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Report: Oil Evades $9Bln in Taxes

A report prepared for the government by tax authorities suggests that oil companies are using complicated yet legal schemes to deny federal coffers about $9 billion a year.

President Creates a Chechnya Minister

President Vladimir Putin has created a new Cabinet post responsible for Chechnya, signaling his frustration with the failure to end a war and refugee crisis in the republic.

Immigrant-Friendly 'Holding Pens' in Offing?

Imagine state-run ""holding pens"" for immigrant workers, or towns in Siberia ready to embrace new citizens. The government is considering them to halt Russia's population slide.

Russia Needs A Bolder Ombudsman

This country needs an aggressive, vocal and tireless human rights ombudsman, but over the weekend Oleg Mironov said his office won’t take complaints directed at the president.

Getting Past the Kurils

Russia and Japan need to find a solution to the Kuril Islands’ sovereignty and end the impasse that has impeded relations between the two nations for the past 55 years.

Easy Tips for Financing a Run for Office

Russia is a continuous stream of gubernatorial elections, and one can usually determine the winner by the day of the voting and — often — quite a bit earlier than that.

Kidnapping and Extortion in Self-Defense

The head of the police counter-narcotics division planned the kidnapping, and he is not the only lawman to turn to crime to boost a meager salary. But he has paid the price.

Swedes Seek Proof That Wallenberg Was Shot

A Swedish official has said his country is no closer to knowing how Raoul Wallenberg, the diplomat reputed to have saved thousands of Jews during World War II, died.

Frigid Primorye to Get Cash for Heat

Moscow has relented in a war of words with regional bosses in the Primorye region and rushed money to provide heat to thousands of people shivering in sub-zero temperatures.

Putin Presses for Stalin's Anthem

President Vladimir Putin wants Russians to resume humming Stalin's anthem in the new millennium, but with new words replacing the lines about the ""unbreakable"" Soviet Union.

Sutyagin to Go on Trial for Treason

After spending 13 months in jail on treason charges, defense expert Igor Sutyagin is at last due to get his day in court.

Cabinet Says Yes to Corporate Governance

The Russian government gave its support Tuesday to the creation of a single, uniform corporate governance code, thus addressing one of the major concerns of foreign investors.

Peru Scandal Has Russia Arms Link

Swiss authorities said they suspected that most of the funds frozen in Swiss bank accounts came from arms deals between Russia and Peru's former spy chief.

News in Brief

Ciampi for IntegrationVisiting Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi on Tuesday urged Russia to enhance its cooperation with the European Union and NATO and abandon concerns that the West could threaten its security. Egypt Nabs Spy SuspectEgypt said Tuesday it had arrested an Egyptian national on charges of spying for Israel, and had also charged an alleged Russian accomplice in his absence.Aeroflot EmergencyAn Aeroflot passenger jet flying from Vietnam to Moscow made a safe emergency landing in Novosibirsk on Tuesday when a panel light indicated the nose gear had failed. U.S. Against Iran Sales U.S. officials will travel to Moscow next week to discuss Russia’s plan to break an agreement barring the sale of conventional arms to Iran, State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said Monday.

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