Russia, 3 April 2012
The fact that Washington has been funding various public movements in Russia appears to be affecting cooperation between the two countries, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov said. He said that although Washington does provide some information on the issue at Russia`s request, Moscow is still very concerned about the situation.
The extension of the lease of the radar station in Gabala and the non-interference of outside players in issues dealing with the use of the Caspian Sea water area featured prominently at a meeting between Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mamedyarov in Baku. Sergei Lavrov continues his tour of Transcaucasia and Central Asia.
Irina Khromacheva of Russia has advanced to the second round of the ITF tournament in Tessenderlo, Belgium. She beat Mervana Jugić-Salkić of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6:4, 6:2, and now will be facing Sandra Zaglavova of the Czech Republic, who had previously defeated Nina Bratchikova of Russia. (RIAN)
Margarita Lazareva of Russia defeated Asmita Easwaramurthi of India 6:1, 6:4 in the first round of the women’s $10,000 Bahrain ITF Tournament. (RIAN)
Party building is not an end in itself but an instrument for settling various tasks for the benefit of Russian citizens. Parties should turn into institutions helping people in Russia to take part in the formation of power and controlling its efficiency as well as the lawfulness of the decisions that are made.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul regrets his bad choice of words in Russian when he was speaking to journalists in Moscow before meeting human rights veteran Lev Ponomaryov last week. When he arrived for the meeting, the ambassador was approached by NTV reporters who began asking him questions, something he didn’t like.
The 6th international Mirror film festival named after outstanding director Andrei Tarkovsky will be taking place in Ploys, a
A premiere of Richard Strauss’s opera Der Rosenkavalier (“The Knight of the Rose”) will take place at the Moscow Bolshoi Theater on April 3. Bolshoi’s chief conductor Vasily Sinaysky calls Strauss’s music ‘incredibly beautiful’. The news about this premiere was a real sensation for many music lovers.
Clashes between members of the Berber ethnic minority and their Arab neighbors in western Libya continued for a third day on Tuesday. Militias from inside Zuwara, a predominantly Berber town on the Mediterranean coast about 120 km west of Libyan capital Tripoli, were exchanging heavy weapons fire with fighters from the nearby Arab settlements of Al-Jumail and Regdalinl.
An exhibition dedicated to the famous French playwright Moliere has opened at the Theater Library in St. Petersburg. On display are copies of Moliere’s plays published during his lifetime, illustrations to his books, sets and costumes for theater productions and a lot more. Moliere was first translated into Russian in the second half of the 18th century.
Washington will make in Europe the kind of missile defense system that needs for country protection and its allies and not intending to have any limits in this area, US Ambassador Michael McFaul said.
Damascus confirms that the implementation of Kofi Annan`s peace plan has begun, a statement released on the Russian Foreign Ministry web site says, following the talks between Russia’s deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Syria’s ambassador to Moscow Riad Haddad.
General Attorney office opened a criminal case against former military man Vladimir Lazar. He’s suspected of selling confidential topographical maps of Russia to the US Department of Defense, the authority representative Marina Gridneva said Tuesday.
Russia may post a budget surplus in 2012, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told the journalists at a press-briefing in Moscow on Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, economy minister Elvira Nabiullina has announced a significant rise of the oil prices forecasts – from the expected USD 110 to USD 115 per barrel.
The Moscow firemen have successfully extinguished a fire that broke out at the Moscow City Business Complex in the evening of April 2nd. A massive fire engulfed the Vostok (East) Tower the construction of which is not completed.
A Russian emergency plane with 38 tons of humanitarian aid has landed in the Tajik capital Dushanbe. The aid includes tents, stoves, a mini power generator and canned meat. Russia will send two more planeloads of relief supplies to Tajikistan, which was hit by abnormally low temperatures and heavy snowfalls during the winter and spring seasons.
Alfa-group’s investment division A1 seeks to buy a 100% stake in Russia’s Domodedovo airport, newspaper Vedomosti reported on Tuesday quoting a source in the company. A1 is currently in talks on a credit from a Russia’s state-owned bank VEB. The amount of the credit was not revealed by the newspaper source.
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Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that the Popular Front he initiated last year as a coalition of the ruling party, trade groups and nongovernmental organizations, could be turned into a public movement with a non-party status. Mr. Putin added that he was ready to run the movement`s coordination council.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has awarded Major Sergei Solnechnikov the Hero title posthumously. The 31-year-old officer saved the lives of many soldiers by throwing himself onto a grenade unsuccessfully hurled during a training exercise. The emergency occurred at a shooting ground in the far-eastern Amur region on March 28. (RIAN)
A number of social and public organizations, and the Orthodox Church have called for the strengthening of the family and a rejection of juvenile justice in Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov states it is of principal importance to maintain and boost the presence of International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors and monitors in Iran. And commenting on this today will be our guest Dmitry Kosyrev , political observer for the RIA News Agency in Moscow.
