Headlines about Russia in International Press Monday 19 August and Sunday 18 August 2013

TODAY (Monday 19 August 2013)

High jumper had to change pro-gay nail polish in Russia – USA TODAY
Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro, who painted her nails with rainbow colors to support gay rights at track's world championships in Russia, wore red nail polish for the final day of competition after track's governing body warned Swedish …Isinbayeva says Green Tregaro's gesture was disrespectful to RussiaAthletes take

Trade ‘suicide': Russia prepares to tighten borders if Ukraine signs on with EU – RT
Russia has signaled it is ready to hit back and tighten customs controls on Ukrainian exports if Kiev signs a ‘suicidal' customs agreement with the EU. Such a trade war could cost Ukrainian producers an estimated $2.5 billion in losses. “We are …Russia Moves to Restrict Imports If Ukraine Signs EU Deal Russia readi

Russia's Economy Really Is Slowing Down: Unemployment Ticked Up In Q2 2013 – Forbes
Russia's economy hasn't been getting a lot of love recently, with news stories touting the increased risk of recession and the central bank's limited room for maneuver. GDP growth in the second quarter was as little as 1.2% year over year, which would …Central Bank predicts stagnation for Russian economy

Russia and Japan launch territorial row talks – GlobalPost the Diplomat
Russian and Japanese diplomats held talks in Moscow on Monday in a bid to restart stalled negotiations over a territorial row that has kept the two neighbours from signing a World War II peace treaty and rejuvenating economic ties. The talks between …Getting Serious: An End to the Russia-Japan Dispute?Japan and Russia to restart

Russia battles huge far east flood – 20000 evacuated – BBC News euronews
More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from flood-stricken areas in Russia's far east, where the Amur river has burst its banks after heavy rain. The army and emergency workers have set up 166 temporary shelters across three regions, providing …Severe rain floods Russia's Far East regionFloods threaten Russia's Jewish Auton

Gay athletes, allies test the limits of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law – Syracuse.com
Activists holding placards depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, participate at a protest against Russia's new law on gays, in central London, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Hundreds of protesters, called for the Winter 2014 Olympic Games to be taken …

Russia's anti-gay law brings controversy ahead of 2014 Sochi Olympics – Washington Post The Guardian
While no competitor was arrested, Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, the gold medalist in the pole vault, scolded the manicured Swedish athletes for disrespecting her country's laws and residents, saying Russians “consider ourselves like normal, standard people.Russia seeks to calm Olympics anti-gay law fearsR

Russian Athletes Kiss on Winners Podium to Protest Anti-Gay Law – Slate Magazine (blog)
Two female Russian athletes kissed on the winners podium to protest Russia's anti-gay propaganda law, reports Sky News. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kissed after they helped their team win the 4 x 400 meter relay at the World Athletics …

Getting Serious: An End to the Russia-Japan Dispute? – the Diplomat
As Japan remains mired in seemingly intractable territorial rows with China and South Korea, there seems to be a window of opportunity on its dispute with Russia over the Northern territories (referred to as the Southern Kurile Islands in Russia). On …Japan, Russia officials to hold talks Monday on disputed isletsJapan a

Russia politician steals Game of Thrones star – Stuff.co.nz
The mother of dragons has been dragged into a Russian political fight that's every bit as brutal as Game of Thrones. An image of British actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series, appears in a campaign for a politician …Meanwhile in Russia: Putin-Backed Mayoral Candidate Puts Pictures of Emilia

Russia Moves to Restrict Imports If Ukraine Signs EU Deal – Wall Street Journal Kyiv Post
Russia is moving to clamp down on imports from Ukraine if its ex-Soviet neighbor signs a landmark free-trade and political-association deal with the European Union, a senior adviser to President Vladimir Putin said. The comments Sunday by …Russia readies tighter customs if Ukraine signs EU deal: reportRus

