Russian News on 11/12/2010…

Russian journalist out of coma after beating

MOSCOW, Nov. 12 (Reuters) – The wife of a Russian journalist who was savagely beaten by unidentified attackers said on Friday he had regained consciousness after lying in a medically-induced coma for almost a week.

Russian ambassador: Russian language will speed up modernization

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov on Nov. 12 said opening a conference in Kyiv that the use of the Russian language is key factor for technological development of former Soviet states .

Lukashenko says he is not a dictator

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed accusations that Belarus is a dictatorship and said that delivering on his political promises was the secret to the success of his policy.

Russia hopes for arms treaty approval this year

SEOUL, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow hoped U.S. political infighting would not sink the New START treaty and called for ratification of the nuclear arms limitation pact this year.

November 12 in Moscow hits temperature records

November 12, 2010 in Moscow was the hottest day in 130 years of weather observation, the city’s meteorologists report. Today’s temperature is plus 9.1C degrees. The previous record registered in 2008 was 8.9C.

Weakening currencies paves path to protectionism – Russian Finance Minister

Russia's Finance Minister Aleksey Kudrin says Russia is almost immune from other countries’ financial policies, and as a result, has more flexibility at global summits.

Lessons to be learned from spy betrayal – Medvedev

A newspaper report detailing alleged treachery in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service that blew the cover of Russian agents in the US was “no news” for Dmitry Medvedev.

Father of Russian radio astronomy dies at 103

Naum Kaidanovsky, the man who built the world’s largest standalone radio telescope, has died at the age of 103 in St. Petersburg.

Russian child ombudsman does not rule out possible U.S. adoption freeze

Russian Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov may push for a freeze on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens if Russia and the United States fail to seal an adoption agreement by early 2011.
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