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November, 2011 / RSS notes

30 November, 2011  // Smartphones with Windows Phone 7, designed for the Russian market, will use Russian search engine "Yandex" by default. In particular, in the near future the communicators from such manufacturers as Nokia, HTC and Samsung will have it installed.

28 November, 2011  // In 2012 the Japanese Mazda Motor Corp. will produce first cars at the site of the Russian company Sollers in Vladivostok. At the first stage of the production the capacity can reach 30-50 thousand cars a year.

25 November, 2011  // Russia's movie networks refuse to show the documentary about imprisoned Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The premiere was scheduled for December 1, but 19 of the 20 Moscow movie theaters declined to screen it. The declines also came from St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and other cities.

22 November, 2011  // Russian manned spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-02M" has successfully landed near the town of Arkalyk (Kazakhstan) today. After half year of work on the ISS the crew consisting of Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and U.S. astronaut Mike Fossum has safely returned to Earth.

20 November, 2011  // Orthodox relic "Holy Belt of Mother of God" owned by Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos in Greece arrived in Moscow. It is believed that the relic can promote good health. Before Moscow the ark with the belt visited largest Russia cities, about two million people came to see it.

19 November, 2011  // Tajikistan can free Russian pilot sentenced to eight and a half years in jail. Let's hope it will happen as soon as possible.

16 November, 2011  // Three astronauts in Russia's Soyuz spacecraft safely docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday, to the relief of agencies who had feared they might have to leave the orbiting base empty for the first time in a decade.

14 November, 2011  // Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off amid heavy snow in Kazakhstan, beginning a two-day trip to ferry three astronauts to the International Space Station and opening a new era of American dependence on Russia. Good luck in flight!

13 November, 2011  // Russia will demonstrate its most advanced combat aircraft and air defense systems at a major air show in the Middle East, which started on Sunday. The Dubai Airshow will be held on November 13-17 in the United Arab Emirates.

11 November, 2011  // The WTO cleared the way to bring Russia into the fold, a move that would tie the nation into a global system of open markets and binding trade rules. The latest step follows an 18-year effort to bring Russian trade practices in line with international policies governing 153 other nations.

9 November, 2011  // A Russian space probe sent to collect rock and dust from a Martian moon has veered off course within minutes of starting its 33 month mission. The craft is currently stuck in an Earth orbit and engineers have three days to correct the fault before its batteries run out. Horrible year for Russian space industry.

7 November, 2011  // Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets have marched across Red Square to honor the participants of the Nov. 7 1941 parade, who afterward headed to the frontline to defend Moscow from invading Nazi forces.

6 November, 2011  // Muslims in Russia join the Islamic world on Sunday in celebrating Eid al-Adha, Festival of Sacrifice, or Kurban Bairam, as it is called by Russian and Central Asian Muslims. Thousands of believers will come to mosques across Russia to take part in religious ceremonies.

4 November, 2011  // Six volunteers from a multi-national crew on Friday stepped out of an isolation module in Moscow after almost one-and-a-half years locked away from the outside world to simulate the effects of a return voyage to Mars. Welcome back! Now waiting for real expedition to Mars.

3 November, 2011  // Russia's inflation rate fell to a 14-month low in October, bringing the central bank closer to its goal of capping consumer-price increases at the least in two decades. Prices rose 7 percent from a year earlier.

1 November, 2011  // A court awarded two Russian families $100,000 each in compensation from a maternity home that accidentally switched their daughters at birth 12 years ago. The story has captivated Russia ever since the families learned about the switch several months ago. Terrible situation.

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