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  • Putin Will Meet Leaders Of Belarus, Kazakhstan In Astana On March 20 (Putin Resurfaces Alert)

    03/16/2015 2:32:36 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 03/16/2015 | Itar Tass
    ASTANA, March 16. /TASS/. The presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will meet in Astana on March 20, a spokesman for the Kazakh leader said on Monday. The spokesman said Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko had already confirmed they would attend the meeting. "The heads of state will discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation," the spokesman said adding that they would also focus on global economic issues and the Ukrainian crisis.
  • Russian Education Ministry Against Hijab At Schools

    02/04/2015 9:10:53 AM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 02/-04/2015 | Itar Tass
    NOVO-OGAREVO, February 4. /TASS/. The Russian Education and Science Ministry sees no reasons to allow female students wear a hijab at schools, minister Dmitry Livanov told TASS on Wednesday. Livanov said that under the federal regulations, "schoolwear must be secular."
  • Amazon Testing Air Drones For Parcels Delivery

    11/13/2014 1:18:58 AM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 11/13/2014 | Itar Tass
    The world's biggest Internet-retailer Amazon is going to start testing air drones for delivery of parcels in Britain. Two years after buying the Cambridge startup Evi Technologies, the company turned to looking for engineers and experts who can help with the tests, the Business Insider reported. It is likely that the military specialists will be involved in the tests. The drones will be flying over Cambridge. The date of the start is not yet announced. The project named Prime Air in future will allow the customers to receive their parcels within 30 minutes after the order confirmation. The Amazon drones...
  • Russian Scientists Dismiss US Company's Statement On Thermonuclear Fusion Breakthrough

    10/16/2014 8:16:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 30 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 10/16/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian physicists dismissed as a promotional action on Thursday the statement by the US company Lockheed Martin about its technological breakthrough in the thermonuclear fusion field. Skunk Works (a subsidiary of the Lockheed Martinweapons producer) on Wednesday reported a breakthrough in the field of practical use of controlled thermonuclear fusion. The company claims that in the next decade it would present a commercial sample of a compact thermonuclear reactor. President of the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Academician Yevgeny Velikhov told TASS in an interview that first it was necessary to develop such a project and...
  • Russia Returns To Soviet-Era “Quality Mark” To Certify Goods

    09/15/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 09/15/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, September 15 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is returning to the Soviet-style system of marking the quality of domestic goods. The State Quality Mark of the USSR was the official Soviet mark for the certification of quality established in 1967. It was used to guarantee high commercial standards of consumer products and technical goods and was a stimulus for manufacturers to improve the quality of production. Obtaining the mark allowed Soviet enterprises to increase the state controlled price for their goods by ten percent. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the government introduced its own sign for certification of quality...
  • Election Results Reflect Putin’s High Approval Rating — Political Analyst

    09/15/2014 3:52:00 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 09/15/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, September 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The results of Sunday’s regional election in Russia prove that the presidential approval rating in the country is high, the head of the Institute for Social, Economic and Political Studies said Monday. “The results of the election are a projection of the approval rating for the country’s president and the course that he has taken,” Dmitry Badovsky said at the Regions of Russia media forum. The outcome of the vote could have been forecast already in March when an opinion poll on Crimea’s reunification with Russia showed that over 90% of Russians across the country supported...
  • United Russia Winning Elections To Crimean Parliament - Exit Polls

    09/14/2014 10:11:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 09/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, September 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s ruling party United Russia is winning elections to Crimea’s State Council, or legislature, according to exit poll results announced on Sunday after polling stations were closed. Thus, the results of the exit poll demonstrate that the United Russia is claiming 70.36% of the vote. Apart from the United Russia, two more parties - the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and the Communist Party (CPRF) - are surmounting the five-percent barrier with 9.33 and 6.56% of the vote, respectively. Candidates from the rest nine political parties, according to the exit polls, are failing to win seats in...
  • Moscow metro marks its 79th anniversary

