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West, Where Russia Begins

Pompeii-like ruins, an old Kremlin, fortresses and pretty parks add to the appeal of Pskov.

A Basic Beer Basement

Shef i Grigorich is a classical basement beer bar. Located in a redbrick cellar, its low arched ceilings and the odd cobweb generate a real retro beer bar feel. ""Shegry"" has the kind of atmosphere that no kit pub can create.

What to Do: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrive!

The third Thursday of November can mean only one thing for wine lovers -- time to crack open those bottles of Beaujolais nouveau.

No Questions Asked

Sociologists will be studying voter behavior during the State Duma election campaign for a long time.

Other Russia Gets Permission to Rally

But the opposition activists promise to go a step further and carry out an unsanctioned march.

Anxious Wait for News of 5 Sailors Lost at Sea

In a hotel room in the Krasnodar region, Lydia and Pavel Izvozchikov sit, hope and pray that their son will be found alive somewhere in the shallow waters at the mouth of the Black Sea.

Police Face Probe After Suspect Dies in Custody

Authorities in Ryazan have reopened an investigation into the death of a man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody after being detained for improper garbage disposal, a human rights activist said Wednesday.

Missiles May Be Deployed in Belarus

A general warned Wednesday that Russia could deploy short-range missiles to Belarus as part of efforts to counter planned U.S. missile defense sites in Europe, Itar-Tass reported.

Grain Export Limit May Be Extended

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said Wednesday that the government might extend restrictions on grain exports from January as the authorities struggle to rein in inflation.

Investigators See Reiman, IPOC Link

IT and Telecommunications Minister Leonid Reiman secretly owns a large part of the country's telecom industry through an offshore fund, according to ""overwhelming evidence"" uncovered by the British Virgin Islands government, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing prosecutors.

Norilsk to Pass Debt to Spinoff

Norilsk Nickel will transfer 15 billion rubles ($610 million) of debt to the $7 billion energy firm it plans to spin off this year, the company's chief executive said Wednesday.

Retailers Feel Brunt of Fuel Shortage

The country's transportation fuels market is facing its biggest crisis in almost 20 years as severe shortages force some retailers to close their filling stations.

Generali Buys Stake in Ingosstrakh

Europe's third-largest insurer, Italy's Generali, has acquired an indirect stake in insurer Ingosstrakh to gain a foothold in the fast-growing market, Generali's partner in the venture said Wednesday.

Turkmenistan Opens Its Doors to Investors

Global energy policy makers joined the race for Turkmenistan's vast oil and gas reserves Wednesday as two days of intense diplomacy kicked off in the reclusive Caspian nation.

Business in Brief

Overflight Rights ExtendedGDF Eyes Power ProducersNew Date Set for BoNY TrialE.On to Buyout OGK-4BP Makes Major Azeri FindUES Predicts Genco PricesGazprom Revenues RiseGazprom Ups Export TargetGazprom, SUEK TalksSurgut Net Profits FallsAd Spending SurgesFinmeccanica Wins Deal80 Bank Licenses at RiskNutritek Profit DoublesGAIL Plans Overseas Plant

Belarus Slams U.S. Sanctions

Belarus said Wednesday it was considering retaliatory moves against the United States in response to financial sanctions on oil processor Belneftekhim.

News in Brief

Georgia to Switch to NormalSmoker Numbers Rising

Residents Say Sochi Bill Still Unfair

The current State Duma is set to squeeze through a controversial bill in its final session Friday intended to speed up preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Major Snowfall Snarls Streets and Metro

After a heavy snowfall blanketed Moscow overnight, traffic police cautioned drivers on Wednesday to leave their cars at home and take the metro to avoid traffic jams.

Sect Waiting Out Doomsday in Penza Cave

Twenty-nine members of a religious doomsday sect, including a 16-month-old baby, are hiding in a snow-covered cave in the Penza region, refusing to come out as they wait for the end of the world next May, prosecutors said Wednesday.
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