A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Rica
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Soccer
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A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Rica

Elizabeth Lang - June 14, 2018

What a time to celebrate: Costa Rica is preparing for its fifth World Cup. On this occasion, scheduling may damper the celebrations somewhat – two of the…

From Russia to Costa Rica: ‘This is a blessed country’
Immigration
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Immigration
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From Russia to Costa Rica: ‘This is a blessed country’

Elizabeth Lang - February 1, 2017

The tropical warmth and natural beauty of Costa Rica brought Виталина Матросова (Vitalina Matrossova) and her family here from Russia 12 years ago, at the age of 20.…

Nicaragua drops $80 million on Russian tanks
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Nicaragua drops $80 million on Russian tanks

Zach Dyer - April 29, 2016

News Monday that Russia had shipped the first 20 of 50 battle tanks to Nicaragua rattled Costa Rican officials and left others scratching their heads. The $80…

Russia back to fishing in troubled waters in Latin America, Costa Rica expert tells US congressional committee
Cold War 2.0?
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Cold War 2.0?
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Russia back to fishing in troubled waters in Latin America, Costa Rica expert tells US congressional committee

John McPhaul - October 25, 2015

Vladimir Putin’s Russia, eager to return to superpower status, is increasingly trying to play out its conflict with the United Sates in Latin America while “profiting from…

Putin says ‘glad’ to give US boxing star Russian passport
Boxing
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Boxing
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Putin says ‘glad’ to give US boxing star Russian passport

AFP - August 19, 2015

MOSCOW, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would be glad to grant a request for Russian citizenship from U.S. boxer Roy Jones Jr. as…

Russia names National Endowment for Democracy the first ‘undesirable’ foreign group
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Democracy
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Russia names National Endowment for Democracy the first ‘undesirable’ foreign group

Max Delany | AFP - July 28, 2015

MOSCOW – Russian prosecutors on Tuesday declared the U.S. Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy the first "undesirable" foreign group under a controversial new law to ban overseas organizations…

Gay rights in Eastern Europe: A new battleground for Russia and the West
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Global
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Gay rights in Eastern Europe: A new battleground for Russia and the West

Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post - July 26, 2015

RIGA, Latvia — The first time this tiny Baltic nation held a gay pride march, the miniscule crowd was pelted with rotten eggs and bottles under the…

FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw
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Business
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FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw

Kieran Canning | AFP - July 24, 2015

See also: Costa Rica football federation requests overhaul of CONCACAF officiating ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – FIFA will meet with key sponsors Visa, McDonalds and Coca-Cola next month as world football's…

Putin offered to support Venezuela in case of war with Colombia, book claims
Bolivarian Revolution
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Bolivarian Revolution
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Putin offered to support Venezuela in case of war with Colombia, book claims

Nick Miroff | The Washington Post - June 30, 2015

During a moment of peak tensions between Colombia and Venezuela, Vladimir Putin told the late Hugo Chávez to count on his support if war broke out, according…

Nicaraguan legislature approves Russian satellite bases
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Nicaraguan legislature approves Russian satellite bases

AFP - April 29, 2015

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua’s legislature approved an agreement with Russia on Tuesday that would allow Russia to place satellite bases for civilian purposes in the Central American country. Opposition legislators…