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20.09.17 Russia Unveils Monument To Designer Of Iconic AK-47 Rifle
Reuters
Russia on Tuesday unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand abroad. Perched atop a pedestal in a tiny square on Moscow’s busy Garden Ring thoroughfare, the statue of Kalashnikov, who died in 2013, has him dressed in a bomber jacket and clutching an AK-47 in both hands. “I created a weapon for the defense of my fatherland,” runs a Kalashnikov quote hewn on the pedestal. At the unveiling ceremony, a Kremlin guard of honor stood to attention as Russia’s national anthem played. Read more 
20.09.17 Do Russia's Western War Games Deliver A Threat, Or Just A Message?
The Christian Science Monitor
President Vladimir Putin watched through a cool drizzle in Russia's far western reaches Monday, just 70 miles from his country’s border with the European Union, as Russian tanks and paratroopers battled fictional extremist groups. Fighter jets and missiles screamed overhead. The confrontation was just one part of “Zapad 2017,” a huge military exercise involving both Russia and Belarus that has caused some hand-wringing in parts of NATO, not least its eastern capitals. Read more 
20.09.17 Russia To Pay Damages For Beslan School Siege
Reuters
Russia will abide by a European Court of Human Rights ruling requiring it to pay nearly 3 million euros ($3.6 million) in damages for the 2004 Beslan school siege, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Russian justice ministry.Russia used excessive force to storm a school in the small southern Russian town seized by Islamist militants in 2004, causing a high number of hostages to be killed, the court ruled in April. Read more 
20.09.17 What's Really Important About Facebook Russia Ads
The Christian Science Monitor
Yes, a shadowy Russian firm with ties to the Kremlin bought about $100,000 worth of Facebook ads intended to sway voters during last year’s presidential campaign, the social media giant disclosed earlier this month.Does it matter? Given the tens of millions spent on political ads in 2016 that’s a bucket of water thrown down a storm drain. And influencing elections with ads is a delicate science. It requires coordination, timing, and finesse – three things the Russian ad buy doesn’t seem to have had. Read more 
20.09.17 Ukraine Women's Football Clip Prompts Online Sexism Row
BBC News
A video clip promoting a women's football international fixture has kicked off a row on Ukrainian social media over its sexualised content. The clip shows a close-up of the face of a gently moaning woman, with glossy lips parted in apparent sexual pleasure, before leaping to the Ukrainian women's football squad shouting "we're not faking it!" at the camera. It was shown on the Futbol-1/2 TV sports channels to promote coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and Croatia. Read more 
20.09.17 Russian Flight Attendants Hope 'too Fat To Fly' Victory Helps Women At Work
Reuters
Two “old, fat, ugly” Russian flight attendants who launched a bid for fair treatment from their employer, Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot, were surprised to find they have taken off as crusaders for women across Russia. Yevgenia Magurina, 42, and Irina Ierusalimskaya, 45, sparked a media storm in February by accusing Aeroflot of discrimination over age, weight and looks by demoting women wearing clothes larger than a Russian size 48, or international large. They were outraged that Aeroflot was taking women attendants like them who were larger than this size off the better-paid long-haul international flights and stripping them of bonuses. Read more 
20.09.17 Facebook Gets Pulled Into Russia Investigation
The Associated Press
The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users. The world's biggest social network has unwittingly allowed groups backed by the Russian government to target users with ads. That's after it took months to acknowledge its outsized role in influencing the US election by allowing the spread of fake news – though before news emerged that it let advertisers target messages to "Jew-haters." Read more 
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