Russia

If the U.S. Can't Engage Russia Culturally, Maybe Through Trade

If the U.S. Can't Engage Russia Culturally, Maybe Through Trade

Aug 26 2012

The plight of three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has received widespread international attention. The young women were given two-year jail terms last week for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after they performed a profane anti-Putin "punk prayer" in front of the altar of Moscow's main cathedral several months ago.

'The Black Plague' Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

'The Black Plague'Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

Benjamin Bidder, Matthias Schepp and Gerald Traufetter,

Der Spiegel

24 August 2012

Thawing sea ice and improved technology is opening up the race for natural resource exploration in the Arctic Circle, home to nearly a quarter of the world's untapped oil reserves. Russia leads the race and has promised to adhere to environmental guidelines. But accidents and other damage resulting from the country's oil exploration tell a different story.

Syrian outcome will affect future conflicts' settlements – Lavrov

Syrian outcome will affect future conflicts' settlements – Lavrov

RT, 21 August 2012

The outcome of the Syrian crisis will have a significant impact on how future conflicts are settled, the Russian foreign minister told reporters, once again calling for a diplomatic solution and dialogue within Syria.

Russia, China warn West not to intervene in Syria, following U.S. threat

Russia, China warn West not to intervene in Syria, following U.S. threat

Haaretz

21 August 2012

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West on Tuesday against any unilateral action on Syria after President Barack Obama saidU.S. forces could act if the Syrian leader deployed chemical weapons against rebels trying to topple him.

Russia, China, and America’s Hypersonic Missile Race

Russia, China, and America’s Hypersonic Missile Race

By J. Michael Cole

August 20, 2012

At first everything went as planned: the vehicle separated from a B-52 Stratofortress high above a naval air warfare center sea range in California and decoupled from the rocket booster. But 31 seconds into the test, a problem developed with a cruiser control fin and the X-51A Waverider hypersonic vehicle plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, missing its target of cruising at Mach 6 for five minutes.

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