Russia's anti-gay law uproar an ‘invented problem' – sports minister – The Guardian
The controversy over Russia's law banning the promotion of homosexuality is an “invented problem” focused on by Western media, the country's sports minister Vitaly Mutko claimed on Sunday. The law, which parliament passed in June, bans “propaganda of …

Russia's anti-gay law uproar an “invented problem”: minister – Reuters
It has attracted international condemnation and cast a shadow over the athletics world championships in Moscow, with questions raised over whether it will apply to athletes and spectators at next year's Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort …

Russia tops medal table at World Athletics Championships – RT (blog)
The 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow saw a full stadium during its eighth and final day, pushing away disagreements concerning Russia's “gay propaganda law.” Russia topped the medal table with seven gold, four silver, and six bronze …Russia Tops Medal Table after Day 8 at Moscow Worlds

Cosmonauts Break Spacewalk Record For Russia In Marathon Outside … – Huffington Post
Veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer Alexander Misurkin spent a total of seven hours and 29 minutes — a new Russian record — on a spacewalk to install power and data cables for a new Russian laboratory module expected to launch …Cosmonauts' spacewalk sets record for Russia

Russia Said to Ready Tighter Customs if Ukraine Signs EU Deal – Voice of America
Russia is preparing tighter customs controls with Ukraine in case Kyiv makes the “suicidal” move of signing an association agreement with the European Union, an aide to President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Sunday. Russian …Russia Moves to Restrict Imports If Ukraine Signs EU DealRussia Accused of Tr

Horrific video of brutal attack on transgender woman in Russia – AMERICAblog (blog)
A new video has surfaced of 5 Russian men participating in the brutal beating of a trans woman. As we'd reported earlier, violent anti-gay and anti-trans vigilante groups have cropped up around Russia, with the goal of luring young gay and trans kids …

Henrik Zetterberg Spoke Out Against Russia's ‘Anti-Gay' Laws When Henrik … – Yahoo! Sports
COMMENTARY | Henrik Zetterberg isn't known for his political beliefs, but the Detroit Red Wings captain recently criticized Russia's “anti-gay” laws, something New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist decided not to. Lundqvist, who most likely will be …NHL stars blast Russia's anti-gay legislationTwo Olympic

YESTERDAY (Sunday 18 August 2013)

David Cameron met Stephen Fry to discuss Russian gay rights row – The Guardian
David Cameron secretly met the comedian Stephen Fry in an East End pub to discuss Russia's anti-gay rights laws, as the prime minister faced new calls to raise the issue with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit. The highly unusual meeting was brokered by …The Nonsense Used to Justify BigotryRussia owes its cultur

Gmail violates Russia's constitution – senator – RT
A Russian senator has challenged Internet giant Google to explain its use of clients' personal Gmail data, and claimed that the e-mail service violates individuals' right to the secrecy of correspondence under the country's constitution. Google's …Google, Russian senators to talk data protection

Russia seeks to calm Olympics anti-gay law fears – CBS News
Russia's law banning gay “propaganda” for minors won't infringe on the private lives of athletes and spectators at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the country's sports minister said Sunday.Russia's anti-gay law uproar an ‘invented problem': ministerRussia: Anti-Gay Row ‘Invented' B

Russian Women's Relay Team Makes Out On Podium At World Championships … – SportsGrid /The Star Online
SportsGridVia Slate: Two female Russian athletes kissed on the winners podium to protest Russia's anti-gay propaganda law, reports Sky News. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kissed after they helped their team win the 4 x 400 meter relay at the World Athletics …Russia outrun US to take women's 4×400 relayAt

World championships in Russia act as rough draft for 2014 Sochi Olympics – National Post
As the biggest international sports event that post-Soviet Russia has hosted, the gathering of nearly 2,000 track and field athletes has been watched as an informal indicator of how well Russia will do in six months as host of the Winter Olympics in …A Winter Olympics Boycott Is Not the Answer to Ru