    05/14/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/15/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 15, 3:30 /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow’s Metro marks its 79th birthday on Thursday. Regular service along the first underground section of 11.2 kilometres from the Sokolniki station to the Park Kultury station was launched at seven in the morning on May 15, 1935. Back then, Moscow’s Metro had only 13 stations. Today, Moscow’s Metro has 194 stations and more than 325 kilometres of tracks. It is the world’s second metro system in terms of the number of passengers after Tokyo’s. The network of the Moscow Metro is still being expanded. In terms of the volume of construction of metro lines,...
  • Medvedev instructs ministry to work on 10% layoff of public servants

    05/13/2014 10:10:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Finance Ministry to prepare and submit proposals by July 1, 2014 to lay off 10% of public servants, said the government official website which posted Medvedev’s instructions upon results of his annual report on government’s working results in 2013 at the State Duma. The Prime Minister delivered the annual government report on April 22. The premier stated particularly to ponder another 10% cuts of public servants in regions and at the federal level, because Russia needs “a modern, compact and effective state personnel oriented at people’s requests.” Meanwhile,...
  • Donetsk people’s governor announced establishment of his party

    05/13/2014 3:32:37 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/13/2014 | Itar Tass
    © ITAR-TASS/Konstantin Sazonchik DONETSK, May 13 /ITAR-TASS/. Pavel Gubarev, the people’s governor of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, has announced his plans to found his own party, Novorossia, with a headquarters in Donetsk, the local media reported on Tuesday. “The new political system of the Donetsk People’s Republic should have nothing in common with Ukraine’s previous oligarchic policy,” Gubarev said. “To realize these principles, I, on my own behalf, announce the establishment of a new party, Novorossia [Novorussia is a historical term referring to territory that acceded to the Russian Empire in the 1700s and made part of the Ukrainian Soviet...
  • Oleg Tsarev will prepare federal agreement for Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

    05/13/2014 3:13:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    DONETSK, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Oleg Tsarev will prepare a federal agreement for the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, according toa resolution of the coordinating council of the South-East association that was published on Tuesday. According to the document, Tsarev will lead a working group that will be tasked to word a draft agreement for a “unification of the self-proclaimed Luganks and Donetsk People’s Republics into a single entity - the Federal Republic of Novorossia.” Later on, the constitution of the new state and a mechanism for admitting new constituent entities into the would-be federation will be worked out.
  • Luhansk Republic declares independence from Ukraine

    05/12/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    LUGANSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Luhansk People’s Republic, whose residents supported the act on state sovereignty at the May 11 referendum, has declared its independence from Ukraine. 96.2% vote for independence of Luhansk region in May 11 referendum ‘Popular governor’ Valery Bolotov stated this at a rally on Monday. “We have chosen our path of independence from arbitrariness and bloody dictate of the Kiev clique, fascism and nationalism, the path of freedom, the path of rule of law,” Bolotov said. “From the moment of declaring its independence, a new life free from dictate of Kiev authorities will start for the Luhansk...
  • Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic asks Russia for admission (Will Lugansk Follow Suit Alert)

    05/12/2014 9:56:48 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    DONETSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has made a plea asking to be accepted into the Russian Federation, the republic’s co-leader, Denis Pushilin, told a news conference on Monday. “We, the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, relying on the results of the May 11, 2014 referendum and the declaration of independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from now on the Donetsk People’s Republic is a sovereign state,” Pushilin said. “Proceeding from the will expressed by the DPR people and for the sake of restoring historical justice we are asking Russia to consider the...
  • Putin to formulate his attitude to referenda in Ukraine's south-east on their results

    05/11/2014 8:02:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    OSCOW, May 12, /ITAR-TASS/. RF President Vladimir Putin will formulate his attitude to the referenda, held on Sunday, on the status of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, "on the strength of their results", presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the newspaper Kommersant. What the RF President's decision will be "is difficult to forecast", Peskov added. Asked by the newspaper whether Putin's attitude would be influenced by the fact that he himself had asked the federalization supporters to postpone the referendum until a later date, the presidential press secretary pointed out as follows: "Not asked but made such a recommendation". "However,...
  • Russia's Tolmachev sisters qualify for the final of Eurovision-2014 song contest (Doublemint Alert)

