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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.

Sep 17, 2012

Russian aircraft carrier delivery to India delayed

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will fail to deliver an aircraft carrier to India this year, after the $2.3 billion vessel encountered engine problems during testing, sources close to the country’s weapons exporter said on Monday.

“Fixing the problem entails changing the engines or repairing them. It will take around nine months, maybe more maybe less, but definitely more than six months,” one source close to arms exporter Rosoboronexport told Reuters.

Sep 17, 2012

Defects delay Russian aircraft carrier delivery to India

MOSCOW, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Russia will fail to deliver an
aircraft carrier to India this year, after the $2.3 billion
vessel encountered engine problems during testing, sources close
to the country’s weapons exporter said on Monday.

“Fixing the problem entails changing the engines or
repairing them. It will take around nine months, maybe more
maybe less, but definitely more than six months,” one source
close to arms exporter Rosoboronexport told Reuters.

Sep 16, 2012

Anti-Putin protesters show their strength in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched though Moscow under streaming banners, flags and balloons on Saturday to demand an end to President Vladimir Putin’s long rule and show their protest movement remains strong.

Protesters chanted “Russia without Putin!” in the first big rally since June, defying increasingly tough Kremlin measures against the opposition since the former KGB spy began another six years in the Kremlin in May.

Sep 15, 2012

Anti-Putin protest draws tens of thousands in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched though Moscow under streaming banners, flags and balloons on Saturday to demand an end to President Vladimir Putin’s long rule and to breathe life into their protest movement.

Protesters chanted “Russia without Putin!” as they marched through central Moscow in the first big rally since June.

Aug 1, 2012
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Fight over Islam, money and power brings violence to Russia’s Volga region

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(Kul Sharif mosque (L) and Blagoveschensky Orthodox cathedral in Kazan July 23, 2012. REUTERS/Roman Kruchinin)

Not far from glitzy boulevards where an oil boom has sent up stadiums and high-rises overlooking the Volga River, women in headscarves wander through Islamic bookstores selling pamphlets on the institution of sharia in Russia.

Jul 27, 2012

Analysis: Fight over Islam, money and power brings violence to Volga

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Not far from glitzy boulevards where an oil boom has sent up stadiums and high-rises overlooking the Volga River, women in headscarves wander through Islamic bookstores selling pamphlets on the institution of sharia in Russia.

Kazan, capital of Russia’s mainly-Muslim Tatarstan region, has long had an image as a showcase of religious tolerance. But that reputation was shattered last week by car bomb and shooting attacks carried out only hours before the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Jul 17, 2012

Cautious partners Turkey, Russia to talk ties, rivalries

MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – A gleaming skyscraper rises from
the ultra-modern financial centre in the heart of Moscow,
dwarfing cathedral cuppolas and bombastic Stalinist highrises, a
symbol of how far Turkish business has come in the former Cold
War rival.

The distinctive Turkish-built steel and glass towers of
Naberezhnaya, the second tallest skyscraper in Russia, will
serve as a powerful backdrop when President Vladimir Putin hosts
visiting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in the Kremlin on
Wednesday to talk business, energy and regional power politics.

Jul 11, 2012

Russia clashes with Syria opposition but ups diplomacy

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian opposition talks with Russia on a political transition in Damascus ended in discord on Wednesday, and an opposition leader accused Moscow of pursuing policies that were helping to prolong the bloodshed in the pivotal Arab country.

“The Syrian people don’t understand Russia’s position. How can Russia keep supplying arms? How can they keep vetoing resolutions? There needs to be an end to mass killings,” said Burhan Ghalioun of the exiled Syrian National Council (SNC).

Jul 10, 2012

Russian Wikipedia closes site to protest Internet law

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian version of online encyclopedia Wikipedia closed its site on Tuesday in a one-day protest against what it said were plans by President Vladimir Putin to create his own version of the “Great Chinese Firewall” to block dissent on the Internet.

Supporters of amendments to Russia’s information law, which were proposed by the ruling United Russia party and will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, say changes are needed to protect children from harmful sites.

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