Russia & Eastern Europe

Meteorite Explodes Over Russia, Injuring At Least 1,000 People

February 15, 2013

“More than 1,200 people were injured when a massive meteor broke apart above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk today, raining burning bits of rock over the city that shattered windows and caused a panic.”

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Documents: United States is Target of “Sustained” Cyber-Espionage Campaign From China

February 11, 2013

“Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Post.”

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Russian Coal Mine Explosion Kills 18 Miners

February 11, 2013

“The Emergency Situations Ministry said dozens of men were working in the Vorkutinskaya mine in the Komi region at the time of the blast, which officials blamed on a buildup of methane gas.”

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Activist Group: Moscow Used Radioactive Material to Melt Snow

February 7, 2013

“The group specifies that Moscow roads are being de-iced with yellow halite and a substance known by the abbreviation SBG.”

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Ukraine Government Rejects $7 Billion Bill From Russia’s Gazprom For Unused Gasoline

February 7, 2013

“Energy Minister Eduard Stavitsky said there were “no grounds” to pay the money, which makes up nearly 4% of the country’s GDP ($183bn).”

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Georgian Parliament Indefinitely Postpones President Mikhail Saakashvili’s Annual Address

February 7, 2013

“The Georgian parliament has postponed President Mikhail Saakashvili’s annual address, scheduled for February 8, after his minority party refused to cooperate on new amendments that would limit the presidential powers.”

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Two Russian Fighter Jets Violate Japanese Airspace

February 7, 2013

“The four islands – which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan calls the Northern Territories – are the subject of a 60-year-old dispute.”

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Next Round of Iran Nuclear Talks Scheduled for February 26th

February 5, 2013

“First word of the meeting, to be held in Kazakhstan, came in comments from Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to state news agency IRNA.”

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Europol: 680 Suspicious Soccer Matches With Evidence of Match-Fixing

February 4, 2013

“The European Union’s police agency said an 18-month review found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.”

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Report: Vice President Biden Told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov That Washington Wants to Continue With Relations Reset

February 4, 2013

“Kommersant daily, quoting a source in Russia’s delegation at the Munich Security Conference, said Biden believes the normalization of relations between Moscow and Washington may begin with joint cooperation in resisting the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).”

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Vice President Biden Meets With Syrian Opposition Leader Mouaz al-Khatib

February 4, 2013

“And while Biden implicitly criticized Russia for supporting the Assad government, he gave the Syrian opposition little hope that Washington would change its mind about allowing more sophisticated arms to flow to the rebels.”

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Syrian Opposition Leader Mouaz al-Khatib Meets With Russia and Iran Foreign Ministers

February 4, 2013

“Syrian opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib has met the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran for the first time, opening a window to a possible breakthrough in efforts to broker an end to Syria’s conflict.”

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49th Munich Conference Focuses on Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Mali

February 2, 2013

“Vice President Joe Biden will meet separately on Saturday with Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, UN Special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference as all sides strive for a resolution to the 22-month conflict.”

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Russia Cancels Law Enforcement Cooperation Agreement With the United States

January 30, 2013

“Alexei Pushkov, a Putin ally who heads the international affairs committee in the lower parliament house, said Russia was “reformatting its relationship” with the United States.”

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Russia: Chances of Syrian President Assad Staying in Power Getting “Smaller and Smaller”

January 29, 2013

“”I think that with every day, every week and every month, the chances of his preservation are getting smaller and smaller,” Medvedev said, according to the transcript”

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