    05/06/2014 10:47:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/07/2014 | Itar Tass
  • Criminal responsibility for rehabilitation of Nazism is introduced in Russia

    05/06/2014 9:38:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/07/2014 | Itar Tass
    Criminal responsibility for rehabilitation of Nazism is introduced in Russia Russia May 07, 7:31 UTC+4 The maximum punishment being the deprivation of freedom for a term of up to five years MOSCOW, May 07, /ITAR-TASS/. Criminal responsibility for the rehabilitation of Nazism is introduced in Russia, effective from Wednesday, with the maximum punishment being the deprivation of freedom for a term of up to five years. Amendments to this effect to the Penal Code and to the Code on Administrative Offences are published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Article 354.1 ("Rehabilitation of Nazism") is added to the Penal Code. The Article envisages...
  • Western spin doctors cannot justify actions of Kiev authorities encouraging fascism

    05/03/2014 5:51:50 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/03/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 03. /ITAR-TASS/. A credible source in Russia’s government agencies has drawn attention to the recent change in the form and tonality of the Kiev authorities’ actions in the information sphere. “It is formed not at all by Ukrainian citizens, but by specialists who arrived from abroad. The PR group for the so-called “anti-Russian actions” involves American experts - as far as we know, shoulder straps show through the suits and sweaters of some of them. There are also European spin doctors, in particular, from Belgium who back during the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia had tried to persuade...
  • Over 100,000 people taking part in May Day unions demonstration in central Moscow

    05/01/2014 12:41:39 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 05/01/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, May 01. /ITAR-TASS/. More than 100 thousand people are taking part in the May Day demonstration of trade unions in the centre of Moscow, the press service of the city’s main interior department reports. “The festive procession of trade unions from Vasilyevsky Spusk down Tverskaya Street has begun in the Russian capital,” the police department said. Who is taking part The column of the procession participants is led by Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin, head of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FITUR) Mikhail Shnakov, head of the Moscow Trade Union Federation Sergei Chernov. Young people and students...
  • Snowstorm hits Chelyabinsk reg, leaving thousands without electricity (Pinging Al Gore Alert)

    04/26/2014 12:45:48 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    CHELYABINSK, April 26 (Itar-Tass) - Electricity was cut off to more than 150 residential localities in the Chelyabinsk region hit by a heavy snowstorm on Friday. Electro-transmission lines were covered with snow and torn by strong winds. Electricity supply was resumed to most of the houses overnight, but 13 residential localities of 9,369 people had no electricity on Saturday morning, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's Chelyabinsk regional department reported. Repairs were planned to be completed at 16:00 Moscow time. Mass cultural events and school classes were cancelled in Chelyabinsk on Saturday, and all services in the city remained on alert because...
  • East Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

    04/23/2014 10:26:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS. “A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, “Do you support the independence of Donetsk people’s republic?” Pushilin said. In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity...
  • Crimean authorities raise $1,500 mln to build gambling zone in Crimea

    04/22/2014 5:30:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/23/2014 | Itar-Tass
    © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matitzyn MOSCOW, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea’s authorities have already raised a sum of $1.5 billion on the construction of a gambling zone on the peninsula, Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper published on Wednesday. Bearing in mind the fact that the world’s biggest gambling companies have already officially promised to invest in this project, budgetary financing will be minimal, he noted. “It is planned to create at least 10,000 new jobs. The resort is expected to yield a large-scale multiplier effect - a high workload of the entire infrastructure:...
  • Man seizing bank in Belgorod detained

    04/21/2014 5:52:14 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The man who earlier on Monday seized a subsidiary of Bank Zapadny in Belgorod, a city located 700 kilometers south of Moscow, has been detained, according to the press service of Russia's Interior Ministry. The man will get back his 23 million rubles (about $639,000) from his bank account, head of regional police headquarters Viktor Pesterev has told ITAR-TASS. The man has been detained, the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry reports. Pesterev, who conducted negotiations with the man, explained that he had tried to withdraw his money on Sunday, but could not do so...
  • Kremlin aide says Moscow astonished by US elaborations over gas prices for Ukraine

