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  • Economics

    Apple halts online sales in Russia

    Technology giant Apple says it cannot sell products online in Russia because the rouble’s value is too volatile for it to set prices, the BBC reports. The company stopped sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in the country after a day in which the currency went into free-fall. The rouble has lost more than 20% this week, despite…

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  • Politics

    Treaty on Armenia joining EEU ratified by Russia’s Federation Council

    Armenia is to become a full-fledged member of the Eurasian Economic Union after all ratification procedures are complete in the union members, but no earlier than on January 1, 2015. Russia’s parliamentary upper house, the Federation Council, has ratified a treaty for Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union on Wednesday, TASS reports. The accord was signed at a meeting…

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  • World

    Google pulling engineers out of Russia

    U.S. Internet giant Google will shutter its engineering operations in Russia and transfer staff to offices outside the country after Moscow tightened data storage requirements for Internet firms, the Moscow Times reports. Google, which employs over 50 engineers in Russia, has not confirmed or commented on the move, which technology journal The Information first reported on Thursday citing unidentified sources…

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  • World

    CNN International to go off-air in Russia before New Year

    CNN International will stop broadcasting in Russia before December 31, according to a letter the channel’s managing company distributed to Russian cable operators, Russia Today reports. The letter from Turner Broadcasting System Europe obtained by TASS and Vedomosti newspaper did not state the reasons for the move. General Director at Turner Broadcasting System Russia Tatyana Kalita declined to comment on…

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  • Sport

    FIFA apologises for video showing Crimea as part of Russia

    FIFA has expressed regret after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed Crimea as part of Russia, the Guardian reports. The video, broadcast as the logo was beamed on to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, included a map of the host nation Russia, including Crimea. The clip was commissioned by Russia’s World Cup organising committee from a…

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  • Politics

    Russia to keep developing military base in Armenia: Defense Minister

    Russia will actively keep developing its military bases abroad, Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergey Shoigu said Tuesday, TASS reports. “We keep developing our bases abroad: in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia. We are developing them rather actively,” Shoigu said at a meeting of the Public Council under the Defense Ministry. He recalled that recently a Russian squadron went on combat duty…

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