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Baby Born During Flight from Ukraine to Russia

Baby Born During Flight from Ukraine to Russia

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(MOSCOW) — A Russian woman gave birth aboard an Aeroflot flight from Simferopol, Ukraine to Moscow on Tuesday, according a statement released by the airline.The woman was in her 30th week of pregnancy with her third child …

Russian Court Frees One Member of Punk Band Pussy Riot

Russian Court Frees One Member of Punk Band Pussy Riot

NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — An appeals court in Moscow has suspended the sentence for one member of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.  Two other members of the group had …

Russia Denies Link to Alleged Agent Busted in the US

Russia Denies Link to Alleged Agent Busted in the US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The Kremlin has denied any links to companies recently blacklisted by the U.S. for their alleged involvement in a complex scheme to smuggle sensitive technology from America to the Russian military and intelligence age…

Quotas on Hollywood Films Shown in Russia — Censorship or Country Pride?

Quotas on Hollywood Films Shown in Russia — Censorship or Country Pride?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — It might soon be harder to get tickets to Hollywood movies in Russia. Russia’s Culture Ministry is considering quotas on the number of foreign films that can be shown there. Officials say it’s an effort to boost Russia…

Russia to Tighten Restrictions on Public WiFi?

Russia to Tighten Restrictions on Public WiFi?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A Russian government panel thinks it’s found the solution to the problem of exposing children to dangerous material online.   In just a few years, ubiquitous, open WiFi has gone from a luxury to an expectatio…

Child Discovers Nearly Intact Woolly Mammoth in Russia

Child Discovers Nearly Intact Woolly Mammoth in Russia

Photos.com/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — It was truly a mammoth discovery.An 11-year-old boy in Russia’s far north has reportedly uncovered a nearly intact woolly mammoth, complete with fur, bones, flesh and layers of fat.  Scientists say they haven…

USAID Ends Work in Russia After Expulsion

USAID Ends Work in Russia After Expulsion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The U.S. Agency for International Development ceased operations in Russia Monday after being expelled last month, a move widely seen as part of the Kremlin’s effort to intimidate and discredit the country’s…

USAID Ends Work in Russia After Expulsion

USAID Ends Work in Russia After Expulsion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The U.S. Agency for International Development ceased operations in Russia Monday after being expelled last month, a move widely seen as part of the Kremlin’s effort to intimidate and discredit the country’s…

Jailed Russian Punk Feminists’ Appeal Delayed

Jailed Russian Punk Feminists’ Appeal Delayed

Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/GettyImages(MOSCOW) — An appeal hearing for three young Russian feminist punk rockers has been delayed after one of the women fired her lawyer and the judge said it would take some time to furnish another one.  The hearing…

Vladimir Putin Gifts Hugo Chavez with Puppy

Vladimir Putin Gifts Hugo Chavez with Puppy

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying what you might call a bit of “pet diplomacy.” He sent a 3-month-old puppy to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a gift.  The black Russian terrier doesn’t have a n…

Puckish Russian Offers Romney a Plane Whose Windows Open

Puckish Russian Offers Romney a Plane Whose Windows Open

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — After Mitt Romney joked that “the windows don’t open” on Ann Romney’s plane, which filled with smoke last Friday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin offered to send her a replacement: …

JFK Tapes Reveal New Insight into Tensions During Cuban Missile Crisis

JFK Tapes Reveal New Insight into Tensions During Cuban Missile Crisis

Library Of Congress/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the heat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy thought the nation was so close to war with the Soviet Union that he game-planned how American naval vessels would fire on Soviet ships, ma…

Russian Officials Want Access to Ranch Where They Claim US Parents Reportedly “Dump” Unwanted Kids

Russian Officials Want Access to Ranch Where They Claim US Parents Reportedly “Dump” Unwanted Kids

ThinkStock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry has again called on U.S. officials to allow them entry to a ranch in Montana where they claim American parents “dump” unwanted Russian adopted children. “We demand permission for Pavel Astakhov to visit t…

Smuggled iPhone 5s Sell for as Much as $3,700 in Moscow

Smuggled iPhone 5s Sell for as Much as $3,700 in Moscow

Apple(NEW YORK) — In the days of the Soviet Union a tourist in Moscow could pay for his or her entire trip by selling a suitcase full of smuggled Levi’s jeans. Now, one could make substantially more sneaking a handbag full of the latest Apple products…

DNC Apologizes for Showing Russian Warships in Tribute to US Veterans

DNC Apologizes for Showing Russian Warships in Tribute to US Veterans

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Organizers of last week’s Democratic National Convention apologized Wednesday for accidentally showing an image of the Russian navy during a tribute to U.S. veterans.Soviet-era Russian warships were pro…

Putin Thanks Romney for Calling Russia No. 1 Foe

Putin Thanks Romney for Calling Russia No. 1 Foe

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Mitt Romney’s characterization of Moscow as the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe” has actually helped Russia.The Russian …

Feminist Punk Rockers Flee Russia Fearing Prosecution

Feminist Punk Rockers Flee Russia Fearing Prosecution

ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot have fled the country, fearing prosecution for an anti-Putin stunt that has already landed three other women behind bars.In a message posted to its T…

Russian Orthodox Priests Forgive Punk Rockers Pussy Riot

Russian Orthodox Priests Forgive Punk Rockers Pussy Riot

ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top priests from the Russian Orthodox Church reportedly said Saturday that they have forgiven an all female punk rock group that stormed the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February to perfo…

Moscow Fearful of US Sanctions Against Iran Hurting Russia

Moscow Fearful of US Sanctions Against Iran Hurting Russia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Moscow declared Monday that it won’t be happy with Washington if crippling sanctions against Iran also affect Russian businesses.Sanctions were imposed several years ago to force Iran into abandoning its rogue nuclear …

Madonna Angers Russian Deputy Prime Minister

Madonna Angers Russian Deputy Prime Minister

Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage(MOSCOW) — A top Russian official angrily called Madonna “a former prostitute” Thursday after the pop diva came out in support of a Russian punk rock band in jail for protesting President Putin.“Every former [expletive] …

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