    04/11/2014 5:44:08 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow is astonished by elaborations in third countries, including the US, on the fairness or unfairness of the prices of natural gas exported to the US in the framework of silence on Kiev’s outstanding debts that are the root-cause of the problem at the moment, Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said Friday. “We can only say it’s regrettable that the assessments of the situation voiced on Thursday omitted the main component part of the problem, either inadvertently or purposefully, and this component part is Ukraine’s debt for the gas already delivered,” Peskov said. “It’s...
  • Sevastopol legislative assembly endorses new City Charter

    04/11/2014 3:58:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    EVASTOPOL, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Lawmakers of the Legislative Assembly of the Russian Federal City Of Sevastopol, long-standing home base of Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet on the Crimean peninsula, have endorsed a new city charter on Friday. Sixty deputies voted for the decision and seven lawmakers did not participate in the voting. A city draft charter was offered by acting Sevastopol Governor Aleksei Chaliy. It has passed an expertise in the Russian Justice Ministry before. The St. Petersburg charter was taken as a basis of the charter of Sevastopol.
  • Crimea, Sevastopol included in list of Russian constituent entities in Constitution

    04/11/2014 2:06:07 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Republic of Crimea and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol, long-standing home base of Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet on the Crimean peninsula, have been included in the list of Russian constituent entities of the country’s Constitution. A new variant of the Russian fundamental law has been made public at the official internet portal of legal information on Friday. Two new federal constituent entities have been included in the list in Article 65 of Chapter 3 of the Russian Constitution stipulating federal system of government in the country. On March 21, Russia's President Vladimir...
  • Aksyonov’s candidacy to be offered to Putin for Acting Head of Russia's Crimea

    04/11/2014 1:53:21 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The candidacy of Prime Minister of the Russian Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov will be offered to Russian President Vladimir Putin for appointment as acting head of the republic, Speaker of the Crimean State Council, a local parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov told reporters in the Crimean capital city on Friday.
  • Local Parliament endorses Constitution of Russian Republic of Crimea

    04/11/2014 1:47:22 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The Crimean State Council has endorsed a Constitution of the Russian Republic of Crimea at its extraordinary session in the Crimean capital city on Friday. Eighty-seven lawmakers voted for endorsement of the republican Constitution. The Constitution of the Russian Republic of Crimea comprises ten chapters and 95 articles, the main provisions of the document are similar to articles of the Russian Constitution. The document holds that the Republic of Crimea is a democratic, rule-of-law state within the Russian Federation and an equal constituent entity of Russia. Crimean people making part of multiethnic Russian nation is a...
  • Russia’s Crimea celebrates 70th anniversary of liberation from Nazi invasion

    04/08/2014 12:23:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/08/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, April 08. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Republic of Crimea celebrates Tuesday the 70th anniversary of the start of an offensive operation of Soviet troops in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 that resulted in liberation of the peninsula from Nazi invaders. In this offensive operation the Soviet Union has regained control over one of the most important regions and has returned the city of Sevastopol which is the main Russian naval base in the Black Sea. The end of the Battle of Crimea is celebrated on May 12, the day when the leftovers of German troops had laid down weapons...
  • Kremlin Chief Of Staff supports namesake who was denied sneakers in US shop

    04/05/2014 6:03:07 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/06/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Kremlin presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov wrote a letter to his namesake who had been denied the right to buy sneakers in an American online shop because of the U.S. sanctions against Russian officials. US imposes sanctions on 20 Russian officials “Dear namesake and fellow citizen! I was surprised to find out that the sanctions imposed by the U.S. administration, including against me, have created certain inconveniencies for you. Your parcel was delayed and the U.S. Post showed that it could place ignorance and corporate zeal above elementary logic. We may face such farce again...
  • Russian Knights aerobatic team marks 23rd anniversary

