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

Ballet Academy Revisited

I wondered, how did the collapse of the Soviet system that supported a lavish arrangement at Vaganova Academy change the school? Now the surprise: amazingly little.

Baryshnikov Recalls Vaganova Years

One of the most famous graduates of the Vaganova Academy is now an American, Mikhail Baryshnikov. But he was still a Soviet citizen in 1963 when he came to Leningrad on a summer tour with the Riga Ballet from his hometown in Latvia.

Deripaska Expands Construction Stakes

Basic Element and RusAl owner Oleg Deripaska has taken control of the Razvitiye construction firm, leaving Deripaska in control of one-third of the Moscow building market, First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin said.

Market Grows in Europe's South

A 1.2 billion euro ($1.47 billion) real estate development in former plum orchards north of Bucharest illustrates the fruits being picked in Romania and Bulgaria, future EU members seeing an economic boom while much of old Europe stagnates.

China Impeding Eviction Lawsuits

China, where land disputes and forcible demolition have become a major flashpoint for protests, has ordered courts to stop hearing cases brought directly by disgruntled evictees, state media reported last week.

In Yaroslavl, An Unholy Spat Over a Cathedral

A competition to recreate the 17th-century Dormition Cathedral is pitting heritage experts against local priests.

National Bolsheviks on Trial

A look at a day in the ongoing trial of 39 National Bolshevik Party activists in Moscow's Nikulinsky District Court.

Force, Elections and Hamas

The end to Israel's long, bitter and often bloody sojourn in the Gaza Strip is in sight.

After Gaza, West Bank Is Next Step for Peace

On Monday morning, Israel finally began withdrawing from the teeming, thirsty strip of land where it settled nearly 9,000 Jews in the middle of more than 1 million Arabs.

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