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Jan 23, 2013

Relieved Russians return home after fleeing Syria violence

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Dozens of Russians arrived home on Wednesday after fleeing Syria, relieved to be escaping the deprivation and horror of civil war but worried about an uncertain future back home.

“The Free Syrian Army is getting closer. We’ve been left without money, without light, without water,” Natasha Yunis, who ran a beauty salon in her adopted home of Damascus after meeting her Syrian husband, said of rebel advances on the capital.

Jan 21, 2013

Georgian Patriarch in Russia, looking to better ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Georgia’s Patriarch Ilia, on a rare trip to Russia on Monday, said religion was the strongest tie still binding the two countries that fought a short war in 2008 and said he was optimistic about future relations of the two post-Soviet states.

One of the most prominent Georgians to visit Russia since the war, the leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church received an award from his Russian Orthodox counterpart, Patriarch Kirill – a move analysts said used the politically powerful churches to help improve the countries’ ties.

Jan 21, 2013

Russia sending aircraft to evacuate citizens from Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is sending two planes to Lebanon on Tuesday to evacuate more than 100 of its citizens from Syria, the Emergencies Ministry said, in the clearest sign yet that Moscow may be preparing for President Bashar al-Assad’s possible defeat.

Russia has been Assad’s main foreign protector during a 22-month uprising against his rule, but a diplomat conceded last month the government had lost territory and the rebels fighting Assad could win the war.

Jan 19, 2013

Surgery scheduled to restore Bolshoi ballet director’s eyesight

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet will undergo surgery next week to try to save his eyesight after an attacker threw acid in his face, the theatre’s chief said on Saturday.

Sergei Filin, 42, spoke to investigators in a Moscow hospital, Bolshoi director Anatoly Iksanov said, adding that they also questioned his colleagues, who said the attack was likely triggered by envy, rivalry or competition for roles in Russia’s most prestigious theatre.

Jan 19, 2013

Bolshoi ballet director in acid attack, eyesight at risk

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A masked attacker threw acid in the face of the artistic director of Russia’s prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, endangering his eyesight, in what colleagues said on Friday was the culmination of a two-week campaign of intimidation.

Sergei Filin, a former leading dancer at the Bolshoi who has been in the high-pressure job at the heart of Russian culture for nearly two years, was attacked outside his Moscow apartment building as he returned home on Thursday night.

Jan 18, 2013

Bolshoi ballet director in acid attack, may lose sight

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An unknown attacker threw acid in the face of the artistic director of Russia’s prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, endangering his eyesight, in what police and colleagues said on Friday was the culmination of a two-week campaign of intimidation.

Sergei Filin, a former leading dancer at the Bolshoi who has been in the high-pressure job at the heart of Russian culture for nearly two years, was attacked outside his Moscow apartment building as he returned from the theatre late on Thursday.

Jan 17, 2013

Russian ships to pick up munitions on way to Syria

MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Two Russian ships heading for a
naval exercise off Syria this month are picking up munitions on
their way to the Syrian port of Tartous, news agencies reported
on Thursday.

Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main
foreign protector during a 22-month uprising against his rule
and is its biggest arms supplier. It leases a naval maintenance
and supply facility at Tartous that is its only military base
outside the former Soviet Union.

Jan 17, 2013

Russian ships to pick up munitions and head to Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Russian ships heading for a naval exercise off Syria this month are picking up munitions to drop at the Syrian port of Tartous, news agencies reported on Thursday.

Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main foreign protector during a 22-month uprising against his rule and is its biggest arms supplier. It leases a naval maintenance and supply facility at Tartous that is its only military base outside the former Soviet Union.

Dec 18, 2012

Russia eyes Syria evacuation as rebels take Damascus district

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has sent warships to the Mediterranean Sea in case it needs to evacuate its citizens trapped by the civil war in Syria, a naval source was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Their departure points to growing concern in Moscow, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, about rebel advances on the Syrian capital Damascus and suggests Russia is pressing ahead quickly with evacuation preparations announced by a diplomat last week.

Dec 18, 2012

Russia sends ships for possible Syria evacuation -agency

MOSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Russia has sent warships to the
Mediterranean Sea in case it needs to evacuate its citizens
trapped by the civil war in Syria, a naval source was quoted as
saying on Tuesday.

Their departure points to growing concern in Moscow, a
staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, about rebel
advances on the Syrian capital Damascus and suggests Russia is
pressing ahead quickly with evacuation preparations announced by
a diplomat last week.

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