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July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Speculation is growing in Russia that the country's seat of government may be moved from Moscow to St. Petersburg, after the Kremlin press office published President Vladimir Putin's program of meetings for the next two months, all of which are in St. Petersburg.
July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russian officials and media have reacted warily to the arrival of U.S. military instructors in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, voicing skepticism about the duration and true intention of the mission.Some 150 American servicemen, including Special Forces troops, are there to train Georgia's military forces to fight against militants who reportedly have taken shelter in the Pankisi Gorge, a mountainous region near Georgia's border with Chechnya.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that the United States will work together with Russia to save the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile agreement, which is threatened by the proposed American national missile defense program."We will have to do complex and delicate work this year with our partners to preserve the 1972 treaty... We strongly count on such joint work," Putin told a meeting of Russian ambassadors to foreign countries.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin celebrated his 70th birthday Thursday at Moscow's Central Hospital, where he is nursing a high fever and suspected viral infection.The senior cardiologist at the Russian Health Ministry, Yuri Belenkov, has no fear for Yeltsin's heart, however. "I've examined him today in the morning. Our patient has no problems with his heart. Everything is normal", he told the Interfax news agency.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russian officials and media reacted sharply Thursday to reports that up to 50 Russian diplomats suspected of spying face expulsion from the United States.U.S. television networks reported that the expulsions were linked to the arrest last month of FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who allegedly spied for Moscow for many years.Moscow would consider it "an extremely hostile act," which will have "inevitable consequences for U.S.-Russian relations," Interfax news agency quoted a high-ranked diplomatic source in Moscow as saying.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russia's Mir space station splashed into history at 5:53 a.m. GMT Friday, crashing in pieces in the southern Pacific Ocean. For some, the fiery descent of the Mir's remains symbolized the end of the Soviet space era.Despite some concerns, Russian ground controllers managed to bring down the 15-year-old orbital platform in the intended target area, a vast expanse of ocean about 3,600 miles east of Australia.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - In yet another sign of tension between Moscow and Washington, Russia criticized a decision by Bush administration officials Tuesday to meet with a separatist Chechen leader, just days after a series of bloody car bombings Moscow blamed on the rebels.Ekho Moskvy radio reported Ilyas Akhmadov, a representative of the breakaway Chechen administration reportedly met John Beyrle, a State Department adviser for newly independent states, for three hours of talks Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russia's presidential pardons commission has recommended the release of U.S. businessman Edmond Pope, sentenced this week to 20 years' imprisonment for espionage, Ekho Moskvy radio reported immediately after a meeting of the commission ended on Friday afternoon."Pope is a sick man, who has gone through a lot, and he should be let go," head commissioner Anatoly Pristavkin told the Interfax news agency. He said the ultimate decision lay with President Vladimir Putin, adding that it would probably be made next week.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - An era ends Friday with the closure of the troubled nuclear plant that has come to symbolize the enormous safety risks of nuclear power, but Ukrainians remain divided over whether Chernobyl should be shut down at all.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - An era ends on Friday with the closure of the troubled nuclear plant that has come to symbolize the safety risks of nuclear power, but Ukrainians remain divided over whether Chernobyl should be shut down at all.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russian and Norwegian navies are to begin a joint operation in the Barents Sea Saturday in a bid to retrieve the remains of the crewmen of the nuclear submarine, Kursk, which sank in August.Russian Northern Fleet spokesman Vladimir Navrotskiy reported Friday that the rescue team comprises 12 Russian and six Norwegian deep-sea divers. Five vessels will be used in the operation, which is expected to cost around $5.8 million.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russia's contention that 118 crewmembers died within minutes of a blast onboard the stricken nuclear submarine Kursk apparently is not true. A letter found on the body of one of the crewmen reportedly reads, "It's 13:15. All personnel from sections six, seven and eight have moved to section nine. There are 23 people here. We have made the decision because none of us can escape." Russia's Itar-Tass news agency quoted from the letter on Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russian media and commentators have reacted with some glee to the U.S. presidential election crisis."The recount in the U.S. may rid Russians of their last illusions about the fairness of the democratic form of rule," said the independent daily Nesavisimaya Gazeta."Democracy made fun of American people," the paper said."The vote recount in the single state has already provoked accusations [of irregularities], so familiar for developing democracies, including Russia."
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russian media and commentators have reacted with some glee to the still-undecided U.S. presidential election."The recount in the U.S. may rid Russians of their last illusions about the fairness of the democratic form of rule," said the independent daily Nesavisimaya Gazeta. "Democracy made fun of the American people," the paper said."The vote recount in the single state has already provoked the accusations [of irregularities], so familiar to developing democracies, including Russia."
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - Russian war planes have allegedly broken through the radar defense system of an American aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan in what a Russian air force chief said Wednesday had been successful reconnaissance missions.The Interfax news agency quoted Anatoly Kornukov as saying the buzzing of the USS Kitty Hawk had been a "planned operation." Two planes had managed to come close to the carrier on October 17 and November 7, he said. Photographs had been taken.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Kiev, Ukraine (CNSNews.com) - "I have very deep respect and admiration for the people of Russia", RTR television quoted American businessman Edmond Pope as saying in Lefortovo Prison, shortly after being sentenced late Wednesday to 20 years' imprisonment in a maximum security penal colony.Pope, convicted of spying, said that although he regretted what had happened, he did not regret going to Russia. He had had many "wonderful experiences [and had met] many wonderful people."