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Russia Condemns Kiev Protests 'Driven From Abroad'

Russian officials have publicly condemned the escalation of clashes between protesters and police in Kiev on Tuesday but reiterated that Russia would steer clear of Ukraine's domestic affairs.

Human Rights Watch Slams Sochi 'Abuses'

Leading international rights group Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Russian authorities of committing numerous abuses in their preparations for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, including violations of the rights of migrant workers, local residents and environmental activists.

Russia Criticizes Iran Snub for Syria Talks

The Associated Press
Russia and Iran on Tuesday criticized the United Nations chief's decision to withdraw Tehran's invitation to join this week's peace conference on Syria, as diplomats said a new report on Syrian regime atrocities underscored the urgent need to try to end the country's brutal civil war.

Militant Leader Killed in Dagestan Ahead of Olympics

The Moscow Times
The National Anti-Terrorism Committee on Tuesday announced that security forces had killed the leader of an insurgent group in Dagestan during one of three simultaneous operations carried out in the turbulent republic.

Navalny Party Denied Registration Over Name

The Moscow Times
The Justice Ministry has denied registration to opposition leader Alexei Navalny's People's Alliance political party, citing the existence of another organization with the same name.

Deputies to Strengthen Bill on 'Foreign Agents' in Media

The Moscow Times

Russian lawmakers have withdrawn from the State Duma a bill that would force media outlets to register as "foreign agents," but only so that they can make it more stringent amid concerns caused by the violent public protests in Ukraine.

Davos Highlights Success of Russian Regions

A report on Russian regions at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday will call on the country's policy makers to attempt four key improvements for business.

Snowden Plans to 'Seek Russian Protection' From Death Threats

RIA Novosti
U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will ask  Russian law enforcement authorities for protection after having received death threats against him disseminated by the U.S. media, his Russian lawyer said Tuesday.

Weapons Research Agency Strives To Rival U.S. Counterpart

The Russian counterpart to the U.S. DARPA military research agency has outlined several promising high-end defense projects for an armed forces currently receiving a massive influx of state investment.

Plushenko Set to Skate in Individual Program

Former Olympic and world champion Yevgeny Plushenko is set to get Russia's only slot in the individual ice skating program at next month's Sochi Games, R-Sport news agency reported Tuesday.

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