Russia & Eastern Europe

Russian President Putin: Russia Loans Bangladesh $1 Billion to Purchase Weapons

January 15, 2013

“Russia will provide a separate $500 million loan to Bangladesh to help build its first nuclear power plant, Ruppur, under an agreement signed after the meeting, Putin said.”

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Russian Police: Gunman Kills Senior Judge from Dagestan’s Supreme Court

January 15, 2013

“A gunman killed a senior judge in the center of the capital of Russia’s violence-plagued Dagestan province on Tuesday, law enforcement officials said.”

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Russia Closes its Diplomatic Consulate in Aleppo, Syria

January 15, 2013

“The Russian Consulate General in Syria’s largest city has suspended operations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday in a statement.”

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Russian Police Kill Man After He Fired Shots at a Kindergarten

January 15, 2013

“Six bullets hit the window of the gym and a shard of glass struck a teacher in the stomach as she tried to get the children out of the room, according to news website life.ru.”

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Russian Banks Seek Advice from the Russian Central Bank on Creating Emergency Plans in the Event of a Banking Crisis Through Stress Testing

January 14, 2013

“CBR wants to make sure lenders will have enough reserves and planning to tackle a crisis without State aid.”

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Georgia Begins Releasing Political Prisoners Under Amnesty Approved by the Georgian Parliament

January 14, 2013

“Georgia freed 190 inmates considered political prisoners by parliament on Sunday, under an amnesty that has deepened a power struggle in the former Soviet republic.”

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Four Major Russian Navy Fleets to Hold the Country’s Biggest Military Exercises in Decades

January 2, 2013

“The four major Russian Navy fleets will hold a joint exercise in late January in the Mediterranean and Black seas.”

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Georgian Parliament Overturns President Saakashvili’s Veto of Legislation to Release 190 Political Prisoners

December 29, 2012

“Saakashvili remains in power, but the latest political reform turned the country into a parliamentary republic and left very little power with the President, who will remain in office until October 2013.”

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Russia’s Upper House Unanimously Approves Bill Preventing Americans from Adopting Russian Children

December 26, 2012

“Russia prepared the Dima Yakovlev bill as a retaliation to the US Magnitsky Act.”

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Kazakhstan Military Transport Aircraft Crashes, Killing All 27 Passengers On-Board

December 25, 2012

“The KNB security service said the An-72 military transport was carrying seven crew and 20 servicemen, including the acting head of the Kazakh federal border service Turganbek Stambekov.”

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Study: Several Types of Siberian Bacteria Could Survive on Mars

December 25, 2012

“After the 30-day experiment, only six of the 10,000 isolates were able to grow under these conditions. All of the surviving isolates were members of the genus Carnobacterium.”

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Russia: Syria Is Protecting Its Chemical Weapons, Not Preparing To Use Them

December 24, 2012

“Russia’s Foreign Minister has rubbished speculation that Syria could use chemical weapons against rebels and suggested that the risk of the reverse happening was far greater.”

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Russian President Putin Supports Measure to Ban U.S. Adoptions of Russian Children

December 20, 2012

“The bill, part of a package of measures drafted by Russian lawmakers in retaliation to the US Magnitsky Act, was approved this week by the Lower House in the second reading.”

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Russia Deploys Warships to Syria to Facilitate the Potential Evacuation of Russian Citizens from Syria

December 18, 2012

“Russian officials began formulating plans during the summer for an evacuation, but have delayed making public announcements, analysts say, to avoid signaling a loss of confidence in President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime strategic ally.”

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Russia Denies Changing its Support from the Syrian Government to the Syrian Rebels

December 15, 2012

“The remarks, made by the deputy Foreign Minister and Middle East Envoy Mikhail Bogdanov, were greeted by the US and its allies as a sign that Russia was edging away from its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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