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Welcome back: Russia reclaims rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand after bitter legal fight

An Austrian court has sided with Russia’s state-backed vodka maker in the battle over the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya brands, ordering the Dutch-based Spirits International B.V to pay compensation for using them illegally. Stolichnaya vodka has long been one of the world’s most recognizable brands associated with Russia. However, the iconic trademark is a highly contested […]

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Bitter pill: Putin says all pension reform options look unappealing to him

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that he and the majority of government officials disliked all of the proposals to raise the retirement age, but without pension reform, Russia would face a serious crisis. “Of course this is a very sensitive issue for a large number of our citizens. Also, the question did not just […]

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Bitter pill to swallow: Why iodine tablets won’t save you from nuclear fallout

As Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un battle it out over the size of their nuclear buttons, attention is again turning to a common myth – that swallowing a simple pill will guard against radioactive fallout. Iodine tablets, widely considered to offer the antidote to nuclear apocalypse, are reportedly the subject of a surge of interest […]

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Saudi Arabia v Iran: What’s behind bitter feud between Middle Eastern powers?

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are on the rise as the two states have engaged in a bitter war of words over Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. RT explores key current conflicts between the two and the possibility of a full-blown war between Tehran and Riyadh. On Monday, Riyadh said that an attack targeting Saudi […]

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