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Pussy Riot row erupts over legal team following interview with freed member
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 19:44

Yekaterina Samutsevich claims original lawyers cared more about fame than clients, leading to trade of accusations

A row has erupted around the jailed punk band Pussy Riot, with the group's members and supporters trading accusations of theft, lies and Kremlin collaboration with their lawyers.

Bad blood has been simmering between the women and their...

Boris Strugatsky: Russia mourns death of sci-fi writer – even Vladimir Putin
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 19:06

Russian president pays tribute to author critical of totalitarianism of Soviet system and growing authoritarianism since 2000

Vladimir Putin and Russia's liberal opposition who accuse him of growing authoritarianism have came together to mourn the death of Boris Strugatsky, a science fiction author famous for novels critical of the totalitarian...

London mayor invites sue-happy oligarchs to use UK courts
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:07

Russian billionare Roman Abramovich (L) and russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky (Reuters/AFP Photo/Toby Melville/Andrew Cowie)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has urged the super-wealthy to use the city’s courts to sue – a wink and nod directed at recent high-profile cases involving Russian oligarchs – though the UK publicly discourages so-called "libel to...

St Petersburg's homely tributes to Russia's great artists
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:56

Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Chaliapin are among the Russian cultural icons whose St Petersburg dwellings have been preserved for posterity

An elderly woman, trudging slowly up and down the dilapidated stairwell of a once-magnificent mansion, is the only remaining obstacle to the creation of this city's newest literary museum. If the friends and...

IMF asks Greece to sack 22,000 people by mistake
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:52

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against new government austerity bill aimed at securing international aid needed to prevent the debt-crippled nation from defaulting, in Thessaloniki on November 6, 2012. (AFP Photo/Sakis Mitrolidis)

The IMF has apologized for a mistaken email demanding Greece dismisses thousands more civil servants than...

US corporations cut investment to recession level on fiscal fears
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:16

A Wall Street sign is seen in front of the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange (Reuters/Chip East)

US companies are slashing investment plans at the fastest pace since the 2008 global financial crisis, amid fears of the looming economic slowdown in case the ‘fiscal cliff’ becomes a reality.

­Half of the nation's 40 major publicly traded ...

Russia no longer NATO's enemy?
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:22
NATO does not believe that Russia presents a threat to the alliance, said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a conference on cooperation. He expressed hope that Russia would adhere to the same policy and present no danger for NATO. Is this the case and what would Russia be able to oppose to the West in the event of a military...
Moscow Police shall revive the great Cossack tradition
Monday, 19 November 2012 23:54
According to the Russian media Izvestia, Cossacks shall patrol Moscow's main streets soon, to look out for illegal vendors and illegal parkers. The Cossack detachment will be about 600 men strong. Unauthorized trade by all kinds of peddlers shall be curbed, as well as the clogging of pathways by wrongly parked cars....
Burma reform is a work in progress
Monday, 19 November 2012 16:35

The phrase one hears in Rangoon is 'cautious optimism': small changes may prove more telling than headline-grabbing ones

"Reforms launched from the top of society must meet the aspirations of citizens, who form its foundation," Barack Obama told an audience at the University of Rangoon on his historic, though brief, visit to Burma. "The flickers of...

Russia needs to defend itself against WTO's GMO
Monday, 19 November 2012 11:45
Russia needs to enter a five-year moratorium on the use of GMO food products and growing of GMP plants. This is required to enable preparation and adoption of laws to control the content of GMOs. Otherwise, after the entry into the WTO, Russia will be at risk of losing its own seeds and livestock breeds that will be displaced by transgenes...
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