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Chess and Alien Abductions in Kalmykia

The obsessive energy of one man, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov -- former car dealer, present-day multimillionaire, Buddhist impresario and president of the republic of Kalmykia -- has turned this remote corner of southern Russia into the Caesars Palace of chess.

Petrova's Return to Winning Ways

Nadia Petrova's victory over French teenager Tatiana Golovin in Sunday's Stuttgart Grand Prix final marked the end of a traumatic time for the quiet Russian.

Disabled Inclusion Key to Sochi Bid

The head of the International Paralympic Committee is in Moscow this week for meetings with President Vladimir Putin and other officials.

How Swindlers Thrive on the Power of Spam

Spam now comprises up to 70 percent of all electronic correspondence, and an increasing number of spammers are preying on readers' naivete, greed and carelessness.

Students Advise on Racism, Religion

One-quarter of students at the People's Friendship University in Moscow come from developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Tour a Doomed Temple to Chocolate

The clock is ticking for the Red October chocolate factory: Its city center premises are in an area due for redevelopment into a glossy residential and leisure zone, and the chocolatier, along with its popular tours, is to move elsewhere.

U.S. Tax Break Misses Moscow

American expatriates in Moscow will pay more U.S. income tax this year than their colleagues in London, Paris and Hong Kong.

Central Banker Calls 35 Banks 'Problematic'

About 35 banks registered in the Moscow region are ""problematic"" and under close watch, a senior Central Bank official said Tuesday, one month after the assassination of chief banking supervisor Andrei Kozlov.

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