    04/04/2014 11:18:02 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/05/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 05 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Knights aerobatic team marks its 23rd anniversary. The group, the world's only one piloting heavy fighters, Sukhoi-27s, was formed on April 5, 1991. In the early 2000s, the Russian Knights and the Swifts began to fly in the formation called "Kubinka Diamond" of five Su-27 and four MiG-29 jets. The two aerobatic teams almost every day train at their base at Kubinka near Moscow, mastering their piloting skills in the air. Before joining the group, a pilot must undergo two-three-year training. Each of the newcomers is an ace who has logged at least 800...
  • French defenders of traditional family to meet Russian religious leaders, lawmakers

    03/30/2014 11:12:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/31/2014 | Itar-Tass
    OSCOW, March 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Representatives of French public and the Catholic Christian Church who call for protection of traditional family will hold consultations with spiritual leaders of different religions in the Russian capital of Moscow and will deliver speeches in the Russian Parliament. The French delegation will arrive in Russia on Monday to stay in the country until April 4, a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Council of Europe told ITAR-TASS. “The leadership of organization Manif pour Tous are among our guests. The organization has gathered hundreds of thousands of demonstrators against same-sex marriages and adoption of...
  • Crimea and the Federal City Of Sevastopol switch over to Moscow Time

    03/29/2014 8:51:44 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/30/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, March 30. /ITAR-TASS/. The Republic of Crimea and the Federal City Of Sevastopol have just switched over to the Moscow time. “This is our time. Crimea and Sevastopol are now constituent parts of Russia, and the transition of all clocks in the city to the Moscow time is symbolic. It’s going to be another step towards full re-unification with Russia,” Svetlana Amontyefa, a native of Simferopol, told Itar-Tass on Saturday. Despite the fact that they will now have to wake up two hours earlier, the people of Crimea are sure they will get accustomed to living by Moscow time...
  • Lavrov: contact group for Russia-Ukraine talks ‘unacceptable format’

    03/29/2014 12:18:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/29/2014 | Itar-Tass
    PETROPAVLOVSK KAMCHATSKY, March 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The contact group proposed by the West for talks between Russia and Ukraine is “absolutely unacceptable” as it would mean that Moscow will have to start a dialogue with the persons who have seized power in Kiev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sergei Brilev’s Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday) television programme on March 29. “My latest meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in The Hague and my contacts with Germany, France and several other countries show the outlines of a possible joint initiative that could be offered to our Ukrainian colleagues. This...
  • Putin invites Obama to consider international action to stabilize Ukraine

    03/28/2014 6:11:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 34 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/29/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 29, /ITAR-TASS/. In a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Barack Obama Russian President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the continuing rampage by extremists in Ukraine, who are committing acts of intimidation against civilians, bodies of power, and law enforcers in different parts of Ukraine and in Kiev and do so with impunity, the Kremlin’s press-service has said. In this context the Russian leader suggested considering likely steps by the international community to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine. It was agreed that Russian and US foreign ministers would discuss specific parameters of such joint work in the...
  • Putin submits proposals on denouncing some Russia-Ukraine agreements on Black Sea Fleet

    03/28/2014 6:34:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/28/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a proposal to the State Duma on terminating the legal effect of a number of Russian-Ukrainian agreements on the parameters of division of the Black Sea Fleet that were signed on May 28, 1997, as well as on the status and conditions of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s deployment on the territory of Ukraine, on reciprocal payments in connection with the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s deployment in Ukraine, and on the stationing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine (the latter agreement signed April 21, 2010). A report on...
  • Russian Federal Drug Control Service: Russia and US to continue anti-drug cooperation

    03/26/2014 8:01:47 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian and US anti-drug agencies will continue their usual cooperation, the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov said. “This is the first meeting that I’ve chaired under the sanctions regime,” he said on Wednesday. At the same time, he said, “We are not planning to curtail cooperation. Our US colleagues share our view.” “I hope that these are temporary problems,” Ivanov said.
  • Putin’s electoral rating getting closer to historical maximum again

