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Unexplained Midair Russian Plane Crash in Egypt

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224 people aboard a Russian passenger jet died when the plane broke into pieces midair. The Kogalymavia Flight 9268 had been in the air 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt when it fell apart. The incident happened on Saturday 30 2015.

“Disintegration of the fuselage took place in the air and the fragments are scattered around a large area” The executive director of Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee, Viktor Sorochenko is quoted as saying.

Debris from the wreckage can be seen covering the flat barren land for over a 20 square Kilometer area in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The area is known to be occupied by Islamic Insurgent groups.

Wide spread speculation is circulating over what may have caused the Russian passenger Jet to crush. Experts say knowing that the plane came disintegrated mid air narrows down the possibilities but say it is still too early to say what exactly caused it.
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Toyota keeps European sales target despite Russian market slump

By Agnieszka Flak and Laurence Frost PARIS (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp expects to ride out the worst effects of the slump in Russia’s car market, a senior executive said at the Paris auto show, and is sticking to its target of increasing sales to a million vehicles in Europe next year. Though Russia’s car sales this year could drop to their lowest level since the financial crisis as Western sanctions over Ukraine weaken the economy further, Toyota says its focus on higher-end vehicles will help to keep its Russian numbers steady this year. “There is a lot of uncertainty in Russia … …

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Russian state arms maker to sell plant to bypass Western sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Rostec, a state-owned conglomerate hit by Western sanctions over Ukraine, will sell a small arms factory to a businessman who is not blacklisted to allow further sales to Europe and the United States, officials and sources said. The European Union and the United States targeted Rostec and its head Sergei Chemezov in sanctions over Russia’s role in Ukraine where the West accuses Moscow of fanning separatist unrest and arming rebels. Moscow denies the accusations and has hit back with its own trade curbs. … …read more

Source: Russian state arms maker to sell plant to bypass Western sanctions

Russian lawyer wins Norwegian human rights prize

OSLO (Reuters) – A Norwegian human rights foundation gave its annual prize on Thursday to a Russian lawyer and the legal aid group he heads, for their work defending the right to fair trial. Pavel Chikov, 36, and the Agora group were selected for helping activists, bloggers, journalists and non-governmental organizations against the unlawful actions of Russian government agencies, the Rafto Foundation said. Agora also documents abuses of power, compiles reports detailing human rights abuses and focuses its attention on regions that seldom receive media coverage, the foundation said. … …read more

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Russian court upholds businessman Yevtushenkov’s house arrest

By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Moscow court on Thursday ordered wealthy businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov to remain under house arrest until Nov. 16, pushing down shares in his company Sistema in a case that has shocked Russian business leaders. Yevtushenkov, Sistema’s chairman and main owner, was put under house arrest last week on suspicion of money laundering in the telecoms-to-oil conglomerate’s acquisition of oil producer Bashneft. Sistema denies the accusations. … …read more

Source: Russian court upholds businessman Yevtushenkov’s house arrest

NATO sees significant pullback of Russian troops from Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO has observed a significant withdrawal of Russian forces from inside Ukraine, but many Russian troops remain stationed nearby, an alliance military spokesman said on Wednesday. “There has been a significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine, but many thousands are still deployed in the vicinity of the border,” Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Janzen said in an e-mailed response to a request from Reuters for comment. “Some Russian troops remain inside Ukraine. … …read more

Source: NATO sees significant pullback of Russian troops from Ukraine

Polish miners block Russian coal imports at border

WARSAW (Reuters) – More than 200 Polish miners blocked trains carrying Russian coal at a border passage in northern Poland to protest against the cheaper Russian coal being brought in at a time when local mines are struggling, mining union leaders said on Wednesday. Poland, which uses coal to generate about 90 percent of its electricity, produced 76.5 million tonnes in 2013. It exported 10.6 million tonnes but at the same time imported 10.8 million, mainly from Russia and the Czech Republic. Imported coal proves cheaper than that from Poland’s largest miners such as Kompania Weglowa or JSW. … …read more

Source: Polish miners block Russian coal imports at border

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