Moscow, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's Energia Rocket and Space Corporation will make four launches next year from the Pacific Ocean-based Odyssey platform under the Sea Launch programme, an official said. Corporation president Vitaly Lopota said that after 2014, Energia will be able to make five or more launches a year.
Moscow, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov entered into a bizarre public row with a Russian socialite over whose cat was the "most beautiful". "Dear friends! Me and Tina Kandelaki are having an argument over whose cat is more beautiful.
Moscow, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia regards as a "positive development" reports that North Korea is willing to return to six-party talks on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, a Russian diplomat said. China's Xinhua news agency and South Korea's Yonhap reported Friday that Choe Ryong Hae, a special envoy for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, met Chinese President Xi Jinping and reaffirmed that Pyongyang "is ready to work with parties concerned to properly solve relevant issues through multiform dialogue and consultation, including the six-party talks".
Moscow, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Production of vodka and other spirits in Russia dropped 23.3 percent in the first four months of 2013 year-on-year to 5.7 million decaliters, a report said. The Federal Statistics Service (or Rosstat) said in a report that beer production declined 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, to 78.2 million decaliters.
Moscow, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Vkontakte, Russia's biggest social networking website, was put on a state registry of blacklisted websites by mistake Friday, an official said. "This was a mistake.
Moscow, May 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A male polar bear in Russia's Siberia region is to be transferred from one zoo to another in a bid to produce offspring, a zoo official said. The polar bear -- Sedov -- has been resident at the Krasnoyarsk zoo since 2004. He was transferred from a zoo in St.
Moscow, May 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) President Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama will meet at the G8 summit in June and during the US president's visit to Russia in September, a Kremlin aide said Friday.
Moscow, May 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A prominent Russian lawmaker Friday called for public condemnation of a recent handout of condoms by AIDS activists at an monument in honour of soldiers who died in World War II. "The most serious reaction to such things is not the introduction of new administrative bans, but a sharp condemnation by society," said Olga Batalina, head of the Russian parliament's committee on family issues. "This would be the most serious weapon, one in the hands of each of us." A group of LGBT activists handed out condoms Sunday next to the eternal flame in memory of the unknonw soldier in the central Russia city of Togliatti in an attempt to raise AIDS and HIV awareness.
Moscow, May 24 (IANS) Russia is expected to spend no more than $8 billion to fund the 2018 football World Cup, a steep fall from the previously estimated $16.6 billion, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said.
Moscow, May 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Lokomotiv Moscow forward Felipe Caicedo has said that he tries to block out racist chants at Russian football stadiums. "I try not to notice these things, not to react in any way," the 24-year-old Ecuadorian told R-Sport Thursday. "It's not easy because you are agitated during the game and the smallest thing can throw you off the balance, but I try so it doesn't bug me." Caicedo is completing his second season in Russian football after joining Lokomotiv from Manchester City in 2011, and has scored 18 times in all competitions since
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