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Presidential Veto Outlaws Alcohol

Domestic alcohol producers and wholesalers awoke with a serious hangover New Year's day after President Vladimir Putin made them outlaws with a veto that shocked the industry.

Minister: Beer Threat Looming

The Health Ministry on Tuesday called for tough curbs to be placed on beer to counter what it said was a deadly addiction sweeping the nation.

Reading Signs From Above

The Christmas Eve congregation at the Church of Our Lady of Tikhvin was small but special: It was made up of people who could not hear the beauty of Orthodox liturgy.

'Hooligans' Run Amuck In Media

Despite Putin's pro-freedom retoric, prosecutors have descended on NTV's parent Media-MOST company for yet another punitive raid. Is this ""business,"" or state hooliganism?

Ease Up on Debts

Amidst renewed growth and hope, shortsightedness by several countries who refuse to renegotiate Russia's Paris Club debt is threatening to derail the economic recovery.

Real Tourists Live by Their Own Rules

I have noticed that most people behave differently when they are taken out of their natural environment and transported elsewhere.

The Most Expensive Soda I Have Ever Had

The two women with whom I needed to talk over a certain business proposal suggested that we meet one evening near the Hotel Rossiya.

Ready for the Worst Case

The Navy has denied there are nuclear weapons in the Kaliningrad region, but they have issued so many false statements recently that it is hard to believe anything they say.

American Aid Worker Kidnapped in Chechnya

A U.S. aid worker was kidnapped in Chechnya and another slightly wounded after gunmen their cars, federal officials and aid workers said Wednesday.

Probe Yields Partial Results in Kiev

A beheaded body found in a forest near Kiev in November was most likely that of missing opposition journalist Georgy Gongadze.

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