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Russia Passed Bill Outlawing “Homosexual Propaganda”

Russia Passed Bill Outlawing “Homosexual Propaganda”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday a bill passed in the country’s lower house of parliament that would outlaw so-called “homosexual propaganda” does not violate Moscow’s international obligations.

Russia’s Religious Freedom Discussed at Briefing in Washington

Russia’s Religious Freedom Discussed at Briefing in Washington

Religious freedom is waning in Eurasia and the Former Soviet Union. You’ve heard the stories. Churches liquidated, fathers arrested for holding a prayer meeting, pastors arrested for not registering the church, and families restricted to owning just one Bible. By MNN, Jan. 28, 2013: As a result of these alarming trends, Russian Ministries–in cooperation with its […]

Russian Adoption Ban Keeps Orphans Waiting

Russian Adoption Ban Keeps Orphans Waiting

By MNN, Jan. 17, 2013: The future for thousands of Russian orphans still hangs by a thread bound to the pens of politicians. The Russian law banning adoptions to the U.S. was signed by President Vladimir Putin to take effect on January 1. But then conflicting reports started coming out from various Russian and U.S. […]

Pray for Christianity in Chechnya

Pray for Christianity in Chechnya

By Anneta Vyssotskaia, ANS, Jan. 16, 2013: Chechnya (or Chechen Republic) is part of the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation. It is located in the Northern Caucasus mountains and borders several other Russian republics and regions: Ingushetia, Northern Ossetia, Dagestan and Stavropolskii. It borders Georgia on the south. The population of Chechnya is now […]

‘Gift of Hope’ Program Underway in Russia

‘Gift of Hope’ Program Underway in Russia

By MNN, Jan. 4, 2013: Russia ― January 1 was a landmark day for adoption in Russian. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning any adoptions from parents in the United States. The signing of that legislation abruptly halted the potential of American families who hoped to adopt a child from Russia, devastating many families […]

Central Asians Stick To ‘Un-Islamic’ New Year’s Traditions

Central Asians Stick To ‘Un-Islamic’ New Year’s Traditions

By Farangis Najibullah, RFE/RL, Dec. 27, 2012: Officials in Central Asia insist they will continue the practice of ushering in a Western-style New Year’s with parties, decorated trees, and Father Frost despite scattered calls to discard those Soviet-era traditions. Such adornments were unheard of among a majority of people in those predominantly Muslim states until Soviet rule introduced […]

Russia: Did 2012 Change Everything?

Russia: Did 2012 Change Everything?

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL, Dec. 26, 2012: It was the year everything changed. It was the year nothing changed. A longtime ruler lost his aura of omnipotence but reclaimed his throne nonetheless. His adversaries grew in stature but squabbled and struggled to find a common voice. And long-docile citizens woke up and demanded something new but remained […]

New Russian Ethnicity Policy Ignites Outcry

New Russian Ethnicity Policy Ignites Outcry

By RFE/RL, Dec. 1, 2012:A potentially explosive political kettle has been simmering in Russia for months, and it may well boil over in the weeks to come.Shortly after his return to the Kremlin in May, President Vladimir Putin ordered the drafting of a new State Nationalities Policy. The document, which was to be unveiled on December […]

Russia Hopes for more Arctic Shipping in light of Climate Change

Russia Hopes for more Arctic Shipping in light of Climate Change

By James Brooke, VOA News, Nov. 28, 2012: MOSCOW — Americans may have seen the downside of climate change when Hurricane Sandy bashed into New Jersey and New York City in October. Some scientists say melting Arctic ice helped to create the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Russians and Chinese, however, see an upside to ice […]

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