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Pussy Riot Should Walk – Russian PM
Three members of art collective Pussy Riot convicted over a “punk prayer” at a church should have been given a suspended sentence, not a real jail term, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.
Chavez Expects to Gain 70 Pct. at October Polls in Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is convinced he will gain 70 percent of the vote at the October 7 presidential election, the country’s national news agency AVN reported.
'Non-Duma' Party Council to Form – Lawmaker
The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament announced plans on Tuesday to set up a council for cooperation between the State Duma and non-parliamentary parties.
Environmentalist Chirikova Registered as Khimki Mayor Candidate
Environmental activist Yevgenia Chirikova, a consensus nominee of the Russian opposition, has officially been registered as a candidate for mayor of the Moscow satellite city of Khimki, an election commission spokesman said on Sunday.
Russia 'to Push Syria Peace Accord at UN'
Russia will push the UN Security Council this month to endorse a Syria peace plan brokered in Geneva, Russia's foreign minister has said.
Obama's Absence from APEC Summit Normal - State Dept.
The U.S. State Department has called on journalists not to seek hidden political motives behind President Barack Obama’s absence from the current Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Russia, as well as behind the possibility that Putin’s meeting with State Secretary Hillary Clinton may be too brief.
Putin to Meet with Clinton for Syria Discussions
Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a brief meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, his aide said on Thursday.
In Interview, Putin Defends Policies and Offers Warnings to the World
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his most controversial policies in a whirlwind interview with the RT television news network on Thursday, defending what his critics say is his crackdown on dissent, repeating the Kremlin’s warnings against foreign intervention in Syria, and engaging foreign rivals over contested issues.
Putin: U.S. Military Won't Let Obama Get Flexible on Missile Shield
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said U.S. President Barack Obama is willing to revive deadlocked talks on a planned U.S. missile shield in Europe, but that a military lobby in Congress and the "conservative" State Department are holding him back.
Russia Wants ‘Unbiased Attitude’ - Agency Head
Russia would like other countries to have an unbiased attitude toward it, Konstantin Kosachyov, the head of Russia’s international humanitarian cooperation agency Rossotrudnichestvo, said.
Gennady Gudkov May be Stripped of MP Immunity
Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika on Friday introduced a petition to the State Duma on stripping parliamentary immunity from Russian opposition MP Gennady Gudkov.
UN Chief Calls for Diplomatic Solution to Iran Problem
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear problem, his spokesman Farhan Haq told journalists in New York.
Moscow Opposition Applies for ‘March of Millions’
Moscow’s opposition has applied to hold the third “March of Millions” on September 15 that will be held under the slogan for “Snap Elections! and Against Repression!” opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov said on Friday.
UN Chief Urges Countries to Stop Supplying Arms to Syria
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a halt in arms supplies to conflict parties in Syria
United States Expects Russia to 'Break with Assad'
The United States would like Russia to clearly state that it will stop supplying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with weapons, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Wednesday
Kremlin Announces Rights Council Shortlist
The Kremlin's human rights council released a shortlist on Tuesday of possible substitutes for a host of prominent figures who have left the advisory body in recent months.
Russian Kitsch Metal Legend Goes into Politics
Cranking up the absurdity factor in Russian politics to 11, the leader of Russia’s arguably most campy metal band said on Monday he will run for mayor of a Moscow region city.
Sleaze War Brews in Russian Parliament
A smear campaign is picking up steam in the Russian State Duma, where lawmakers from the opposition and the “party of power” are accusing each other of illegally running businesses on the side.
Ex-Con Medvedev to Run for Moscow Suburb Mayor
The unregistered opposition party The Other Russia will field its own candidate for mayor of the Moscow satellite city of Khimki, party leader Eduard Limonov said on Monday.
Putin Critic Kasparov Acquitted Over Pussy Riot Protest
Ex-world chess champion turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov was cleared on Friday of taking part in an unauthorized protest against the conviction of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot.
Over 80% of Russians Back Putin Despite Economic Turmoil: Poll
China Cooperating With US, Canada, Australia to Repatriate Fugitives
China to Benefit From Korea Reunification: South Korean Speaker
Russian Space Agency Pushes Back Earth Imaging Satellite Launch to Friday
Russian, Serbian Foreign Ministers to Meet Over Cooperation Within OSCE
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Putin Discusses Donbas Situation With Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko: Kremlin
Obama Should Sign Russian Sanctions Bill, Arm Ukraine: US House Speaker
Putin Will Meet With Journalists at Annual Press Conference on December 18
Russian Navy Refutes Reports on Mistral Security Intensity
Legendary US Adult Animated Series: 'The Simpsons' History in Pictures
NASA Publishes Pictures From Mars Rover That Found Methane
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