Russia's Far East hit by biggest floods in 120 years – RT (blog)
Over 17,000 residents have already left the area over the disaster. Viktor Ishayev, Russia's Minister for the Far East, said that “in the worst-case scenario up to 100,000 people could be evacuated” from the Amur, Khabarovsk and Jewish Autonomous Regions.Perilous floods prompt tens of thousands to scramble in Russia's Far EastUp

Russia readies tighter customs if Ukraine signs EU deal: report – Reuters/ The Nation
Russia is preparing tighter customs controls with Ukraine in case Kiev makes the “suicidal” move of signing an association agreement with the European Union, an aide to President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Sunday.Russia Accused of Trade War Against UkraineUkraine Says Russia Launching ‘Tr

Russia: Anti-Gay Row ‘Invented' By Western Media – Sky News
The new legislation, which makes it illegal to give under-18s information about homosexuality, has led to calls for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Russia. Debate over the law, which was introduced in June, has intensified during the World …Russia's anti-gay law uproar an ‘invented problem': ministerWorld championships in Russia

Russia's new media mavericks – Aljazeera.com
It is the story of two Russian bloggers, Sergei Mukhamedov and Irina Gundareva, who use their blogs to expose corruption and challenge the established order in the different areas in which they live. Mukhamedov is based in Moscow and says he set up his …

Russia to help in Sindhurakshak fire probe – The Hindu
Russia's top defence industry official has said his country will help India strengthen its defence potential dented by the loss of submarine INS Sindhurakshak. Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of defence industry, offered help to India …Safety rules violation may be behind submarine Sindhurakshak accident: RussiaSindhurak

Perilous floods prompt tens of thousands to scramble in Russia's Far East – CNN International
Catastrophic flooding has prompted the evacuation of thousands upon thousands of people in Russia's Far East, a government ministry said Sunday, spurring hasty efforts to set up housing for the displaced. Russia's emergency ministry said …Up to 100000 face evacuation in Russia's flood-hit f

Russia warms up for Sochi Olympics with track worlds – CBC.ca
Bus drivers ferrying the athletes and fans got lost. Spectators trudged their way to the stadium on a crude path through the trees. Controversy over Russia's anti-gay law flared. The nine-day athletics world championships, which end Sunday, have had …Why the Russia boycott mattersWorld Athletics Championships 2013: Yelena Isinbayeva

NHL stars blast Russia's anti-gay legislation – USA TODAY
Count Henrik Zetterberg among those speaking up against Russia's ban of “homosexual propaganda.” The country has become a target of public outcry in recent days since it became known that its anti-gay law, passed in June, would apply for all athletes …Henrik Zetterberg Spoke Out Against Russia's “Anti-Gay” Laws when Henrik …Henrik Zetterber

In snub to Washington, Kenyan president visits China, Russia first – Washington Post/Capital FM
Both China and Russia have been silent over allegations that Kenyatta and his vice president, William Ruto, committed crimes against humanity at the time of Kenya's disputed 2007 elections. Kenyatta and Ruto are accused of orchestrating and funding …Uhuru goes east to Russia and China

Rough Olympic Warmup for Russia at Track Worlds – ABC News/ The Independent
international sports event post-Soviet Russia has hosted. And the gathering of nearly 2,000 track and field athletes has been regarded as an informal indicator of how well Russia will do in six months as host of the Winter Olympics in the resort …Why the Russia boycott mattersWorld Athletics Championships 2013: Yelena Isin

Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia Pole Vault Great, Condemns Gays At World Athletics … – Huffington Post
MOSCOW (AP) — Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia. The Russian, who …

Police Suspect Captain In Deadly Boat Crash On Russia's Irtysh River Was Drunk – Huffington Post
Russian media report that a boat being piloted by a captain suspected of being drunk has crashed into a barge, killing four people and wounding 49. The Interfax news agency, citing regional police and emergency services, says the crash …

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