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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

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

Vladimir Putin Extends Olive Branch of Sorts In New Year’s Message to Obama

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On Wednesday (December 31), Russian President Vladimir Putin sent out New Year’s greetings to a number of current and former public officials around the world. Among these greetings was one addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama. In the greeting, Putin said that both Russia and the U.S. share mutual responsibility for maintaining international peace. Putin added that, “Russian-American partnership could have been developing successfully,” despite the tense relationship between the two countries over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Putin also referenced the upcoming 70th

Archaeologists Unearth Remains of 6,000-Year-Old Temple in Ukraine

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The Trypillians were an ancient society that lived from about 5400 to 2700 BC, inhabiting a large region from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in modern-day Romania to the Dnieper River in modern-day Ukraine. The Trypillian people were a largely agrarian (farm-based) society, and get their name from the ancient village of Trypillia, which was located in the Kiev region of Ukraine. The Trypillians were known for their advanced agricultural practices, as well as their sophisticated architecture and highly-advanced metallurgy (the science of metal working and

Russia/U.S. Tension Grows: U.S. Sends 100 Tanks Into Eastern Europe To Counter “Russian Aggression”

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According to The Washington Times… “The U.S. Army plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into Eastern Europe as a deterrent to “Russian aggression”. ”   The aggression being referred to is in reference to Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the recent Ukrainian uprising, and the continued presence of Russian military forces in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are still skirmishing with pro-Russian rebels. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in eastern Ukraine, but NATO (the North

Is the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union Ready For the World Stage?

On May 29th, 2014, the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia signed a treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), also known simply as the Eurasian Union. Earlier this month, on October 9th, 2014, a treaty to add Armenia to the EEU was signed. This Union will officially go into effect on January 1st, 2015. When it does, it will be the most advanced organization for regional cooperation the former Soviet bloc (ie. countries that were once part of the Soviet Union)

Why A Russian Protestor Cut Off Part of His Own Ear With A Butcher Knife

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Controversial Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky has gained a reputation for his somewhat shocking form of political demonstration. Pavlensky is known for his extreme self-harming protest tactics, and just this month he may have outdone himself by cutting off part of his right ear with a butcher knife in public. This was not the first incident like this. In fact, Pavlensky has a history of self-harming performances like this one. According to Vocativ… “In 2012 he sewed his lips shut to protest the jail sentences

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