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Summary.     Click for More > Georgian troops forced to withdraw Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia  The Russian and French presidents announced a 6-point plan of principles for settling the immediate conflict Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal Russian advance flares Georgia tensions Bush warns Russia over Georgia 'bullying' Russia digs in amid pullout calls Russia begins Georgia troop 'pull back' Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions  Russian President Medvedev signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions 2 Russian bombers land in Venezuela No survivors in jetliner crash Russian troops leave Georgian posts Twenty die on Russian submarine Russia extends presidential term  The parliament approved a constitutional amendment Friday to extend the presidential term from four to six years Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies Tourist bus crash kills 24 Lawmakers back six-year presidency
  Medvedev 'heading for clear win'   The outcome is not expected to be a surprise: A hand-picked successor is expected to win in a landslide, after hardly even bothering to camp... Thailand holds Russian 'top arms dealer' Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane Russia swears in new president United victorious after shoot-out drama Russia, China veto sanctions on Zimbabwe   Georgia under attack by Russian tanks Map of Tskhinvali Georgia
Mar.2   Moscow
Mar.6   Thailand
Apr.21   Georgia
May.7   Moscow
May.21   Moscow
Jul.11   UN Security Council
Aug.8   South Ossetia
  Georgia's president said that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians.    Saakashvili: All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically ...
Aug.10   South Ossetia
Aug.12   Moscow
  Georgia
Aug.13   Georgia
Aug.15   Washington
Aug.16   Georgia
Aug.18   Georgia
Aug.26   Moscow
Sep.10   Venezuela
Sep.13   Ural
Oct.5   Georgia
Nov.8   Russian Far East
Nov.21   Moscow
Dec.5   Moscow
Dec.16   Southern Israel
Dec.22   Moscow





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Russia warned over 'intimidation' Sharapova claims Australian Open title Putin vows 'arms race' response   Medvedev 'heading for clear win'


January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.14  Moscow  Russia summons UK envoy over row
Jan.16   London
Jan.17  London  Russia actions 'stain reputation'
Jan.23  Melbourne  Sharapova advances to final
Jan.26   Melbourne


February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.8   Moscow
Feb.11  Washington  Russian bomber buzzes U.S. carrier
Feb.12  Moscow  Russia and Ukraine reach gas deal
Feb.14  Moscow  Putin scorns move to back Kosovo
Feb.28  Moscow  Official admits media bias


March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.2   Moscow  
  The outcome is not expected to be a surprise: A hand-picked successor is expected to win in a landslide, after hardly even bothering to campaig.    The state-owned pollster VTsIOM showed Medvedev with 69.6% o...
 Moscow  Medvedev: I will work with Putin Mar.3   Moscow Vote rig claim after Medvedev landslide Mar.6   Thailand   Thailand holds Russian 'top arms dealer'   Viktor Bout, dubbed the 'merchant of death', suspected of being one of the world's biggest illegal arms dealers has been arrested Mar.20    Brothers face spy charges

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.6   Sochi Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense
Apr.21   Georgia   Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane  Georgia's air force commander: A Russian fighter jet has shot down an unmanned spy plane as it flew over the breakaway region of Abkhazia Apr.23  Georgia  Georgia denounces Russian 'harassment' Apr.29  Georgia  Georgia-Russia tensions ramped up Apr.30  NATO  Nato warns Russia over Georgia

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.1  St. Petersburg  Zenit crush Bayern to reach UEFA final May.7   Moscow     Russia swears in new president  Dmitry Medvedev wasted no time, naming his predecessor Vladimir Putin as his new prime minister two hours after he was sworn in May.8  Moscow  Tanks rejoin V-Day parade May.14   Northern England Zenit shuts out Rangers for UEFA Cup
May.18  Canada  Russia beat Canada for world gold May.21   Moscow   United victorious after shoot-out drama  Manchester United have won the Champions League 6-5 on penalties over Chelsea after final finished 1-1 after a dramatic rainy night

