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Putin: Snowden will leave as soon as he’s able to

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been stuck in a Moscow airport for three weeks, would leave Russia as soon as he is able. He also accused Washington of preventing the fugitive from leaving Russia after he arrived from Hong Kong on…

Snowden announces plans to apply for asylum in Russia

MOSCOW — Edward Snowden could stay in Russia if he stops issuing leaks that damage the United States, the Kremlin said Friday after the US fugitive told rights activists in a Moscow airport that he is seeking asylum in Russia. “Mr. Snowden could hypothetically stay in Russia if he: first,…

Snowden fate in balance as Cuba backs asylum bid

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden won support from Cuba for his bid to seek asylum in Latin America as he began his third week in limbo at a Moscow airport on Monday. Cuba, a key transit point from Russia on the way to Latin America, supported the leaders of Bolivia,…

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…

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