Russian News… (02-21-2011)

Riots in Arab countries cause gold, oil price growth:
Mass-scale riots in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, especially in Libya, have caused growth in gold and oil prices. In London, the price of a barrel of the Brent crude is one dollar up, selling for 103.5 dollars. The gold price has grown by 0.5% to reach a seven-week high of 1396.5 dollars per ounce…

14 terrorists to go on trial in North Caucasus:
14 rebel fighters are due to appear before a panel of the Supreme Court judges in the Karachayevo-Cherkessia Republic, in the Russian North Caucasus, today. The defendants are accused of committing crimes against police and attempting to seize power in the republic. The fighters’ camp in the mountainous country of the republic was pulled down in November 2009…

Riots rage in Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Morocco:
Protests also continue unabated in Bahrain, Yemen, Iran and Morocco, with demonstrators remaining in the streets attempting to ensure that their demands are met, namely that their governments step down and social problems be settled. A tent camp has been set up in Pearl Square in the Bahrain capital Manama for thousands of protesters to while away the night…

Russian, German, Polish MPs to discuss Russia-EU cooperation:
Russian, German and Polish MPs are due to hold their first trilateral meeting in Kaliningrad today to take up Russia-EU cooperation. The MPs will specifically focus on Russia-EU economic cooperation, including energy and transport cooperation, and also on simplifying visa-granting…

Russian space truck finds watery grave:
A Russian Progress M space truck uncoupled from the International Space Station Sunday to give way for a docking with the European cargo ship Johannes Kepler, expected to arrive on Thursday a week after being launched by an Ariane-5 booster rocket, which blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana…

Atlantic to be crossed on inflatable trimaran:
A team of Russian daredevils are hoping to become the first seafarers to cross the Atlantic non-stop and entirely on their own on an inflatable trimaran. The 7-thousand-kilometer journey is to start next Friday from a port in Namibia. With no motor on board, the propulsion will be from oars and sails…

Russia to have new early-warning radars:
The Russian armed forces are about to commission two early-warning anti-missile radars. One is near St Petersburg, and the other, near Armavir in the Russian Caucasus. A similar radar under construction near the Baltic port of Kaliningrad is to enter service in 2016. The announcements are from the Russian Defense Ministry…

Russia calls on US to lift sanctions against Sudan:
Russiarsquo’s Special Representative for Sudan Mikhail Margelov believes that the USA should lift sanctions against Sudan. The divorce; between northern and southern Sudan was the main issue at Mr. Margelovrsquo’s recent meeting with Sudanrsquo’s President Omar al-Bashir. Mr. Margelov says that Mr. al-Bashir is ready for contacts and compromises…

Chernobyl movie fails to score awards in Berlin:
The Russian entry at the 61st Berlinale Film Festival was left with no awards whatsoever. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi became the major winner with his Nader And Simin: A Separation scooping the Best Film, Best Actor…

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