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.5  Paris  Safina streaks to first major final Jun.14  Austria  Zyryanov sends holders Greece crashing Jun.21  Switzerland  Brilliant Russia beat Dutch in extra time Jun.26   Austria Superb Spain too strong for Russians


July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.11   UN Security Council     Russia, China veto sanctions on Zimbabwe
  Russia and China vetoed a resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Mugabe, and 11 senior members of his government

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.3   Moscow Russian novelist Solzhenitsyn dead
Aug.8   South Ossetia     Georgia under attack by Russian tanks Map of Tskhinvali Georgia
  Georgia's president said that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians
 Saakashvili: All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically targeting (the) civilian population. 150 Russian tanks and other vehicles had entered South Ossetia
Aug.9  South Ossetia  Russia and Georgia continue to fight   Georgia Russian jets attack, killing 60 people Aug.10   South Ossetia   Georgian troops forced to withdraw   Georgian troops are forced to withdraw from the capital of South Ossetia by Russian army. Some units of Georgian army still stay Aug.11   South Ossetia Russian military pushes into Georgia Aug.12   Moscow   Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia
  The Russian and French presidents announced a 6-point plan of principles for settling the immediate conflict.    Russian President Medvedev orders an end to military...
  Georgia     Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal   French President Sarkozy: The presidents of Georgia and Russia have agreed to a 6-point plan to calm the conflict over separatist territorie... Aug.13   Georgia   Russian advance flares Georgia tensions
Map of Gori Georgia  An advancing Russian military convoy sparked concerns of a major return to hostilities a day after a cease-fire came into effect   Georgia 15,000 Russian troops in Georgia  Washington  Rice says Russia faces isolation Aug.14  South Ossetia  Russia hints at long stay in South Ossetia Aug.15   Washington     Bush warns Russia over Georgia 'bullying'   U.S. President Bush chided Russia for Cold War-style behavior in its territorial conflict with Georgia, accusing it of 'bullying and intimid...  Georgia  Rice demands Russian troop pull-out  Moscow  Russia 'will abide by ceasefire' Aug.16   Moscow Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain   Georgia   Russia digs in amid pullout calls  Russian forces have tightened their control of a key highway from the Black Sea to the capital , a day after signing a formal ceasefire Aug.17   Moscow Russia: Troop withdrawal to begin Monday  Beijing  Nadal, Dementieva claim tennis golds  Moscow  Lawmaker hints at long stay in Georgia  France  Russia pressed to honour pull-out Aug.18   Georgia   Russia begins Georgia troop 'pull back'  Russia's military: withdrawal from Georgia has begun. There has been no indication that such a pull back is happening Aug.19  NATO  NATO: Russia not honoring cease-fire  Moscow  Russia hits back at NATO warning  UN Security Council  Russia rejects UN Georgia draft Aug.21  UN Security Council  UN split on Ossetia resolutions Aug.22   Georgia Russians 'putting on peacekeeper hats'  Georgia  Russia: We've completed pullback Aug.23   Georgia Russia to keep forces at key port Aug.25   Moscow Russian MPs back Georgia's rebels Aug.26   Moscow   Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
  Russian President Medvedev signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions.    Medvedev: 'This is not an easy choice to make, but it represents the only possibility to save human lives'. West condemns ...
  Washington West condemns Russia over Georgia
Aug.27  European Union  Russia faces fresh condemnation Aug.28   Sochi Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war  European Union  EU considers sanctions on Russia Aug.29  Georgia  Georgia breaks ties with Russia  Monaco  Zenit see off United to claim Super Cup  Puerto Rico  Jets avoid collision by a minute Aug.30  Moscow  Russia moves to calm Georgia row Aug.31  Moscow  Medvedev stands by Georgia actions   North Caucasus Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1  Belgium  EU 'to warn Russia over Georgia'  North Caucasus  Mourners protest reporter's death Sep.2   Moscow Russia praises EU over sanctions
 Moscow  Medvedev: Saakashvili a 'political corpse' Sep.3  North Caucasus  2nd Russian journalist in 3 days killed Sep.5  Washington  U.S. may pull nuclear deal to punish Russia Sep.6  Italy  Cheney accuses Russia of 'brutality'  Venezuela  Venezuela plans Russia navy visit Sep.8  Moscow  Russians 'agree Georgia deadline' Sep.10   Venezuela   2 Russian bombers land in Venezuela Map of Libertador Venezuela  The Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers have landed at a Venezuelan airfield, from which they will carry out training flights for several day Sep.12  Austria  Diplomat: Russia stalling over observers  Georgia  Russians 'leaving Georgian port' Sep.13   Ural   No survivors in jetliner crash
Map of Perm Russia  The Boeing 737 carrying 88 people crashed early morning en route to Perm from Moscow when the pilots lost communication Sep.18  Washington  Rice criticises 'isolated' Russia Sep.25  Venezuela  Russia shows off military for U.S. Sep.26  Moscow  Chavez reaffirms Russia alliance    Russia to upgrade nuclear systems Sep.28  Venezuela  Chavez interested in Russian nuke help

