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Russian Battlecruiser Receives Cypriot Minister During Resupply
Cypriot defense minister Fotis Fotiou was led on a tour of a Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser currently resupplying in the Mediterranean island, navy officials said Friday.
Russia’s Central Bank Sees 2014 Economic Growth at 1.5%
The head of Russia’s central bank said Friday that she expects the economy to grow by 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent in 2014.
Russian Diplomats Demand Medical Visit to US-Jailed Pilot
Russia’s government said Friday that it plans to send a delegation of diplomats and doctors to visit a Russian pilot currently serving a 20-year jail sentence in the US for attempted drug trafficking.
Proton Rocket Carrying Turkish Satellite Readies for Launch
A Proton rocket carrying a Turkish satellite is scheduled to lift off early Saturday in the first launch of Russia’s largest rocket this year, the Russian space agency told RIA Novosti.
Britain’s Yarnold Glides to Gold in Olympic Women’s Skeleton
Britain won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Friday as Lizzy Yarnold sped to gold in the women’s skeleton by a commanding margin.
Sweeping Electoral Reforms Approved by Russia's Parliament
Russian lawmakers approved a bill Friday to create a mixed electoral system that will reintroduce single-mandate elections in the next parliamentary vote.
Putin Praises Plushenko Despite Sochi Olympics Withdrawal
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday had nothing but praise for Evgeny Plushenko despite the figure skating star's withdrawal from the Sochi Olympics a day earlier.
Belarus' Domracheva Wins 15km Race for Second Sochi Biathlon Gold
Darya Domracheva of Belarus added the individual gold to her pursuit title at the Sochi Olympics on Friday, destroying a high-octane field in the 15 kilometer race.
Russia’s Far East Needs $85Bln of Investment – Minister
Russia’s Far East needs 3 trillion rubles ($85 billion) of investment through 2022 to maintain regional economic growth of 6 percent, the Far East Development Minister said Thursday.
Siberian Communists Clamoring for Stalin Monument
Russian communists have unveiled plans to erect a monument to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in a Siberian city where he spent time in his final exile before his rise to power, a local lawmaker said Friday.
Passion and Lechery Thrive in Sochi Olympic Pin Trading
Douglas Todd has traveled from California to be at the Winter Olympics, but he is not interested in sports.
Swiss Star Cologna Wins Second Cross-Country Ski Gold of Sochi Games
Switzerland’s Dario Cologna claimed his second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Friday with a breathtaking victory in the men’s cross-country skiing 15 kilometer classical race.
Russia Moves to Simplify Asset Seizures of Foreign Criminals - Report
Russia will strengthen powers to seize cash and property belonging to alleged foreign criminals under legal reforms drawn up by the Justice Ministry, Izvestia newspaper reported Friday.
Russian Man Kills Girlfriend for Snoring – Investigators
A Russian man has been detained by authorities on suspicion of killing his girlfriend during an argument about the woman’s snoring.
Chechen Leader Offers Shelter to 2nd Doomed Danish Giraffe
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has offered a home in the Russian republic to another zoo giraffe facing death in Denmark.
Only One NGO Registered Under Russian Foreign Agent Law
Only a single NGO has registered as a foreign agent under a hotly contested 2012 Russian law to regulate the activities of foreign-funded organizations, the Justice Ministry said on its website Friday.
Russians Unwilling to See Their First Love Again – Poll
Most Russians remember their first love but only 13 percent would like to meet up with that person again, a poll conducted ahead of St. Valentine’s Day showed.
Russia, Egypt Reach Initial $3 Bln Arms Deal – Report
Egypt has reached an initial agreement on how to implement a new Russian arms delivery deal worth over $3 billion, Vedomosti newspaper reported Friday.
Pro-Kremlin Movement Calls Golden Parachutes Proposal Unjust
A proposal by Russia’s central bank to limit golden parachutes for executives to two years’ salary does not go far enough in curbing corporate excess, Russia’s Kremlin-backed People’s Front organization said Thursday.
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