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01/15/2014

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U.S. Journalist Explusion Stirs Controversy

Russia has barred a U.S. journalist for five years in a move that has triggered a frenzy between Russian authorities and Western media on Tuesday, signaling possible heightened tensions ahead of upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Hungary Gets $14Bln Loan for Nuclear Plant

As Russia looks for more profits from long-term nuclear energy projects with other countries, President Vladimir Putin and visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday agreed a deal to finance the construction of two new blocks at Hungary's Paks nuclear power plant.

Critics Slam Ban on Working in Journalism as Gag Tool

Russian authorities have been accused of using many tools to silence independent reporters, but a wholesale ban on working in the media recently imposed on a prominent Yekaterinburg journalist has been lambasted by critics as a new weapon in their arsenal.

Zhirinovsky Tells Party Members to Have Less Sex

The Moscow Times
Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky has demanded that party members abstain from excess by having sex no more than three to four times a year.

First Cossack Taxi Service to Appear in St. Petersburg

The Moscow Times
The first Orthodox Christian Cossack taxi service in Russia will soon start operating in St. Petersburg, a news report said.

Putin Appoints Belykh Acting Kirov Governor

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday appointed Nikita Belykh acting governor of the Kirov region until the next elections in September, thereby renewing his powers after they officially expired.

Cambodian Kidnapping Case Against Polonsky Closed, Lawyer Says

RIA Novosti
Fugitive real estate mogul Sergei Polonsky, who was recently released from a Cambodian prison, is not facing criminal charges there and is free to leave the South East Asian country, his lawyer said.

Germany Wants Repeat of Vancouver Medal Haul in Sochi

Reuters
Germany wants to repeat its successes in Vancouver four years ago when its athletes compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics next month. The country finished in the top three in the medals table in 2010 along with Canada and the U.S.

Duma Deputies Want Winter Time Back

The issue of changing the clocks in winter and spring was once again broached by high-level officials on Tuesday, with Liberal Democratic Party chief Vladimir Zhirinovsky saying a decision had already been made to restore the practice following the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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