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1  Moscow  Russia's last tsar rehabilitated    Four Russian warships to stop in Libya Oct.2  Moscow  Putin warns Ukraine over arms Oct.5   Georgia   Russian troops leave Georgian posts
  Russian troops began dismantling positions Sunday in the so-called security zones inside Georgia they have occupied since August's brief but intense war Oct.8   Georgia Russia begins final Georgia pullout
Oct.11  Chechnya  5.3 earthquake kills 12 Oct.12  Kazakhstan  U.S. tourist blasts off in Russian rocket Oct.18   North Caucasus Soldiers killed in an ambush by separatists

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.5   Russia to move missiles to Baltic
Nov.8   Russian Far East     Twenty die on Russian submarine  At least 20 people have died in an incident involving the failure of a fire extinguishing system on a nuclear submarine. There were 208 people... Nov.9   Russian Far East Fire system caused 20 sub deaths Nov.11  Moscow  President seeks 6-year terms Nov.12   Yemen British and Russia warships repel pirates Nov.14  France  Sarkozy puts pressure on Russia Nov.15  Washington  Medvedev eager to talk with Obama Nov.19  Moscow  Public excluded from Politkovskaya trial Nov.21   Moscow   Russia extends presidential term
  The parliament approved a constitutional amendment Friday to extend the presidential term from four to six years
 There is speculation that the change is aimed at paving the way for a return to the Kremlin by Prime Minister Putin
 Moscow  Crunch cripples Europe's tallest tower Nov.24  Russian Far East  7.0 earthquake struck off Kamchatka Nov.26  Venezuela  Russia-Venezuela nuclear accord Nov.27  Cuba  Medvedev in Cuba to improve ties

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.1  Venezuela  Russia-Venezuela exercises begin Dec.2   NATO NATO 'to resume ties with Russia'
Dec.5   Moscow   Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies  Patriarch Alexy II, who presided over a post-Soviet revival of faith but was accused of making the church a force for nationalism, died at age...  Panama  Russian ship enters Panama Canal Dec.14  Moscow  90 arrested at opposition rally Dec.16   Southern Israel   Tourist bus crash kills 24   A bus carrying Russian tourists from St. Petersburg came off a desert road and rolled down a steep slope near the Red Sea resort of Eilat Dec.20  Moscow  Russian dancer Lepeshinskaya dies Dec.22   Moscow   Lawmakers back six-year presidency  The upper house approved an extension of the presidential term from 4 years to 6 Dec.31   Moscow Hamas ready for peace, Russians say


