Grave development: Russia slashes budget for official funerals
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 06:03

The economic crisis in Russia is forcing not only civilians but also entire ministries to reduce their expenses. This has even affected specific areas such as funerals: The Russian Defense Ministry has reduced its anticipated budget for burying top government officials (presidents, prime ministers and ministers) by almost 50 percent, from 1.1...

Putin describes the smell in Russia's relations with the West
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 03:52

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Vladimir Putin believes that the complicated dialogue with Washington can be explained with the fact that it resembles an attempt of the US to impose its own terms on Russia. 

"You know, it's very difficult to have a dialogue with the incumbent US administration. There's almost no dialogue at all. What does it look like? The US...

Defense Ministry to set up training range in western Russia
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 03:18

A new training range measuring more than 50 square kilometers will be set up in the Bryansk Region in west Russia by the yearend, Russian Western Military District spokesman Igor Muginov said.

The training range will be used to train up to 1,000 servicemen simultaneously, the spokesman added.

"Training areas have been established at the range to...

Russia and Armenia to set up joint air defense system in the Caucasus
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 02:10

The Armenian parliament has ratified an agreement between Moscow and Yerevan on the establishment of a single air defense system in the Caucasus region. On Oct. 7 Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian State Duma to also approve the agreement, which is aimed at improving security along Russia’s southern border.

The agreement is...

Putin cancels visit to Paris as France made it clear 'It's not the time'
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 01:56

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled his visit to Paris on October 19 as France had send a signal "It is not the time for visits."

Speaking at the Russian Calling forum on Oct. 12, Putin said that he had "a very good relationship" with French President Francois Hollande.

"In fact, we have not even canceled the visit. However, France let us...

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