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White House to send Biden to Kiev as conflict with Russia escalates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Kiev on April 22, to demonstrate high-level U.S. support for Ukraine, the White House said on Saturday after expressing concern about escalating tensions in the eastern part of the country.<p>A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol …

Egyptian police 'using rape as a weapon' against dissident groups

Two male political dissidents claim they were raped in Egyptian police custody in separate assaults that campaigners suspect are indicative of a wider strategy as the brutal crackdown on opposition continues.<p>Plainclothes officers allegedly assaulted Omar el-Shouekh, 19, inside an east Cairo police …

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Pussy Riot Says It Will Take the Fight Against Putin to Parliament

The boisterous concert of Amnesty International took place with 15,000 people and Madonna at New York's Barclays Center where Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyohkina delivered a magnificent speech in support of the Bolotnaya prisoners [editor's note: the Bolotnaya prisoners are the protesters …

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Russia says Games 'broke the ice', hosts lead medals table

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia leapt to the top of the medals table on Saturday with two more golds as the Sochi Olympics entered the final stretch, and the host nation said its first Winter Games had helped “break the ice” of skepticism towards it.<p>The winning Russian team celebrates on the …

The Environmental Martyr of the Sochi Olympics

Russian activist Evgeny Vitishko faces three years in a labor camp for vandalizing a fence near Sochi. The severe punishment is almost certainly an attempt to silence a vocal critic of the environmental costs of this year's Olympics.<p><i>Photo via</i><p>In 2012, Russian environmental activists Evgeny Vitishko …

Russia Probably Won't Promote the Genocide That Took Place in Sochi

During what many people call Europe's first genocide, Sochi played a central role in Russia's mass killing and deportation of the region's ethnic Circassians.<p><i>Photos via</i><p>The Sochi Olympics have some problems. There are the merely irritating ones: unfinished hotel rooms, undrinkable tap water, wonky …

Why the Hell Are the Olympics Being Held in Sochi, Anyway?

It seems crazy to host the Winter Olympics in a subtropical beach town nestled in a historically war-torn region that's still plagued by an insurgency. But Vladimir Putin has his reasons.<p><i>Photo via</i><p>Hosting the Olympic Games is a pain in the ass and costs a fortune. Most hosts lose money on the deal, …

Sochi Was a Wonderland of Excess Years Before the Olympics

Sochi is now infamous for the myriad of snafus and PR disasters that have permeated the Winter Olympics. Back in 2007, the year the Games were awarded to Russia, it wasn't much better. It was still totally corrupt and totally insane.<p>Seven years ago, I was sent to Sochi to do the dumbest thing one …

Ukraine Is in Crisis, but You Can Still Get Knockoff McDonald's at Kiev's Worst Restaurant

McFoxy is Ukraine's sad attempt to rival McDonald's—the chicken is spongy, the burgers are oddly sweet, and the best part of the meal is the one-dollar beer.<p><i>McFoxy next to McDonald's. All photos by Séan Schermerhorn</i><p>My friend Séan recently moved to Kiev, Ukraine, to experience what it was like to …

Ukraine's Protesters See Hand of Russia in Kiev Crackdown

On Tuesday night, as riot troops began their violent assault on the revolutionary encampment in Kiev, Ukraine’s President was on the phone with …

Truce? Both Sides in Ukraine Say They're Ready to Negotiate

The president of Ukraine and the leader of the anti-government movement have agreed to a "truce" and "negotiations" aimed at bringing an end to the violence that has torn the country apart.<p>In a statement on his official website, President Viktor Yanukovych said his government and the opposition …

Russia to rejoin the UN Council on Human Rights - Russia Beyond

The United Nations General Assembly elected Russia to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for a three-year term beginning in 2014.<p>Russia received votes from 176 out of 193 countries. In total, 14 new member countries, including China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia, were elected to the HRC.<p>The Human Rights …

At stake in Ukraine's drama is the future of Putin, Russia and Europe

Beyond the burning barricades and the corpses in the streets, here are five big things that are at stake in Ukraine's insurrectionary drama. They mean that what happens in Ukraine will affect not just the Ukrainians, but also Russia, Europe and our sense of what makes a revolution.<p>1. The future of …

Ukraine's peace deal – if it comes off – will be no thanks to Russia

If the outline peace deal reached between Ukraine's government and opposition can be made to stick, credit will be due to European negotiators rather than Russia and the US, the two erstwhile cold war rivals whose competing interests have done so much to turn the country into a geopolitical as well …

Why Ukraine Is Such A Big Deal For Russia

There's cautious optimism in Ukraine and the West on Friday at news that President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to hold new elections, form a unity government and restore a constitution drafted in 2004. But the mood in Moscow may not be as optimistic.<p>One reason for this, as NPR's Greg Myre …

U.S. reporter says ouster from Russia harks back to Cold War

MOSCOW — The Russian Foreign Ministry acknowledged Tuesday that it had barred a prominent American journalist from the country for five years after expelling him over a visa violation, an action that the ousted reporter and some Kremlin critics said was a chilling throwback to the Cold War.<p>"This …

UPDATE 4-Russia denies visa to U.S. journalist critical of Putin

* Russia says journalist violated visa regulations<p>* Satter says ministry statement is false<p>* Move echoes Cold War, precedes Winter Olympics (Adds U.S. comment in paragraphs 6 and 7)<p>By Timothy Heritage and Gabriela Baczynska<p>MOSCOW, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Russia has barred a U.S. journalist critical of …

Putin to Gays: Welcome to Russia, but Stay Away from the Kids

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, less than a month away, the global community …

Putin rejects claims of corruption over Sochi Winter Olympics

Vladimir Putin has mounted a robust defence of Sochi's imminent winter Olympics, insisting that corruption has been negligible despite the $50bn (£30bn) price tag and reassuring gay competitors and spectators that they will not be in danger in Russia.<p>Less than three weeks from the start of the most …

New media conglomerate to appear in Russia - Russia Beyond

Russia is due to establish a new media agency tasked with shaping the image of the country among foreign audiences. The new structure will be the result of a merger between the media outlet RIA Novosti and the radio station Voice of Russia.<p>According to experts, the move might have been dictated by …

Cheers to Russia

There’s a stereotype of a drunk Russian screaming “<i>Na zdorovie!</i>” before swilling shots of vodka, and it’s not entirely correct. Oh, the vodka part is …

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Why are there so many presidents in Russia? - Russia Beyond

Russia's regional administrative division is complicated. There are regions, territories, republics, and federal districts. All these are formally equal under the constitution, but in reality there are considerable differences. Experts say this complex state administration system is a legacy of the …

Why 'Infrastructure' Should Be Sexy: Lessons from Uganda, Russia, and China

I mentioned yesterday that the passage I liked best from Obama's "<i>pass the jobs bill / pass it right away</i>" speech was his discourse on "infrastructure." Yes, that most boring of words, which applies to all the equipment and investment that collectively distinguish first- from third-world …

Russia considering 30% import tax on foreign online retailers

Russia is considering restricting imports from foreign online retailers, joining an increasing number of countries looking into measures to protect local operators.<p>The government is looking at a 30% tax on imports worth more than 7,000 roubles (£123) as well as restrictions on the number of parcels …

Three Questions About Russia Everyone Should #AskSnowden

This is relevant because Snowden's message is one which calls for an end to global surveillance, while his revelations seem to specifically target just the U.S. national security apparatus.<p>Snowden has admitted he's adept at counterintelligence measures to keep the Russians and Chinese from hacking …

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