Tuesday, March 19, 2013

3.19.13 - Despite US change, Russia sticks to missile-shield demand - The Star Online


via Russia - Google News on 3/18/13

RT

Despite US change, Russia sticks to missile-shield demand
The Star Online
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reacted coolly on Monday to a change in U.S. plans for a European missile shield that Moscow has vehemently opposed, saying it would stick to its demand for binding guarantees that the system would not be used to shoot down ...
Russia attacks US missile defense plans, says no concessions possibleRT
Russia unfazed by US missile defenseUPI.com
Russia unmoved by US missile defence shiftThe Hindu
Alaska Dispatch -Press TV -PanARMENIAN.Net
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via NYT > Europe by By ELLEN BARRY on 3/18/13
Torn between education and their faith, Muslims in the Stavropol region find themselves at the center of an emerging debate over religion in Russia.

via Russia - Google News on 3/18/13

Russia's role in World War II
Washington Post
The vast bulk of the German armed forces were tied down on the Russianfront in a brutal struggle. Yes, Lend-Lease aid played a role in helping the Soviets withstand the initial Nazi onslaught. But by 1942 the Russianswere producing mass quantities of ...

via NYT > Europe by By RACHEL DONADIO and JIM YARDLEY on 3/18/13
For Pope Francis to change the Vatican, he must tame a hierarchy whose branches are run like medieval fiefs and whose supplicants vie for access and influence.

Pope Francis will celebrate his inaugural Mass later today.

via Russia - Google News on 3/18/13

CNBC.com

Why Russia is irate about the Cyprus bank tax
CNN
Russian officials are up in arms over a possible levy on Cyprus bank accounts, which Russian president Vladimir Putin denounced as "unfair, unprofessional and dangerous." There's good reason for their concern: Nearly a third of all the money in Cyprus' ...
Russia Sees Cyprus Plan as 'Unfair' Plot to Seize Money of Its CitizensNew York Times
How Russia Could Take Revenge Over Cyprus DealCNBC.com
Russia to gain more than loses from Cyprus levy: Russian Deputy PMChicago Tribune
Fox Business -Wall Street Journal
all 2,565 news articles »

via Russia - Google News on 3/18/13

Forbes

Cyprus Is Pinching Russia
Forbes
Those who've done business with Russia are familiar with the system of incorporating companies in Cyprus and moving money through Cypriot banks. The bailout plan will affect large amounts of Russian cash – $31 billion, estimated by the Moody's ratings ...

Pope Francis will celebrate his inaugural Mass.

via The Moscow Times Top Stories by The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> on 3/18/13
114 years ago today, on March 19, 1899, the first ambulances as we know them today appeared in Russia, working from a hospital in St. Petersburg. Here is a look at Russian ambulances, called скорая помощь, or literally "quick help," over the years.