Here are what Google News believes to be important topics about Russia today, Monday September 01, 2013.

Russia, UAE, To Team Up To Build Helicopter Drones – Forbes
Russia, UAE, To Team Up To Build Helicopter DronesForbesRussia's Berkut Aero will reportedly team up with the UAE's Adcom Systems to take Russia's Berkut VL helicopter as a model for Russia's first-ever combat helicopter drone. The aircraft would be stationed on a Russian aircraft carrier and fly to remote …

Russia responds to Leno's stand over gay rights – San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco ChronicleRussia responds to Leno's stand over gay rightsSan Francisco ChronicleThe efforts of a San Francisco legislator to keep California's largest pension funds from investing millions of dollars in Russia is turning into an international affair – with a Russian diplomat claiming that a new law has been unfairly characterized …Russian anti-gay law prompts rise in homophobic viol

Syria crisis: Russia calls US chemical weapons evidence ‘unconvincing' as … – The Independent
The IndependentSyria crisis: Russia calls US chemical weapons evidence ‘unconvincing' as …The IndependentYet speaking today at Russia's top diplomatic school, Sergey Lavrov said the evidence coming from Washington lacked crucial detail. “Yes, they showed us some findings but there was nothing specific there: no geographic coordinates, no names, no proof …Russia sharply steps up criticism of US

Protests planned to highlight human rights violations in Russia – Irish Times
Protests planned to highlight human rights violations in RussiaIrish TimesAn international campaign to “Keep Hope Alive” is calling on world leaders to challenge the Russian government about the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia at this week's G20 conference in St Petersburg. The organisers are planning a rally …

Russia warns citizens against visiting countries that extradite to the US – RT
Russia warns citizens against visiting countries that extradite to the USRT (blog)With Russian citizens being arrested abroad and being subsequently extradited to the United States become more frequent, the Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a warning advising travelers to carefully choose their destinations. “The incidents in …Russia Warns of US ‘Abduction' ThreatRussia Warns Wanted Nationals

Russia Rejects US Evidence on Syrian Chemical Attack – New York Times
New York TimesRussia Rejects US Evidence on Syrian Chemical AttackNew York TimesMOSCOW — Russia's foreign minister on Monday dismissed as unconvincing the evidence presented by Secretary of State John Kerry of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government and said the United States had fallen far short of making a case for …Russia Says American Evidence on Syria ‘Does Not Convince Us at All'Russ

Russian law isolates gay teenagers – Washington Post
Washington PostRussian law isolates gay teenagersWashington PostMOSCOW — Like other gay teenagers here, Maxim Moiseyev grappled with his identity alone, frightened and uninformed. Adults either ignored him or admonished him. Classmates reviled him. And a new law that forbids minors from hearing anything positive …

Russia does not rule out Putin-Obama G20 sideline talks on Syria – Irish Times
ABC NewsRussia does not rule out Putin-Obama G20 sideline talks on SyriaIrish TimesBarack Obama's description of Vladimir Putin as being like “a bored kid at the back of a classroom” has reportedly infuriated the Russian leader but global political developments may force the two leaders to exchange views on Russian soil at the G20 …How Russia Might Respond to an American Strike in SyriaIf Obama

US intelligence on Syria gas attack ‘unconvincing', says Russia – Telegraph.co.uk
Telegraph.co.ukUS intelligence on Syria gas attack ‘unconvincing', says RussiaTelegraph.co.uk… samples obtained from first responders. Meanwhile it was reported that Russia has dispatched an intelligence ship to the Eastern Mediterranean, as it further beefs up its naval presence in the region ahead of anticipated US strikes against its …Russia sharply steps up criticism of US over SyriaRussia

Syria: Russia Warns US Against Military Strike – Sky News
Syria: Russia Warns US Against Military StrikeSky NewsRussia has warned that a peace conference to end the conflict in Syria could be put off “forever” if the US goes ahead with military action against the regime. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warned that the planned discussions in Geneva would be …

Russia's Global Ports buys container terminal firm NCC – Reuters
Russia's Global Ports buys container terminal firm NCCReutersGlobal Ports said the deal to buy NCC would enable it to streamline its business and capitalize on Russia's robust container market, which grew 7 percent between January and July, one of the fastest rates globally. “The result of this transaction will …

