Russia

11:00am

Fri August 9, 2013
Politics

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Obama's Surveillance Statement And Press Conference

Screencap of the President's statement on security and surveillence, he then took questions from the press in the East Room Friday.
White House YouTube.com

4:40am

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon

President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at 3 p.m. ET — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden starting spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.

So we should expect questions about Snowden, spying and civil liberties, as well as strained relations with Russia, the economy and other subjects.

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12:46pm

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

3 Extradition Cases That Help Explain U.S.-Russia Relations

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 2:30 pm

A Russian police officer watches a protester during a rally in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in September 2004. Some 500 protesters demanded the extradition of Ilyas Akhmadov from the United States.
Alexander Nemenov AFP/Getty Images

Earlier today, diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia suffered a substantial blow, when President Obama pulled out a of planned bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September.

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11:51am

Wed August 7, 2013
Parallels

Migrants Flock To Russia, But Receive A Cool Welcome

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:26 pm

Migrant workers follow a police officer during a raid by Russian immigration authorities at a construction site in Moscow, in 2012.
Karpov Sergei ITAR-Tass/Landov

Russia's immigration issues would be familiar to Americans: Millions of impoverished migrants have come and found low-wage jobs. Some are in Russia illegally and are exploited by their employers. And a growing number of Russians fear this influx of migrants, many of whom are Muslim, is changing the face of the country.

At 3:30 on a recent morning, the train from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, pulls into Moscow after a four-day journey. The passengers hauling their bags out onto the damp, ill-lit platform are mostly men. Russian police eye the new arrivals with suspicion.

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7:28am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:12 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama when they sat down together in June at a G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
Alexi Nikolsky EPA /LANDOV

President Obama has canceled a one-on-one September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House says.

It's the most dramatic effect so far on U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Russia's decision to grant "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden temporary asylum while he tries to get safe haven in some third country.

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