Russian markets fall sharply in early trading

Russian markets fall sharply in early trading

MOSCOW, March 3 (UPI) -- Russian markets fell sharply Monday, dropping 9 percent in early trading, and the ruble reached all-time lows against the dollar and the euro.
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Mitt Romney criticizes Sochi spending

Mitt Romney criticizes Sochi spending

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, in an interview with "Meet the Press," criticized Russia for spending $51 billion on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
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Artist who painted Putin, Medvedev in women's undies flees to France

Artist who painted Putin, Medvedev in women's undies flees to France

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The Russian artist whose painting of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear was seized by police, said Thursday he's seeking asylum in France.

Pro-Christian protests take hold in Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Public protests by Russian Christian fundamentalists are nearing illegality despite their pro-government tone, officials said.
Russia wants high-tech plus French Mistral

Russia wants high-tech plus French Mistral

PARIS, June 11 (UPI) -- Upping the stake in an already highly contested contract, Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin has made the purchase of NATO ships from France conditional to Paris' provision of high-tech warship technology.

Russia delays Euro missile deployment

MOSCOW, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Russia is suspending its plans to place short-range missiles in Eastern Europe in an olive branch to new U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian media reported.

Russian filmmaker afraid to return home

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Russian filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov says he is afraid to return from Britain to his native land after receiving a threat related to his cinematic works.

Russia-Germany sign deal worth billions

HANOVER, Germany, April 11 (UPI) -- German chemical giant BASF and Russian energy company Gazprom signed contracts at the Hanover Fair Monday for two major projects, Deutsche Welle reported.

Russia says missiles won't endanger Israel

JERUSALEM, March 14 (UPI) -- Russia has offered to demonstrate to Israel the Strelets anti-aircraft missile it plans to sell Syria to prove it would not endanger the Jewish state.

Gref defies Putin on oil policy

MOSCOW, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Russia's economic development minister clashed with President Vladmir Putin on oil privatization policy, the Moscow Times reports.

Russia forgives 92 percent of Iraq debt

MOSCOW, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladmir Putin said Thursday the Kremlin had written off about 92 percent of Iraq's debt, Interfax reported.

Russia to sell planes to Cuba

MOSCOW, July 14 (UPI) -- The Cuban government has agreed to pay $100 million for two passenger planes from the Russian manufacturer Ilyushin.

Russian presidential hopeful disappears

MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Ivan Rybkin, a candidate in Russia's presidential elections and also a critic of President Vladmir Putin, is missing.

Bush: 'Columbia is lost'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush paid tribute Saturday to the seven Columbia crew members who were lost as their space shuttle broke up at the end of a 16-day mission, calling them men and women who assumed great risk in service to humanity.
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter
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