Kremlin Checks Putin Officials Over Virus Concerns

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BosNewsLife WORLD WATCH By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)--Russia's government is reportedly taking extensive measures to ensure the rapidly spreading coronavirus does...

NEWS WATCH: Crimea To Join Russia Following Treaty; Officer Killed

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Listen to BosNewsLife via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Orlando production abandoned amid Crimea unrestMOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL (BosNewsLife)-- Russia and Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula have agreed to make Crimea part of Russia, despite Western outrage and threats of more sanctions.  Tuesday's announcement came while pro-Russian forces reportedly attacked a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, killing one officer.

Uzbekistan Seizing 15,000 Bibles; Christian Fined

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By BosNewsLife News Center TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Uzbekistan on Monday, February 28, still refused to release some 15,000 Bibles that were seized earlier by customs authorities and the Bible Society of Uzbekistan said one of its staff members was fined for "violating procedures."

NEWS ALERT: Christians Concerned AS Ukraine’s Pro-Russian Rebels Reject Ceasefire

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By Stefan J. Bos. Chief International Correspondent seperatistsKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Non-Russian Orthodox Christians in eastern Ukraine fear for their after pro-Russian separatists in the east rejected a presidential peace offer.

NEWS WATCH: Russia Angry After Ukraine Wins 2016 Eurovision Contest

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ukrainewinningMOSCOW/STOCKHOLM (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine is celebrating after it won the Eurovision Song Contest with an emotionally charged song about Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin's deportation in 1944 of nearly a quarter of a million Crimean Tatars. Yet the song by Susana Jamaladinova, a 32-year-old trained opera singer who uses the stage name Jamala, has angered critics in Russia, which came in third after Australia.

NEWS WATCH: Moscow Warns of Escalation after US Closes Consulate, Missions

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Moscow is considering its response to what some Russian politicians have called a "diplomatic war" with the United States. The developments came after the U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two trade missions in retaliation to what Washington called "unwarranted" Russian action.

NEWS WATCH: Russia Frees ‘Spy’ Scientist From Siberian Prison

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A Russian scientist who was sentenced on charges of spying for China has been released on parole after nearly a decade behind bars in Siberia. Valentin Danilov and his supporters view the case as another crackdown by the Kremlin on perceived opponents.

Ukraine Soldiers Flee War Zone

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Officials say heavy AP2518613_Articolofighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has forced hundreds of Ukrainian army soldiers to cross into Russia. Kiev says it will pressure Moscow to get them back.

Wave of Clergy Killings in Russia (Feature)

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By Peter Fedynsky, reporting from Moscow ap_OrthodoxPriest_DaniilSysoyev_funeral_Moscow_23Dec09MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BosNewsLife)-- The second murder of a Russian priest in as many months has prompted a call by the Orthodox Church for Russians to think about their country's spiritual and moral condition.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Russia’s Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II Dies At 79 (UPDATE)

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By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos MOSCOW/BUDAPEST-- Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II, who oversaw the post-Soviet revival of the Christian faith after decades of Communism but was accused of encouraging nationalism, died early Friday, December 5, at his residence at the age of 79, his church said.