Articles by Lidia Okorokova



Vkontakte.ru Hackers Steal Passwords of 135,000 Users

The country’s most popular social network, Vkontakte.ru, has been hacked, and the logins and passwords of nearly 135,000 users were distributed on the Internet.

Minister Toughens Oversight For Police

Facing widespread mistrust over corruption and violence in its ranks, the Interior Ministry will now hold officials personally responsible for police leadership appointments, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said Tuesday.

Bookies Back at Horse Tracks

Medvedev signs a law allowing bets at state and municipal hippodromes, despite a broader gambling crackdown.

Chinese Fly In to Settle Cherkizovsky Lockout

A senior Chinese delegation arrived in Moscow on Wednesday as mounting tensions over the closure of Cherkizovsky Market threatened to sour relations between the two countries.

Robber in $8M Heist Found in Perm Forest

The police find the suspect in an underground hideout after an intensive weeklong manhunt, and he leads them to most of the buried loot.

Dog Lovers Asked to Clean Up

In the first campaign of its kind, the federal government is encouraging dog owners to clean up the messes left by their dogs by setting up street dispensers with paper bags to collect the pets' feces.

Activists Kick Off Drive for Animal Rights Law

Two animal rights groups released a grim film of slain stray dogs in Moscow on Tuesday as they kicked off a campaign for a law barring the cruel treatment of animals in Russia.

$9M Lawsuit Filed in Aeroflot Crash

A lawyer representing relatives of three people who died in an Aeroflot-Nord plane crash near Perm in September filed a $9 million lawsuit Monday against the Boeing Co. and U.S. bank Wells Fargo.