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October 14, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
Further sanctions against Iran would be "counterproductive," Russia's top diplomat said today, pushing back pointedly against U.S. pressure for a tougher stance against Tehran's nuclear ambitions. The remarks from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, delivered at the side of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, appeared to undercut hopes that Moscow might agree to additional steps that would isolate Iran. "We believe that at this stage all efforts must be focused on supporting the negotiating process," Lavrov said.
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May 31, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack, Los Angeles Times
There were rock stars and rappers, and there were nurses to take blood donations. Music boomed off the sides of skyscrapers for blocks around. In between patriotism-tinged performances, earnest announcers climbed onto a stage in a square, under a sign that read "Saving Lives," and told hundreds of cheering youths about all the good things that would be done with the donated blood. Monday was Generation Day in Moscow, an event of vague origin, organized by networks of pro-Kremlin youth groups apparently to drown out another event.
NEWS
June 3, 1993 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An American businessman held hostage for 10 days by 16 armed kidnapers from southern Russia was freed two blocks from the Kremlin and his abductors were arrested by police after an investigation aided by the FBI, authorities said Wednesday. The kidnapers had demanded a $400,000 ransom for Thomas Ling Ming Cha, 58, head of Alaska Antler Products Inc. in Anchorage, Cha's assistant, Susan Mitchell, said in a telephone interview from Alaska.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington.
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February 1, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
MOSCOW - Once I came to Moscow to cover an urban ballooning expedition. In winter. But when the balloonists came face to frigid, wind-lashed face with the winter here - well, we never got off the ground. And so, as icy gales scoured the city, I strolled near the Moskva River until I faced a vast, low-hovering cloud, lighted from within, scented with chlorine and cigarettes. Occasionally, a near-naked Muscovite would emerge, dripping, and wander off to look for a towel and his pants.
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December 23, 1998 | ALEXANDER YANOV, Alexander Yanov is the author of "The Russian Challenge and the Year 2000" and "The Russian New Right."
It's hardly surprising that Western media keep missing important--and troubling--political trends in Moscow; it just reflects our total preoccupation with Russia's financial meltdown. Such predominance of economics might have been excused in the heady years of President Boris N. Yeltsin's power. The trouble is that not just Yeltsin but an entire era is fading from the picture. A new and dangerous one looms on the horizon while we refuse to see its omens.
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January 13, 1992 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cold, the wind and the snow suited Marina Matkovskaya in a way. So did the taunts of passersby and even the open abuse of an old man who shouted "Fascists, fascists!" as she unfurled the red flag of the old Soviet Union. "We are in the wilderness," Matkovskaya, 54, a chemical engineer, said. "It's almost right that we should suffer, I suppose, because, quite frankly, we made a mess of it. That our successors are doing far, far worse, however, is no comfort."
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March 16, 1994 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Nixon, the former American President, wound up an 11-day "fact-finding" mission to Moscow on Tuesday by hearing out Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky, the Russian master of hyperbole. In 80 minutes, Nixon got an earful. Among the dubious assertions Zhirinovsky made in their closed-door meeting were: * 300 million Muslims are massing on Russia's southern border and could take over the country.
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March 29, 1999 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a dramatic instance of the anti-American sentiment sweeping Russia because of NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, a man fired a submachine gun Sunday at the U.S. Embassy here, raking its walls with bullets. The yolk-colored exterior of the embassy, now spattered in many bright hues, is showing the effects of four days of protests--probably the most heated ever seen there--by demonstrators who have hurled paint, rocks, beer and eggs, burned American flags, broken windows and urinated.
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January 26, 2002 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young man was intoxicated but on his feet when he left a billiards hall early Jan. 9. But he later awoke to find himself tumbling inside a moving garbage truck, dodging massive blades slowly grinding collected refuse into pulp. For 23 minutes, according to a transcript of a series of calls made on his cell phone to Moscow's 911 rescue service operators, 25-year-old Taras Shugayev pleaded and cried, saying he was being squeezed and begging for help.
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