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February, 2011 / RSS notes

28 February, 2011  // Russia's budget deficit may fall to 2% of gross domestic product or less in 2011, from 3.9% last year, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday. More revolutions = more profit for Russia?

27 February, 2011  // Vera Sokolova broke the world record in the women's 20 km walk on Saturday, taking over half a minute off the old mark set by fellow Russian Olimpiada Ivanova in 2005. Congratulations!

26 February, 2011  // President Dmitry Medvedev and King Juan Carlos I of Spain were in St. Petersburg on Friday launching the year-long Spanish Season in Russia and Russian Season in Spain.

25 February, 2011  // Tsar Alexander II and President Abraham Lincoln now share the spotlight in a new exhibit, which Russia and the United States opened on Tuesday in the State Archive in Moscow.

24 February, 2011  // Rosatom and Russian Railways are seriously developing a nuclear powered train. The engine of the train will be a small fast breeder reactor. Waiting for Russian nuclear powered cars.

23 February, 2011  // Russia marks the Fatherland Defenders' Day. People pay a tribute of respect and recognition to the service members, army and navy veterans. Unofficially, people regard the Defenders' Day as a festive occasion for all men.

22 February, 2011  // Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry is working with Foreign Ministry to secure permission for Russian airplanes to fly through Libyan airspace to evacuate Russian citizens.

21 February, 2011  // Russia's Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda have won gold in two-man race at the world championship in bobsleigh in Koenigssee in Germany. The first but not the last?

20 February, 2011  // Three car bombs defused in Elbrus area in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria had the combined strength of 70 kg of TNT. The area of attacks is constantly growing.

18 February, 2011  // An exhibition of works by Soviet artist Alexander Deyneka has opened in Rome, marking the start of the Year of Russia in Italy and the Year of Italy in Russia.

17 February, 2011  // Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos has left Corinthians to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on a free transfer. Great PR move for a team not from the top of Russian championship.

15 February, 2011  // NATO was not impressed by Russian army after two large maneuvers in 2009 because its forces relied on aging equipment, lacked transport and suffered from manpower shortages. Still having a lot of nuclear missiles.

14 February, 2011  // Russia's Ivan Skobrev won the world all-around speed skating championship on Sunday at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Canada. Congratulations!

13 February, 2011  // Fedor Emelianenko had been considered the best heavyweight fighter for the better part of a decade. Those days might be over, along with his sterling career. Nevertheless he is a legend already.

11 February, 2011  // Russia's ageing population could plummet by more than 20 million in the next 40 years, Standard & Poor's ratings agency predicted, from 140 million in 2010 to 116 million in 2050. Still enough to pump the oil.

10 February, 2011  // Russia is ready to give expelled British Guardian journalist Luke Harding a new visa if he resolves outstanding administrative problems, the foreign ministry said. Too late to save the face.

9 February, 2011  // 30 years after introduction of reverts to winter/summer time Russia is going to put an end to this practice. From autumn 2011 Russians will not put the clock one hour back. A lot of playing with time last years.

8 February, 2011  // The potential mascots for 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi premiered on the air Monday night in the first public presentation of the images after months of collecting ideas and design work. Unfortunately they ignored Zoich.

7 February, 2011  // Russia topped the medal tally at the 25th Winter Universiade Games with 14 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals in the end of the competition. Will the result of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics be the same?

5 February, 2011  // Russia issued a permit to export caviar for the first time in nine years. The permit allows for 150 kilograms (331 pounds) of caviar to be shipped to Europe next week. Bon appetite!

4 February, 2011  // Former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who failed to obtain residence permit in Latvia, promised to return to Russia to continue the struggle against his opponents. It is so easy to promise it while living in Austria.

3 February, 2011  // A special plane of Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations took on board a two-year-old girl and her mother at Novosibirsk airport to airlift the child to Italy for heart transplantation surgery.

2 February, 2011  // Russia's sultry spy Anna Chapman has trademarked her name so that she can start producing her own brand of vodka and perfume, a Russian daily reported. Drink vodka, become a spy!

1 February, 2011  // Today is the 80th anniversary of the birth of Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia. President Medvedev today unveiled a monument to Yeltsin in his home city Ekaterinburg. First one in Russia.

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