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August, 2011 / RSS notes

31 August, 2011  // Russia's state-owned Rosneft teamed up with U.S. company Exxon Mobil in a multibillion deal to develop offshore oil fields in Russian Arctic in return for access to resources in Gulf of Mexico.

30 August, 2011  // Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's president, has announced that parliamentary elections will be held on December 4, a vote that could determine the presidential succession next year. The results of the "elections" have been already decided?

27 August, 2011  // Russian boxer Aleksander Povetkin beat Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan to take the vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight title on a unanimous points decision in Erfurt, Germany. Will the next fight be versus one of Klitschko brothers?

25 August, 2011  // An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft has crashed back to Earth in Siberia after blasting off towards the International Space Station. Officials have said the six ISS astronauts still have plenty of supplies. So the next launch will be critical.

24 August, 2011  // Samuel Eto'o is on his way to Russia, where billionaire oligarch Suleyman Kerimov will make him the highest paid footballer in the world. It did happen.

22 August, 2011  // Russia marks National Flag Day. On August 22nd, 1991, following the collapse of the State Committee of the State of Emergency, the white-blue-red flag became one of the main symbols of new Russia.

20 August, 2011  // North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-Il arrived in his armored train in Russia and plans to meet President Dmitry Medvedev, the Kremlin said. Welcome comrade!

19 August, 2011  // Friday marks the 20th anniversary of KGB-inspired coup that aimed to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist Soviet leader, and replace him with a clique of army generals, security men and communist party reactionaries.

18 August, 2011  // A shark attacked a 16-year-old youth in Russia's Primorye region, officials said, a day after a man lost his hands in a similar shark attack unprecedented for the region. What is wrong with the sharks all over the world?

17 August, 2011  // Russia has announced ambitious plans to build a hotel in space 217 miles above ground. It will have room for seven guests in four cabins, each with views of the Earth below. Sounds a bit unrealistic but may be it is the beginning of real space tourism?

16 August, 2011  // At present, Russia has some islands in the Arctic Ocean. But aside from that, the country's northern border effectively ends where the ocean begins. Russian government is now making the argument that its border should be extended northward.

15 August, 2011  // Russia will showcase its top-of-the-range fighter jets and newest space shuttles at the MAKS airshow, starting on Tuesday.

13 August, 2011  // Collective Security Treaty Organization uniting Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan plans to strengthen defense in cyberspace, as regimes in Egypt and Libya have been overthrown mainly thanks to Twitter and Facebook. Everything is much easier - don't rule individually for decades, ok?

11 August, 2011  // Russia's economy slowed for a second quarter. Gross domestic product expanded 3.4% from a year earlier in the April-June period, compared with 4.1% in the first quarter.

10 August, 2011  // The agent of Samuel Eto'o has confirmed the Inter Milan striker is close to sealing a move to Anzhi Makhachkala. The owner of the team really wants the title and doesn't care about the cost of it.

9 August, 2011  // Russian ruble lost nearly 3 percent against the dollar to a six-month low on the back of the U.S. debt downgrade and a sharp fall in oil prices.

7 August, 2011  // Icebreaker-free shipping through the Northern Sea Route can now proceed following a near-record rate of Arctic ice melt, Russia's environmental agency announced.

6 August, 2011  // Two days after China got permission to explore Indian Ocean for iron ore, Russia was granted authorisation to explore the ocean bed of the Atlantic Ocean for gold and copper.

4 August, 2011  // A pair of spacewalking cosmonauts floated outside the International Space Station to prepare the orbital outpost for upcoming Russian renovations.

2 August, 2011  // Russia is offering the largest discount on the grain in at least four years and targeting buyers in Southeast Asia to regain its share of the world market after lifting an export ban a month ago.

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