin, his face scarred and eyes hidden by dark glasses, hinted last month’s attack was linked to his work in the fiercely competitive world of ballet. He said his attacker had looked at him from behind a mask “with fear in his eyes”.

Feb 1, 2013

Church should have more control over Russian life: Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill.

Faith runs deep in Russia after the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union and Putin has looked to the largest religion in Russia for support since he began his third term as president after a wave of protests against his rule.

Feb 1, 2013

Mysterious YouTube video accuses Russia’s Medvedev of treason

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Dmitry Medvedev is glimpsed exchanging confidential smiles with Barack Obama as sinister music plays. The dead body of Russian ally Muammar Gaddafi, driven from power by the West, is dragged through the dirt. A camera homes in on the prime minister sweating and shifting uneasily in his chair.

The word ‘treason’ is uttered by a narrator.

A more than hour-long Internet video employs methods reminiscent of the Soviet past in excoriating a prime minister already laboring in President Vladimir Putin’s shadow.

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