Just That Russian News… (05/17/2011)

Kurils belong to Russia – Foreign Ministry:
Russia’s sovereignty over the Kuril Islands rests on an indisputable international law basis, says the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement. The Ministry has posted a commentary on its website to point out that more attempts to question the islands’ status as part of Russia fails to impart constructive nature to Russian-Japanese relations…

Locals flee as Siberian river overflows:
In Siberia the sprawling Lena River has burst its banks partially flooding several villages and forcing the evacuation of more than 1,000 locals. We have no immediate reports of any casualties at this hour. Emergencies Ministry workers are at the site helping move people out of harm’s way…

Sunken Soviet warship found, ending 30-year search:
The sunken Soviet WWII naval ship Moskva has been found off the coast of Romania. It was the Black Sea Fleet destroyer leader, and its sinking has always been seen as a greatest sea warfare mystery. The destroyer went down in the very first battle, on June 26th 1941…

Russia’s FM to hold talks with Libyan officials:
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks today with Libyan officials. Moscow will insist that the Libyan authorities carry out the main demand of the UN Security Council – to avoid actions resulting in civilian deaths. Mass protests swept Libya in mid-February, demanding withdrawal of the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi…

Khodorkovsky, Lebedev arrive in court for second verdict appeal:
Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev arrived in the Moscow City Court on Tuesday to continue their attempt to overturn their conviction…

Muscovites mark “Year of Forest” by planting new trees near city:
In celebration of the “International Year of the Forest,” Russians from every corner of the country are rolling up their sleeves to help protect one of Russia’s largest natural resources. RT caught up with the green…

Erase and rewind: Moscow mayor slams demolition of historic houses:
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin ordered developers to rebuild a 19th-century house that was knocked down illegally. He also promised to launch a criminal case into the issue…

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