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Immigration source: Snowden applied for asylum in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a Russian immigration source close to the matter said on Monday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Wikileaks activist who is traveling with Snowden handed his application to a…

Russia blocks key panel to hold up UN climate talks

Procedural protests by Russia held up part of the UN climate talks on Friday for the fifth successive day, according to frustrated delegates at the labyrinthine negotiations in Bonn. Russia has been blocking a key technical panel whose work feeds into the 12-day negotiation round. The Russians, supported by Belarus…

Russia evacuates ‘drifting’ Arctic research station

Russia evacuates 'drifting' Arctic research station as ice floe melts (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Russian deep-diving miniature submarine is lowered from the research vessel Akademik Fyodorov moments before performing a dive in the Arctic Ocean beneath the ice at the North Pole in August…

Russia plans urgent evacuation of Arctic post as ice melts

Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after the ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said Thursday. Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoi set a three-day deadline to draft a plan to evacuate the North…

Russian toddler infected with HIV during blood transfusion

Doctors in Russia accidentally infected a 16-month-old girl with HIV during a blood transfusion, investigators said Monday, opening a criminal probe into the case. The toddler was given blood from an HIV-infected donor at the Number 5 children’s hospital in Saint Petersburg, the city’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.…

Putin reports earning less than his spokesperson in 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin earned 5.7 million rubles (140,000 euros,$183,000) last year, roughly the same as the prime minister but significantly less than his spokesman declared, government income figures showed Friday. The highest earner in the list was First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, one of Russia’s richest state officials…

New space race: Putin unveils $50 billion drive for Russian supremacy

President Vladimir Putin on Friday unveiled a new $50 billion drive for Russia to preserve its status as a top space power, including the construction of a brand new cosmodrome from where humans will fly to space by the end of the decade. Fifty-two years to the day since Yuri…

Three astronauts blast off on fastest ride to the International Space Station

A crew of two Russians and an American blasted off Friday on a Russian rocket for the International Space Station, in a trip scheduled to be the fastest ever manned journey to the facility. The trio successfully launched from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with a journey time expected to…

Putin marks one year re-election anniversary with popularity, despite political crackdowns

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked a year since his election to a third term on Monday riding a tide of popularity despite his crackdown on political freedoms and tense ties with the United States. The 60-year-old former KGB spy won an overwhelming 63.6 percent of the vote in March 4…

Young Russians increasingly view Stalin as strong leader

AFP – No wall plaque honours the victims of Josef Stalin’s purges, who met their end in the execution cells of headquarters of the feared Soviet security services on Lubyanka Square in central Moscow. Instead the traffic races round a busy square and the building itself, known everywhere in Moscow…

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