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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

Ukraine Ceasefire Deal Reached After Marathon Peace Talks Including Russia, Germany, France

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On Thursday (2/12), after 17 grueling hours of negotiations, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany announced that they had reached a ceasefire agreement to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. The conflict has been waging since last February, when pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine refused to recognize the new government in Kiev following the Ukrainian revolution. The conflict has claimed more than 5,000 lives (many of them civilians) since then, and has sparked some of the worst tension between Russia and the West since

What’s Inside Obama’s $4 Trillion Federal Budget Proposal?

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This past Monday (2/2), President Barack Obama released his 2016 federal budget proposal. The President’s proposal called for $3.99 trillion dollars in federal spending, a 6.4% increase from this year’s budget. However, the budget forecasts $3.53 trillion in revenue, resulting in a budget deficit of just $474 billion – the lowest annual deficit since before the financial meltdown in 2008. The President defended the increased spending in his budget by citing the improving economy, saying that the country needs to move beyond

Poll: Only 3% of Russians Believe That the West Is Meddling in Ukraine

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Last year was a turbulent one for Russian citizens. In the days following the Ukrainian uprising in late February, the Russian government made the decision to annex the peninsula of Crimea, a move that was harshly condemned by the western world. Shortly afterwards, the United States and the European Union imposed a series of sanctions targeting Russia’s state finance, energy and arms sectors – sectors that are managed primarily by officials in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The sanctions, combined with the massive drop in oil

Apple’s $18 Billion In Profits Last Quarter Is the Most Ever Reported By A Public Company

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Apple investors celebrated on Tuesday afternoon, after the company announced that its earnings for last quarter had smashed Wall Street’s expectations. In the last three months of 2014, Apple raked in $74.6 billion of revenue, making approximately $18.04 billion in profits. The ridiculously lucrative quarter was the most profitable quarter ever reported by a public company. The previous record-holder was Russia’s state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom, which posted profits of $16.24 billion back in 2011. The massive profits were driven in large part

Russia, China To Connect With $242 Billion Beijing-Moscow Rail Link

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On January 21, Beijing’s city government officially announced plans to build a high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow. According to Bloomberg, “China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said on the social networking site Weibo.”   The route would pass through Kazakhstan and take roughly 30 hours, encouraging travel between Russia and Asia (it currently takes around 5 days to make the trip

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