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Old December 7th, 2014 #61
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Since Vladimir Putin became president, the Muslims of Russia have erected 7,500 mosques or slightly more one per day, a statistic in which the Islamic community of that country can take great pride but one that may disturb some of Putin’s supporters who believe that he is committed to making Russia more Russian.

That figure; far more than the number which opened at the end of Gorbachev’s time or during Yeltsin’s and more than a third of the total number of mosques in the Russian Empire before the Bolsheviks closed them as part of their anti-religious effort; was announced by Talgat Tajuddin, the head of the Central Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) in Ufa.

Speaking in Sverdlovsk yesterday, Tajuddin, who has sometimes styled himself as “the supreme mufti of Holy Rus,” delivered what the Nakanune.ru news agency characterized as “a quite sharp speech in which he declared that the main threat to Muslims and the surrounding world consists of radical Islamic trends.”

“Radicalism and extremism have entered Sverdlovsk oblast like the Ebola virus,” the mufti said. They must be fought because these trends “have ascribed to themselves the right to judge independently” of any other Muslims. That is the attitude of “the godless,” but “our grandmothers always said that it is impossible to separate ourselves from society.”

Russia’s Muslims have accomplished a lot in addition to building a record number of mosques. But now there is a real risk that “the radicals will destroy what has been accomplished and inflict enormous harm on Muslims and the entire society.” That is something that simply “cannot be ignored.”

Tajuddin said that it was impermissible that such radicals continue to function “when the entire Middle East is bubbling and ‘brother has risen against brother’ in Ukraine.” During the war, he continued, “everyone suffered alike.” Muslims suffered just like all other Russians. And “we must remember how we all have lived together in one country.”

“May God grant that not too much more time will pass until we again become a single power, without a dictatorship, without a revolution,” the Ufa mufti said, “but as a result of love and concord. If Europe is united, then who can prevent us from doing the same?” And Russia’s Muslims need to fight for this now because prevention is better than having to put out fires.

Given all that, the mufti continued in a comment to the news agency, “any cases of provoking inter-ethnic or inter-religious hostility are examples of extremism. The very first task of a representative of any confession, be they Muslims, Christians, Jews or Buddhist, and of each citizenship is to preserve their country and hand it over to their children and grandchildren.”

Tajuddin was in Yekaterinburg for the appointment of a new mufti and his team for six year terms and for signing agreements with the governors of Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk oblasts. Sixteen of the 24 Muslim parishioners in the oblast were represented, but Tajuddin’s MSD is only one of six competing ones in the region.

The new regional mufti, Radifulla Gindullin, also spoke. He said that “our generation which began to be acquainted with Islam 20 to 25 years ago studied according to quite specific books, many of which were issued on money from Saudi Arabia, and Islam there is treated in an extremely one-sided manner.”

“With surprise,” he continued, “we found out that our Tatar and Bashkir enlightenment figures [the jadids of the end of the Russian imperial period] were well known throughout the entire Islamic world but under alien names.” Russia’s Muslims in contrast knew “practically nothing” about them. That needs to be changed too.

Another speaker was Rinat Rayev, the chief mufti of the Urals Federal District. He agreed that the problems of radicalization were all too real, and he noted that the situation of multiple and competing muftiates and MSDs was making it worse, not only leading to corruption but opening the way for Islamists from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.

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Non-ethnic Russian territory under present Russian control like former Tatarstan might be erecting the lion's share of them, which doesn't matter for White people.
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Old December 9th, 2014 #63
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The Russian budget is on track to lose 331 billion rubles ($6 billion) next year as the economy veers toward recession, news agency TASS quoted Russia's Audit Chamber head Tatyana Golikova as saying Tuesday.

The statement comes shortly after the Economic Development Ministry slashed its economic growth forecast, officially predicting a 0.8 percent decline in GDP for 2015.

The price of oil has plummeted more than 40 percent since June, playing havoc with the weakened Russian economy and, in particular, with the federal budget, which gets half of its revenues from energy taxes.

