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Russian polls reveal rising economic concerns, but Putin’s popularity soars

Russian shoppers have been stocking up on big ticket items as stores warned prices would rise with the fall in the value of the ruble.

Special to, courtesy of Washington Free Beacon by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Two new opinion polls indicate that concern is growing among Russians that sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union in response to the Ukraine crisis […]

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We’re in a new millennium, but press freedom is in rapid decline worldwide


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries, and the widening governmental controls on media activities, characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. […]

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Change of plans: North Korea’s Kim will not make first foreign visit to Moscow after all

Moscow was to have been Kim Jong-Un's first foreign visit as North Korean leader.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Kremlin says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not come to Moscow for May 9 Victory Day ceremonies. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on April 30 […]

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Russian hack of White House ‘far more worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged’


Special to Russian hackers who tapped into the White House computer system last year were able to read President Barack Obama’s unclassified e-mail, the New York Times reported on April 25, citing unnamed U.S. officials. A White House spokeswoman […]

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The backstory to Russia’s S-300 missile sale to Iran, defying bans


Special to By Miles Yu, At the most critical juncture of the difficult 6-party talk with Iran on ending Tehran’s nuclear program, the Kremlin announced it was lifting the ban on exporting to Iran an advanced missile defense […]

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Report: Clinton Foundation got major donations amid Russian uranium deal

Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The New York Times has reported that leaders of a Canadian mining company with extensive U.S. uranium stakes made large donations to the Clinton family foundation at a time when Russia […]

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North Korea warms to Russia, with preparations for Kim visit to Moscow


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SE0UL — North Korea has stepped up efforts to bolster relations with Russia, which has impacted calculations by China and South Korea on their ties the reclusive nation. Top Pyongyang officials have visited […]

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Regrets: Only 25 countries to join Putin’s WWII victory gala on Red Square

Vladimir Putin. / Vida Press nuotr

The U.S.-led boycott threatens to rain on Vladimir Putin’s military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The Kremlin is concerned that too few party-goers will attend its major celebration. The military parade […]

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Play it again Sam . . . : Flashback on Russian plans to send Iran its S-300 missile system

Russia conducted a test of its S-300 missile system in 2013.

Iran in hurry for S-300 missile system but Moscow hints at delay April 14, 2015: An Iranian official says that Tehran believes Russia will deliver S-300 missile systems to the Middle East state this year, but a top ally of […]

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Israel blames Iran ‘framework’ deal for Putin’s missile decision

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Special to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on April 14 that the recent nuclear “framework” agreement with Iran led to a Russian decision to provide the Tehran regime with its advanced S-300 air defense missiles. “The S-300 deal […]

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