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26 November 13
President Vladimir Putin can now rejoice. Ukraine will not sign an association agreement with the European Union.
19 November 13
State Duma deputy and Liberal Democratic Party member Mikhail Degtyarev has introduced a bill that would obligate the government to seize Russians' dollar accounts and forcibly exchange them for rubles.
13 November 13
A few days ago, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych made the remarkable statement that, by mining its own shale gas deposits, Ukraine would end its dependence on Russian gas by 2020 and even vie with Gazprom on the European gas market.
06 November 13
In a typical Russian scheme, a defense industry factory director owns a private business on site and pockets all of its profits, while the government picks up the tab for all of its operating expenses.
30 October 13
Georgian Dream party candidate Giorgi Margvelashvili won the country's presidential election Sunday.
23 October 13
Of Moscow's 12 million residents, 2.5 million are migrants, and 18 percent of all births in the capital are the children of those migrants. According to the Investigative Committee, migrants are responsible for one-sixth of all murders and one-third of all rapes in Moscow.
16 October 13
Prominent patriot and State Duma Deputy Andrei Isayev and his aide were kicked off a plane last week for drunken shenanigans. But because the incident occurred on Russian territory, the authorities took no punitive action other than forcing Isayev to give up his symbolic post as United Russia deputy secretary.
08 October 13
It is a commonly held belief that Aug. 21, 1991 and Oct. 4, 1993 — the dates on which the State Committee of the State of Emergency collapsed and former President Boris Yeltsin emerged victorious from his tank attack on the parliament building — were decisive days in Russia's modern history.
02 October 13
The government has published its budget through 2016. It includes an increase in defense spending in 2014 from 15.7 percent of the budget to 17.8 percent — or in real terms, an additional 390 billion rubles ($12 billion).
25 September 13
No sooner had the Moscow mayoral election ended on Sept. 8 than the State Duma passed a law reforming the Russian Academy of Science, or RAS, in a form most offensive to scientists.
18 September 13
The story of how opposition figure and social activist Yevgeny Roizman beat the authoritarian system and won the mayoral race in Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city, is truly amazing.
11 September 13
I spent all of Sunday monitoring elections at several polling stations. I was impressed. Fair elections have returned to Moscow. Not a single vote cast for change was made in vain.
03 September 13
The Rossia 10 contest organized by the Russian Geographic Society and created to promote Russia as "a unique country with a rich cultural and natural heritage" has turned into a farce.
28 August 13
Russia is seeing its first real election campaign for a mayoral post in many years. Actually, it is more of a one-man campaign run by opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
21 August 13
President Vladimir Putin traveled to Kiev on July 27. The official reason for the visit was the 1,025th anniversary since Kievan Rus adopted Christianity, but the real reason for the trip was that it was apparently Putin's last attempt to convince Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to join the Customs Union with Russia.
13 August 13
Last week a jury found Vasily Midtsev, the leader of the children's club Young Eagles of the Navy, guilty of pedophilia. The club has been active since 1998, and hundreds of children have gone through it. It turns out that under the pretext of patriotic education, children were molested.
06 August 13
During a recent concert in Ukraine, Jared Hasselhoff, the bass guitarist of the U.S rock group Bloodhound Gang, shoved a Russian flag down his pants to please the audience.
31 July 13
While vacationing in Tuva — although we don't know exactly when he took the vacation — President Vladimir Putin caught a pike weighing 21 kilograms.
24 July 13
Many are wondering why Navalny was convicted last Thursday, taken into custody and then released pending his appeal the very next day.
18 July 13
Edward Snowden, the ideological warrior for freedom of information, is requesting that Russia grant him political asylum from the dictatorial U.S. regime that eavesdrops on its citizens.
10 July 13
The program to reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences essentially means its ruin. First, the proposed changes will deprive the academy of its financial independence.
03 July 13
Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky turned 50 last week. He has spent 10 of those 50 years behind bars.
26 June 13
Several months ago I predicted that the ruble would weaken in the near future, and that is exactly what we see happening under new Central Bank head Elvira Nabiullina.
18 June 13
During an interview on RT television last week, President Vladimir Putin made a truly sensational statement by revealing the real reason for the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008.
12 June 13
There have been several scandals over the palatial residences owned by Russia's most powerful elites.
04 June 13
A Hollywood-style sting operation using special forces and a military helicopter was used to arrest Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov, the most powerful person in Dagestan.
29 May 13
The new government in Georgia arrested former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili. That is no less significant an event than the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's driver winning the presidential election in mid-April.
22 May 13
One month after the Tsarnaev brothers detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon, Moscow authorities arrested a U.S. citizen they suspected of being a spy.
14 May 13
A woman, her young son and their dog were brutally murdered in St. Petersburg on May 11, and because the victims were relatives of friends of friends of President Vladimir Putin, the killer was found at once.
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08 May 13
Skolkovo Foundation president and multibillionaire Viktor Vekselberg recently announced that the foundation would sue State Duma Deputy and opposition leader Ilya Ponomaryov.