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A Secret Telegram Forged a Friendship

The Russo-British Chamber of Commerce marked its 85th anniversary at a function in Moscow on Thursday.

Sturgeon Fishing Banned Until 2002

Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan agreed to freeze fishing to protect the fish that produce caviar.

Declassified Papers Detail Nazi Attack

An exhibit, ""We Will Win?!"" has opened detailing the start of the USSR's participation in World War II.

Money-Laundering Laws Matter

To quell criticism from Western agencies, the State Duma ratified the Convention on Money Laundering.

Ship of State Headed for Rough Waters

For the past 18 months, Putin's government has triumphantly cleared all obstacles from its path.

Smuggling Into Poland: Poles Guilty, Too

Your article on smuggling across Poland's eastern borders addresses an issue that is crucial to Poland joining the EU. However, the author's account seems rather one-sided.

Stars Come Out for Film Festival

Sunglasses, dark tans and deep cleavages were on show Thursday evening as movie stars came out for the opening of the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival at Pushkin Square. Director Nikita Mikhalkov, the president of the festival, welcomed the more famous guests with air kisses outside the Pushkin cinema. At his side was his wife and daughter Nadya, who starred as a young girl in her father's Oscar-winning film ""Burnt by the Sun."" The motley crowd included oligarch Vladimir Potanin, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who in inimitable style rushed in late, didn't show his ticket and was scolded for trying to pinch ice cream from a kiosk fridge. Apart from the competition jury — which includes the directors of the Berlin and the Sundance film festival and German actress Margarethe von Trotta — there was little star power at the opening apart from Peta Wilson, the Australian star of the television series ""Nikita.

Tit-for-Tat Diplomat Expulsions Not Over

Tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions have mean many U.S. diplomats are packing their bags in Moscow.

Pope's Ukraine Visit Riles Believers

Some 30,000 police officers, Interior Ministry troops and police trainees are being deployed for the Pope's visit to Ukraine due to concerns about possible terrorist acts.

Chechen Refugees Fast to Decry War

Two dozen refugees from Chechnya have joined a hunger strike to demand an end to fighting.

News in Brief

Parties Bill Passed MOSCOW (AP) — The State Duma gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would sharply limit the number of political parties and make them dependent on government financing. The bill, which liberals say aims at giving the Kremlin control over the nation’s political forces, follows a series of recent developments that stoked fears that President Vladimir Putin’s administration is seeking to restrict civil liberties. The Duma voted 238-164 Thursday to approve the bill. The house, dominated by pro-government moderates, approved the bill in the first two readings earlier this year. In contrast to prolonged debates of the bill earlier this year, the vote Thursday came after only a brief discussion of minor amendments. The bill still needs to be approved by the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, and be signed by Putin to take effect. Among other measures, the bill strictly curtails private donations and bans those from foreigners and international organizations.

Duma Rejects Foreign Media Bill

A bill aimed at limiting foreign ownership in Russian media failed to pass a second reading in the State Duma as liberals and Communists joined forces to vote it down.

Duma OKs Bill to Cut Smoking

The State Duma passed an anti-tobacco bill Thursday that would ban smoking in many public places.

Top Airport Sees Traffic, Revenues Take Off

Sheremetyevo is handling more passengers, wooing new airlines and planning a facelift.

Ilyushin, Sukhoi Eye Boeing Deal

Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said Thursday it was considering building a new regional jet in Russia.

LUKoil, Yukos Feud Shakes Up Lithuania

Two Russian oil companies' battle is now entangled in a bigger war within the Lithuanian government.

BP: Baku-Ceyhan Line Online in 2004

The BP CEO announced the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline would be built and operating by the end of 2004.

Business in Brief

Hacker Indicted in U.S. MOSCOW (MT) — A Russian who faces computer hacking charges in Washington and Connecticut was indicted Wednesday by a U.S. grand jury for hacking into California e-commerce systems, Agence France Presse reported. Alexei Ivanov, 20, is accused of breaking into computer systems, stealing credit card information and trying to extort payments from a company in exchange for “security services,” said prosecutor David Lavine. Authorities say Ivanov and Vasily Gorshkov, 25, are part of a computer-hacking ring based in Chelyabinsk and responsible for tens of thousands of intrusions into U.S. banks and e-businesses. Ivanov is also accused of gaining unauthorized access into a San Diego-based Internet service provider and using its computers to launch a series of attacks against several e-commerce companies. The alleged targets include two credit card processors and a Los Angeles-based online bank.

Russia Looks to New Teen Tennis Star

Russia's female tennis players have been pushed into the background by rising star Lina Krasnoroutskaya.

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