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Putin Hands Chechnya War to FSB

President Vladimir Putin on Monday handed control over the war in Chechnya to Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev and ordered a partial withdrawal of troops.

Aeroflot In Talks For Virgin Airline

Aeroflot is in preliminary negotiations to buy out budget airline Virgin Express Ireland in a deal that would give Russia's No. 1 airline its own low-cost carrier.

Convicted Killer Had 'Typical Russian Trial'

November 1989 was freezing in Magnitogorsk, but it was fear, not the cold, that kept people locked up in their houses.

It's Time to Engage, Not To Confront

We believe that the Emergency Congress in Defense of Human Rights declaration of a ""human rights state of emergency"" was irresponsibly confrontational.

Coming Clean

The Bush administration must aggressively investigate possible cases of money-laundering, which cripples the Russian economy and defrauds the Russian people.

Bush Taught Putin How to Use the Press

Last week contained two significant Bush family dates: Jan. 16 was the 10th anniversary of Desert Storm, and Jan. 20, was Inauguration Day for George Bush the younger.

Russia's Recipe for Chaos

The defective nature of Russia's system of governance was evident once again last week during the very public scandal between Andrei Illarionov and Mikhail Kasyanov.

Putin Withdraws Criminal Procedural Code Legislation

Kremlin officials confirmed Monday that Vladimir Putin has withdrawn a piece of legislation that would have brought criminal procedure in line with the constitution.

Gryzlov Briefs President on Borodin

Before going in to brief President Vladimir Putin, the leader of the Unity faction told reporters Monday that the U.S. had no political motive in arresting Pavel Borodin.

Not Speaking Latvian? Call the Language Police

Contemporary Russian music is the rage in Riga, but when listeners tuned in for their daily dose of dance tracks on a popular radio station, they got nothing but dead air.

Siberians Trapped By Record Freeze

Fastidious by nature, Lena Kolobova scrubs the kitchen porcelain to keep it white — but it doesn’t sparkle like the frost that hangs from the room’s ceiling.

Scots Toast Burns With Sheep's Stomach

Robert Burns loved whisky and women, and for his 242nd birthday his fans will honor him with a feast of haggis, neeps and tatties.

Taking the Easy Road to and From the Airport

Much has been said of its woes, but the aging Sheremetyevo 2 International Airport has added services to make it a little more hospitable.

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