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EBRD in $10Bln Talks on Sakhalin

The EBRD and Tokyo are in preliminary talks about investing in a $10 billion project to further develop the oil and gas fields under the waters off Sakhalin Island.

Putin Says Free Speech Still Alive and Well

President Vladimir Putin, accused by critics of trying to stifle the media, insisted that reports of the death of free speech in Russia were exaggerated.

A Few Points Putin Might Have Made

Instead of looking forward on Press Day, Vladimir Putin strangely emphasized the past. The president did not, however, elaborate on which predecessors he had in mind.

Painful Lessons

Before moving ahead with UES reforms, Russia should carefully consider California's experience in reforming its own energy system.

A Friend Who Almost Came To Dinner

Perhaps there was a good reason why Mildred was chained to a stake and left to suffer with no food and water, but it hardly matters now.

Do Good Fences Always Make Good Neighbors?

I first noticed that the benches had disappeared from the courtyard near my house when my daughter was born in 1997.

How I Cured My Cynicism

Three weeks in the Philippines gives you a reminder of why the Soviet Union for so long stood as a model for the developing world.

Dancing in the Snow

On holidays and weekend afternoons, no matter what the weather, the bandstand near the entrance to Sokolniki Park draws hundreds of pensioners.

Top KGB Plotter Dead at Age 77

Vladimir Semichastny, former head of the KGB and a key figure in the 1964 plot to oust Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, died Friday aged 77, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.

Heir to Romanov Throne Dies in New York

Princess Vera Constantinovna of Russia, the great granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I and a member of the Romanov family, has died at 94.

Ustinov Harangues Prosecutors for Corruption

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov said the legal system was riddled with corruption and government officials took more bribes than ever.

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