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  • Mars rover project slips to 2020
    As expected, the European and Russian space agencies have delayed the launch of their ExoMars robot rover by two years to 2020.
    BBC News.  Mon, 02 May 2016 15:30:39 GMT.
  • Putin Signs Law To Give Away Land In Far East
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill to hand out hectares of land free of charge in Russia's Far East in a bid to attract people to the vast region.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 02 May 2016 14:21:12 +0000.
  • Ukraine's tense Odessa marks two years since clashes killed 48
    Ukrainian police in the tense southern city of Odessa on Monday discovered grenades near the site of commemorations marking two years since clashes between Moscow and Kiev supporters killed 48. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 02 May 2016 13:08:54 -0400.
  • Putin Took Credit for the Boom. Now There’s a Bust.
    The Russian president, having long taken credit for boom times and cultivated an image of prowess, finds himself unable to end the nation’s longest recession since he came to power.
    Andrew Higgins.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 02 May 2016 11:23:21 GMT.
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  • Ukrainian Firms Seek UN Court’s Aid Over Crimea Losses
    Two Ukrainian energy companies have asked a U.N. arbitrator to award them compensation for investments they lost when Russia seized control of the Crimean peninsula, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) said Monday. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 02 May 2016 11:14:27 -0400.
  • VIDEO: Russia's rival song contest
    The Eurovision Song Contest may be next week, but one Russian MP has his eye on a very patriotic rival.
    BBC News.  Mon, 02 May 2016 08:06:24 GMT.
  • Saudi Russia Fight For China Market Make Oil Price A Sham
    Yet, for some reason, oil prices are nearing $50 per barrel.
    By Kenneth Rapoza.  Forbes.  Sun, 1 May 2016 19:52:00 GMT.
  • Formula One: Nico Rosberg Takes Russian Grand Prix for Seventh Win in a Row
    Rosberg extended his lead in the Formula One series over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished second on Sunday.
    Brad Spurgeon.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 01 May 2016 19:25:38 GMT.
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  • Germany says to host fresh Ukraine talks
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 intended to smooth differences between Moscow and Kyiv
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 01 May 2016 15:49:00 +0200.
  • Kerry to Geneva in Bid to Bolster Syria Cease-Fire
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due late Sunday in Geneva as part of a U.S. bid to reaffirm a U.S.-Russian mediated cease-fire as violence escalates in Syria, especially in its largest city, Aleppo. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 01 May 2016 11:10:00 -0400.
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The Russian Federation is a republic which occupies much of eastern Europe and northern Asia.  Russia is governed by a President, a Premier, and a bicameral Federal Assembly.  Its capital city is Moscow, and its national currency is the Rouble.  Russian is the primary language used by Russians, and in 2007, Russia's estimated population was 141,378,000.

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