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Russian Mayor ‘on Business Trip’ Spotted at French Open
A Urals city mayor has been captured on camera at the French Open when he was supposed to be on a business trip, the ura.ru news agency reported Friday.
First Georgian Wine Shipment Reaches Russia After 7-Year Ban
A Georgian winemaker on Friday delivered the first shipment of wine from the South Caucasus country to Russia after a seven-year ban.
Putin Praises Russia’s ‘Liberal’ NGO Legislation
Russian NGO legislation is far more liberal that of other countries, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
US Man Finds Russian Space Junk in Massachusetts
A Massachusetts man has learned that a rock he found on a riverbank six years ago is likely ballast that fell to earth from Russia’s now-defunct Mir space station or a space cargo vehicle that serviced it, local media reported this week.
Court Upholds Fines Imposed on Russian Election Watchdog
A Moscow court on Friday upheld fines imposed on Russia's Golos Association, an independent election monitoring NGO that said it would appeal the ruling in an international court.
Online Piracy Bill Clears First Reading in Russian Parliament
A controversial anti-piracy bill was tentatively approved in its first reading by Russia’s lower house of parliament on Friday, despite outcry from Russian Internet companies and advocates of online freedom.
“Under 16”: A Web Documentary on Teen Motherhood in Russia
“Under 16: Monologues on Teen Motherhood” is RIA Novosti’s first web documentary. Its title reflects the central story line: All of the girls featured in the film became pregnant under the age of 16, but chose to keep their babies. The viewer can navigate freely, from character to character and story to story.
Russian Businessman Polonsky Charged in Absentia With Fraud
Russian construction mogul Sergei Polonsky has been charged with fraud in absentia after he failed to appear at a summons from investigators, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.
Russia to Unveil New Piloted Spacecraft at MAKS Airshow
A mock-up of Russia’s new piloted spacecraft will be showcased in August at the MAKS airshow near Moscow, Russia’s space chief said Friday.
State Bank to Cover Loss-Making Olympic Projects
Russia’s state-owned development bank expects to lose more than 165 billion rubles ($5.2 billion) from unprofitable construction projects for next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, the bank’s head said in an interview published Friday.
Arrested Dagestan Mayor Denies Reported Suicide Attempt
The mayor of the capital of Russia’s restive Dagestan region, who was charged with murder earlier this month, denied reports on Friday that he had tried to commit suicide.
Russian Internet in Battle Over Japanese Cartoon Porn
A Russian grassroots internet freedom watchdog launched a protest campaign on Friday against a state regulator that has banned several Japanese hentai cartoons as child porn.
Russia Keeps Freeze on S-300 Contract with Syria – Kremlin
Russia is not planning to deliver S-300 air defense systems to Syria, despite the announcement by the US administration on Thursday of its intention to supply the Syrian opposition with weaponry, a presidential aide said on Friday.
Sexism Limited Female Space Flights – Russian Cosmonaut
Russian women rarely go into space because Russian men fear that their heroism would be diminished if shared with members of the opposite sex, scientist and former cosmonaut Yelena Dobrokvashina said Friday, while she also denied rumors that female cosmonauts have tried to conceive when orbiting the Earth.
Kremlin Plays Down US Report on Chemical Weapons in Syria
Russia is not convinced by a US report on the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces against rebels, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on Friday.
Russian Customs Uncover Hong Kong Currency Transfer Scam
A company in Russia’s Altai Region illegally transferred nearly $12 million to Hong Kong as a payment for a fictitious business deal, customs agents said on Friday.
NATO Head 'Concerned' by Syrian Chemical Weapons Use
The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a “matter of great concern,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday, but did not say what the alliance might do in response.
Siberian FSB Accuses 2 Men of Trying to Sell State Secrets
Siberian security services claimed on Friday to have prevented two incidents of high treason, but neither of the two Novosibirsk Region residents suspected of trying to sell state secrets abroad in two separate cases has been charged.
US Chemical Weapons Report in Syria ‘Fabricated’ – Russian MP
A US government report concluding Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels, crossing what US President Barack Obama has previously described as a “red line,” is a fabrication, a senior Russian lawmaker said Friday.
Suspected Killer of New York Policemen Had Criminal Record in Three States
GMO Labelling Meaningless As 76% of Americans Unaware of What GMOs Are
Turkish Kurds Crisis May Be Over Soon: Lawmaker
Jackie Chan’s Son Indicted on Drug Charge
Feminists Throw Fries, Mayo at Belgian PM, Urging End to Austerity
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
Putin: Russia Discloses 230 Foreign Intelligence Staff in 2014
Russia to Prepare Response to Recent US, Canada Sanctions: Foreign Ministry
Russian Citizen Faces Death Penalty in Pakistan Without Evidence of Crime
China Ready to Assist Russia in Solving Economic Problems: Foreign Minister
Moscow Prepares For New Year With Full-Blown Illumination
Footage of Scene Where Two NYPD Officers Were Killed by African American
What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy