Russia

7:14am

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:08 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with top brass in a photo released by the state-run KCNA. The chart in the background reportedly reads "U.S. mainland strike plan".
KCNA Xinhua/Landov

Russia is urging the U.S. and North Korea to end an escalating cycle of dangerous provocations after Pyongyang put its missile forces on high alert and American stealth bombers flew practice bomb runs over the Korean Peninsula.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking Friday in Moscow, said the tit-for-tat moves were becoming a "vicious cycle" that could "simply get out of control," Reuters reports.

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4:25pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Emerging Nations To Set Up Development Bank

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:53 am

BRICS leaders, from left, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture during the BRICS 2013 Summit in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday.
Sabelo Mngoma AP

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – emerging economies that collectively are referred to as BRICS – announced Wednesday the creation of a development bank to fund infrastructure projects in developing nations.

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11:32am

Wed March 27, 2013
Europe

In Crackdown, Some Russian Groups Labeled As 'Foreign Agents'

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:55 pm

The chief of Amnesty International Russia, Sergei Nikitin, at his Moscow office on March 25, after Russian prosecutors and tax police carried out a search. The group is one of many that have been searched under a new law that critics say is being used to stifle dissent.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Russian investigators have descended on the offices of nongovernmental organizations across the country, demanding to inspect financial records and other documents.

This follows the recent passage of a law designed to impose tighter controls over these NGOs, especially those that receive funding from abroad. Critics say it's part of a broader crackdown on dissent since Vladimir Putin regained the presidency last year.

The offices of the human rights group Memorial are still abuzz after a team of government inspectors paid an unannounced visit

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9:40am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Raids In Russia On Foreign NGOs Spark International Concern

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 12:44 pm

The Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and several other NGOs have been searched in recent weeks by Russian prosecutors and tax inspectors, prompting concern over what is being viewed by some as a "concerted action" against the groups.

Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch was quoted Wednesday by The Associated Press as saying that officials from the prosecutor general's office and tax police were conducting an "unannounced audit" and demanding documents.

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5:15am

Wed March 27, 2013
Europe

Winter Olympic Organizers Worry About Snow Shortage

In Russia, they've started stockpiling snow for 2014 after an unusually warm winter in the city of Sochi. The snow is being stored high up in the mountains, and coated with a "special thermo seal" to prevent it from melting.

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