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. Last Updated: 10/22/2014
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Poll Shows Highest-Ever Number of Russians Negatively View U.S., EU Relations

The number of Russians who negatively view their country's relations with Europe and the U.S. has soared to an all-time high, reaching a vast majority of the population, a recent poll has shown.

St. Petersburg Police Dismantle Evicted Homeowners' Protest Camp

Police in St. Petersburg have dismantled a tent camp that demonstrators tried to set up outside the municipal administration in protest against their eviction from city-issued apartments.

Russian Activist Stabbed for Displaying Anti-Putin Sticker on Car Window

An opposition activist in southern Russia who decorated his car with a sticker reading "Putin, go away!" has been stabbed by an attacker who objected to the anti-presidential slogan, a human rights advocate said.

U.S. Journalism Seminar Disrupted by Russian Immigration Officials

A journalism workshop led by two prominent U.S. speakers in St. Petersburg has been canceled after immigration officials charged that he men had violated the terms of their visas and tried to get them deported from the country.

Navalny Wouldn't Return Crimea, Considers Immigration Bigger Issue Than Ukraine

Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said in an interview this week that he would not return the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine if he had the power to do so.

Russian Couple Causes Outcry After Naming Baby 'Lucifer'

A young Russian couple who has named their baby Lucifer has outraged relatives and Orthodox activists.

Ivanov: Support for Ukrainian Rebels Shows Russia Committed to Democracy

The Kremlin's chief of staff has said that Moscow's support for the demands of separatists was a demonstration of its commitment to "real democracy."

Russia Lifts Ban on Chinese Pork as Food Prices Rise

Russia has begun importing Chinese pork following a decade-long health ban, as Moscow hunts for  ways to replace U.S. and EU food embargoed in retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine.

Ukrainians Told to Ignore Leaflets that Call for Death to Moscow's Priests

Ukraine's Security Service has urged citizens to ignore "fake" nationalist leaflets that call for violence against priests of the Moscow-based Orthodox Church, one of the main churches in Ukraine.

Russia and China Boost Student Exchange Programs

Russia and China plan to increase the number of students studying under mutual exchange programs to 100,000 in five years, shortly after Moscow canceled a popular exchange program with the U.S.

Putin Marks Start of RT Broadcasts in Argentina

President Vladimir Putin has announced the start of broadcasts by Russia's RT television in Argentina and suggested a new term to describe the controversial channel: an "alternative source of information."

Russia Releases Opposition Activist Charged With Violence Against Police

Russia has released from custody opposition activist Sergei Mokhnatkin,  who has been charged with violence against police.

Chechens Forced to Attend Rally on Putin's Birthday, Report Says

School classes were cancelled and government agencies shut down in Chechnya this week to ensure students and workers turned up for a 100,000-strong rally in honor of President Vladimir Putin's birthday.

Mass Brawl in Russian Hospital Prompts Firing of Government Officials

Three dozen people have been detained and a range of police and government officials have lost their jobs over a massive fight inside a southern Russian hospital that left at least one person dead, news reports said.

Russian Police Pursuing Separatist Hackers Who Declared 'Volga People's Republic'

Police are looking for hackers suspected of breaking into the website of a regional legislature in a Volga region to announce the creation of a local "people's republic" — like the self-proclaimed separatist states that Moscow supports in Ukraine's east but criminalizes in its own country.

Bulgaria Plans to Ground Its Russian-Made Fighter Jets

Bulgaria's military will scrap three dozen of its Russian-made fighter jets and bombers to reassert its independence from Moscow, the defense minister has said.

Almost 70% of Russians Have Negative Opinion of EU

The number of Russians who want their country to pursue a European course has shrunk manifold during President Putin's years in power, dropping from a confident majority to a mere 16 percent of the population.

Nationalist Sentenced for Urging Tatars to Oppose Moscow's Crimea Annexation

A court in Russia's republic of Tatarstan has handed down a one-year suspended sentence to a radical nationalist who called for fellow Tatars in Crimea to oppose the Russian annexation of the peninsula.

Mass Poisoning Leaves Dogs 'Dying in Terrible Pain' in Russia's Far East

A mass dog poisoning in Russia's Far East has left hundreds of animals dying in agony around the city, including pets that escaped the attention of their owners, environmental officials said.

Russia Remains an Uncomfortable Place to Grow Old

Moscow's metro will celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Older Persons by handing out souvenirs to its elderly passengers and playing popular old tunes on the subway, but international rankings released during the holiday indicate that Russia remains an uncomfortable place to grow old.

Kadyrov First to Get Russia's 'Child Protection' Medal

Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov has become the first recipient of Russia's "child protection" medal, adding to his snazzy array of awards including medals for "kindness and humanity" and the "liberation" of Crimea, and the country's highest honor: "hero of the Russian Federation."

Ukraine Opens Criminal Case Against Russia's Investigative Committee

Ukrainian prosecutors have opened a criminal case against Russia's Investigative Committee on charges of supporting "terrorist" organizations of pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia's Eighth Richest Man Gets FSB to Stop Son From Going to U.S., Ex-Wife Says

Russia's eighth richest man, Vladimir Potanin, has enlisted the help of the Federal Security Service (FSB), a successor agency of the Soviet KGB, to stop his 15-year-old son from going to school in the U.S., the billionaire's ex-wife said.

Defense Ministry Dismisses Reports of Russian Paratroopers Killed in Ukraine

A lawmaker who inquired about the reported deaths of Russian paratroopers in Ukraine has been that the accounts are "rumors" and that releasing information about military casualties would violate privacy laws.

Russian 'Slave' Freed by Rights Group After 18 Years in Captivity

Human rights activists have freed a Russian man who said he was held as a slave for 18 years in the North Caucasus, escaping several times only to be caught and handed over to different owners, a news report said.

Moscow Mulls Spending $200 Million on Promoting Russian Language Abroad

After annexing Crimea to "protect" its Russian speakers, Moscow is now seeking to increase the number of Russian speakers in other former Soviet states.

World Leaders Gather at UN to Grapple Over Ukraine, Ebola, Islamic State

World leaders will convene at the UN headquarters in New York this week to discuss a multitude of global crises — from Ebola to the Ukraine conflict, to the rights of indigenous people and combating the Islamic State.

Russia to Start Drafting Chechen Men Into Army, Kadyrov Says

Five years after a brutal war between Russian forces and Chechen separatists officially ended, the first 500 Chechen men will be drafted to serve in the Russian army, its leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said.

Son of State Media Chief Appointed CEO of Russia's Vkontakte

Russia's largest social network, Vkontakte, has appointed the son of a pro-Kremlin media executive as its new CEO, in the latest sign of increased government control over the Internet.

Russia Making Antiviral Drug to Treat Ebola

Russia is beginning the production of an antiviral drug it has approved for the treatment of Ebola virus. 
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