The recently passed budget for 2015-17 assumes an oil price of $100 per barrel — a figure that now looks increasingly out of reach. The Economic Development Ministry has lowered its forecast to $80 next year, which is still above Tuesday's level of about $67 per barrel.

The Audit Chamber's estimate of Russia's losses, however, falls far short of other figures named. In late November, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said the budget stood to lose 1 trillion rubles ($18 billion) in 2015.

The revenue loss will put severe strain on a budget already under pressure from heightened spending on defense and public sector wages.

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The head of an anti-corruption watchdog said Tuesday that one in three Russian officials still accepts bribes, undermining top officials' claims of success in the fight against endemic corruption.

"About 30 percent of officials … are corrupt," National Anti-Corruption Committee head Kirill Kabanov said in an interview with Russian News Service radio.

Russia is still struggling to free itself from the legacy of the 1990s and 2000s, when officials with measly public salaries and little oversight profited off a plethora of corrupt practices.

According to Kabanov, the real problem now is "corrupt business" — enterprises built to extract money from the state.

"Unless we eliminate corrupt business itself, the fight with corrupt officials is just mowing the lawn. The more you mow, the more professional the people who engage in corrupt business become," Kabanov said.

Just one day before Kabanov's statement, presidential administration chief Sergei Ivanov declared progress in the fight against corruption, saying Russian officials are increasingly reporting on people who offer them bribes.

More than 3,000 such complaints have been received this year, which speaks to a rising sense of responsibility among officials, Ivanov said.

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Old December 14th, 2014 #65
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Rain TV, one of Russia’s last news outlets critical of the Kremlin, has been forced to quit its Moscow premises for the second time in as many months, in the latest indication of the hostile environment that independent media face.

The digital channel, whose programmes contrast sharply with the country’s state-run media, later resumed broadcasts from a private apartment.

Rain TV (Dozhd TV in Russian) was handed a Monday deadline to quit its premises in the former “Red October” chocolate factory, a hip area of central Moscow known for its bars and art galleries.

Officially, its landlord told the channel to leave after it ran a controversial poll about the siege of Leningrad during World War Two, asking if the city should have surrendered to the Nazi invaders.

A journalist at Rain TV, who wished to remain anonymous, told FRANCE 24 the poll was just a pretext.

“It is typical of modern Russian politics to bring up the Great Patriotic War [as Russians refer to WWII] in order to silence all debate,” he said.

“Almost all that Russia has done in Ukraine [over the past year] has been justified by the so-called fight against fascism.”

The Leningrad poll prompted angry comments on Twitter, where many users accused Rain TV of denigrating Soviet soldiers who fought in the war.

Soon, the Twitter backlash was making headlines on pro-Kremlin media and Russian lawmakers called for the channel to be shut down.

The TV was not pulled off the air, but was instead barred from several satellite services, effectively depriving it of audience and cash. Then came the landlord’s eviction notice.

Crackdown at home, charm offensive abroad

Rain TV is far from the only Russian media to have been squeezed through a mix of intimidation and harassment.

In March, the editor of independent news site Lenta.ru was replaced with a pro-Kremlin figure, prompting dozens of journalists to quit in protest.

The issue of media freedom in Russia acquired new relevance this year as violence gripped neighbouring Ukraine, which pro-Kremlin news outlets say is prey to fascist thugs manipulated by the US.

News of Rain TV’s latest woes comes amid Russian efforts to expand the country’s international media ventures in order to counter “Western propaganda”.

Last month, state-funded Rossiya Segodnya launched the Sputnik news agency, named after the Soviet space programme.

The new international outlet will operate “multimedia hubs” in several foreign cities, designed to counter what Moscow describes as Washington’s unipolar view of the world.

This unprecedented investment abroad coincides with the demise of independent news outlets back home, says the Rain TV journalist.

