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  1. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia tightens controls on foreign media ownership to stifle dissent

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 11:05pm by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post President signs law curtailing foreign ownership of outlets in a move seen as stifling dissent Putin tightens controls on independent media voices In a move that will significantly constrict Russia's fast-shrinking space for independent reporting, President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that will curtail foreign ownership of media outlets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1617778/russia-tightens-controls-foreign-media-ownership-stifle-dissent
  2. News - World - RUSSIA

    US sanctions raise concerns for foreign investors in Russia's oil sector

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 10:21am by Associated Press in London

    ... largest oil company could complicate the operations of Western oil companies with important investments in Russia, such as BP and Exxon. The sanctions target only Igor Sechin, the president ... are an instrument that are somewhere between pure diplomacy – talking – and warfare.” At the same time, Western governments also would prefer to avoid sacrificing important investments made by their own ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1500540/us-sanctions-raise-concerns-foreign-investors-russias-oil-sector
  3. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia on cusp of forcing its people to declare holding of foreign citizenship

    Posted May 21st 2014, 09:08pm by Reuters

    ... and expressed fear its aim was to whip up nationalist fervour by hinting dissenters were in the service of foreign governments. Putin, who has often accused Western governments of meddling ... also hold foreign passports. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1517332/russia-cusp-forcing-its-people-declare-holding-foreign-citizenship
  4. News - World - RUSSIA

    Exxon, Rosneft in joint Arctic oil project despite sanctions on Russia

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:44am by Reuters

    ... then they will have some significant consequences," said John Lough, an associate fellow at Chatham House, a London-based foreign-policy research group. The partners plan to drill the Universitetskaya ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1570090/exxon-rosneft-joint-arctic-oil-project-despite-sanctions-russia
  5. News - World - RUSSIA

    New sanctions on Russia could ‘seriously’ impact growth: minister

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 08:25pm by Agence France-Presse in Moscow

    ... into the negative,” he told the Rossiya television channel, though adding that the economy can still “support” this outcome. “Investment rates go into more negative territory, incomes decrease, inflation ... President Petro Poroshenko to extend a shaky truce with separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine by three days. “Investment rates go into more negative territory, incomes decrease, inflation grows, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1542500/new-sanctions-russia-could-seriously-impact-growth-minister
  6. Business - Economy - RUSSIA

    Russia digs in its heels

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 11:44am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... into recession in the second half of this year. However, tougher sanctions are one thing. Getting Russia to abandon its support for the separatist rebels is quite another. Putin has too much invested ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1563306/russia-digs-its-heels
  7. News - World - RUSSIA

    Yukos shareholders awarded US$51 billion from Russia by Hague arbitration court

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 10:33pm by Reuters

    ... Osborne, director of GML. "It's now a question of enforcing it." But Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would probably appeal against the decision, so shareholders, who have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561352/yukos-shareholders-awarded-us51-billion-russia-hague-arbitration-court
  8. News - World - RUSSIA

    Weary Russians lament rash of 'absurd bills' being debated in the Duma

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 09:28pm by AFP

    ... If Russian lawmakers have their way, smoking for women under 40 will soon be banned, ads for condoms and pregnancy tests will be banished from mainstream media and using foreign words will result ... Liberal Democratic Party, who is promoting the foreign words ban, said Russians need prodding in the right direction. "If people are allowed to do everything they want, we would return ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541147/weary-russians-lament-rash-absurd-bills-being-debated-duma
  9. News - World - RUSSIA

    Sochi residents living in squalor despite huge investment in Olympics

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:36am by AP

    ... to bring investment to the Black Sea resort city and improve living standards for its 350,000 residents. Many residents, weary from years of living in the midst of Russia's biggest ... but many others are still waiting for new apartments. Meanwhile, even as investment has poured into Olympic facilities, Sochi's slum dwellings remain standing. The city government says ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1413719/sochi-residents-living-squalor-despite-huge-investment-olympics
  10. News - World - RUSSIA

    Putin holds back on retaliatory sanctions against US over Crimea

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 06:04pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Moscow US Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov describes US sanctions as "unlawful" and would only serve to create artificial barriers with the West President ... agencies reported. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday international sanctions imposed on Russian officials and businessmen over the Crimea crisis were “absolutely unlawful” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1454134/putin-holds-back-retaliatory-sanctions-against-us-over-crimea

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