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Foreign journalists to be ousted from Russian state-owned TV channels?
Monday, 31 December 2012 08:37
The Russian State Duma may adopt a law prohibiting foreign nationals from working at Russia's state-owned TV channels. The proposed law came as a reaction to the statements made by well-known journalist Vladimir Pozner on Channel One. In his show, Pozner criticized both the "Magnitsky Act" and the retaliatory law approved by the State Duma...
 
Russia plane crash investigators say faulty brakes may be to blame
Sunday, 30 December 2012 18:48

Air crash investigation team examining black boxes on Tupolev-204 plane, which slid off Moscow runway, killing five

Faulty brakes may be to blame for a Russian airliner sliding off the runway and smashing onto a road near Moscow, killing five people, a member of the crash investigation team said on Sunday.

Investigators said they were examining the...

 
Church backs Vladimir Putin's ban on Americans adopting Russian children
Sunday, 30 December 2012 02:06

Russian Orthodox church criticised for supporting Kremlin again

The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin.

Father Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-ranking...

 
Without negotiations, Syria will be the new Somalia, UN envoy says
Saturday, 29 December 2012 22:59

Even Russia, Bashar al-Assad's biggest ally, is coming round to idea of talks as Syrian rebels continue to gain ground

A diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria seemed as far away as ever on Saturday, as the UN-Arab League envoy to Damascus, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the country risked slithering into "hell".

Following talks in Moscow with Russia's...

 
Russia's three most important events in 2012
Saturday, 29 December 2012 21:00
Pravda.Ru asked representatives of parliamentary parties and experts to name three, in their view, main events that took place in Russia's political life in 2012. It is worth noting that most of our interviewees, regardless of their views and party affiliation, named the same events. Although, of course, there are differences in the estimates...
 
Russian plane crash leaves four crew members dead
Saturday, 29 December 2012 20:43

Police say no passengers were on board airliner that rammed through highway barrier outside Vnukovo airport near Moscow

A Russian airliner broke into pieces after it slid off a runway and crashed on to a highway outside Moscow, killing four of the 12 crew on board and leaving chunks of fuselage on the icy road.

The crash during peak holiday travel...

 
France repeals 75% tax on high income
Saturday, 29 December 2012 13:53
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France's Constitutional Council has annulled a 75% tax rate on income above 1mn euros due to be introduced in 2013, which has already forced a number of wealthy residents to leave the country.

­Significant tax hikes including those on capital gains and on income above 1mn euros were a center piece of President Francois ...

 
Market Buzz: Pre–New Year sale
Saturday, 29 December 2012 07:47
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Most international floors remain weighed down by the ‘fiscal cliff’ issue, with a Sunday meeting the last chance to settle it in 2012. Investors in Russia fixed their gains ahead of long New Year holidays, driving key indices lower on Friday.

The selling sentiment gained momentum by the end of a trading session on Friday...

 
Russia's Golden Age to start in 2013, Russian Nostradamus said
Friday, 28 December 2012 17:17
The end of 2012 marks the end of the Iron Age and the beginning of the Golden Age in Russia. This was predicted more than a hundred years ago by tsarist general and ethnographer Valentin Moshkov. Practically all of his gloomy predictions about the Iron Age have come true. Time will show whether his positive predictions are going to come true or...
 
Apple fined by Chinese court over pirated books in Apps Store
Friday, 28 December 2012 16:25
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A Chinese court has fined Apple Inc $160,400 over a copyright infringement, saying the company sold pirated electronic books via its App Store.

Under the court ruling, Apple must pay compensation to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyright, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

The...

 
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