“The Kremlin wants to use RT and Sputnik to promote its point of view and Russian prestige abroad. We know they are putting a lot of money into this propaganda, some say 15 billion rubles [22 million euros, editor’s note], it’s huge!” he said.

At the same time, voices of dissent are being silenced at home, a move critics say is motivated by Moscow’s fears that independent media might foment a revolution similar to the one that swept Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovich from power.

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Old December 30th, 2014 #66
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Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny has received a suspended 3.5 year sentence in an embezzlement case, a Moscow district court announced in an early verdict.

Navalny was accused of embezzling over $500,000 from cosmetics company Yves Roche. Those charges can merit a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Aleksey Navalny stood trial with his brother Oleg, who was facing an eight-year sentence. Oleg was also found guilty and received a sentence of 3.5 years in prison.

Both brothers were each fined 500,000 rubles (US $8,500) and together will have to pay out 4.4 million rubles ($76,000) to a company listed as one of those affected in the case.

The Navalnys’ lawyers have already announced they will appeal the court’s decision.

“Of all the possible verdicts this one is the meanest,” Aleksey Navalny tweeted.

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Russia’s economy is likely to shrink by as much as five percent in 2015, due to Western sanctions, the collapse of the rouble and the price of oil continuing to tumble.

The country’s Central Bank said in November the economy contracted for the first time since 2009.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also warned that the country was at risk of a “deep recession” as Moscow is punished for supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The fall in GDP comes despite Russians going on a major spending spree throughout the year, hoping to maximise the value of their savings before the rouble weakened further.

But the short-term rush is not expected to have much of a positive impact on GDP figures as the crisis snowballs.

Sergei Romanchuk, Head of Foreign Exchange and Money Market Department at Metalinvestbank said the rouble is still vulnerable.

“Since the government announced its fightback against speculation, the number of players in the money market has dwindled significantly. In this situation the exchange rate is determined by short-term factors and is extremely unpredictable. Today, for instance, the rouble fluctuated by about seven percent without any news to affect it.”

Chris Beauchamp, Senior Market Analyst at IG Group predicted the economy would weaken further.

“I think if you factor in the oil price fall, the impact of sanctions and everything else that goes with that and the political uncertainty that you have building in Russia at the moment, then the outlook is even worse than many people would fear,” said Beauchamp.

The government said the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and service sectors had been the hardest hit

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Russia Pays Soviet Union's Last Unsettled Foreign Debt - Finance Ministry



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Moscow has paid its final Soviet-era outstanding debt of $125.2 million, which was owed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Russian Finance Ministry said in a statement Monday.

"On August 8, 2017, Russia paid off the debt to Bosnia and Herzegovina in a single payment. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the last foreign creditor state providing loans to the former USSR or Russia debts to which remained unsettled," the statement said.

Russia’s foreign debt to Sarajevo was a result of Moscow’s recognition of the Bosnian share of the former Soviet Union’s debt resulting from trade and economic cooperation with former Yugoslavia, the document explained.

As far as Russia’s government debt to other states is concerned, only $594.3 million due to be paid to South Korea remain outstanding, and the amount is due to be paid before the end of 2025, the statement added.

Soviet foreign debt, including interest payments, amounted to $104.5 billion at the time of the Soviet Union's dissolution, according to Russian Central Bank data from 1994.





The source of information - https://sputniknews.com/business/201...ance-ministry/
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Wouldn't that be violating international law to cut open the submarine's hull? Since there are dead Soviet sailors still aboard, that makes it a war grave--the Cold War, but a grave, nonetheless. Also, the sub is still property of the Russian Federation, the successor state to the USSR, so the Norwegians would need Russia's permission to do anything to the wreck.
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The world's first floating nuclear power station, the 'Akademik Lomonosov," was captured on its way to the Pevek harbour in Chukotka, footage released on Friday shows.

The floating nuclear plant is 144 metres (470 feet) long and 30 metres (100 feet) wide, houses two nuclear reactors and is named after 18th-century Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.
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