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  • Russia to build forest highway despite protests

    12/14/2010 7:05:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/10 | Stuart Williams
    MOSCOW (AFP) – The Russian government on Tuesday approved a plan to build a highway through a forest outside Moscow, in defiance of protests that had become a rare rallying cause for the opposition. Demonstrations against the building of the new highway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg through Khimki forest had prompted President Dmitry Medvedev to postpone the project, in a rare nod by the state to popular pressure. But Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said the government commission tasked with investigating the project had after all given its green light to the plan. The commission approved the building of...
  • Russia Has More Freedom of Speech Than USA, Graduate of Russian Theological Seminary in US Believes

    12/07/2010 6:45:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/7/10
    Moscow, December 7, Interfax - Hieromonk Makary (Markish), lecturer of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk seminary, who worked as a programmer in the USA and graduated from the ROCOR Holy Trinity seminary believes that Russian citizens have more freedom of self-expression than Americans. "Those who remember Soviet rule should lose their tongue, if they start speaking about lacking freedom of self-expression. I lived in the USA and here in Russia freedom of expression is much higher than in the States though they have 200 year old democratic tradition," Father Makary said in his interview with Interfax-Religion. According to him, "the fact that anyone...
  • China's skyscraper boom buoys global industry

    12/05/2010 10:21:50 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 5, 2010 | JOE McDONALD
    BEIJING – The 121-story Shanghai Tower is more than China's next record-setting building: It's an economic lifeline for the elite club of skyscraper builders. Financial gloom has derailed plans for new towers in Chicago, Moscow, Dubai and other cities. But in China, work on the 2,074-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, due to be completed in 2014, and dozens of other tall buildings is rushing ahead, powered by a buoyant economy and providing a steady stream of work to architects and engineers. The U.S. high-rise market is "pretty much dead," said Dan Winey, a managing director for Gensler, the Shanghai Tower's San...
  • Saunders: Not TSA Pat-Downs, but Freedom Fondles (BARF)

    11/23/2010 8:42:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 1+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | November 23, 2010 | Debra Saunders
    The latest controversy over Transportation Security Administration body scans and enhanced body pat-downs leaves no doubt: America truly is a nation of whiners. A CBS News poll found that 81 percent of Americans support full-body airport scanning. That reasonable view is being drowned out by elements on the left and the right who love nothing better than to proclaim that they are victims. First exhibit: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who introduced the "American Traveler Dignity Act" to "protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse." Abuse? Have Americans become such babies that a pat-down designed to prevent another 9/11 causes adults...
  • U.S. calls purported sex tape 'doctored' and 'smear campaign'

    09/24/2009 4:20:11 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 23 replies · 2,320+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/24/09 | CNN
    CNN) -- A videotape on a Russian Web site allegedly showing a State Department employee having sex with a prostitute is a "smear campaign" meant to discredit the man, a State Department spokesman said Thursday. The employee, Brendan Kyle Hatcher, denied any encounter with a prostitute to his superiors at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, another State Department official said. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, "supports" Hatcher, who remains at his job at the embassy.
  • Decay And Decline

    11/04/2010 7:19:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/30/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The current government has made progress in fixing the economy and reducing the atmosphere of lawlessness. But corruption is still rampant, and the newly centralized government is seen as a return to autocratic rule of the past. The problem with autocratic strongmen is that they tend to stay in power long past the point where they are effective. The czars and communists both suffered from this, and it is feared that new "democratic dictatorship" will do the same. Despite quality control and delivery problems, Russia continues to provide 60 percent of Indian arms imports over the last seven years. But...
  • Planned Mosque Sparks Controversy in Russia

    10/21/2010 1:47:58 PM PDT · by FromLori · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/19/10 | Maxim Kireev
    The leaders of Moscow's 1.5 million strong Muslim community say they desperately need more places of worship. But a plan to build a new mosque has run into local opposition which is being fuelled by nationalists calling for a "clean Moscow" without Muslims and foreigners. Small trees are supposed to be keeping the Muslims out of Tekstilshchiki, a district in south eastern Moscow. A young man sets to work with his shovel, pushing it into the earth with a determined kick. Then he places a seedling into the hole and sprinkles earth over it. Using her watering can, Maria Sotova...
  • Q&A: Sacked Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov

