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One Year After Protest, Russians See Little Change in Corruption

One Year After Protest, Russians See Little Change in Corruption

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Alyona Bykova still remembers the excitement she felt attending one of the first massive opposition rallies in Moscow last December.”There was a very happy feeling because there were really nice people all around…

Putin Warns Against Foreign Meddling, Domestic Corruption

Putin Warns Against Foreign Meddling, Domestic Corruption

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned against foreign meddling in his country’s internal affairs and offered guidelines to fight rampant government corruption.  His comments came du…

Russia Says It Will Not Seek Syrian President’s Ouster

Russia Says It Will Not Seek Syrian President’s Ouster

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thought her meeting last week in Ireland with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss ways to resolve the civil war in Syria would prompt Moscow to push for S…

Russian Beauty Queen Slams Homeland’s Corruption

Russian Beauty Queen Slams Homeland’s Corruption

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia) — A Russian beauty queen is standing by her controversial withering public criticism of corruption in her country during this year’s Miss Earth competition.”I wrote it from the bottom of my heart, from …

Iraq Reneges on Huge Arms Deal with Russia

Iraq Reneges on Huge Arms Deal with Russia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Iraq might be playing one important ally off another as it tries to stock up its military arsenal.By all signs, Baghdad had a deal with Moscow last month to purchase $4.2 billion worth of weapons that included helicop…

Russian President Vladimir Putin Dumps Defense Chief

Russian President Vladimir Putin Dumps Defense Chief

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — While America was electing its leader Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was struggling to keep his leadership intact.Putin had to do some head swapping after firing Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov…

Kremlin Cheers Obama’s Re-Election

Kremlin Cheers Obama’s Re-Election

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory note to President Obama, his spokesman said. 
The Kremlin says they’ll make the text public once Obama has received it.  Putin is also ex…

Russia Still Resistant to Transitional Government in Syria

Russia Still Resistant to Transitional Government in Syria

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Russia continues to be a thorn in the side of those seeking a quick resolution to the ongoing conflict in Syria.After talks with the Arab League and Egyptian leaders in Cairo Monday, Russian Foreign Minister…

Putin Denies Bird Stunt Postponed Work Activities

Putin Denies Bird Stunt Postponed Work Activities

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — A spokesman for Vladimir Putin has confirmed that the Russian president suffered a “muscle strain” before attending a summit of world leaders in September, but denied that the injury has caused him t…

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Moscow’s Foreign Ministry took a shot at American democracy on Wednesday.“The #US lectures the world on democracy and human rights, but looks only to its own laws when flaws in its voting system are pointed…

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Moscow’s Foreign Ministry took a shot at American democracy on Wednesday.“The #US lectures the world on democracy and human rights, but looks only to its own laws when flaws in its voting system are pointed…

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian authorities have reiterated their demand for full access to Russian children adopted by American families.  They cite authority to do so enshrined in a new adoption agreement with the United States,…

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian authorities have reiterated their demand for full access to Russian children adopted by American families.  They cite authority to do so enshrined in a new adoption agreement with the United States,…

Could Election Day Be Postponed After Superstorm?

Could Election Day Be Postponed After Superstorm?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Superstorm Sandy has given rise to suspensions in campaigning by both President Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney, but could it actually delay Election Day?In theory, yes, but in all likelihood, no.The Constituti…

Groups Hope to Stop Halloween Celebrations in Southern Russia

Groups Hope to Stop Halloween Celebrations in Southern Russia

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — While many in the U.S. bemoan what they see as a war on Christmas, in Russia a very different holiday is under attack: Halloween.  There, some don’t see it as the holiday of tricks and treats, but as a sin…

Russia to Expand Interpretation of High Treason Laws

Russia to Expand Interpretation of High Treason Laws

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian lawmakers have voted to expand the government’s definition of high treason.Russia’s parliament has proposed a new law that would include support for “those seeking to damage Russia’s security” as an …

Pope Benedict XVI Is No Fan of Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot

Pope Benedict XVI Is No Fan of Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The Pussy Riot trial last summer captured worldwide attention and support from cultural icons like Madonna, Sting and Paul McCartney.  Now, the case has attracted attention from a higher po…

Russian Prime Minister Declares War on Smoking

Russian Prime Minister Declares War on Smoking

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The Russian government has supported a bill that would immediately ban smoking in playgrounds, schools and universities, and prohibit smoking in restaurants and cafés by 2015. The bill is expected to be co…

Russia Denies Providing Syria with Weapons

Russia Denies Providing Syria with Weapons

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Officials are denying that Russia has provided the Syrian government with cluster munitions. Over the weekend, Human Rights Watch issued a report showing evidence that the Syrian military is dropping Soviet-made versio…

Turkey Claims Syrian Jet Was Carrying Russian-Supplied Ammunition

Turkey Claims Syrian Jet Was Carrying Russian-Supplied Ammunition

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) — Turkey said Thursday its suspicions were proven correct that a Syrian passenger jet that its military forced to land a day earlier was carrying munitions.Adding more fuel to the growing tensions between Ankara …

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