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Russia Just Announced Plans to Close 40% of Its Universities. Here’s Why

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On Friday (4/17), Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov caused quite a stir when he announced that Russia would be closing 40% of its universities by 2016. The government also plans to cut the number of university branches by 80%, Livanov said. According to data from the Ministry of Education and Science, Russia has 593 state universities (with 1,376 branches) and 486 private universities (with 682 branches). According to Livanov, there are five times as many universities in Russia today than there were during the time of

Vladimir Putin Announces Plans To Build Russian Space Station By 2023

It seems that the International Space Station may have some company in space soon. According to Yahoo News… “Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in session with the nation.” Currently, Russia and NASA are jointly using the International Space Station (ISS), along with a number of other countries from around the world. Since the ISS provides value to both Russia and the United States, both countries have agreed to

Poland Is Building Border Towers to Monitor Russian Activity In Kaliningrad

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The Polish government has announced plans to erect six watch towers along its border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad as tensions in eastern Europe continue to rise. The move is likely a response to recent reports claiming that Russia has dispatched a number of short-range missiles to Kaliningrad as part of extensive military exercises in the Arctic. The towers, each measuring up to 164ft high, will stream live video to Polish guards to help them monitor Poland’s 124-mile border with Kaliningrad. “We are

U.S. Officials Say the Russian Government Hacked the White House

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The United States has been having trouble keeping the Russian government out of its computer systems lately. A recent report from CNN revealed that U.S. officials believe Russia was behind a series of hacks into the State Department last year. Officials have called the attack the “worst ever” cyberattack against a federal agency. During these attacks, the hackers were reportedly able to penetrate into sensitive parts of the White House computer system, gaining access to President Obama’s personal schedule and call

Leaked Messages Show Secret Negotiations Between Russia and France’s Far-Right Nationalist Party

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Russian hackers have leaked thousands of emails and text messages exchanged between Russian officials in the Kremlin and the National Front, France’s far-right party. According to Newsweek, “The exchanges are between ‘Timur Prokopenko,’ who the hackers identify as a Kremlin official and Kostya, a man they describe as a “Russian connection” who has access to [National Front leader Marine] Le Pen.” The main topic of discussion is Crimea, the strategic peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in the weeks following the

Has Russian President Vladimir Putin Been Removed from Power?

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Vladimir Putin is not one to shy away from the cameras. The Russian leader is a staple on the country’s state-owned television network, which usually carries daily reports on his comings and goings. Which makes it all the more strange that Putin hasn’t been seen in public since March 5. When reports about his absence began to circulate on March 11, the Kremlin released a series of photos that they said showed Putin going about his business as usual. However, local media

US Commander: Around 12,000 Russian Soldiers Supporting Rebels In Eastern Ukraine

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Speaking in Berlin on Tuesday (3/3), U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges estimated that roughly 12,000 Russian troops are supporting pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Hodges said that these forces were made up of military advisers, weapons operators and combat troops, and added that another 50,000 Russian troops are stationed on Ukraine’s eastern border – ready to cross over if the separatists should suffer a major setback in their ongoing conflict with the Ukrainian military. In addition to these forces, Russia has

Boris Nemtsov, Russian Opposition Leader And Vocal Putin Critic, Shot Dead In Moscow

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Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow yesterday. Officials say Nemtsov was crossing a bridge in view of the Kremlin at around 11:40 p.m. when multiple attackers (who have yet to be identified) pulled up in a white car and shot him four times in the back before driving off. Nemtsov — who served as Deputy Prime Minister under former Russian president Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s — has never been a fan of Putin, and

Scientists Call for Urgent Investigation As More Mysterious Craters Appear In Siberia

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Last July, scientists discovered a mysterious crater on the Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia. Within a week, scientists had uncovered two more similar craters in the region. Since then, four more craters have been catalogued in Siberia, bringing the official total to seven. But researchers think the actual number may be much higher than that: “I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them… I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more,”

Putin Says War With Ukraine Is Unlikely As Fighting Continues Despite Ceasefire

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In a televised interview earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that war with Ukraine is unlikely. “I think that such an apocalyptic scenario is unlikely and I hope this will never happen,”   Putin told a reporter with Russia’s state-owned TV company. In the interview, Putin reiterated his support for the Minsk agreement (a ceasefire deal brokered in Belarus earlier this month), saying that it was the best way to stabilize eastern Ukraine. The region has been ravaged by conflict since last February, when pro-Russian separatist forces

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