Putin Vows to Block Color Revolutions in Russia

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Vladimir Putin is convinced that extremism is a major threat to Russia's security and has vowed to do all in his power to block a "color revolution" from happening inside Russia. Painting the image that color revolutions in other countries have led to nothing but turmoil, pain, and heartache, Putin set forth a plan to deal with extremism in his own country. This plan includes working with youth to block them from being recruited by "leaders of extremist organizations" online and maintaining stricter control over migration policies in Russia.

Article Source: Vedomosti

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Russia Issued New Crimean History Textbooks

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A Russian publisher has published a new history textbook dedicated to the Crimean peninsula. The first copies of the book are now available in Russian bookstores. The book takes on a very pro-Russian view of the peninsula's history and has been decried as a disgrace by human rights activists and representatives of the international community.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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"We're Not Trotskyites, We Need a Result"

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On November 18, Lenta.ur reported that Vladimir Putin took center stage at the yearly forum of the All-Russian People's Front. With his time on stage speaking and taking questions from the group, President Putin explained the economic situation that Russia was in, as well as why he believes Russia has a chance to come out stronger despite sanctions. Questions centered around the value of the ruble, taxes, housing, and culture.

Article Source: Lenta.ru

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Czech Republic and Slovakia Celebrate 25 Year Anniversary of the Fall of Communism

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Like the recent celebrations in Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, celebrations happened Monday in Prague, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia, commemorating the end of communism in their countries. Citizens took the streets to commemorate the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in November and December 1989 and first free election soon after. As in many countries that were once dominated by the Soviet Union, the 25 year anniversary is a major milestone.

Article Source:epochtimes

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G-20 Summit in Australia Ended without Putin

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This weekend at the G-20 Summit being held in Brisbane, Australia Putin seemed a bit like an unwelcome guest. I was made public that he had decided to leave the Summit before the official close, citing that he needed to get back to Moscow to be ready for work on Monday. This came as criticism mounts over Russia's support for the rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Protest Expected on FIFA's WC 2018 Decision

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Four years after FIFA's decision to name Russia the host nation for the 2018 World Cup, the organization's ethics committee cleared Russia's campaign committee of accusations of corruption which have clouded Russia's victory ever since it was granted. The decision has drawn outrage from critics and the prosecutor for the case has vowed to protest the decision. FIFA has become notorious for its corrupt actions in recent years and has only drawn more criticism since granting the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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NATO calls on Russia to remove its troops from eastern Ukraine

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NATO has announced a sharp increase of Russian military equipment, vehicles, and combat troops crossing the border into eastern Ukraine in recent days. These latest actions raise fears of a return to the heavy fighting seen during the summer months between the Ukrainian military and the Russian-supported separatists in the rebel-controlled areas surrounding Donetsk and Lugansk. Russia's defense ministry has denied any such action and finds the grounds for NATO's claims false and baseless.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Putin Calls for Equal Partnership at 2014 APEC Summit

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On Monday, leaders arrived at the 2014 APEC summit being hosted in Beijing. Leaders from 21 countries gathered in China to discuss the economic development of the Asia-Pacific region. Notable speeches were given by both Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama. In his speech to investors and politicians, Putin stressed that the Russian economy would be fine and that the weakening of the ruble should not scare investors away from doing business with Russia.

Article Source: Vesti.ru

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Russia and China Sign Gas Deal

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According to official sources, Russia and China signed 17 documents related to their partnership in the gas sector. The deal will see China buying natural gas from Russia via the yet-to-be-built Altai Pipeline. However, despite the size of the deal many experts speculate that the pipeline and gas deal will ultimately not be the major development that Russia is hoping for.

Article Source: tvrain.ru

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Without the Wall. Twenty-five Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Twenty-five years ago today, the main symbol of the Cold War and Communism came to an end. On the evening of  November 9, 1989, the demolition of the Berlin Wall began and citizens of East and West Berlin were able to travel across the border. With festivities happening this weekend to commemorate the event, Radio Svoboda interviews several influential voices from the time and talks about the history leading up to the decision to open the border.