Putin vows 'arms race' response Thailand holds Russian 'top arms dealer'   Viktor Bout, dubbed the 'merchant of death', suspected of being one of the world's biggest illegal arms dealers has been arrested Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane  Georgia's air force commander: A Russian fighter jet has shot down an unmanned spy plane as it flew over the breakaway region of Abkhazia   Georgia under attack by Russian tanks Map of Tskhinvali Georgia




Russia, 2008 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2008
Feb.8   Moscow
Feb.11  Washington  Russian bomber buzzes U.S. carrier
Mar.6   Thailand
Apr.6   Sochi
Apr.21   Georgia
Apr.29  Georgia  Georgia-Russia tensions ramped up
May.8  Moscow  Tanks rejoin V-Day parade
Aug.8   South Ossetia
  Georgia's president said that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians
 Saakashvili: All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically targeting (the) civilian population. 150 Russian tanks and other vehicles had entered South Ossetia
Aug.9  South Ossetia  Russia and Georgia continue to fight Aug.9   Georgia Russian jets attack, killing 60 people Aug.10   South Ossetia Georgian troops forced to withdraw   Georgian troops are forced to withdraw from the capital of South Ossetia by Russian army. Some units of Georgian army still stay Aug.11   South Ossetia Russian military pushes into Georgia Aug.12   Moscow Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia
  The Russian and French presidents announced a 6-point plan of principles for settling the immediate conflict.    Russian President Medvedev orders an end to military...
Aug.12   Georgia   Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal   French President Sarkozy: The presidents of Georgia and Russia have agreed to a 6-point plan to calm the conflict over separatist territorie... Aug.13   Georgia Russian advance flares Georgia tensions
Map of Gori Georgia  An advancing Russian military convoy sparked concerns of a major return to hostilities a day after a cease-fire came into effect Aug.13   Georgia 15,000 Russian troops in Georgia Aug.14  South Ossetia  Russia hints at long stay in South Ossetia Aug.15  Georgia  Rice demands Russian troop pull-out Aug.15  Moscow  Russia 'will abide by ceasefire' Aug.16   Moscow Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain Aug.16   Georgia Russia digs in amid pullout calls  Russian forces have tightened their control of a key highway from the Black Sea to the capital , a day after signing a formal ceasefire Aug.17   Moscow Russia: Troop withdrawal to begin Monday Aug.17  Moscow  Lawmaker hints at long stay in Georgia Aug.17  France  Russia pressed to honour pull-out Aug.18   Georgia Russia begins Georgia troop 'pull back'  Russia's military: withdrawal from Georgia has begun. There has been no indication that such a pull back is happening Aug.19  NATO  NATO: Russia not honoring cease-fire Aug.22   Georgia Russians 'putting on peacekeeper hats' Aug.22  Georgia  Russia: We've completed pullback Aug.23   Georgia Russia to keep forces at key port Aug.28   Sochi Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war Sep.6  Venezuela  Venezuela plans Russia navy visit Sep.8  Moscow  Russians 'agree Georgia deadline' Sep.10   Venezuela 2 Russian bombers land in Venezuela Map of Libertador Venezuela  The Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers have landed at a Venezuelan airfield, from which they will carry out training flights for several day Sep.12  Georgia  Russians 'leaving Georgian port' Sep.25  Venezuela  Russia shows off military for U.S. Sep.26    Russia to upgrade nuclear systems Sep.28  Venezuela  Chavez interested in Russian nuke help Oct.1    Four Russian warships to stop in Libya Oct.2  Moscow  Putin warns Ukraine over arms Oct.5   Georgia Russian troops leave Georgian posts  Russian troops began dismantling positions Sunday in the so-called security zones inside Georgia they have occupied since August's brief but intense war Oct.8   Georgia Russia begins final Georgia pullout Oct.18   North Caucasus Soldiers killed in an ambush by separatists Nov.5   Russia to move missiles to Baltic Nov.8   Russian Far East   Twenty die on Russian submarine  At least 20 people have died in an incident involving the failure of a fire extinguishing system on a nuclear submarine. There were 208 people... Nov.12   Yemen British and Russia warships repel pirates Dec.1  Venezuela  Russia-Venezuela exercises begin Dec.2   NATO NATO 'to resume ties with Russia' Dec.5  Panama  Russian ship enters Panama Canal Dec.31   Moscow Hamas ready for peace, Russians say



