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6th Sep 2013

Russia: UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges political solution in Syria at G-20 summit

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has told world leaders at the G-20 summit that there is “no military solution” to Syria. Meanwhile, a US ambassador to the UN accused Russia of holding the Security Council “hostage” over the crisis. UN Secretary-General … Continued

1st Sep 2013

Russia puts Israeli satellite into orbit

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Russia has sent an Israeli communications satellite into orbit, the federal space agency Roscosmos said Sunday. A Zenit-2SB rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 00:05 Moscow time Sunday (2005 GMT … Continued

18th Aug 2013

Russian ship collision leaves four dead, 46 injured

Rescuers work at the collision site in Omsk region, Russia, Aug. 17, 2013. Four people were killed and 46 others were injured when a passenger ship collided Saturday with a barge in Russia’s Omsk region, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Russia: Snowden ‘leaves Moscow airport and enters Russia’

Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden has thanked Russia after being granted asylum, and left the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for over a month. US-Russia talks scheduled for September are now in doubt. Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Russia: 263 Central Asians detained at “Prayer House” in Moscow suburb

MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti): More than 260 people from Central Asia were detained Saturday at a “prayer house” in a Moscow suburb, police and a human rights advocate said. A Moscow region police official told RIA Novosti that police raided a house … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Russia: Snowden remains at Moscow airport, exit date pending

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Speculation that fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden had been granted approval to leave Sheremetyevo airport’s transit zone was quashed by his lawyer Wednesday. Anatoly Kucherena told reporters after meeting Snowden in the Terminal E of the airport … Continued

14th Jul 2013

Russia: 18 killed in Moscow accident

Moscow, (IANS): Eighteen people have been killed in a truck-bus crash in Moscow, the city’s acting vice mayor said. “It is a horrible accident that occurred through the fault of one irresponsible driver,” Xinhua quoted Pyotr Biryukov, who is also … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Russia: Snowden applies for temporary asylum in Russia

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has announced that he will apply for asylum in Russia. His application has strained already tense US-Russian relations. The fate of fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden rose to the top of the US-Russian bilateral … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

Russia: ‘Stateless’ Snowden hedges asylum bets, says US hindering his applications

Intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in a number of countries, including Germany. In a statement, he also accused the US government of “using citizenship as a weapon.” The WikiLeaks website published a statement purportedly from … Continued

27th Jun 2013

Russia: Snowden remains stranded in Russian airport as Ecuador asylum may take months

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden remained stranded on Wednesday for the fourth straight night in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport, while Ecuador said its decision on his asylum could take no less than two months. The U.S. fugitive … Continued

26th Jun 2013

Russia: Putin says US whistleblower free to leave Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that US whistleblower Edward Snowden remains in the transit zone of a Moscow airport. Putin denied allegations that Russian intelligence agencies had worked with Snowden. Russian President Putin told reporters during a trip to … Continued

12th Jun 2013

Russian parliament passes bill banning ‘homosexual propaganda’

The Russian parliament has passed with near-unanimous support two controversial bills banning the distribution of “homosexual propaganda” to minors and imposing jail sentences on those who offend religious believers. Around two dozen people staged a “kissing protest” outside the Kremlin … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Russia: Syria differences linger at Russia-EU summit

Moscow and Brussels’ differing approaches to the Syria conflict have remained apparent at the Russia-EU summit. However, officials tried to play down some of the differences that persisted during the talks. President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia had not … Continued

25th May 2013

Russia: Suicide bomb attack hits Dagestan

MOSCOW,  (Xinhua): Nine people, including four policemen, have been injured in a suicide bomb attack near Russia’s Dagestan Interior Ministry headquarters on Saturday, the Interfax news agency reported. Editor: Zhu Ningzhu http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/25/c_132408150.htm

20th May 2013

Russia: Banning “Wahhabism”

By Vestnik Kavkaza Vestnik Kavkaza: Recent events which are connected with recruiting Russian citizens for fighting in Syria or events in Surgut’s suburbs where the local police stopped two car trains with “Wahhabits” made experts talk about possible interethnic conflicts … Continued

15th May 2013

Russia expels CIA spy

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Russia on Tuesday declared a CIA agent detained while attempting to recruit a Russian intelligence officer “persona non grata” and ordered him to leave the country immediately. “Overnight to May 14 the Federal Security Service’s counterintelligence service detained … Continued

15th May 2013

Russia: Putin warns against arming Syrian rebels

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was important to avoid actions that might aggravate Syria’s civil war, a veiled warning against foreign military intervention or arming anti-government forces. Russia and the United States are trying to bring the … Continued

14th May 2013

Russia: Road accident kills 11 in Penza region

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Eleven people were killed when a minibus collided with a roadster on Tuesday in Russia’s Penza region, authorities said. A number of others were injured in the accident, which happened when the minibus was overtaking another car, the … Continued

2nd May 2013

Russia: Two teenagers killed in explosions in Dagestan

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Two teenagers were killed a blast in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, local police said Wednesday. The bomb, equivalent to two kilograms of TNT, exploded on a street near a market in the capital city of Makhachkala, … Continued

Russia: At least 36 killed in fire in Moscow’s mental hospital
26th Apr 2013

Russia: At least 36 killed in fire in Moscow’s mental hospital

MOSCOW,  (Xinhua): A fire broke out in a mental hospital in Russia’s Moscow region early Friday, killing at least 36 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.   Itar-Tass news agency reported that rescuers have found 36 bodies. The death toll … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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