Russian News From Russia (January 16th, 2012)

Russian billionaire accuses opposition MPs of dishonesty

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who intends to run for presidency (the elections will take place in March), has published an article where he criticized the leaders of the country’s main opposition parties – Gennady Zyuganov of the Communist Party, Segey Mironov of “;A Just Russia”; and Vladimir Zhirinovsky of the Liberal Democratic party.

Yavlinsky gathers 2mln signatures to run for presidency

Leader of Russia’s Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky has gathered 2 million signatures needed to qualify to run for the presidential elections on March 4. The signatures will be submitted to the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) on Wednesday, an official with the party’s press service told Interfax Monday.

Romanian Government to hold emergency meeting over wave of protest

The Romanian Government is due to hold an emergency meeting later today over the growing wave of protest against the Cabinet’s austerity policy. The Government seeks to reduce an extremely high state debt that has put the nation on the brink of an economic crisis.

Arab League may send its armed force to Syria – Nabil al-Arabi

The Arab League may send its military force to Syria, the League Secretary-General, Nabil al-Arabi, has said. According to him, the plan is likely to come under discussion during the meeting of the League Foreign Ministers that’s due on the 21st of this month.

Russia emerges from severe crisis after the break-up of USSR – Putin

Russia has emerged from a severe crisis following the break-up of the Soviet Union. This came in a statement in an interview with the Moscow-based Izvestia daily by the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as he commented on the main social and economic parameters of national development.

Russia: US violates international law by holding detainees without trial at Guantanamo Bay

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has accused the U.S. of breaking international law by keeping terror suspects in indefinite custody without trial at the Guantanamo Bay prison. In a statement posted on its website Sunday, the ministry said the prison at the U.S. Navy base in eastern Cuba represents a “; flagrant violation of international law.

Democracy export through military means destructive – Putin

The countries that are trying to “; export democracy”; through military means will often ally themselves with destructive forces that are whipping up social and ethno-cultural tensios in the world. This comes in a statement in an article that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has posted on his website.

Moscow, Kiev resume talks on Russian gas price

Moscow and Kiev are resuming talks on the price for the gas that Russia is supplying to Ukraine. The talks are due in the Russian capital this Monday. Ukraine is pressing for a major decrease in the price, but Russia says it will consider a discount only in exchange for a purchase of 100% of Ukraine’s gas-transporting system.

Russia to investigate Phobos-Grunt failure

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said he will oversee the probe into the reasons of the Phobos-Grunt mission failure, RIA Novosti reports. The Phobos-Grunt probe was launched on November 9th but got stuck in Earth orbit due to propulsion failure. The spacecraft was to explore one of Mars’ two moons, Phobos.

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