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Scrappy Sharapova Battles Into Semis

The top seed is through but compatriot Davydenko loses in five sets.

Untidy Start at Skating Champs

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy steadied themselves after a rocky start to lead the pairs after the short program in the European figure skating championships Tuesday.

Banya for Beginners

An introduction to Russian bathhouse rules and rituals.

Ask the Doctor

Russians tend to believe that illnesses can be caused by air currents, whether the source is an air conditioner, a draft or even a breeze on a warm day. Foreigners tend to disagree. Who is right?

Bottomless Breakfasts

It calls itself a French cafe, but De Ville's breakfast deal has got what Americans want -- bottomless cups of filter coffee for 40 rubles.

Feast Your Eyes

Russians love a good celebration -- and for centuries chocolate factories have been only too pleased to dress up their wares to mark special days, from the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty to the 23rd Communist Party Congress.

Building a Successor-Safe System

With the presidential election scheduled for March 2008 drawing ever closer, the amount of time political commentators and analysts are devoting to the ""succession problem"" continues to increase.

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