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  • Russia's parliament rushes through bill boosting banking capital
    Russia's lower house of parliament hastily approved a draft law on Friday that would give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion rubles . Russia's financial sector is reeling from the economy's ...
    Yahoo.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:40:00 GMT.
  • Russia Dismisses New U.S. Sanctions As Useless
    Russia has dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and underscored its historic right to the Crimean Peninsula.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:26:45 +0000.
  • Obama orders ban on Crimea trade
    President Barack Obama orders a trade ban with Crimea, to show the US "will not accept Russia's occupation" of the Ukrainian region.
    BBC News.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:22:49 GMT.
  • For Russians Abroad, a Ruble Doesn’t Go as Far as It Used To
    The collapse of the Russian ruble — down more than 45 percent this year — has jangled nerves in Russia, but the reverberations are being felt in tourist destinations across Europe.
    By Steven Erlanger and Kimiko De Freytas-tamura.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:48:25 GMT.
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  • U.S. Tightens Crimea Embargo to Pressure Russia
    President Obama signed an executive order barring new investment and trade with Crimea and freezing the property of people or businesses operating in the region or helping its leadership.
    By Peter Baker.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:45:01 GMT.
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  • Erdoğan: Best buddy of Putin and ally of Obama?
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known as one of the toughest leaders on earth calls, him a “tough man.”
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
  • Abbott's Generic Drug Business Gets A Boost With Veropharm Acquisition
    The deal makes sense in light of Abbott’s recent efforts to expand its generic drug business in high-growth emerging markets such as China, India, Latin America and Russia because of sustained sluggishness in developed markets. ...
    By Trefis Team.  Forbes.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:20:00 GMT.
  • Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian 'Occupation'
    President Barack Obama has imposed a wide-ranging trade ban on the Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula, with an executive order that bars exports of  key U.S. goods and services and blocks Crimean imports. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:51:34 -0500.
  • Belarus moves to protect currency
    Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:28 GMT.
  • John Baird to discuss Ukraine, ISIS at year-end briefing
    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is holding a year-end press conference on Russia and Ukraine and other hot issues as a year full of conflict and crisis comes to an end.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:52:34 EST.
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Facts About Russia

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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