Moscow Foreign Flows Dream Doubted on Discount: Russia Overnight – Bloomberg
Moscow Foreign Flows Dream Doubted on Discount: Russia OvernightBloombergThe Moscow Exchange's transition to a two-day stock settlement today won't suffice to lure foreign investors to locally-traded stocks because of concerns over minority shareholder rights, according to BCS Financial Group. Russia's main stock and …Russia Stocks Gain as China Data Lift Mechel to Bashneft Shares

Russia sending spy ship to Mediterranean: Interfax – Reuters
HaaretzRussia sending spy ship to Mediterranean: InterfaxReutersMOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is sending a reconnaissance ship to the eastern Mediterranean, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, as the United States prepares for a possible military strike in Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will seek …As US prepares for possible Syria strike || Russia sending reconnaissance ship …

Russia Not Convinced by US Evidence on Syria – ABC News
Telegraph.co.ukRussia Not Convinced by US Evidence on SyriaABC NewsThe information the U.S. showed Moscow trying to prove that the Syrian regime was behind an alleged chemical weapons attack is “absolutely unconvincing,” Russia's foreign minister said Monday. The United States insists Syrian President Bashar Assad's …US intelligence on Syria gas attack ‘unconvincing', says RussiaRussia ‘absolute

Brutal videos fuel Russian anti-gay campaign – BBC News
PolicyMicBrutal videos fuel Russian anti-gay campaignBBC NewsAt the Lighthouse Cabaret Club in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the music is loud, the tobacco smoke thick and the dance floor packed with gay couples enjoying an evening out. It is a relaxed atmosphere. And from the smiles and open …California pension bill targets Russia's anti-gay lawsThese Inspiring Musicians Are Sta

California pension bill targets Russia's anti-gay laws – The Globe and Mail
PolicyMicCalifornia pension bill targets Russia's anti-gay lawsThe Globe and MailThe efforts of a San Francisco legislator to keep California's largest pension funds from investing millions of dollars in Russia is turning into an international affair – with a Russian diplomat claiming that a new law has been unfairly characterized …These Inspiring Musicians Are Standing Up Against Russia's Anti-

Russia treats G20 as process, not single event – RT
RTRussia treats G20 as process, not single eventRTWith the world economic crisis getting past its peak, unemployment and tax evasion are expected to the hot topics at the upcoming G20 summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia's deputy finance minister, Sergey Storchak, told RT. Russia, which chairs the group …G20 summit in Russia: Economic worry shifts to emerging marketsG20 Summit: PM to leave for Rus

Syria crisis: The West's failure to act leaves Russia, Iran and Bashar al … – Telegraph.co.uk
Telegraph.co.ukSyria crisis: The West's failure to act leaves Russia, Iran and Bashar al …Telegraph.co.ukWhatever happens in the next few weeks, one lesson is already clear: the axis between Russia, Iran and President Bashar al-Assad is deciding the course of events in Syria; the rebels and their foreign friends are in retreat. Russia and Iran have shown …Russia Offered Asylum to Syria's Assad

Like US, Latest Russian Bombers Testing Hypersonic Weapons – Forbes
Like US, Latest Russian Bombers Testing Hypersonic WeaponsForbesNot to be outdone by the Americans, Russia's next generation bomber, the PAK-DA, will be loaded with the latest in hypersonic weaponry, the Defense Ministry told Ria Novosti newswire on Friday. The PAK-DA is Russia's answer to the newest stealth …

Russian anti-gay law prompts rise in homophobic violence – The Guardian
The GuardianRussian anti-gay law prompts rise in homophobic violenceThe GuardianRussia has experienced an upsurge in homophobic vigilantism following the introduction of legislation outlawing “homosexual propaganda” in June, gay and lesbian groups say. The new laws, which have cast a shadow over the Winter Olympics to be held in …

BRICS agree on bank's structure, progress difficult: Russia – Reuters
BRICS agree on bank's structure, progress difficult: RussiaReutersOfficials from Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa agreed in early August that the bank's capital should come from three payment categories, including subscriptions, Storchak told journalists in remarks for publication on Monday. The …