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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 […]

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 […]

Operation Christmas Child in Belarus

Operation Christmas Child in Belarus

By Peter Wooding, ANS, Dec. 18, 2012: For the first time ever Operation Christmas Child supporters in the UK were able to join a live webcast of children opening their shoeboxes in Belarus. On December 6th and 9th hundreds connected online from across the UK to see needy children at a social centre and a […]

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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