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07/25/2007

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Geopolitical Lessons from the Bambuti Tribe

In the mid-20th century, British-American anthropologist Colin Turnbull observed the Bambuti pygmies living in the Congo. As a result of the unusually thick African jungle, the Bambuti never saw anything from a great distance.

Espionage Difficulties May Spread to Spain

Spain has arrested a former intelligence officer on charges he acted as a double agent, selling other agents' secret identities and counterintelligence data to a foreign government, the country's spy chief said Tuesday.

8 Arrested for Attack on Protesters

Eight suspects have been placed under arrest in connection with a savage assault on anti-nuclear protesters in Siberia that left one activist dead and several others injured, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Interior Ministry Draft Bill to Bring Pay Rise for Police

The Interior Ministry has drafted a bill that would raise salaries and introduce a standard hierarchy among law enforcement officials, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

Foul Mouth is Costly for Official

An Altai region court has ordered a local official to resign and pay a total of 42,000 rubles, or around $1,650, in damages and fines after swearing at a subordinate, local prosecutors said Tuesday.

Elevator Man Caught Lifting Cables

Most foreigners in Russia are familiar with bumpy, anxious trips in crumbling elevators that offer the sounds of grinding gears instead of the Muzak they're accustomed to back home.

Russneft Sale Likely as State Seen Closing In

Embattled oil firm Russneft looks close to being taken over by a state-friendly company as it faces Kremlin ire over its unsanctioned involvement in the Yukos affair, analysts said Tuesday.

Bashkir Firms Trading Halted

One of the country's two leading bourses, RTS, halted all transactions involving shares in six companies located in Bashkortostan on Tuesday as the government sought to bring them under direct federal control.

Rosneft CEO Tipped for Duma Run

Sergei Bogdanchikov may quit his job as CEO of Rosneft if he is elected to the State Duma in December elections, Vedomosti reported Tuesday.

Belarus Asks for Time to Pay Gas Bill

Gazprom officials will head to Minsk on Wednesday for a new round of talks on Belarus' gas debt, the company said Tuesday.

Tomsk to Get Metals Investment

Investment company Metropol may spend as much as $20 billion to build a mining and steel-production complex in Siberia's Tomsk region, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

Business in Brief

Economy Expanded 7.8%Oil Growth May FallImperial to Write to FSAJKX to Enter RussiaSochi Ring Road BidNorilsk Nickel Net RisesLionOre Offer Extended

Industry Bills Open Up Aviation

One of the investment bills drops the 25 percent limit that foreigners can acquire in an aircraft maker.

Putin Gets Heated in Nashi Talk

President Vladimir Putin lashed out at Britain during a meeting with members of pro-Kremlin youth groups Tuesday, calling its demands that Russia extradite murder suspect Andrei Lugovoi a relic of ""colonial thinking.""

News in Brief

Donskoi Back Under ArrestDiplomats Coming HomeSPS Won't Field a Candidate

Great Russia Refused Registration

The Federal Registration Service on Tuesday denied registration to Great Russia, the party co-founded earlier this year by former Rodina head Dmitry Rogozin.

Fifty Years Since Sax Hit the Soviet Union

Alexei Kozlov got his first professional saxophone lesson 50 years ago. It was in the summer of 1957 and, for two weeks of gorgeous hot weather, Muscovites caught a glimpse of life on the other side of the Iron Curtain as 34,000 foreigners streamed into the Soviet capital for the Sixth World Youth Festival.
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