More than 17,000 people have been evacuated in Russia's flood-hit Far East, a minister said Saturday, warning this figure could reach 100,000 as floodwaters wreak havoc across the region.AFP/File MOSCOW (AFP) More than 17,000 people have been evacuated in Russia's flood-hit Far East, a minister said Saturday, warning this figure could reach 100,000 as floodwaters wreak havoc across the region. The deluge has been declared a natural clicking here disaster in the worst-affected regions of Amur and Khabarovsk, where Russian (source) President Vladimir Putin called on the army to participate in rescue operations. Minister of Regional Development Viktor Ishayev said more than 17,000 people had been evacuated and "in the worst-case scenario up to 100,000 people could be evacuated." In a video conference with regional leaders Putin was quoted by local news agencies as saying: "We should not relax, there is still an enormous amount of work." "Large areas are flooded, telephone and electricity lines, roads and bridges have been damaged in dozens of towns. The damage is enormous," Putin added. He promised that all damaged infrastructure would be repaired, and that while the situation was difficult it was "under control". Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said 3.2 billion rubles (73 million euros) had been put aside for the affected regions, according to the Interfax news agency. Temporary shelters have been opened up, mostly in schools, to shelter evacuated residents.
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"As customs servicemen started to carry out more careful checks of cargoes coming from Ukraine, a number of rail cars have amassed near Russian border stations," he said, adding Russian trains bound for Ukraine were also stuck in the congestion. Ukrainian producers, such as the country's largest steelmaker Metinvest, said they had started to feel the impact and that the tighter border checks were already hurting their operations. A spokesman for Russia's Federal Customs Service declined to comment, while his Ukrainian counterpart said the situation at the border was "normal". Ukrainian politicians said the motivation behind the new rules was obvious, part of a pattern in deteriorating ties between the two neighbours over the country's orientation, trade and differences over gas prices. "The ban on the imports of Ukrainian goods http://boxubl550.livejournal.com/2896.html into Russia is nothing else but pressure by Russia in order to force Ukraine to join the Customs Union," Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of opposition party Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), said in a statement. It is not the first time the Kremlin has tried to pressure Ukraine by using trade.
That demographic slide is expected to take 1 million employees out of the workforce by 2017, hurting the Kremlin's bid to compete with other major emerging economies like China and India. The decline started in 1995, during the brutal economic and political transitions that followed the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, Russia has implemented measures to try to stabilize numbers, including giving additional benefits to mothers and tightening laws that govern the sale of alcohol or tobacco use. Statistics since the 2010 census suggest the population may have leveled off and could be growing again. Russian state schools take pupils aged seven to 18.
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17, 2013. CAPTION By Associated Press, MOSCOW Russia won the womens 4x400-meter relay at the world championships, holding off the United States at the end. The Russian team of Yulia Gushchina, Tatyana Firova, Kseniya Ryzhova and Antonina Krivoshapka won the race in 3 minutes, 20.19 style seconds. The defending champion American team, with Jessica Beard, Natasha Hastings, Ashley Spencer and Francena McCorory, finished second in 3:20.41. The Americans ran without Allyson Felix, who tore her right hamstring in the 200 final Friday. Britain earned bronze in 3:22.61. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
Russia wins women?s 4x400-meter relay at world championships, United States finishes 2nd
It also suspects Gazprom may have imposed unfair prices on its customers by linking the price of gas to oil prices. Gazprom, Lavrov said, makes a "significant contribution to energy security on the European continent" and contended such price-linking "has never been questioned before and is used by other companies supplying natural gas to Europe as well. "If sanctions are introduced against Gazprom, it will be difficult for the company to work on the markets where it faces open discrimination." His criticisms come at time of increasing Russia-EU tensions over Ukraine, which is set to sign an "association agreement" and free trade deal with Brussels at the November Eastern Partnership Summit in Lithuania. Alexei Makarkin of the independent Russian think-tank the Center for Political Technologies told the Moscow online newspaper Gazeta.ru Lavrov's criticisms are likely linked to the upcoming Ukraine agreement. "Russia is doing its utmost to prevent this, because they do not want Ukraine to leave its zone of influence," he said.