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  • Op-Ed Contributor: Russia: A Nation of Sore Losers
    Moscow’s mantra is that the country is beset by enemies who want to see it fail.
    Maxim Trudolyubov.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 26 May 2016 17:22:46 GMT.
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  • Footsteps: On the Trail of Nabokov in the American West
    On his cross-country trips chasing butterflies and researching “Lolita,” the Russian-born novelist saw more of the United States than did Fitzgerald, Kerouac or Steinbeck.
    Landon Y. Jones.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 26 May 2016 17:15:23 GMT.
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  • Russian Election Monitor Sets Trap To Test NTV For Wiretapping
    The independent Russian election monitoring group Golos had long suspected that the Kremlin-friendly NTV network was being leaked details from the group's wiretapped phones, so it decided to test the hypothesis.
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 26 May 2016 17:10:47 +0000.
  • EU faces 'difficult' talks on Russia sanctions: Germany
    Germany said Thursday the EU was facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine due to the increased resistance of some member states, and denied that a new Cold War was afoot. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 26 May 2016 13:33:12 -0400.
  • VIDEO: Russian warship traverses Istanbul’s Bosphorus
    A Russian warship traversed Istanbul’s Bosphorus on May 26 amid tight security measures. The warship Pytlivy entered the strait from the Black Sea at around 9 a.m. before exiting into the Marmara Sea
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 26 May 2016 11:58:00 +0200.
  • Sir Elton John and Putin will not meet
    Sir Elton John will not meet Vladimir Putin when he visits Russia this month because of 'scheduling conflicts'
    BBC News.  Thu, 26 May 2016 11:39:20 GMT.
  • Syrian Rebels: Peace Process is a 'Waste of Breath'
    Syrian rebel commanders and opposition politicians concede their armed revolution against President Bashar al-Assad can’t win, thanks to the military intervention by Russia and Iran. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 26 May 2016 06:50:02 -0400.
  • Canada's rent bill for empty building in Moscow to hit $25 million
    A grand plan to relocate the Canadian embassy in Moscow to a modern building has stalled yet again, as "corrupt" Russian bureaucrats withhold permits and approvals. ...
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Thu, 26 May 2016 05:00:00 EDT.
  • Russia, EU can resolve all existing problems: Putin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country and the European Union do not have problems that cannot be solved.
    Xinhua.  2016-05-26.
  • Russian girl's suicide prompts national debate
    Girl's story prompts suicide debate in Russia.
    BBC News.  Wed, 25 May 2016 23:19:18 GMT.
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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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