    03/26/2014 6:02:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The level of Russian electoral support to incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin has reached the figures of the country’s presidential elections in 2004 for the first time, the presidential rating peak is caused by his responsible actions in view of current crisis in Ukraine, political experts told Itar-Tass in comments on the Public Opinion Fund (FOM) survey results made public on Wednesday. The FOM sociological survey conducted on March 23 showed that 64% of Russians would vote for Putin, if presidential elections were held next Sunday. Sociologists polled three thousand respondents in 64 Russian constituent entities....
  • Crimea added to maps of Russia on presidential and government websites

    03/24/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The Republic of Crimea has been added to the maps of Russia on the official websites of the Russian President and the Russian Government. Starting from Monday, the Republic of Crimea and the City Of Sevastopol have also been designated as new parts of the Russian Federation in the maps of Russia’s largest search engine, Yandex, and on the website of Russia’s Federation Council, the upper house of Parliament. Crimea is deemed accepted to the Russian Federation following the results of the referendum, held in the republic on March 16. According to final referendum returns, 96.7%...
  • Russian democratic leader urges West not to ignore Ukraine’s pro-nationalist policy

    03/24/2014 7:45:05 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leader of the Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko (Apple), Sergei Mitrokhin, urges the West to refrain from double standards and take note of some unacceptable aspects of Ukraine’s domestic policy, such as discrimination against ethnic minorities, Mitrokhin said in an official speech published on Monday. The speech was prepared for a panel meeting on the prospects for Russia, Ukraine, Europe today and tomorrow, which was held in Vienna on March 29. Despite the fact that Russian authorities criticized the statement, Mitrokhin claimed that a violent regime change was extremely dangerous. “The events in Ukraine have...
  • Russian PM: political weakness of Ukrainian authorities doomed people to suffering

    03/21/2014 8:32:55 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/22/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 22, /ITAR-TASS/. The current crisis in Ukraine is not accidental, and the Ukrainian leadership’s political impotence, as well as President Viktor Yanukovich’s “personal weakness and indecision” doomed Ukraine’s people to suffering, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook. “People who took to the streets had the right to a peaceful protest against corruption and arbitrariness of authorities. But this does not cancel the fact that seizure of power by means of an armed revolt, by means of violence and murders, is inadmissible,” Medvedev wrote Friday. Ukraine is in political turmoil. Violent anti-government protests, which started in November...
  • Term 'annexation' cannot be applied to Crimea’s reunification with Russia — Lavrov

    03/21/2014 5:23:04 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 15 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The term 'annexation' cannot be applied to the process of Crimea’s reunification with Russia, says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “When our foreign colleagues use the term 'annexation', I tell them, Ask your spokespersons and press services to take videos from Crimea, where residents of the peninsula demonstrate sincere joy from the accession to Russia,” he said. “It is impossible to play this, impossible to rehearse, impossible to stage-manage this joy, this true happiness (of the Crimeans)," Lavrov added. The statement on the 'annexation' of Crimea is an insult to the residents of Crimea, Lavrov went on...
  • Russian Federation Council ratifies treaty on Crimea’s entry to Russia

    03/21/2014 5:12:49 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Federation Council upper house of Russian Parliament has unanimously ratified the interstate treaty on reunification of the Republic of Crimea with the Russian Federation and formation of new constituent entities in the Russian Federation on Friday. 155 members of the upper house of Parliament voted for ratification of the document. Parliamentarians after the vote State Duma adopts documents on Crimea’s joining the Russian Federation March 20, the Russian State Duma adopted in first reading and a whole the federal constitutional law on Crimea’s admission to the Russian Federation and on creating new sub-federal entities — the...
  • Crimean Prime Minister receives Russian passport

    03/20/2014 12:56:01 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/20/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, March 20, 22:42 /ITAR-TASS/. Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov received the Russian passport, CrimeaInform news agency reports. Deputy head of the Federal Migration Service of Russia Yelena Rodochina presented the document to the republic’s premier. Earlier in the day the premier said that the issuing of Russian passports to Crimeans proceeds in a routine way. “Passports are in sufficient supply. We aim to issue Russian passports promptly,” Aksyonov said. He pointed out again that Crimeans receive Russian passports free.
  • State Duma adopts documents on Crimea’s joining the Russian Federation

