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Feb 21, 2013

A year on, Pussy Riot claim a victory in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yekaterina Samutsevich has few regrets about the day a year ago when she marched into a Russian Orthodox church with four other members of the Pussy Riot punk band, pulled on a balaclava and reached for her guitar.

Guards grabbed her before she could join in the band’s “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin, and she went on to spend several months in detention before facing trial last year with two bandmates who are still in jail.

Feb 20, 2013

Putin ally quits Russian parliament in property scandal

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An ally of Vladimir Putin resigned from the Russian parliament on Wednesday to fight accusations that he failed to declare ownership of property in the United States and to protect the reputation of the president’s party.

Vladimir Pekhtin, who had already stepped down as head of parliament’s ethics committee, denied owning real estate abroad despite documents posted by bloggers on the Internet showing his name on the deeds of property in Florida worth $2 million.

Feb 18, 2013

Russia asks: How do you stop space objects hitting Earth?

MOSCOW/VIENNA (Reuters) – What can man do to prevent Earth being hit by meteorites and asteroids?

Russia has found, to its cost, that it has no answers. But U.S. and European experts may be able to help with a few ideas that at first glance seem straight out of science fiction, including smashing spacecraft into asteroids, using the sun’s rays to vaporize them, or blasting them with nuclear bombs.

Feb 18, 2013

Russian court rejects attempt to block dead lawyer’s trial

MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A Russian court on Monday pressed
ahead with plans to try a dead whistleblowing lawyer on tax
evasion charges, despite an attempt by relatives to block a
trial they say is inhuman and politically motivated.

Sergei Magnitsky died in 2009 after complaining he was
denied treatment as his health declined in jail, prompting the
United States last year to bar entry to Russians accused of
involvement in his death or human rights abuses.

Feb 14, 2013

At Bolshoi, show goes on, month after acid horror

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Principal dancer Artem Ovcharenko seems to defy gravity as he glides through the air, then lands silently with a flourish of his arm during a rehearsal at Russia’s revered Bolshoi Theater.

Other dancers spin through the air behind him, a few warm up at the side and two ballerinas walk on their toes while Viktor Barykin, the repetiteur or dance coach, barks instructions.

Feb 5, 2013

Liberal Russian governor faces ouster as Putin tightens grip

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to reassert his grip on Russia after months of protests look likely to force the removal of one of the few liberal leaders outside Moscow.

The local parliament in the vast Kirov region in central Russia has called a no-confidence vote in governor Nikita Belykh for February 14 which is likely to oust the man appointed by Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s predecessor as president.

Feb 1, 2013

Stalingrad victory offers Putin patriotic platform

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Stalingrad will be back on the map for a few hours on Saturday, and Josef Stalin’s face will be splashed on buses, as Russia remembers the epic battle that turned the tide of World War Two.

President Vladimir Putin is expected in the city, now known as Volgograd, for a military parade to mark 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity.

Feb 1, 2013

Stalingrad gets its name back – for a day

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Josef Stalin and the city of Stalingrad are making a comeback – if only for a short time.

The Russian city of Volgograd has approved the use of its wartime name at events on Saturday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the 200-day Battle of Stalingrad that turned the tide of World War Two.

Jan 23, 2013

Russia says West to blame for arms used by Mali rebels

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday the rebels fighting French and African troops in Mali are the same fighters the West armed in the revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

An Islamist alliance of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM and home-grown Malian groups captured northern Mali last year, armed with weapons seized from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.

Jan 23, 2013

Russia holds out olive branch to U.S., but chides West

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia held out an olive branch to the United States on Wednesday by calling for an improvement in ties, but chided Washington over “odious” human rights legislation and denounced Western policy on Syria.

Setting out Russia’s policy agenda for 2013 at an annual news conference, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear that improving relations with Washington was part of Moscow’s vision for strengthening its influence on the world stage.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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