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March, 2011 / RSS notes

31 March, 2011  // Russia is mourning the death of Lyudila Gurchenko. A brilliant actress and the idol of millions, she died yesterday, at the age of 75.

30 March, 2011  // A Russian boy has answered a message in a bottle from a German child nearly a quarter of a century after it was dropped from a ship into the Baltic. Like a fairy tale.

28 March, 2011  // A 34-year-old real estate lawyer by training, Aleksei Navalny can reach as many as a million unique visitors in a day with his digital samizdat against graft, kickbacks and bribery in Russia. The development of Russian civil society?

27 March, 2011  // Russian Formula One racer Vitaly Petrov was on the podium on Sunday for the first time in his racing career, after finishing third at Australian Grand Prix. May be first Russian champion in future?

25 March, 2011  // Russia has received the right to host the world championships in figure skating this spring. Initially, Japan had it, but due to the natural disaster was forced to cancel the Championships.

24 March, 2011  // Ardent British rock fan Dmitry Medvedev got his wish on Tuesday night when Russian president hosted Deep Purple at his luxurious residence near Moscow. When the dreams come true.

23 March, 2011  // Russia is set to double its crude oil supply to earthquake-devastated Japan this year to some 18 million tonnes as a part of an energy aid package.

22 March, 2011  // U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is meeting with Russian leaders for talks that are expected to include the military action in Libya.

20 March, 2011  // Russia has expressed 'regret' over the international military strikes against Libya and called for a ceasefire in the North African country. Usual cautious position - supporting neither war nor peace.

19 March, 2011  // Russia is capitalising on the end of America's space shuttle programme to charge Nasa far more for transporting its astronauts to the International Space Station. Monopoly as it is.

18 March, 2011  // Health authorities in Russia's Far East warned local residents against uncontrolled consumption of iodine-rich substances among fears of radiation fallout. When panic is the main threat.

16 March, 2011  // Russia will build a $9.4 billion nuclear power plant for Belarus, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. The project will likely anchor the smaller neighbor even further to Russia's political orbit. Just in time.

16 March, 2011  // A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a U.S.-Russian trio of astronauts landed safely in Kazakhstan. U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri arrived at 0754 GMT. Good job!

14 March, 2011  // President Dmitry Medvedev banned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family from Russia and from carrying out financial transactions in the country. No more tents in the Kremlin.

13 March, 2011  // Japan has asked Russia for more energy supplies as the earthquake-ravaged country is bracing for electricity shortages following the disaster, Russian government said.

13 March, 2011  // Radiation levels in Russia's Far East remain within the norm following an accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, a spokesman for Russian Emergencies Ministry's local branch said.

11 March, 2011  // With the price of oil climbing to more than $100 a barrel, Russia has a little more weight to throw around on the world stage, and it is doing just that. And of course the urgency of reforms is decreasing greatly.

10 March, 2011  // Russia announced on Thursday it was banning the sale of all weapons to Libya, in line with its support of UN sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

9 March, 2011  // Car sales in Russia rose 80%, by 73,588 units, in February compared with the year earlier period, the Association of European Business said. Sales in January were up 72% on year. High oil prices are already here.

8 March, 2011  // On March 8, Russia celebrates Women's Day. In Russia, this is one of the best loved holidays. It is an official day off, and men present flowers and other gifts to women.

7 March, 2011  // China says its relations with Russia have been "lifted to a higher level," and hopes to boost bilateral cooperation in addressing international problems. Russia is becoming China's satellite?

7 March, 2011  // With 6 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze awards, Russia is first in medals table of European Athletics Indoor Championships, which have ended in Paris. Good job!

6 March, 2011  // Russian plane carrying humanitarian aid for Libyan refugees arrived Sunday in Tunisia. It delivered food supplies, including baby food, and tents for Libyan refugees in Tunisia. Everything counts.

4 March, 2011  // Aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov, whose supremely maneuverable, heavily armed and far-flying Sukhoi fighter jet became an icon of Soviet defense industry died in Moscow on Friday after a long illness.

3 March, 2011  // Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) is ready to cancel entry visas to foreigners. FSB officials say that this initiative will affect Russia's security in no way because border control will remain. Would be great.

2 March, 2011  // The law on the police has come into force in Russia. The reforms are aimed at establishing partnership relations between citizens and law enforcement officers. The end of Soviet militia?

1 March, 2011  // Approaching his 80th birthday, Mikhail Gorbachev frowns when he speaks of Russia sliding back into Soviet authoritarian ways he thought he defeated. The Soviet past has very deep roots in present Russia.

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