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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

'Trotsky Ice Pick' Found in Mexico

One of history's most infamous murder weapons, the ice pick used to kill Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, may have resurfaced after being lost for decades, just weeks before the 65th anniversary of his Aug. 20, 1940, assassination.

News in Brief

Radical Threat in Dagestan MAKHACHKALA -- A radical Islamic group in Dagestan threatened to extend its attacks against police to their relatives, according to a message posted Tuesday on a web site seen as a voice for Chechen rebels. The group, which calls itself Shariat Jamaat, or Islamic Community of Justice, said its new policy was in response to the killing of its leader, Rasul Makasharipov, by police last week. It said it would attack police officers in their homes, regardless of whether their families were present, kill adult relatives of police, and seize their wives and daughters. (AP) Police Foil Art Smugglers Police have foiled plans to smuggle abroad a Marc Chagall painting worth an estimated $1 million, local media reported on Tuesday, citing art police in St. Petersburg. The painting, known in Russian as ""Khasid,"" was stolen in 2001 from a private collection in Russia along with six other paintings. St.

The Risk of Eliminating All Opponents

Irregularities in privatizing a state dacha is perhaps the most frequent of all accusations made against government officials past and present in post-communist Russia.

Ignoring the Facts, Driving Blithely On

Last week, President Vladimir Putin stated his hope that, after the bombings in London, the West would stop using double standards when it came to terrorism.

Federalist Illusions

With the flurry of celebrations, summits and terrorist attacks at the beginning of the month, the State Council meeting in Kaliningrad on July 2 received scant attention and on the whole was poorly understood.

Business in Brief

Surplus Hits $25Bln The budget surplus totaled 726 billion rubles ($25.3 billion) in the first half of the year as revenue increased because of higher receipts from oil exports. Revenue was at 2.4 trillion rubles ($84 billion), 46 percent more than the government's initial target for the period of January through June, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on its web site. Windfall revenue from oil sales is going into a so-called stabilization fund, which stood at 617.9 billion rubles on July 1, after the country spent 430.1 billion rubles for early repayment of the debt owed to the Paris Club of creditor nations on June 30, the ministry said in the statement. (Bloomberg) FSB Bribery Arrest A senior Industry and Energy Ministry official has been caught receiving a large bribe, the Federal Security Service, or FSB, announced Tuesday.

New Airline Appears on Horizon

A new airline alliance is forming that will be second only to Aeroflot by passenger numbers and could eventually replace Sibir as the country's No. 2 carrier.

Paper: Heineken Closes In on Vekselberg's Brewery

Dutch beer giant Heineken is set to acquire a Siberian brewery from billionaire Viktor Vekselberg's Renova holding, Vedomosti reported Tuesday.

Tax Jitters Cause Fall in Sibneft Profit

Russia's fifth-largest oil firm, Sibneft, which is up for sale, revealed a 10 percent drop in 2004 net profit on Tuesday, as the burden of taxes outweighed the windfall from high oil prices.

Grocery Chain Moves to Kaliningrad

Moscow's largest grocery retailer, Sedmoi Kontinent, said Tuesday that it had expanded outside the capital by buying a chain in the western exclave of Kaliningrad for about $36 million.

Moscow Loses Dressage Event

The European Dressage Championship, due to take place in Moscow on July 27-31, was moved to Hagen, Germany, at the last minute.

Ukhta Fire Death Toll Reaches 24

Prosecutors suspect Monday's blaze in a shopping center was caused deliberately as part of a business dispute.

4 Men in London Bombing Probe

British police said Tuesday that they were trying to establish whether four men had blown themselves up in last week's London explosions in what would be the first suicide attacks in the country.

Tighter Rules Sought for Adoptions

The Education and Science Ministry on Tuesday called for tougher rules governing foreign adoptions, following the death of a 2-year-old Russian girl whose American adoptive mother has been charged with her murder.

Atomic Chief Calls for Better Security

The Federal Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday called for nuclear security to be stepped up following last week's bloody terrorist bombings in London.

Suspect Charged in Kasyanov Case

The Prosecutor General's Office said Tuesday that it had charged a suspect in its investigation into former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, while U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow expressed concern that the case might be linked to Kasyanov's political ambitions.

Attacks Raise Specter of a Nationalist Threat

Nationalists have been linked to the bombing of a Grozny-Moscow train and the attempt on Anatoly Chubais' life, raising the specter that extremists on the fringes of the nationalist community have emerge as a security threat.
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