    10/08/2010 7:13:20 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | October 7, 2010 | Matthew Chance
    CNN's Senior International Correspondent in Moscow Matthew Chance interviewed the former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov on Wednesday.In a revealing and candid discussion, Luzhkov told CNN that "we are losing democracy inside the country," and refuted rumors that he was planning to leave the country. Russia, Moscow (CNN) -- Chance: Mr. Luzhkov, you were the mayor of Moscow for 18 years until last month when you were unceremoniously fired by the Russian president. Why do you think that you were dismissed?
  • Minister: Russia to buy weapons abroad

    10/06/2010 10:25:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/6/2010 | UPI
    Russia will buy foreign and possibly U.S. arms because the domestic industry has failed to modernize, Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has said. In an interview with Russian Newsweek, Serdyukov said Moscow was forced to buy from companies abroad as it plans to spend more than $600 billion to modernize its armed forces. "Our weapons often do not meet the required standards," he said. "We are acting as consumers in this situation ... our producers want to issue outdated models but we don't want to buy them." Serdyukov in the interview even suggested that Russia might buy weapons from its...
  • No more mosques in this back yard

    10/04/2010 7:56:45 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2010 | Kathy Lally
    IN MOSCOW On Sept. 11 this year, the day protesters were challenging the construction of a mosque two blocks from New York's World Trade Center site, residents of an old industrial neighborhood were on the march in Moscow. They, too, were opposing construction of a mosque. New mosques are so contentious here that none has been built in over a decade. This is a city with perhaps 2 million Muslims, unless you believe it's 500,000, out of a population of 14 million - or 10 million. There are only six mosques, but with one at the Iranian Embassy and two...
  • Kremlin fires iconic Moscow mayor after 18 years

    09/27/2010 11:47:38 PM PDT · by Enchante · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/27/10 | DAVID NOWAK and JIM HEINTZ
    MOSCOW – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday fired Yury Luzhkov, ending the 18-year rule of the Moscow mayor who gave the crumbling metropolis a glamorous facelift but was maligned for outdated values and bellicose posturing. Medvedev signed a decree relieving the 74-year-old mayor of his duties due to the president's "loss of confidence" in him, according to the Kremlin website.
  • Russian SPETSNAZ arrested at powerplant by I-95 possibly with a tactical nuke?

    09/13/2010 8:40:02 PM PDT · by Kabud · 292 replies · 2+ views
    savannahnow.com ^ | 9/9/2010 | DeAnn Komanecky, Jeff Nyquist, Kabud
    This is the original news report from SPRINGFIELD, Effingham County in Georgia, next to the entrance of I-95 to Florida. Effingham deputies call feds after arresting Russians with shovel, wire cutters outside Georgia Power plant by Evgeniy Luzhetskiy SPRINGFIELD — Effingham County sheriff deputies have reported the early Sunday morning arrest of three men to the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force. The men, two from Russia and one from Kazakhstan, were found near Georgia Power’s Plant McIntosh on Old Augusta Road about 1 a.m. Sunday after a ranger with the Department of Natural Resources reported a suspicious vehicle, Effingham County...
  • Effingham deputies call feds after arresting Russians with shovel, wire cutters outside [power plant

    09/13/2010 8:04:53 PM PDT · by Kabud · 12 replies
    savannahnow.com ^ | 9/9/2010 | DeAnn Komanecky; Jeff Nyquist; Kabud
    <p>SPRINGFIELD — Effingham County sheriff deputies have reported the early Sunday morning arrest of three men to the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.</p> <p>The men, two from Russia and one from Kazakhstan, were found near Georgia Power’s Plant McIntosh on Old Augusta Road about 1 a.m. Sunday after a ranger with the Department of Natural Resources reported a suspicious vehicle, Effingham County sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.</p>
  • Abducted Japanese reporter returns home

    09/06/2010 1:14:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    EVENING SUN.com ^ | Posted: 09/06/2010 09:11:27 AM EDT | By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Writer
    SNIPPET: "TOKYO—A Japanese journalist returned home Monday after militants in Afghanistan released him from five months in captivity." SNIPPET: "Tsuneoka had been abducted before. He disappeared in Georgia in 2001 and was held for several months by unidentified individuals, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was freed during a Georgian military operation."
  • A Finger in Every Pie : Victor Bout and Igor Sechin connection

