News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 11 August 2013.

Photo sourced from DBDuophotography

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President Obama on Wednesday cancelled next month’s Moscow summit meeting, ending for now his signature effort to transform Russian-American relations and potentially dooming his aspirations for further nuclear arms cuts before leaving office.

The immediate cause was Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed secret American surveillance programs.

Source: New York Times

The American Secretaries of State and Defense  sought Friday to demonstrate that President Obama’s decision to cancel a summit meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had not disrupted bilateral discussions on nuclear weapons, missile defense and regional issues [as they]  met with their Russian counterparts.

Source: New York Times

The head of the International Olympic Committee has insisted there should be no discrimination against gay athletes at this winter’s Games in Russia.  Speaking in Moscow, where the world athletics championship is due to get underway, Mr Rogge said persecution of athletes based on their sexuality was unacceptable.

Source: The Independent

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected a plea from the broadcaster Stephen Fry to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia in protest over its treatment of gay people, claiming that “we can better challenge prejudice” by attending the event.

Source: The Independent

Iran intends to sign an agreement with Russia soon on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Islamic Republic, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday, citing Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

Source: RIA Novosti

The Russian economy will avoid a recession but is in a period of stagnation caused by high levels of social spending and structural problems, Russia’s top economic official [Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev] said in an interview published by Kommersant newspaper on Monday.

Source: RIA Novosti

Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office says it has found evidence that the Moscow mayoral election campaign of outspoken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is illegally funded from abroad.

Source: RFE/RL


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