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    The Ruble Is Plunging
    Dec31

    The Ruble Is Plunging

    The ruble is collapsing again. The currency dropped another 5% on Wednesday. Over the course of the day, it got as weak as 62.03 rubles to $1, but right now it’s around 60.2 rubles to $1. The ruble closed on at 56.71 on Tuesday. The currency’s plunge coincides with Brent oil falling to a 5.5-year low on Wednesday — down as low as...

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address
    Dec31

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised New Year’s address on Wednesday that the “return home” of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to Moscow’s control would forever remain an important chapter in Russia’s history. Putin is facing the biggest challenge of his 15-year rule as the Russian economy is sliding...

    Putin hails Russia’s annexation of Crimea as historic
    Dec31

    Putin hails Russia’s annexation of Crimea as historic

    Russian President, who praises Crimea’s ‘return home’ in his New Year’s speech, also sends messages to heads of state …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Russia Starts A New Economic Union Tomorrow And It Already Looks Like A Disaster
    Dec31

    Russia Starts A New Economic Union Tomorrow And It Already Looks Like A Disaster

    A huge new economic union will begin tomorrow. You might not have heard about it, though, because its biggest member — Russia — has been a little preoccupied with its own economy recently. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEA), which succeeds the Eurasian Economic Community and customs union, begins on Jan. 1, 2015. It’s made up of Russia,...

    New Year’s Eve messages include speculation about Ukraine-Russia conflict
    Dec31

    New Year’s Eve messages include speculation about Ukraine-Russia conflict

    JC FinleyKIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 31 (UPI) — On the eve of the new year, world leaders reflected on the status and future of Ukraine and Russia relations. …read more Source: United Press...

    Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic landmark
    Dec31

    Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic landmark

    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his New Year’s speech to hail his country’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula as an achievement that will “forever remain a landmark in the national history.”Putin’s comment in his pre-recorded annual address on Wednesday already has been broadcast in...

    The 50 Best Photos Of 2014
    Dec31

    The 50 Best Photos Of 2014

    This was a tumultuous year. From revolution and war in Ukraine, Syria, and Israel to social unrest across the US and the Ebola outbreak in Africa, 2014 was anything but quiet. And, as the old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We compiled the most unforgettable images from the past 12 months, captured by photographers...

    On Eastern Ukraine’s Front Lines, Strategic, Besieged Mariupol Faces Economic Destruction
    Dec31

    On Eastern Ukraine’s Front Lines, Strategic, Besieged Mariupol Faces Economic Destruction

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine — One year ago, Roman Sokolov’s purpose in life was his window-making business. Today, the 34-year-old entrepreneur spends every waking hour defending his hometown of Mariupol, a strategic Ukrainian seaport less than 30 miles (50 km) from the Russian border. “When there’s a war, nobody needs new windows....

    PUTIN: ‘The More Kindness And Love, The More Confident And Stronger We Will Be’
    Dec31

    PUTIN: ‘The More Kindness And Love, The More Confident And Stronger We Will Be’

    During his annual televised New Year’s Eve address, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again spoke about love. “The more kindness and love there will be, the more confident and stronger we will be,” Putin told the Russian people, “and that means, we will definitely achieve success.” “Love for one’s...

    Serb Foreign Minister Says Ukraine War Echoes Balkan Conflict
    Dec31

    Serb Foreign Minister Says Ukraine War Echoes Balkan Conflict

    Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says the conflict in Ukraine reminds him of what happened in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Dacic was speaking to RFE/RL’s Balkan Service ahead of Serbia assuming the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He said Serbia would use its experience of talks to...