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Russia makes new threats over Ukraine’s pro-Europe policy

“Let us … ask the Ukrainian people what choice they prefer,” he said. TYMOSHENKO RELEASE Azarov had sharp words for Russia over its refusal to cut the price of its gas, which hangs heavy on Ukraine’s cash-strapped economy. Ukraine pays what it sees as an exorbitant $400 per thousand cubic meters under a 2009 contract, which Russia has refused to redraw. In a bid to break away from reliance on Russia, Ukraine hopes to find alternative energy sources through shale gas exploration and imports from other sources. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday reiterated that Kiev was committed to signing the agreements with the EU at a November 28 summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, marking a pivotal shift away from Russia. But he refused to say whether he would free his jailed political rival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who the EU says is a victim of ‘selective justice’. Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2011 for abuse of office after a trial that she says was a vendetta by Yanukovich. Former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski, who is involved in mediation missions on behalf of the EU to get Tymoshenko released, urged Yanukovich to free her for medical treatment in Germany. “She is ill. She needs surgery. She needs therapy and rehabilitation,” he said at the conference. Freeing Tymoshenko now would mean “an absolutely open door” for the association agreement, he said.

This month, Vladimir Putin managed to get cooler heads to prevail on Syria. Prior to his suggestion that Syrias government be given time to destroy its chemical weapons cache, the U.S. was ready to send in Tomahawks from ships in the Mediterranean Sea. All of this started on Aug. 22, when rockets the U.N. discovered had traces of Sarin gas were fired into populated areas outside of Damascus ticked off Washington. President Obama was ready for military intervention until Putin convinced him to slam on the breaks. On Sept. 14, Putin even managed to get Assad to join the U.N. Convention on Chemical Weapons. Now Assad has to get rid of his chemical weaponry. If not, the U.S.

U.S. singer Selena Gomez cancels Russia concerts

group Bloodhound Gang stuffed a Russian flag down his trousers. “The situation is a result of the scandals over the Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bloodhound Gang concerts, after which the Russian authorities changed procedures for issuing visas to foreign musical and artistic groups,” said the promoters, the Russian Entertainment Academy. Foreign artists can no longer receive visas by invitation from the Culture Ministry under the aegis of cultural links if they come to Russia to conduct commercial activity, according to state-run news agency RIA. It said the procedures were changed following complaints from Vitaly Milonov, a St. Petersburg legislator who criticised Madonna and Lady Gaga and has campaigned against gay rights. Performing in St. Petersburg last year in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her back, Madonna attacked a city law promoted by Milonov that imposed fines for spreading homosexual “propaganda”. Lada Gaga also denounced the law on stage in St Petersburg last year, declaring: “Tonight, this is my house Russia. You can be gay in my house.” A Russian state news agency quoted the head of PMI, which organised Madonna’s concert in St. Petersburg, as saying the new rules could be used by the Russian authorities to keep out performers not to their liking. “Not a single person is going to visit us if the Prosecutor General’s Office starts disputing something or looking for guilty parties,” Yevgeny Finkelshtein was quoted as saying last month.

Oscars: Russia Selects Fyodor Bondarchuk’s ‘Stalingrad’ for Foreign Language Category

Dzsenifer Marozsan, Attacking Midfielder, Germany Martin Rose/Getty Images Germany have had some great attacking midfielders in recent years and, at just 21, DzseniferMarozsan appears as though she could eventually also reach those levels. The Hungarian-born midfielder won the Golden Ball award for best player at the 2012 U20 World Cup, per Soccer America , and has already made a good start to her senior career, scoring the goal that took Germany into the European Championship final. Just 5’7″ tall, the diminutive playmaker has great balance and footwork with which she looks to unlock defences. Marozsan could be a real star in women’s football in the coming years. Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, Striker, Germany German Footballer of the Year in 2012,CeliaOkoyino da Mbabi already has 43 international goals at the age of 27 and is well on her way to writing her name into the country’s footballing history. Okoyino da Mbabi scored a remarkable 17 goals in just 10 matches to help Germany qualify for the European Championship this summer and, while she scored just twice at the tournament, she remains the side’s main attacking threat. Martin Rose/Getty Images A transfer to FFC Frankfurt this summer saw the forward move from her long-time club Bad Neuenahr and the hope will be that she can quickly pick up the form of the past couple of years. Nelli Korovkina, Forward, Russia Ismailovo forward NelliKorovkina scored four times in six appearances during the European Championship campaign, including qualifying, to establish herself as one of the young stars of Russian football. Now 24 years old, Korovkina’s standout performance of the Euros came against England where she scored a header and also threatened to add a second with a wonderful curled shot that flew narrowly wide of the goal. Technically gifted and quick across the ground, she can cause the German defence problems if given the opportunity. Elena Terekhova, Centre Midfield, Russia EuroFootball/Getty Images Ryazan midfielder ElenaTerekhova is a key member of the Russian side, occupying a box-to-box role in midfield.

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The film features a fresh-faced young cast of relative unknowns in the Russian roles and veteran actors Heiner Lauterbach (Das Experiment) and Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist) as the two main German officers in the story. Ironically enough, Kretschmann, who has been typecast in Nazi roles, had already starred in a 1993 film called Stalingrad directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, in whichKretschmannplayed a lower-ranking soldier. Moreover, director Bondarchuk, also an actor, portrayed an Ivan in a little-seen 1989 Soviet Production also called simply Stalingrad. Slated to be released wide in Russia a minimum of 1,500 screens on Thursday, October 10, the film will be initially given a limited release in Volgograd as of Saturday, Sept. 28 and Moscow as of Wednesday, October 2 in order to meet Oscar release deadlines. The Chinese release of the film is planned at 3,200 screens an unprecedented number for a Russian film. The film was first screened in nearly-finished form (some end credit visuals were missing) on Thursday, Sept. 19 at St. Petersburgs newly built Velikan Cinema for exhibitors and other industry figures as part of the KinoExpo film-industry trade show. Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) representatives dutifully kept known journalists, recognized on sight, out of the screening. Producer Alexander Rodnyansky and director Bondarchuk were in attendance. In their remarks before the screening, both thanked the industry audience for their trust and emphasized that the screening was being held to foster good word of mouth among the industry.