Mammoth Tusks: Big Profits, Lost History

Paleontologists are struggling to salvage precious prehistoric bones discarded by mammoth-ivory hunters in Russia's remote Yakutia region. When hunters extract valuable tusks from the skeletons of the ancient buried animals, they also destroy evidence of past life on Earth. Scientists can't stop this illegal work, but they bargain and scavenge to preserve natural history. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Russia Frees Last Of ‘Whale Jail’ Animals Into Wild In Far East

Russian officials said on November 10 that they had released the last of dozens of beluga whales whose captivity alongside killer whales in a "whale jail" in the Far East prompted an international outcry and Kremlin intervention. Images of some of the 97 belugas and orcas in the Srednyaya Bay pens shocked the Russian and international publics and drew complaints from as far afield as Hollywood actor and environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio. ..

Russian Historian Arrested After Woman’s Severed Arms Found In Backpack

A man believed to be a prominent Russian historian has been pulled out of a river in St. Petersburg with a backpack containing the severed body parts of a young woman and has been charged with murder. The Russian Investigative Committee said a 63-year-old man was rescued from the Moika River near the city center early on November 9 with a woman's arms and a gun in the backpack. Authorities said he has been hospitalized with hypothermia. Lo..

Lithuanian FM: Russia ‘Biggest Obstacle’ To Ukraine Peace

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says Russia represents the biggest obstacle to the peace process in Ukraine, as it misleadingly represents itself as a “neutral party” in the conflict. “Perhaps the greatest obstacle in this [Ukrainian peace] process is that Russia is positioning itself as a neutral party while it is an active participant of the conflict, although officially they are not being treated as such,” Linkevicius said on Nov..

Kyrgyz-Born Man Arrested In Moscow On Terrorism Charges

Russia's Investigative Committee says it has placed a man born in Kyrgyzstan under arrest in Moscow on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack in the capital. The committee's spokeswoman, Yulia Ivanova, said later on November 5 that Talant Onurov, born in 1989 in Kyrgyzstan, was placed under pretrial arrest on November 3, adding that he "had confessed to the crime." Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry officials said that it is not clear if Onurov..

Russia ‘Biggest Obstacle’ To Peace In Ukraine, Says Lithuanian Foreign Minister

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told Current Time TV that Russia was the biggest obstacle to the latest efforts aimed at defusing the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Linkevicius noted violations of the cease-fire linked to troop withdrawals agreed by Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists, and said Russia was an "active participant" in the conflict. Let's block ads! (Why?)

U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support Eastern Europe Energy Independence

WASHINGTON -- U.S. House of Representative members on October 31 introduced a bipartisan resolution to support energy independence in Central and Eastern Europe a day after Russia moved a step closer to completing a new gas pipeline to Germany. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (Democrat-Ohio) and Adam Kinzinger (Republican-Illinois) sponsored the resolution, which expresses U.S. support for new energy projects -- including transportation and renewabl..

Push For More Security After Boy Killed At Russian Kindergarten

The lower house of Russia’s parliament plans to fast-track the passage of a bill that would increase oversight of private security firms, shortly after a man stabbed a six-year-old boy to death at a kindergarten. Authorities said a 36-year-old suspect has been detained following the October 31 stabbing in the northern city of Naryan-Mar. “The requirements for training and certifying employees of private security organizations, especially those gu..

Senior U.S. Diplomat Calls Russia ‘Malign Influence’ That ‘Occupied Ukraine’

PRAGUE -- Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker says the citizens of both Russia and Ukraine are "paying a price" for Russia's "malign influence." In an interview with RFE/RL on October 31, Reeker accused Russia of "keeping a hot war going" in eastern Ukraine and described Russia's activities there as an occupation. "One of the most obvious places most broadly where the Russian malign i..

Erdogan: Turkey Will ‘Clear Terrorists’ From Syria Border If Sochi Deal Fails

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Turkey will "clear terrorists" on its border in northeast Syria if Kurdish fighters do not withdraw by the end of a deadline agreed with Russia. "If the terrorists are not cleared at the end of the 150 hours, we will take control and clean it ourselves," Erdogan said during a speech in Istanbul on October 26, referring to the YPG militia. Turkey says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the Kurdist..

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