Troika returns to Greece to pave bailout road

Inspectors from the EU, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank will hold talks with Greece on Monday to make preparations for the package of rescue measures, which was agreed upon by EU leaders and creditors back in October. ­The EU, ECB and IMF – collectively referred to as the “troika” – will focus on […]

Moscow sees number of cars grow by 600,000 in year

The number of motor vehicles in Moscow has grown by 600,000 since the start of the year, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on the state-run TV Center channel on Thursday. Sobyanin, who replaced Yury Luzhkov as Moscow mayor in October 2010, has been tasked with resolving the problem of endless traffic jams in the city of […]

Touring relic seen by 3 mln in Russia, goes home

Nearly 3 million faithful venerated a relic of the Virgin Mary that was exhibited in a number of Russian cities. The Virgin Mary’s Cincture, a belt Christians believe was worn by Jesus’ mother, was brought to Russia from Mount Athos in Greece on October 20. The faithful waited in lines up to 5.5 kilometers long for […]

Yanukovich may snub EU-Ukraine summit in his own capital

In what appears to be a spectacular snub, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanokovich is planning to be in Moscow on December 19, the date set for the EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev. The Ukrainian leader  “will take part in the 32nd session of the Interstate Council of the Eurasian Economic Community, which will take place in Moscow […]

Guided tours of ‘new’ Bolshoi Theater begin

Guided tours of the newly reconstructed Bolshoi Theater started on Wednesday, theater officials said. The tours will be held three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and visitors will be able to take a peek at rehearsals. The Bolshoi Theater, located in downtown Moscow, reopened on October 28 after six years of extensive […]

Russia urges fair trial for captured Saif al-Islam

Russia’s presidential envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov has hailed Libyan leaders’ decision to send the arrested son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, to court and expressed hope he would receive a fair trial. “The international community today keeps close watch on Libyan authorities’ ability to defend the results of war victory since the compliance with […]

Counterterror Restrictions Lifted In Kabardino-Balkaria As Insurgency Again Gathers Strength

The Kabardino-Balkaria directorate of the Federal Security Service (FSB) has lifted the counterterror restrictions in force in the republic’s mountainous Elbrus and Baksan districts, declaring that the Kabardino-Balkar-Karachai wing of the North Caucasus insurgency has been weakened to the point that it no longer poses a threat. That assumption may well prove spurious, however. In […]

Medvedev unshaken by approval ratings slump

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that he was unconcerned by a sharp drop in the approval ratings of the ruling United Russia party with just weeks left until parliamentary polls. “Sometime people say, ‘See that party’s ratings have dropped by five percent – that’s it, a catastrophe.’ But listen, this is life,” Medvedev […]

the word’s worth: United we stand

the word’s worth: United we stand By Michele A. Berdy Published: November 9, 2011 (Issue # 1682) Единство: unity The main buzz on the street last week was about Friday’s holiday — as in: Напомни мне, пожалуйста, что это за праздник? (Remind me, what’s this holiday?) Well, it is a long story. It begins with […]

Russian unorthodox: The Bullies Who Wear White Coats

Russian unorthodox: The Bullies Who Wear White Coats By Galina Stolyarova Published: November 9, 2011 (Issue # 1682) The video shows a skinny, naked man of about 60 lying on the table, his stomach sliced open. An energetic team of nurses and doctors scurries around, flexing their muscles, filling syringes, sexily writhing their hips. Before […]

Putin, Medvedev ratings in steep drop weeks before elections

With less than four weeks left before Russia’s parliamentary elections, the approval ratings of the country’s leadership “tandem” and the ruling United Russia party have dropped sharply. While pointing to growing frustration with Russia’s political process, sociologists are unable to pinpoint specific events behind the decline. A survey conducted by Levada Center between October 28 […]

A peeling gift: Oranges for 7-billionth global citizen

Newborn Russian boy Petya, who vied for the title on 7-billionth person, has received his first ever gift – 70 boxes of oranges from the Republic of South Africa. A symbolic head full of sunny fruits has been delivered directly to his hospital ward. ­Little Petya Nikolaev, from Russia’s European enclave of Kaliningrad, showed no […]

Russian parliament to discuss surgical castration of pedophiles

A lawmaker of the center-left A Just Russia party on Wednesday introduced to the State Duma a bill on surgical castration for child sex offenders for cases when chemical castration is insufficient. In early October, Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, voted in favor of chemical castration for convicted pedophiles. The process involves […]

Kirilenko named Euroleague’s MVP for October

CSKA Moscow forward Andrey Kirilenko has been declared the most valuable player in the Basketball Euroleague in October. ­The Armymen maintain a 100 percent result in the competition after two wins in as many games, with Kirilenko the key figure on the court. Euroleague’s official website has called the 30-year-old’s display in the opener against […]

Brand OWS: trademark battle as marketers cash in

The race is on to trademark the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. With multiple parties vying to take control of the name, the grassroots movement is seeking to protect itself from those trying to cash in at the group’s expense. ­When a group of anti-consumerist activists decided to occupy Wall Street to protest rampant corporate […]

Russian ship to avoid U.S. ports over book collection dispute

A Russian sailing ship, the Nadezhda, is heading towards the Hawaiian Islands but will stay away from U.S. territorial waters until the Russian Foreign Ministry says it is safe to enter. The ship, performing a tour devoted to the 2012 APEC summit in Vladivostok, is to make its main stop in Honolulu, which is to […]

Russian TV Pulls Report On Chechnya Torture

A leading Russian television channel pulled a report on civilian deaths and kidnappings in Chechnya on October 29, stoking concerns the Kremlin is trying to censor critical reporting about the restive region ahead of a presidential election. The 10-minute documentary, which included claims by a 26-year-old Chechen that local security forces had chained him to […]

Historama, October 31

The burial of the Soviet Union’s most controversial leader and the birth of a renowned chess champion made this day in Russian history. ­Stalin gets final rest Today in 1961, Josef Stalin’s embalmed body was finally buried in the walls of the Kremlin. It had been on public display for the previous eight years in […]

Main news of October 31

WORLD *The United States has cut off funding of UNESCO after the UN body supported Palestine’s accession bid *Israel refused to accept UNESCO’s decision to grant full membership to the Palestinian National Autonomy (PNA) and threatened retaliatory measures *Tehran has demanded that Washington officially apologize for accusing Iran’s intelligence service of plotting to assassinate Saudi […]

Russians reluctant to celebrate Halloween amid ‘Satanic’ warnings

As Western youths flock to Halloween parties dressed as ghosts, zombies and witches, opinion polls show most Russians will ignore the event, with only a few people planning to celebrate a holiday many Russian officials and religious authorities claim is “Satanic.” Sixty-seven percent of Russians said they had no plans to mark one of the […]