Russia, 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2008 Aug.29  Puerto Rico  Jets avoid collision by a minute Sep.13   Ural No survivors in jetliner crash Map of Perm Russia  The Boeing 737 carrying 88 people crashed early morning en route to Perm from Moscow when the pilots lost communication Oct.11  Chechnya  5.3 earthquake kills 12 Nov.8   Russian Far East   Twenty die on Russian submarine  At least 20 people have died in an incident involving the failure of a fire extinguishing system on a nuclear submarine. There were 208 people... Nov.9   Russian Far East Fire system caused 20 sub deaths Nov.24  Russian Far East  7.0 earthquake struck off Kamchatka Dec.16   Southern Israel Tourist bus crash kills 24   A bus carrying Russian tourists from St. Petersburg came off a desert road and rolled down a steep slope near the Red Sea resort of Eilat



Russia, 2008 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.12  Moscow  Russia and Ukraine reach gas deal Nov.21  Moscow  Crunch cripples Europe's tallest tower Dec.16   Southern Israel Tourist bus crash kills 24   A bus carrying Russian tourists from St. Petersburg came off a desert road and rolled down a steep slope near the Red Sea resort of Eilat Dec.20  Moscow  Russian dancer Lepeshinskaya dies



Russia, 2008 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.23  Melbourne  Sharapova advances to final Jan.26   Melbourne Sharapova claims Australian Open title
May.1  St. Petersburg  Zenit crush Bayern to reach UEFA final May.14   Northern England Zenit shuts out Rangers for UEFA Cup May.18  Canada  Russia beat Canada for world gold May.21   Moscow United victorious after shoot-out drama  Manchester United have won the Champions League 6-5 on penalties over Chelsea after final finished 1-1 after a dramatic rainy night Jun.5  Paris  Safina streaks to first major final Jun.14  Austria  Zyryanov sends holders Greece crashing Jun.21  Switzerland  Brilliant Russia beat Dutch in extra time Jun.26   Austria Superb Spain too strong for Russians Aug.17  Beijing  Nadal, Dementieva claim tennis golds Aug.29  Monaco  Zenit see off United to claim Super Cup



Russia, 2008 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.6   Thailand Thailand holds Russian 'top arms dealer'   Viktor Bout, dubbed the 'merchant of death', suspected of being one of the world's biggest illegal arms dealers has been arrested Mar.20    Brothers face spy charges Aug.31   North Caucasus Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia
Sep.3  North Caucasus  2nd Russian journalist in 3 days killed Nov.12   Yemen British and Russia warships repel pirates Nov.19  Moscow  Public excluded from Politkovskaya trial