    08/27/2010 12:38:23 PM PDT · by Kabud · 4 replies · 1+ views
    financialsense.com ^ | 27 Aug 2010 | JR Nyquist
    On 3 December 2007 a curious item appeared in the Russian media. It concerned Igor Ivanovich Sechin, a Russian political figure close to then President Vladimir Putin. Kommersant [2] featured a quote from Oleg Shvartsman, head of the Financial-Industrial Group: "For us, the Party is represented by the power bloc headed by Igor Ivanovich [Sechin]." This statement was offered in response to a journalist's question about Shvartman's strategic task of velvet re-privatization. "Who set this task for you?" asked the journalist. Shvartsman's extraordinary answer slipped inadvertently from his post-Soviet lips: "The party! (laughing)." On 3 December 2007 a curious item...
  • With U.S. Approval, Moscow Heads Back to Afghanistan

    08/25/2010 8:36:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Time ^ | 8/24/10 | Jason Motlagh
    Russian President Dmitri Medvedev played host last week to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the leaders of Pakistan and Tajikistan at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The group's second meeting in a year was a low-key affair, but the subtext was significant. Mounting Russian concerns that Islamist militancy and cheap drugs emanating from Afghanistan are a threat to its national security have made Moscow refocus on the region even as the U.S. and its NATO allies maneuver to draw down. Two decades after the Soviet army left Afghanistan in humiliating defeat, Russia is poised to spend billions in the...
  • Russia kills Moscow metro attacks mastermind

    08/21/2010 7:43:48 PM PDT · by csvset · 14 replies
    DAWN ^ | 21 August 2010 | AFP
    MOSCOW: Russian security forces Saturday killed a top militant suspected of organising the deadly attacks on the Moscow metro and who was reportedly married to one of the female suicide bombers. Magomedali Vagabov was killed in a clash with security forces in the Caucasus region of Dagestan that left four other militants dead, the national anti-terror committee said in a statement published by Russian news agencies. The double bombings carried out by two female suicide bombers on the Moscow metro on March 29 killed 40 and wounded more than 100. “Vagabov was the organiser of the suicide bombings on the...
  • Moscow Deaths Now 700 a Day as City Chokes in Smog.....

    08/12/2010 8:48:15 PM PDT · by TaraP · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 12th, 2010
    Deaths in Moscow have doubled to an average of 700 people a day as the Russian capital is engulfed by poisonous smog from wildfires and a sweltering heat wave, a top health official said Monday. Moscow health chief Andrei Seltsovky blamed weeks of unprecedented heat and suffocating smog for the rise in mortality compared to the same time last year, Russian news agencies reported. He said city morgues were nearly overflowing, filled with 1,300 bodies, close to their capacity. Acrid smog blanketed Moscow for a six straight day Monday, with concentrations of carbon monoxide and other poisonous substances two to...
  • Drunk Russians drown escaping heatwave

    07/18/2010 12:16:38 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14 2010 | Alexander Reshetnikov
    MOSCOW — Dozens of Russians, many of them drunk, are drowning daily as they head to water to escape a heatwave, an emergencies ministry official said on Wednesday. Vodka-drinking groups -- some with small children -- can be seen at lakes and ponds in and around the Russian capital where the current three-week heatwave may set a record of 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) this weekend. "Russia's Emergencies Ministry is very worried by the current situation. In the last day alone, 49 people drowned (in Russia), including two children, Vadim Seryogin, a department head at the ministry, told a news conference....
  • Moscow arms against nuclear attack

    07/15/2010 7:02:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 42 replies · 1+ views
    RT.com ^ | 7/12/2010 | RT.com
    Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential attacks. In the last 20 years, the area of air-raid defense has been developed little, and the existing shelters have become outdated. Moreover, they are located mostly in the city center, which makes densely populated Moscow outskirts especially vulnerable in the event of a nuclear attack In order to resolve the issue, the city has given architects a task to construct a typical model of an easy-to-build shelter that will be located all over the city 10 to 15 meters...