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‘The bear never asks permission’

Source: CNN CNN) — Have no fear, Vladimir Putin is here. That seems to be the message in an epic promo released ahead of the Russian president’s annual news conference…

‘Terror has no religion’: MP urges ban on phrase ‘Islamic terrorist’ in mass media

RT: A Russian lawmaker proposes a ban on expressions such as ‘Islamic terrorist’ and ‘Islamist militant’ in the mass media, claiming they give people the wrong impression about Islam and…

Russian billionaire pays $4.1M for James Watson’s Nobel Priz

Russian billionaire pays $4.1M for James Watson’s Nobel Prize, so he can return it to the seller — James Watson Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times | December 9, 2014 |…

The Most Dangerous Time in Russian-US Relations Since the Cuban Missile Crisis

thenation.com:  This is the most dangerous time for Russian-US relations since the Cuban missile crisis, according to Stephen Cohen. When Cohen joined The Young Turks this week, he explained that we are…

Russia’s regional role (in the Middle East)

The Daily Star, Lebanon: Editorial The recent Russian movement in the region speaks not only of Putin’s desire to reassert Kremlin’s position in the area, but of U.S. failings here.…

Defiant Putin accuses West of provoking Ukraine crisis

Market watch: MOSCOW — Striking a defiant tone, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the West of provoking a crisis in Ukraine and using sanctions to try to constrain…

Russia’s crackdown on Crimea’s Muslims Tatars resisted Moscow’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula in March, and the Muslim community has paid for it since.

Mansur Mirovalev and Denis Sinyakov Last updated: 25 Nov 2014 11:33 Putilovka, Crimea – The search warrant accused Muslyadin Muslyadinov of killing a Ukrainian riot police officer, although the dozen…

‘Russia’s treatment of Crimean (Muslim) Tatars echoes mistakes made by Soviets’

Guardian: The gravest ethnic and political conflict in Russia today is not to be found inChechnya nor in the xenophobic capitals of Moscow and St Petersburg. Rather, it stalks the newly…

Russia will not isolate itself

Source: AFP Russian president Vladimir Putin. — AFP/File MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Sunday that Russia did not want to isolate itself behind a new Iron…

Close military encounters between Russia and the west ‘at cold war levels’

Guardian: Russian military jets fly in formation above the Kremlin. The European Leadership Network’s report comes after a warning from Mikhail Gorbachev that the world is ‘on the brink of…

FORMER SOVIET SOLDIERS STILL HAUNT AFGHANISTAN — AND AMERICAN FORCES THERE

BY MURTAZA HUSSAIN @mazmhussain The strange odyssey of Irek Hamidullan has taken him from the former Soviet Army, to the Taliban, and now to a U.S. federal courtroom in Virginia.…

Lawmakers target ISIS propaganda on Russian social networks

Russia Today: Russian MPs are asking prosecutors to block Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) films on Russian websites and social networks to prevent the spread of radical Islamist ideas, along…

Despair and euphoria in Crimea six months after Russian annexation Dispatch: Tatars face campaign of repression after opposing annexation, while ethnic Russians rejoice at joining motherland

By Tom Parfitt, Crimea3:57PM BST 06 Oct 2014 This spring, two tragedies hit Ilmi Umerov in one week. First his father died suddenly after a short illness. Then his homeland…

EU an UKRAINE: Swiss stance on Russia sanctions divide opinion

stance on Russia sanctions divides opinions By Peter Siegenthaler AUG 26, 2014 – 11:00 Swiss vegetables and cheese are more popular in Russia than ever as a result of Russian…

Putin unveils Ukraine truce plan, France halts warship

Summary President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine Wednesday but Ukraine’s premier dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow’s support for separatist forces…

Nato accuses Russia of violating Ukraine sovereignty

Source: BBC Nato has accused Russia of a “blatant violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty and engaging in direct military operations to support pro-Russian rebels. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that “despite…

Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East

By ANDREW E. KRAMER and MICHAEL R. GORDON AUG. 27, 2014 NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian…

Russia Extends Ban On Food Products From U.S., Europe, Canada And Australia Over Ukraine Sanctions

 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Our source Huffington Post Posted: 08/07/2014  MOSCOW (AP) — Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an…

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