Article Source:svboda

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Euro Rate Exceeds 58 rubles for the First Time

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For the first time in history, the ruble fell to an all time low against the euro on Thursday, with the current exchange rate being 58 rubles to the euro. Since the beginning of the year, the dollar has gained 40.2% on the ruble and the euro 26.3%. Russia's central bank is currently working on a major intervention plan to try to curb the country's falling currency.

Article Source: vedmosti

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Russia Withdraws from Participation in Nuclear Summit

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Russia announced its plan to not participate in a nuclear summit scheduled to take place in Chicago in 2016. Russia announced that it did not see the value in holding such a summit and that participating countries whose views differed from that of the host would not be heard. Washington announced that the door will remain open for Russia to participate in the summit if it so chooses. International summits on nuclear security have been taking place regularly since 2010. 

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Regional Elections Have Concluded in Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics

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The local election in the rebel held Donbass region have concluded. In the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics the same leaders who are currently in charge appear to have won in landslide victories. Kiev and the West claim that the elections were a farce and refuse to recognized the elections, while Moscow is calling them fair and agreed to recognized the winners.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Yatsenyuk Welcomes EU Decision to Block Construction of South Stream Pipeline

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As the conflict in Ukraine continues, Ukraine and Europe are searching for ways to obtain their typical supplies of natural gas. Thus far, EU countries have been somewhat reluctant to anger Russia when it comes to natural gas. However, one step the EU has taken is to attempt to block the construction of the South Stream pipeline, which according to the article, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk welcomes.

Article Source: MNGZ

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Russia Appears to be Flexing Its Military Muscle

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In the last several weeks, Russia has began to flex its military muscle. As part of its new military upgrade program, Russia has been testing its military capabilities, worrying Europe. In addition to more frequent bomber flights over European airspace, Russia has also been testing submarine-based and land-based ballistic missiles.

Article Source: nvua.net

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Russia May Build a Tunnel to Crimea Instead of a Bridge

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While plans to build a bridge from Russia to Crimea have long been discussed, a Russian minister recently announced that instead of a bridge, Russia may build a tunnel. Sources have stated that a transport company well known for building an underwater tunnel in Istanbul has proposed to construct a tunnel to Crimea. Russian officials state that all options are being explored and that a final decision has yet to be made.

Article Source: Vedmosti

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Paris has not confirmed decision to hand over "Mistral"

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While Moscow claims that France is set to hand over the warship "Mistral" to Russia on November 15, Paris is saying that it has not yet made a final decision on the matter. Earlier in the year, Russia purchased several warships from France but France chose to delay the delivery due to Russian interference in eastern Ukraine. France's defense minister has stated that a decision on the warship will not be made until November.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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First Liquefied Natural Gas Tanker Arrives in Lithuania

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As parts of Europe brace for a potentially cold winter, Lithuania has received its first shipment of liquefied natural gas at its new port in Klaipeda. A Norwegian tanker arrived on Monday with a shipment of gas. Lithuania hopes to diversify its natural gas imports to become less reliant on Russia's state gas company "Gazprom." Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Poland hope that this natural gas port could be the beginning of the serious diversification of gas in the Baltic Sea region.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Lukoil Trying to Obtain Export Rights to the CIS

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Privately owned Russian  oil company Lukoil is attempting to obtain export rights to the CIS. Lukoil has made the case that with its exploration and production on the Arctic shelf, it will need to be able to export to the CIS market to make the investment worth it as well as to protect against the potential effects of Western sanctions. In addition, Lukoil has finished building a new platform that will be deployed in the north Caspian Sea region region.

Article Source: vedmosti

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Exit Polls Predict Victory for Petro Poroshenko's Bloc

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On October 26, Ukrainians went to the polling booths to take part in the national parliamentary election. The early election was called several months ago after Petro Poroshenko was elected president. According to exit polls, Poroshenko's bloc is in the lead with just over 23% of the vote while Arseny Yatsenyuk's party is in second place with just under 20% of the vote.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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