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Russia’s 2013 oil output highest in post-Soviet era

World energy power Russia said on Thursday that its oil output hit a post-Soviet high in 2013 while natural gas production at its vast Gazprom holding slipped for the second straight year. The mixed figures — highlighted by yet another dip in oil exports outside ex-Soviet territories — point to…

Female suicide bomber in Russia kills 14 as Olympics near

Female suicide bomber kills 14 at Russia train station (via AFP) A female suicide bomber killed 14 people Sunday when she blew herself up at the main train station in the southern city of Volgograd, raising concerns about security in Russia just six weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games. The…

Freed Greenpeace protester: Russia owes me a medal for trying to save its environment

Greenpeace campaigner Dima Litvinov, first of imprisoned protesters to be freed, tells of relief at leaving Russia The first environmental activist to leave Russia after more than two months of detention said that Russia owed him a medal rather than a pardon for his work to protect the environment. Dima…

Putin orders Russian military to boost presence in Arctic after Canada signalled intention to claim the North Pole

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s military on Tuesday to step up its presence in the Arctic after Canada signalled its intention to claim the North Pole and surrounding waters. The tough and quick response to Canada’s announcement reflected Russia’s desire to protect its oil and natural gas interests in the…

Meteor that bombed Russia left telltale tracks seen from space

Meteor that bombed Russia left telltale tracks seen from space (via The Christian Science Monitor) In this frame grab made from dashboard camera video, a meteor streaks through the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February. It exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs. (AP) When a huge meteor blazed…

U.S. joins Australia and France in pushing for Antarctic sanctuaries

Australia, New Zealand, the United States, France and the EU on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Russia for a swift agreement to create vast Antarctic marine sanctuaries. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), comprising 24 nations plus the European Union, meet in Australia next week…

Russian parliament will debate taking children from same-sex parents

Russian lawmakers will in February debate a bill that could see homosexual couples lose custody of their children, parliamentary documents showed Wednesday. The debate will likely coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi which have already been marred by boycott calls over Russia’s controversial new anti-gay legislation. The…

Russia bringing ‘PRISM on steroids’ to Sochi Olympics

Russia’s Sochi Games: Why you may want to leave your laptop at home (via The Christian Science Monitor) Russian President Vladimir Putin (c.) smiles as he lights the Olympic flame at Red Square in Moscow on Sunday. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP) Visitors to the upcoming Sochi Winter Games will be able to…

It’s another bad week to be gay

Between Barilla pasta’s anti-gay jab, the IOC ignoring reality and a Russian activist’s death, times are still tough for LGBT community Sometimes it really does suck to be gay. In addition to the usual hard work – the recruiting of innocents, the destruction of the institution of marriage, compulsory brunch…

Russia considers raising divorce fees to avoid bad marriages

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has backed a proposal to make divorce far more expensive as a way of discouraging ill-considered matches, state media reported Tuesday. “The motives (for the suggestion) are understandable: switch on your brain when you’re getting married, otherwise there’s going to be material penalties,” the prime…

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