    03/20/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/20/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian State Duma has adopted in first reading and a whole the federal constitutional law on Crimea’s admission to the Russian Federation and on creating new sub-federal entities — the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol. In the final reading, 445 parliamentarians casted affirmative votes and one deputy voted against the bill submitted by the president. The only lawmaker that did not support the document was member of A Just Russia party Ilya Ponomaryov. The lawmakers have also ratified the interstate treaty on the admission of Crimea into Russia. The treaty,...
  • Lawmakers to consider package of bills on Crimea's joining Russia

    03/19/2014 9:13:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/20/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 20, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian lawmakers will meet at an extraordinary session on Thursday to consider the presidential package of bills on Crimea's reunification with Russia. The documents under review are an inter-state treaty and a constitutional bill on the creation of two new constituent members of the Russian Federation. On Tuesday, the Russian Parliament's committee on CIS affairs unanimously recommended to ratify "the Crimean treaty," signed in the Kremlin on March 18, while the house committee on constitutional legislation and state development recommended to approve all the readings of the bill on Crimea and Sevastopol's joining Russia. The treaty...
  • Belarus to make efforts to normalize Ukrainian-Russian relations

    03/19/2014 8:57:34 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/20/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MINSK, March 20, 6:30 /ITAR-TASS/. Belarus cannot remain indifferent to the situation in Ukraine, Crimea's referendum on March 16 and its decision to join Russia, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday March 19. "Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are brotherly states linked by common centuries-old history," the statement said. "Outside forces have repeatedly tried to play on and exploit contradictions that emerged between us." "At present, the attempts by politicians who actually do not care about the events happening in the region to decide what is good and what is bad for our Slav peoples cause deep...
  • Putin submits federal constitutional law on Crimea’s integration into Russia to State Duma

    03/19/2014 2:10:18 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/19/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 19, ITAR-TASS/. Crimea and the port city of Sevastopol, which are now parts of Russia, will receive the status of a republic and a city of federal significance, respectively, judging from the draft of a federal constitutional law “On Adoption of the Republic of Crimea into Russia and the Formation of New Constituent Entities - the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city of federal significance, in the territory of Russia.” Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted the bill to the Russian State Duma on Wednesday March 19 . The names of the Republic of Crimea and the city...
  • 60% of Russians would vote for Putin if elections were held now

    03/19/2014 12:44:42 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 39 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/19/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 19, /ITAR-TASS/. 60% of respondents would vote for President Vladimir Putin if elections were held on the nearest Sunday, according to a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation on March 16. Three thousand respondents in 204 towns in 64 Russian regions took part in the poll. The margin of error was 3.3 percent. Analysts say that the results of the poll indicate that Putin’s electoral rating remains stable and exceeds that before the presidential elections in 2012. Putin’s rating increased by 7 percent in the last week and by 15 percent in the last month. Political scientists...
  • Putin submits Treaty on Crimea’s accession, new constitutional amendment to State Duma

    03/19/2014 9:12:30 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/19/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, a treaty of Crimea’s reunification with Russia and a constitutional amendment on setting up two new constituent territories of the Russian Federation, officials at the parliamentary department for public relations said. Earlier, President Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstnatinov and Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaly signed a treaty which stipulates that the Republic of Crimea has been acknowledged as reunified with the Russian Federation. Since the date of Crimea's accession...
  • State Duma to hold extra session March 20 to ratify re-unification treaty with Crimea

    03/19/2014 9:04:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/19/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The State Duma, upper house of Russian Parliament, will convene for an extraordinary session on Thursday, March 20, to ratify the re-unification treaty with Crimea, First Deputy Duma Speaker Ivan Melnikov said. “There is the judgment of the Constitutional Court (which recognized the treaty as conforming to the Russian Constitution),” Melnikov told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday, March 19. “In this connection, the State Duma today will debate the draft resolution on holding an unscheduled plenary meeting at 16:00 tomorrow, March 20, to discuss the ratification of the treaty and the adoption of a constitutional law on the...