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Moon, Moscow and Miracles…..

Moon, Moscow and Miracles…..

Let’s shift from extreme weather conditions to something out of this world - moon. The world was not enough so Nikita Khrushchev as the cold war peaked decided to have the moon sealed with hammer and sickle. Have it confined within the blood red Communist box. As the moon refused to surrender so it...

Musings from Moscow

Musings from Moscow

See but don’t touch, listen but don’t ask, walk but don’t stop as you will be amused by whatever is waiting to welcome you – for you are in Moscow. That’s how I define the city. For the ones who grew up knowing Russia as USSR symbolized by the hammer and sickle, it’s...

Russia reveal World Cup 2018 emblem

Russia reveal World Cup 2018 emblem

The emblem for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia has been revealed on board the International Space Station. The design was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of achievement and innovation". The image of the emblem was also projected onto the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Russia won the right to host the...

Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. .@Total confirms that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow pic.twitter.com/1VuWDyl9jJ — Michael Rusch (@weeddude) October 21, 2014 Airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when...

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Russian President Vladimir Putin have hoped that the socioeconomic relations between Bangladesh and Russia would get strengthened further in the days to come. Both leaders expressed their high hopes while having talks during a gala dinner hosted by Italian President Giorgio Nepolitano at Sala Delle Cariatidi at Milan, Italy...

Ukraine truce pact signed

Ukraine and pro-Kremlin rebels signed up to a truce yesterday that could stem nearly five months of bloodshed but is unlikely to quell the separatist drive in the east. The warring parties also reached an agreement to pull back troops, swap hostages and send humanitarian aid to war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. Sceptical Western governments said they still planned to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow over what they claim is Russian aggression in the former Soviet state. But US President Barack Obama said...

More than 100 Russian troops killed in battle'

Moscow More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a single battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts from eyewitnesses and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council - an advisory body with no legal powers and an uneasy relationship with the Kremlin - said around 300 people were wounded in the same...

Ukraine Crisis

Kiev, West slam Russia's convoy 'invasion'

The West yesterday blasted Moscow for unilaterally sending a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion". The European Union said it "deplored" Russia's decision to order in the convoy, which local officials said had arrived in Lugansk, without consent and called on Moscow to withdraw the trucks Meanwhile, the UN Security Council was to hold snap consultations on the issue later yesterday and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called Moscow's decision an...

EU adopts sanctions against Russia

The European Union formally adopted broad economic sanctions against Russia yesterday, aiming to make it pay a price over the Ukraine crisis in the hope Moscow will reverse course. A defiant Russia said Wednesday that Western sanctions over Ukraine would backfire on the United States and lead to energy price hikes in Europe after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against Moscow since the Cold War. Russia's response came as the Ukrainian military pushed on with its offensive against...

US must act now

US must act now

US lawmakers demanded Friday that President Barack Obama show strong leadership and take swift action against Moscow in response to the downing of a passenger jet over Ukrainian territory. Obama accused the Kremlin of fomenting violence in eastern Ukraine and providing pro-Russian separatists with "sophisticated equipment" such as the surface-to-air missile used to shoot...

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