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Putin Says He's Confident of Smooth Transition for Crimea

President Vladimir Putin discussed the practical implications of Crimea's annexation by Russia with members of the Federation Council on Thursday, reiterating his commitment to ensuring the swift integration of the region into the country.

4 Reasons Why Putin's Crimea Grab Will Backfire (Video)

Amid the "great Crimean conquest," Russians view Putin as a hero who rectified a historical injustice, stood up to the West and saved Russians from Ukrainian nationalists. But the annexation will backfire once the sanctions and global isolation hit the economy and once Ukraine joins NATO.

Minister Hatches Plan to Protect Economy

Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has admitted that private investment in the country has stalled in the wake of Russia's absorption of Crimea, but offered ways to make up for the shortfall.

New Venue to Fill Niche Amid Concert Spaces

The latest addition to Moscow's live music scene, the Philharmonic of New Musical Arts, or FINOMI, aims to fill a longstanding gap in Moscow's music scene when it opens on Saturday. With its broad roster of neoclassical and modern classical composers, piano music and chamber music sitting alongside post-rock, ambient and minimalist composers, multi-instrumentalists and electronic music composers, the venue hopes to bridge the gap between traditional classical venues and modern clubs.

Dozhd Fights to Save Independent Reporting

While most international media attention is focused on Russia's actions in Crimea and the fate of Ukraine, the fate of one of Russia's only remaining independent television channels hangs in the balance back home.

Manchester Rock and Georgian Jazz in Moscow Weekend

This past week has been incredible. Warm days, sunny skies and an overall feeling of spring having finally sprung should have been more than enough to put a smile on your face.

From Olympics to Crimea, Putin Loyalist Kozak Entrusted With Kremlin Mega-Projects

For almost seven years, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak focused on making sure Russia was prepared to host one of the country's biggest events in decades, the $51 billion Sochi Winter Olympics. Just over a month after the Games came to an end, he was handed yet another massive project to oversee — the integration of the annexed region of Crimea into Russia.

Government Promotes Special Support of Crimean Wine

Russian government officials are asking retailers to give special support to Crimean wine producers in an attempt to help that sector of the peninsula's economy.

Ukrainian Military Takes Deserted Russian Fleet Navigation Station (Video)

The Moscow Times
Ukrainian soldiers have taken over a navigation station in mainland Ukraine that the country has long sought to have returned by the Russian Black Sea fleet, a news report said Thursday.

Official Denies Pension Funds Being Spent on Crimea

The Moscow Times
Russia's pension funds will not go to finance expenditures on the Crimea region, according to an official involved in the government's welfare and labor policy, a news report said.

U.S. Ceases Issuing Export Licenses on Some Goods Destined for Russia

Nearly $1.5 billion worth of trade between the U.S. and Russia could be threatened by a quietly made decision to stop U.S. firms from selling goods with potential military applications to Russia.

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