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Shoppers leave GMO on shelves — survey

Source : ITAR-TASS / 06 Jun 2014

Shoppers are shunning genetically modified food, a Russian survey suggests.

Fifty-four percent of those questioned refused to buy anything labelled GMO, though 55% failed even to interpret the initials.

Those that did recognize GMO as  genetically modified organisms were classed as the well-educated of Moscow and St. Petersburg, returning figures of 71% and 70% in the poll results.


Most Russians want their country to dominate the globe - poll

Source : RT / 30 May 2014

The majority of Russians think their country should return to superpower status or at least become a regional leader, a new public opinion poll has shown.

According to research conducted by VTSIOM, the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion, 42 percent of the population want Russia to become “a great power, like the USSR was once.” Another 41 percent said that the country must become one of the 10 or 15 most developed and influential countries in the world. 10 percent wanted Russia to become the leader of post-Soviet nations and only 4 percent answered that Russia should not pursue goals of global or regional leadership.


Russia sees decline in smokers

Source : RBTH / 29 May 2014

Tobacco users in Russia decreased by more than 5 percent in 2013, and experts expect a new higher excise taxes to reduce further the sale of cigarettes.


Russia May Sign Agreement to Build 8 Reactors in Iran

Source : RIA / 24 May 2014

Moscow may sign an intergovernmental agreement with Teheran this year to build eight new reactors for nuclear power plants in Iran, a source close to the negotiations told journalists Thursday.

Two reactors could be


Russia to ban citizenship change for adopted children

Source : RT / 20 May 2014

Russian MPs intend to ban changing of citizenship of adopted Russian kids over fears that NGOs specializing in adoptions might send children to the United States via third countries.

Despite the fact that we are no longer sending orphans for adoption to US families, the USA has not given up on its policy of purchases of children. If we fail to impose a legal ban on the shipping of children across the ocean, they will transport them through third countries,” State Duma deputy Yevgeniy Fyodorov (United Russia) has told the mass circulation daily, Izvestia.


Communists propose ban on civil servants’ health treatment abroad

Source : RT / 16 May 2014

A Communist Party MP has promised to prepare and draft a bill forbidding all Russian civil servants from accessing health services in foreign countries, claiming this is the only way to ensure sufficient investment in the domestic health sector.


Over 40% of Ukrainians opposed to Ukraine joining NATO - poll

Source : Voice of Russia / 14 May 2014

Ukrainian citizens are mostly opposed to the country joining NATO, the Razumkov Center sociological service said, citing its April poll.

According to the survey, when asked if a referendum on joining NATO was held next Sunday, how one would vote, 36.7 percent of respondents said they would vote for it, 41.6 percent against, 6.4 percent would not vote, and 15.4 percent failed to respond.


Hryvnia to be fully withdrawn from circulation in Crimea

Source : Voice of Russia / 13 May 2014

The hryvnia will be fully withdrawn from circulation in Crimea and Sevastopol as of June 1, 2014, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin told reporters.

The State Duma will meet on May 14 to debate changes to the federal law on the integration of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as separate federal entities.


​Russia will begin Moon colonization in 2030 - draft space program

Source : RT / 12 May 2014

“We are going to the Moon forever,” the Russian Deputy PM said in April, and it was not just empty words. It appears Russia does plan to colonize the Moon by 2030 and the first stage of the ambitious project may start as soon as two years from now.


Permanent NATO Deployment to Threaten Peace in East Europe

Source : RIA Novosti / 08 May 2014

NATO’s permanent presence in Eastern Europe will not restore stability and security to the continent, rather it will threaten peace in the region, Martin Sieff, an Irish-American veteran journalist and author, told RIA Novosti.


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