Russian Military Helicopter Downed in Syria, Killing 5

VOA News A Russian military helicopter was shot down Monday in northwestern Syria, killing all five people on board. Russia's defense ministry said the transport helicopter was hit as it returned from delivering humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo, and that the dead included two officers and three crew members. "As far as we know from the information we've had from the defense ministry, those in the helicopter died," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. "They died heroically, because they were trying to move the aircraft away to minimize victims on the ground." Russian forces have been conducting airstrikes…
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Russia Says Malware Found in 20 of Country’s Computer Networks

VOA News Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said that the computer networks of about 20 Russian organizations, government agencies and defense contractors have been infected with malware designed for cyber espionage. The virus and the way the networks were infected bear similar characteristics to the software used in high-profile cyber espionage cases in Russia and worldwide, the FSB said in a statement on its website Saturday. "The analysis found that spyware affected the information resources of public authorities and management bodies, scientific and military organizations, military-industrial complex enterprises and other facilities of the country's vital infrastructure," the statement said. Russia’s…
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US Expands Sanctions Against Russia

VOA News The United States Treasury Department Tuesday imposed sanctions on 34 individuals and entities for previous sanctions evasion and other activities related to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. The Treasury also announced that a number of majority-owned subsidiaries of Russian state banks, Sberbank and VTB, as well as defense company Rostec would be subject to sanctions already imposed on their parent companies. The measure supports “the commitment to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine” and “to a policy of non-recognition with respect to Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea," a Treasury statement said. The sanctions would stay in…
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US, Russia to Discuss Alleged Nuclear Treaty Violations

STATE DEPARTMENT—The State Department is leading a delegation that will meet with Russian officials in Moscow Thursday to discuss Russia's alleged violation of provisions in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces United States says Russia has conducted tests involving ground-based intermediate-range missiles. The move would violate provisions of the 1987 INF Treaty, which is considered the cornerstone of the nuclear disarmament agreement. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the is going to make every effort to resolve concerns and ensure the continued viability of the treaty. “The goal, of course, is for Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under…
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This Day In History

Today In History: April 16 1917

On this date, Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia to take the reins of the Russian revolution. Although exiled in Siberia and Europe for his revolutionary activities, Vladimir Lenin was able to strengthen his Bolshevik Party through his oratory and literary skill. With Russia plunged into chaos by World War I and the abdication of Tsar Nicolás II, Lenin left Switzerland and crossed German enemy lines to reach St. Petersburg on April 16, 1917. Seven months later, under the leadership of Lenin, the Bolsheviks took power in Russia. He oversaw the creation of the Soviet Union and ruled the first Communist State in the world…
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Ukraine Regains Control of Military Airfield in the East

The President of Ukraine, Olexander Turchynov, said that Ukrainian forces retook control of a military airport in Kramatorsk, in Eastern Ukraine, after fighting against pro-Russian separatists. Earlier, Turchynov had informed the Parliament, that it had begun an operation to evict pro Russians fighters that occupied government buildings in the east of the country. According to various reports, armed with weapons and dozens of police vehicles could be about forty kilometers to the North of Slavyansk. There was also reported an increase in the activity of helicopters in the South of Donetsk.
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Ukraine Government Requests the Dispatch of Peacekeeping Troops

The President of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, called for the deployment of peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where Russian activists continue occupying government buildings. Turchynov issued his statement after pro-Russian groups attacked another government official in the city of Horlivka on Monday. Video scenes show more than a hundred activists attacking the building at Horlivkay and hitting a police officer. Activists maintain outlets in other buildings in several cities in the east of the country, after ignoring the ultimatum by the authorities of Ukraine so that they leave the Government offices. A spokesman for the Russian President, Vladimir…
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Bosnian Serbs Want to Follow Crimea’s Example

The Case of Crimea, and the ease with which it seems to have been resolved, spans other European territories who sympathize with Russia. The Serbian Republic of Bosnia - the so-called Republika Srpska-, forming one country with the region inhabited by Bosniak Muslims and Croats, as they establish the peace accords that ended the war (1992-1995) is now added to the Moldovan region of Transnistria. The project announced by the Bosnian Serb President, Milorad Dodik, is simple and nothing original because it has been repeatedly said for years. But the events of the Crimean peninsula, occupied and annexed by Russia without bloodshed - and…
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Merkel and Putin Discuss Solution to Diplomatic Crisis in Ukraine

The German spokesman for the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the German leader and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, discussed by phone possible measures to stabilize the situation in Ukraine and Transnistria, a breakaway territory between Moldova and Ukraine. In a telephone conversation with Merkel, Russian President confirmed that he gave the order for withdrawal of troops at the border with Ukraine. A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense explained that a motorized infantry battalion, composed of hundreds of troops, is being withdrawn from the border. The Kremlin said in a statement that President Putin said that Ukraine should carry…
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Russian Economy Could Contract By 1.8% If Deepens Crisis Over Crimea

The World Bank warned that Russia's economy could suffer a contraction of up to if the crisis that arose as a result of the annexation of the Crimea region deepens. The report published by the World Bank indicates that an intensification of the political tension could generate greater economic uncertainty and further reduce confidence and the economic activities of investors. "The World Bank has developed two scenarios for Russia. Prospects depend widely on the recovery of confidence of entrepreneurs and consumers and geopolitical risks indicates the institution, which in the worst case also foresees a contraction of percent in 2015. However,…
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