The e-government system is slowly but surely incorporating more and more services for the citizens. Izvestia has news on a recent update to the Moscow state services web portal - e-appointments for municipal clinics.
It appears we've haven't really covered April Fool's on.Ru, have we? Well, since April 1st was a Sunday, the most popular places for pranks - namely, schools and workplaces, were unavailable.
Two satellites of the European Galileo global navigation satellite system have successfully passed flight tests. Full satellite group will consist of 30 devices, and there are plans of its expansion after 2015. Apparently, the competition between the navigation systems of different countries is growing.
Today we’ll be looking at Egypt where political climate is definitely heating up ahead of the Presidential election scheduled for 23-24 of May.
Russian experts believe that the UK could join the Nord Stream oil project. Soon, the UK may run out of energy resources and it needs to diversify its imports to lower the prices. The UK also wants nuclear energy to ease the deficit and plans to construct 8 nuclear power plants by 2025.
Moscow is concerned about the scale of U.S financial aid to various groups and movements in Russia. Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax that the issue could pose a challenge to Russian-U.S. relations. He said that Russia had “repeatedly voiced this concern at various levels”. Washington responded by providing certain data.
Russia’s first social TV channel Inva Media TV launched its 24-hour broadcasting online and through a satellite service on April 1, while an official presentation ceremony is scheduled for April 5, a source with Inva Media TV told journalists.
Vice president of the Russian figure skating federation Alexander Lakernik assesses the performance of the national skaters at the world championship in Nice. Russian football: battle to stay in Premier League heats up
President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Russian government to think about how to simplify the entry into the country by foreign tourists before the summer. In his opinion, the old visa system is hindering the development of tourism in Russia, which was visited last year by a little over two million foreign tourists.
Syria agrees to implement six point plan Americans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion in student loans Apple to expand sales in Russia California shooting leaves 7 dead, rampage psychology still baffling
Russian bureaucrats have suggested creating a fund to insure tourists from the risks of tourism. What’s this all about and what does the tourism industry think about it all?
Plastic identification cards may soon replace Russian paper passports. This idea has been put forward by the Federal Migration Service of Russia again. All the necessary information about citizens is to be recorded on electronic cards with chips.
Citizens of Tyumen in Siberia brought flowers and candles to the scene of the ATR-72 passenger plane crash. Only 12 out of 43 passengers and members of the crew survived the Monday crash. A three-day mourning period was announced in the Tyumen region in memory of those killed in the crash.
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Moscow has urged an end to the violence in Libya and settlement of differences through a dialogue. Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued such a statement following the severe military clashes between two tribes near the city of Sabha in the south of the country.
Russia’s political system will continue developing no matter who is the president, the country’s outgoing leader Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with politicians representing several yet unregistered parties.
The lower house of the Russian parliament is discussing whether school children’s parents should be able to “opt out” of the school uniform requirements, if the latter were reintroduced in Russia.
Marina Kosareva explores the Golden Mask Festival and previews some of the performances.
The second Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul, Turkey has taken place on 1 April 2012, where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to support efforts by the United Nations and the League of Arab States to end the crisis in Syria. What is the Russian stance on the Syrian meeting?
The U.S. Ambassador to Russia has claimed that the Russian media has been harassing him. The Obama administration in return has expressed concern to the Russian government over the incident. We are joined now to discuss this more by our Voice of Russia Moscow Correspondent Dmitry Babich
Ex-Soviet KGB foreign intelligence chief Leonid Shebarshin, 77, who headed the First Chief Directorate, a foreign intelligence service within the KGB during 1989-1991, appeared to have committed suicide, the Investigative Committee said on its website. A gun, which he was awarded upon retirement, was discovered near his body.
A deadly fire in southern Moscow has killed 17 people. The last victim was found at 11:00 local time (07:00 GMT). The victims are migrant workers from the CIS countries, according to representative from the Russian emergencies ministry Evgeny Bobylev. They are being identified.
Election season is under way in the United States and dirt is being thrown around left and right as Americans love to do. Rarely are positive campaigns fought in American politics, as a rule the focus is on the most minuscule impropriety or immorality, which if cooked and served up right, can take down the strongest of candidates.
Moscow feels that offering US legal guarantees alone that its missile defence system is not aimed at Russia is insufficient. This came in a statement for journalists by the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
Tests have shown there was no alcohol present in the blood of the pilots, who died in the recent passenger plane crash near Tymen, Investigation Committee official representative Vladimir Markin said today. “According to preliminary data, the plane tilted 150 degrees to the left when gaining height.
Counternarcotics agencies of the members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan) have made a new proposal to NATO on tackling Afghan drug threat. It envisages that the SCO fights against drug dealers in its member countries while NATO destroys poppy fields in Afghanistan.
Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine Nerpa , which was earlier leased to India’s Navy, has arrived at the Visakhapatnam naval base, officials said on Tuesday, adding that this third-generation submarine will be put in service in India as of April 5. Its displacement is more than 8,000 tons and its maximum speed is 30 knots.
Today we’re going to be taking a look at the town of Tula and finding out what the town is known for. Also, we’ll dip into some of the history and check out the tourist attractions. But first up, how to get there.
Sexpot spy Anna Chapman came close to snaring a member of President Obama's inner circle in a honey trap, a top U.S. intelligence official has claimed. In a documentary broadcast last night, FBI counter-intelligence chief Frank Figliuzzi claimed the glamorous Russian agent got close enough to 'disturb' U.S. spy catchers.
The death toll from a fire at a market in southern Moscow has risen to 15, according to the Russian Federal Migration Service which earlier reported that 12 people were killed.
Now we are joining on the line by Dmitry Babich, one of our correspondents in Moscow, to continue this conversation about a local politics in the Moscow area.
The Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office has sent to Poland six more files in the Lech Kaczynski plane crash case near Smolensk two years ago. The documents have been handed over to Warsaw as part of legal aid to the Polish colleagues, said the official spokesperson for the Prosecutor-General’s Office, Marina Gridneva.
A Russian tourist has been found hanged on the Thai holiday island of Phuke. The man, aged 66, was hanging from a tree in a garden near Phuket's popular Patong beach, police said.
Vera Dushevina and Yelena Vesnina of Russia have made it to the second round of an international tennis tournament in Charleston, the United States. On Monday, Dushevina got the better of China’s Tsang Yung Yan, while Vesnina beat Stephanie Dubois of Canada in the women’s event at the WTA Family Circle Cup in Charleston.
The number of employable people in Russia will plummet by 12% by 2030, Russian Minister of Economic Development and Trade Elvira Nabiullina said. Russia’s long-term economic growth is hindered, among others, by the demographic decrease in the country.
On Tuesday, the London Coliseum will for the first time host the St.Petersburg Ballet Theater headed by prominent Russian choreographer Boris Eifman. The program features the performance of the Anna Karenina and Onegin ballets. In a separate development, the St.Petersburg Mariinsky Theater will stage Wagner’s Parsifal and Verdi’s Requiem at the Barbican arts center in London.
In our series timed for the bicentenary of Russia’s victory in the 1812 War with Napoleon we continue to talk about people and events of those days. Today we continue our story about the situation in Europe on the eve of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.
At least 12 people died early on Tuesday in a fire at a market in southern Moscow, a police source told RIA Novosti. The blaze burned down a two-floor attachment to a hangar on the territory of the Kachalovsky market on the Varshavskoye Shosse.The building has been used as a living quarters for market vendors, the source said.
On Tuesday, Russia will send emergency humanitarian aid worth over 100 million rubles to Tajikistan that was hard hit by a natural disaster earlier this year. The humanitarian supplies, including tents, mobile power stations, heating appliances and food, will be delivered by Russian Emergencies Ministry’s cargo planes later in the day.
Experts of the Interstate Aviation Committee have started decoding the flight data recorders, also known as “black boxes’, of the ATR-72 airliner that crashed near Tyumen, Siberia, yesterday.
Russia has moved up 22 positions in the UN IT government rankings, from 59 to 27, according to a report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Russia is the third-best among the countries with a population of more than 100 million, after the United States and China, and the first among the East European countries.
At least 12 people died early on Tuesday in a fire at a market in southern Moscow. The blaze burned down a two-floor attachment to a hangar on the territory of the Kachalovsky market on the Varshavskoye Shosse. The building has been used as a living quarters for market vendors, the source said.
Opera artists, orchestra and chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev perform today at the "Barbican Hall" in London. The Russians are presenting to the public Richard Wagner's "Parsifal.” The follow day they continue their tour in the British capital with a performance of the "Requiem" by Giuseppe Verdi.
Flight recorders of the plane that crashed near Tyumen have been transferred to the Interstate Aviation Committee and brought to Moscow. Experts are already deciphering and analyzing received data. Earlier it was reported that the plane had not been treated with deicing preparation before take-off, however, there is no reason to believe this is what caused the crash.
Proceeding from preliminary information, Russia’s grain export slightly exceeded 1.6 million tonnes in March 2012, President of the Russian Grain Union Arkady Zlochevsky said on Monday.
France is deeply saddened by the news of a plane crash near Tyumen, which killed over 30 people. On Monday French President Nicolas Sarkozy voiced condolences to Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev on behalf of the French people. An ATR-72 passenger plane crashed Monday morning just outside Tyumen.31 people died, 12 are in hospitals.
Moscow considers unacceptable threats of using force against Iran, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in an interview for "Interfax." He noted that no one will secure concessions from Teheran wielding a policy of threats or sanctions. The diplomat called to urgently hold talks of the negotiating "six" with Iran.