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2009-04-27 12:50:21

The speed at which Russia's jobless numbers are growing has eased off a bit, a Cabinet minister said Monday. Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova said the number of out-of-work Russians and those facing the risk of layoffs fell in late March and into April, ITAR-TASS reported. She said the current index of unemployed and those facing the possibility of losing their jobs had slipped to 0.5 percent, compared with 20-25 percent in January and February, the Russian news agency...

2009-04-17 13:51:15

Police in Russia said they have arrested a 72-year-old woman accused of swindling a Moscow man out of $90,000. Investigators said the woman had told the victim that she would arrange for him to purchase an apartment at a reduced price in exchange for the money he paid her, ITAR-Tass reported Friday. Her victim was a Muscovite whom the cunning pensioner offered her services to sell an apartment under a preferential Moscow government program, a law enforcement officer said. The suspect was...

2008-10-14 03:00:24

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Almaty, 14 October: Rescue operations have been completed in mine No 65 of the Kazakhmys Corporation's Zhezkazgantsvetmet company in [central Kazakh] Karaganda Region. In all, six miners died in the mine. "Bodies of all deceased were found and taken to the surface, the bodies are being identified," the press service of the Kazakh Emergency Situations Ministry told ITAR-TASS. [Passage omitted: six miners fell into a mine shaft in...

2008-10-09 06:00:24

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Moscow, 9 October: Russia's Vesti TV news channel has started its broadcasts in Kyrgyzstan, ITAR-TASS learned at the TV channel's press service today. "On the eve of the Bishkek summit of the CIS, the Russian TV news channel Vesti started its broadcasts. It is for the first time for the news channel to broadcast on a terrestrial frequency abroad. Unlike satellite and cable TV, whose number of subscribers is limited, a greater...

2008-09-26 15:00:38

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met Friday to outline business and military cooperation. At the meeting at the Russian government's Novo-Ogaryovo retreat near Moscow, Putin said the two countries were "ready to consider a joint use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes." Russia also planed to "implement agreements on cooperation between our naval forces," Putin said, Itar-Tass reported Friday. Putin pointed out that Russian gas giant Gazprom...

2008-09-26 06:00:29

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Orenburg, 26 September: Russia and Venezuela have signed a memorandum on cooperation in the energy sector and on possible areas of cooperation between Gazprom and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the two countries' presidents, Dmitriy Medvedev and Hugo Chavez. Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller and Venezuelan Minister of Energy and Petroleum and PDVSA president Rafael Ramirez [Carreno] put...

2008-09-25 06:00:27

Russia should actively influence world oil prices, Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko has said, Interfax news agency reported on 25 September. "The Russian delegation has recently attended an OPEC meeting. I want to tell you what we have discussed with many members of our delegation: Russia should actively deal with the issues of influencing the level of the current oil price market, a certain Russian factor should appear," Shmatko said. "We believe that we occupy such a significant place in...

2008-09-24 15:00:12

Text of report in English by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Kiev, 24 September: Ukraine and the United States will make the first launch of a new carrier rocket at the end of 2010, the deputy director-general of Ukraine's national space agency, Eduard Kuznetsov, said on Wednesday [24 September]. According to Kuznetsov, the project will be presented at the aerospace show AviaSweet-21 to open outside Kiev on 25 September. "It will be a vehicle for the delivery of cargoes to the...

2008-09-23 15:00:26

Text of report in English by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Minsk, 23 September: Belarus plans to launch its satellite in 2009, the Council of Ministers' presidium said at its meeting on Tuesday [23 September] that focused on the country's space programme for 2008-12. "First of all I want to say a few words of the spacecraft that is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2009 all works proceed in compliance with the schedule," said Mikhail Myasnikovich, the chairman of the...

2008-09-22 09:00:49

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Moscow, 22 September: Russian and Venezualan oil and gas companies may set up a consortium for working at oil and gas fields in Latin America, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin has said, reporting on the results of his visit to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua last week. "With our companies' participation, a consortium may be set up for working in Venezuela and other countries of the region," he said. [Passage omitted] ["Energy...