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Spy defection roils Russian intelligence service

Spy defection roils Russian intelligence service

By Gregory Feifer, RFE/RL The exposure of 10 Russian deep-cover spies in the United States last summer brought accusations that Russia was still fighting the Cold War two decades after the Soviet collapse. But some believe the Kremlin leaked this week’s news that they were exposed by a top Russia intelligence officer to justify taking […]

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China, India, Russia vow cooperation (vs U.S.)

China, India, Russia vow cooperation (vs U.S.)

BEIJING – The foreign ministers of developing giants China, India and Russia pledged on Monday to step up cooperation in trade, energy and geopolitical affairs including climate change. The pledges were made in a joint communique after two days of meetings in the central Chinese city of Wuhan by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and […]

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The peace un-process: One Israel, three civilizations

By Alexander Maistrovoy Clinton’s words that Russian-speaking Israelis are an obstacle to reaching peace can be understood in different ways. But excluding their emotional component, it is necessary to recognize: the immigrants from the former Soviet Union are most opposed to the peace process (or what is implied by this term). Let’s look at the root […]

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Moscow teams up with Beijing to apply pressure on Japan

Moscow teams up with Beijing to apply pressure on Japan

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the Southern Kuriles (known as the Northern Territories in Japan) on Monday has injected a new element of instability in East Asia. This first visit by a Soviet or Russian head of state to the disputed islands adjacent to Hokkaido, which were seized by Moscow […]

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Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Calling for Washington’s diplomatic and commercial relations with Moscow to  “be less pragmatic and more value based,”  former Russian Prime Minister and now opposition figure Mikhail Kasyanov, stressed the role of the foreign community in supporting democratic change.  Stating bluntly that Russia is, “not a democracy at all” […]

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Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

KUNASHIR, Kuril Islands – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stoked Japan’s ire on Monday with a visit to the Kuril islands, a remote north Pacific territory at the heart of a decades-long dispute with Tokyo. Japan summoned Russia’s ambassador to Tokyo after Medvedev flew into the island of Kunashir, on the first visit by a Russian […]

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Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Two years after an invasion, the threat of annihilation and partial occupation by neighboring Russia, the small but spunky Georgian Republic has not only survived but thrived and succeeded against all odds.  That was the upbeat assessment of Georgia’s once-embattled President Mikheil Saakashvili in an impressive and stirring […]

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Israeli leaders condemn Clinton immigrant comments

JERUSALEM – Israeli leaders have sharply criticized Bill Clinton over comments the former U.S. president made this week calling Russian immigrants in Israel an obstacle to peace. Clinton, who is generally a well-loved figure in Israel for his efforts to broker a Mideast peace deal in the 1990s, also said at a round-table group this […]

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Most productive responses to economic fears? Look to China and Russia

Gregory R. Copley, Global Information System Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the social and security frameworks once taken for granted. Mass reaction to these fears will trigger transformative change. But there […]

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Russia OKs advanced cruise missile sale to Syria

MOSCOW — The Kremlin has approved the sale of an anti-ship missile to the Syrian Navy. Officials said the missile, identified as P-800, was deemed a defensive weapon that would not change the military balance in the Middle East. “I would like to stress that the Russian Federationis committed to all agreements previously signed between […]