Russia & Eastern Europe

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Traveled to Russia For 6 Months in 2012

April 19, 2013

“Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev flew in and out of John F. Kennedy Airport last year and was out of the country for six months, and investigators said they want to know if he received any terror training while he was overseas, NBC 4 New York has learned.”

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Kyrgyzstan Government: Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Emigrated to U.S. in 2001

April 19, 2013

“UPDATE: Kyrgyz government official tells CNN Tsarnaev brothers left Kyrgyzstan for the US in 2001. – @IvanCNN.”

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Chechnyan President: Any Attempt to Connect Boston Marathon Bombing to Chehens Will Be “Met in Vain”

April 19, 2013

“Chechnya’s president posts message on Instagram saying any attempt to connect the act of terrorism to Chechnya would be ‘in vain’ – @nytimes”

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British Police Investigating Death of Russian Tycoon Boris Berezovsky

March 24, 2013

“A wanted man in Russia and an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, it is said Berezovsky was paranoid about security after having survived several assassination attempts.”

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Anti-Putin Russian Oligarch Boris Berezovsky Commits Suicide in Britain

March 24, 2013

Boris A. Berezovsky, once the richest and most powerful of the so-called oligarchs who dominated post-Soviet Russia, and a close ally of Boris N. Yeltsin who helped install Vladimir V. Putin as president but later exiled himself to London after a bitter falling out with the Kremlin, died Saturday.”

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New Chinese President Xi Jinping Visits Moscow, Russia

March 22, 2013

“As Xi arrived in Moscow Friday, Mr. Putin stressed that ties between Russia and China have never been stronger.”

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Analysis: Time Running Out on 15-Year Gas Stalemate Between Russia and China

March 22, 2013

“As China’s new President Xi Jinping meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, prospects are dim for substantial progress on a deal between the world’s largest conventional gas producer and its fastest growing energy consumer.”

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Taylor: Cyprus Banking System Flooded With Russian Funds and Money Laundering

March 22, 2013

“Just look at what happened to Sergei Magnitsky, the Moscow-based lawyer who was imprisoned and died mysteriously in jail after calling attention to Russian corruption, including alleged money-laundering in Cyprus.”

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Cyprus Government Officials Meeting With Russian Leaders in Moscow to Discuss Bailout

March 21, 2013

“In Moscow, Cypriot finance officials continued negotiations with Russian leaders over possible new funding.”

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Russian President Putin Calls For Revival of Soviet-Era Physical Fitness Tests

March 13, 2013

“Putin, a judo enthusiast and a regular swimmer, said that the restoration of GTO, the Russian acronym for Ready for Labor and Defense, would teach children “to stand up for themselves, their family and, in the final run, the Fatherland.””

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U.S. State Department Criticizes Ukraine For Politically-Motivated Punishment of Parliament Member

March 8, 2013

“State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell issued a statement scathing in its diplomatic language after a court expelled Serhiy Vlasenko from the legislature, revoked his parliamentary immunity from prosecution and banned him from traveling outside Ukraine.”

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Carnegie Moscow Center Analyst: Russian President Putin Undoing Prime Minister Medvedev’s Reforms

March 5, 2013

“Analysts generally agree that Mr. Medvedev’s dismissal and political obscurity are imminent.”

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U.S. Scrambled Two F-15 Fighter Jets to Intercept Russian Nuclear Bombers Over the U.S. Island of Guam

February 24, 2013

“U.S. military officials say “it’s highly unusual but not unprecedented” that Russian bombers would fly training missions in the vicinity of Guam. According to one official, “It wasn’t provocative but it certainly got our attention.””

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U.S. Marine Corps Set to Announce New Crisis Response Task Force in Eastern Europe and North Africa

February 21, 2013

“The group, which will be known as the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, will likely be based at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy.”

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Copyright Dispute Prevents Germans From Viewing Video of Russian Meteorite

February 20, 2013

“Germany doesn’t have an equivalent of the American fair use provision, which this would almost certainly fall under in the United States.”

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