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G8 PRESIDENCY TO BE MARKED BY TRANSPARENCY AND EFFICIENCY, PUTIN SAYS

The Moscow Times
January 11, 2014
In an address published on the Kremlin’s website as Russia assumed the presidency on New Year’s Day, Putin preached cooperation, dialogue and shared responsibility in achieving the group’s goals and advocated “a spirit of partnership based on trust” among its members- the U.S., UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Canada, European Union and Russia.

SOCHI: SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISM AT THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

The Heritage Foundation
January 6, 2014
by Cassandra Luccacioni and Ariel Cohen
Two bomb attacks, carried out by suicide bombers at a railway station and a bus in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), 500 miles southeast of Moscow, shattered the pre-holiday spirit as Russians prepared to celebrate the New Year. Up to 45 people, including children, were killed, and over 100 were injured, many of them severely; the death count is sure to climb.