Russia, 2008 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.14  Moscow  Russia summons UK envoy over row Jan.16   London Russia warned over 'intimidation'
Jan.17  London  Russia actions 'stain reputation' Feb.8   Moscow Putin vows 'arms race' response Feb.12  Moscow  Russia and Ukraine reach gas deal Feb.14  Moscow  Putin scorns move to back Kosovo Feb.28  Moscow  Official admits media bias Mar.2   Moscow   Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
  The outcome is not expected to be a surprise: A hand-picked successor is expected to win in a landslide, after hardly even bothering to campaig.    The state-owned pollster VTsIOM showed Medvedev with 69.6% o...
Mar.2  Moscow  Medvedev: I will work with Putin Mar.3   Moscow Vote rig claim after Medvedev landslide
Apr.6   Sochi Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense Apr.23  Georgia  Georgia denounces Russian 'harassment' Apr.30  NATO  Nato warns Russia over Georgia May.7   Moscow   Russia swears in new president  Dmitry Medvedev wasted no time, naming his predecessor Vladimir Putin as his new prime minister two hours after he was sworn in May.8  Moscow  Tanks rejoin V-Day parade Jul.11   UN Security Council   Russia, China veto sanctions on Zimbabwe   Russia and China vetoed a resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Mugabe, and 11 senior members of his government Aug.3   Moscow Russian novelist Solzhenitsyn dead Aug.12   Georgia   Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal   French President Sarkozy: The presidents of Georgia and Russia have agreed to a 6-point plan to calm the conflict over separatist territorie... Aug.13  Washington  Rice says Russia faces isolation Aug.14  South Ossetia  Russia hints at long stay in South Ossetia Aug.15   Washington   Bush warns Russia over Georgia 'bullying'   U.S. President Bush chided Russia for Cold War-style behavior in its territorial conflict with Georgia, accusing it of 'bullying and intimid... Aug.15  Georgia  Rice demands Russian troop pull-out Aug.15  Moscow  Russia 'will abide by ceasefire' Aug.16   Moscow Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain Aug.17  Moscow  Lawmaker hints at long stay in Georgia Aug.17  France  Russia pressed to honour pull-out Aug.19  NATO  NATO: Russia not honoring cease-fire Aug.19  Moscow  Russia hits back at NATO warning Aug.19  UN Security Council  Russia rejects UN Georgia draft Aug.21  UN Security Council  UN split on Ossetia resolutions Aug.25   Moscow Russian MPs back Georgia's rebels Aug.26   Moscow Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
  Russian President Medvedev signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions.    Medvedev: 'This is not an easy choice to make, but it represents the only possibility to save human lives'. West condemns ...
Aug.26   Washington West condemns Russia over Georgia
Aug.27  European Union  Russia faces fresh condemnation Aug.28   Sochi Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war Aug.28  European Union  EU considers sanctions on Russia Aug.29  Georgia  Georgia breaks ties with Russia Aug.30  Moscow  Russia moves to calm Georgia row Aug.31  Moscow  Medvedev stands by Georgia actions Aug.31   North Caucasus Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia Sep.1  Belgium  EU 'to warn Russia over Georgia' Sep.1  North Caucasus  Mourners protest reporter's death Sep.2   Moscow Russia praises EU over sanctions Sep.2  Moscow  Medvedev: Saakashvili a 'political corpse' Sep.3  North Caucasus  2nd Russian journalist in 3 days killed Sep.5  Washington  U.S. may pull nuclear deal to punish Russia Sep.6  Italy  Cheney accuses Russia of 'brutality' Sep.8  Moscow  Russians 'agree Georgia deadline' Sep.12  Austria  Diplomat: Russia stalling over observers Sep.18  Washington  Rice criticises 'isolated' Russia Sep.26  Moscow  Chavez reaffirms Russia alliance Oct.1  Moscow  Russia's last tsar rehabilitated Oct.2  Moscow  Putin warns Ukraine over arms Oct.12  Kazakhstan  U.S. tourist blasts off in Russian rocket Nov.11  Moscow  President seeks 6-year terms Nov.14  France  Sarkozy puts pressure on Russia Nov.15  Washington  Medvedev eager to talk with Obama Nov.21   Moscow Russia extends presidential term
  The parliament approved a constitutional amendment Friday to extend the presidential term from four to six years
 There is speculation that the change is aimed at paving the way for a return to the Kremlin by Prime Minister Putin
Nov.26  Venezuela  Russia-Venezuela nuclear accord Nov.27  Cuba  Medvedev in Cuba to improve ties Dec.5   Moscow Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies  Patriarch Alexy II, who presided over a post-Soviet revival of faith but was accused of making the church a force for nationalism, died at age... Dec.14  Moscow  90 arrested at opposition rally Dec.22   Moscow Lawmakers back six-year presidency  The upper house approved an extension of the presidential term from 4 years to 6 Dec.31   Moscow Hamas ready for peace, Russians say