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July, 2011 / RSS notes

31 July, 2011  // The 2014 World Cup has officially begun for Russia, with Dick Advocaat's men being drawn with Portugal, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxemburg in qualifying Group F. Not bad but unfortunately there are no easy rivals for Russian team of today.

30 July, 2011  // Russia's vast permafrost areas may shrink by a third by the middle of the century due to global warming, endangering infrastructure in the Arctic zone, an emergencies ministry official said Friday.

29 July, 2011  // Russia on Thursday sweltered in abnormally hot summer weather as the emergency services sought to control expanding countryside blazes to prevent a repeat of last year's devastating wildfires.

28 July, 2011  // Russia's fast-growing Internet has been hit with its first big brouhaha over privacy, as a wave of sensitive data such as text messages, government documents have been turning up in Web searches. No more secrets in Internet age.

26 July, 2011  // Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wants to cut the number of smokers by 10 to 15 percent by 2050. Those are huge ambitions considering 40 percent of Russians light up.

24 July, 2011  // Russian high-jumper Anna Chicherova sent a warning to her rivals at the upcoming world athletics championships by clearing 2.07m at the Russian championships which is a new national record just 2 cm below world record.

23 July, 2011  // Russia's Bolshoi Theater is to finally reopen on October 28 with a lavish ballet and opera gala after a six-year closure for a sometimes fraught restoration. What a nice restoration it should be for about 1 billion USD spent.

22 July, 2011  // Russia's economy slowed in the second quarter. Gross domestic product expanded 3.7 percent from a year earlier in the April-June period, less than the 4.1 percent growth in the first three months of 2011.

21 July, 2011  // Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic. Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff. Will kvass and kefir be the exceptions?

19 July, 2011  // Natalia Ischenko won her second gold medal in synchronized swimming at the world championships, teaming with Svetlana Romashina to win the duet technical final Monday a night after taking the solo gold. Well done!

18 July, 2011  // Russian space telescope RadioAstron was successfully launched on Monday. The mission is to sync up with radio antennas on the ground forming the biggest telescope yet built, with a "dish" spanning almost 30 times the Earth's diameter.

15 July, 2011  // Kazan has been awarded the right to host world swimming championships in 2015. Congratulations!

13 July, 2011  // Russian Soyuz rocket successfully carried six US Globalstar satellites into orbit on Wednesday after postponing the launch twice earlier this week.

12 July, 2011  // Russia is observing a day of mourning after as many as 110 people died when an overloaded boat sank on the Volga. We bring our condolences to all the victims of this tragedy.

11 July, 2011  // Emergency workers have found 12 bodies and are searching for more than 110 people after a Russian cruise ship sank in the Volga River, according to Emergency Ministry officials.

11 July, 2011  // Russian national men's volleyball team has scooped the gold for the second time in history, claiming the World League title. In the final match Russians defeated Brazilian team 3-2. Good job!

9 July, 2011  // Russia will celebrate the 450th anniversary of St. Basil's Cathedral by opening an exhibition dedicated to the so-called "holy fool" who gave his name to the church that is a quintessential image of Russia.

8 July, 2011  // Russia has made plans to become the first country to send the Olympic Torch into space for 2014 Winter Games in Sochi in what would be the longest-ever Olympic Torch Relay. Great idea!

7 July, 2011  // Russia said it would formally submit an application to the United Nations next year to redraw the map of the Arctic, giving itself a bigger share. 17 million square km of land is not enough?

6 July, 2011  // In a series of potentially serious incidents several commercial airliners have been targeted with laser pointers while landing at Moscow and several other airports of Russia. Hooligans of the 21st century.

5 July, 2011  // Russia has a whole array of deposits of rare metals widely used in technology applications ranging from cell phones to missile systems. The bright future of Russia when the oil runs out?

4 July, 2011  // Congratulations to the ladies of Russian team, who claimed their third FIBA EuroBasket Women title with a convincing 59-42 win against Turkey in the championship match last night!

3 July, 2011  // Russia's central bank is concerned government spending will increase in the run-up to parliamentary and presidential elections spurring inflation in the second half of the year. Politicians don't care.

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