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Russian banks are set to lose 1 trillion rubles in 2015

Research from the ratings agency Moody's indicates that Russian banks are struggling to contain cost increases following the surprise 650 basis point interest rate hike by the central bank last month, to 17%. Although the Bank of Russia reduced rates to 15% last week in an effort to ease pressure …

Economy

US increasingly concerned that Russia is intent on partitioning Ukraine

With rebels having seized extra 200 square miles of territory, US’s leaking of talks about sending weapons to Kiev may be Obama’s way of warning Putin to back off<p>The public disclosure that the US is considering supplying lethal weaponry to Ukraine in its battle with Russian-backed separatists, …

How to Win Friends and Influence Putin

Last week, as the ruble collapsed in value against the U.S. dollar and a full-blown financial crisis threatened to explode in Russia, news broke that …

Russia to counteract NATO's boosted presence in Black Sea – envoy

Moscow is being forced to come up with countermeasures in response to NATO's increased presence in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said …

Kiev and rebels complete prisoner swap

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels have completed a swap of hundreds of prisoners that was agreed in Belarusian capital of Minsk days earlier at peace talks that eventually broke down.<p>Four Ukrainian soldiers were handed over on Saturday by separatists fighting in Luhansk, following up on a mass …

Putin couldn't make Russia a great power, so he made it a geopolitical racketeer

What in the hell is Vladimir Putin up to? It's perhaps one of the most important and salient questions of 2014. Russia-watchers and Russians have spent much of the year debating what's behind Putin's adventurism in Ukraine, his meddling in eastern Europe's Baltic states, his support for …

Ebola, medico Emergency contagiato: Non sono untore, ma soldato ferito

Roma, 26 dic. (LaPresse) - Parla il medico di Emergency contagiato dal virus Ebola e lo fa con una lettera pubblicata da 'Repubblica'. "Non credo di …

Associated Press News

Putin: Russia military modernization to go ahead

MOSCOW (AP) — Boasting about the Russian military's capability, President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to continue an ambitious weapons modernization …

Things Could Get Much Worse For Russia

It is: the Russian currency crisis many feared is now a reality (see chart) and the mood in Moscow close to panic. Russians are right to worry: they are heading for a lethal combination of deep recession and runaway inflation.<p>Many of Russia's woes start abroad. The country is highly dependent on …

ISIS reportedly selling Christian artifacts, turning churches into torture chambers

The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports.<p>Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through …

High School: Islamic vocabulary lesson part of Common Core standards

Parents in Farmville, North Carolina want to know why their children were given a Common Core vocabulary assignment in an English class that promoted the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith.<p>“It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student who was in the class told me. “If …

Russia’s military doctrine remains ‘solely defensive’ – Putin

Russia is going to maintain its security “consistently and rigorously,” President Vladimir Putin has said. And despite NATO’s military buildup close …

Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in the second world war, the Kremlin’s spokesman said on Friday.<p>It would be Kim’s first foreign visit since taking the helm …

Ukraine conflict: Hackers take sides in virtual war

<b>Throughout the bitter violence of the Ukrainian conflict, another hidden war has been waged, involving several groups of computer hackers.</b><p>Little is beyond their reach. Official documents and private communications are made public, and websites blocked. They hijack CCTV cameras, electronic …

Russia

Ukraine crisis: Obama orders ban on Crimea trade

<b>US President Barack Obama has ordered a ban on the export of goods, technology and services to Crimea.</b><p>The executive order also imposes new sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies.<p>Mr Obama said the move showed the US would never accept Russia's annexation of Crimea in …

Russia

Revealed: the secret talks to save Isis hostage Peter Kassig – video

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Russia's Arctic opportunity | Russia

In 1904, Russia and Japan went to war over control of the Liaodong Peninsula in modern day China. Russia needed a year-round ice-free port for its naval fleet and Imperial Japan saw this encroachment as a threat. After early setbacks in the war, Russia needed to quickly reinforce its naval fleet in …

Russia not fit to be part of international financial system – Cameron

The combined effect produced by Western sanctions and low oil prices proves that there’s no place for Russia in the international financial system, believes British prime minister David Cameron, urging for more pressure on Moscow.<p><i>“We should stand up very firmly against the Russian aggression that’s</i> …

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine

<b>Since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine eight months ago, the Kremlin has denied any direct involvement, including sending Russian troops. But there are Russian fighters on the ground who are proud to announce their presence - and to discuss their ideas of "holy war".</b><p>Even when the …

​‘Can’t stuff this bear’ & other Putin Q&A quotes

The range of answers at Vladimir Putin’s annual meeting with the media varied from purely practical to practically poetic and even personal. RT has …

What Putin is not telling us

The perfect storm evolves in two fronts; an overt economic war – as in siege by sanctions - and a concerted, covert, shadow attack to the heart of …

The casualties of Russia's decline

<b>In the 21st Century, no economy is an island, entire of itself.</b><p>But as Russia looks likely to enter a deep recession - fuelled by plummeting oil prices and the plunging rouble - the West has remained sanguine about the potential impact on global finances.<p>Heavyweights like the US and UK would argue …

Russia

Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday …

I feel no responsibility for rouble’s collapse, says Putin

Vladimir Putin has promised that Russia will weather the rouble crisis, adding that he feels no responsibility for the currency’s fall.<p>During his annual press conference on Thursday, the Russian president appeared to rule out drastic measures such as introducing capital controls or reshuffling the …

US: ISIL top commanders killed in air strikes

US-led air strikes against ISIL in Iraq have killed several of the group's senior leaders, but not the group's top commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US officials have said.<p>Since mid-November, coalition air strikes killed "multiple senior and mid-level leaders" within the Islamic State of Iraq and …