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Napoleon Survivor Loses to Bureaucrats

The stables of the Khamovniki barracks survived the Napoleonic wars, but they are losing the battle of the bureaucrats.

Bush to Talk Up NATO on Kiev Visit

The Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Ukraine will bolster its chances of starting the process toward NATO membership, U.S. Ambassador William Taylor said Monday.

Caucasus Skiing Idyll the Olympics Forgot

High up on the slopes of this idyllic mountain retreat, it is easy to forget that the ski resort of Dombai lies at the heart of the volatile North Caucasus.

Conscripts Face Only a Year in Spring Call-Up

Staff Writers
As the military kicks off its spring call-up campaign Wednesday, conscripts can look forward to just one year of compulsory service, a reduction from the two years that have been standard in Russia for most of the past four decades.

Electricity Prices Seen Rising More Quickly

The government will look again at its planned hikes in domestic electricity prices for business users because the unregulated prices are rising more quickly than anticipated, Federal Tariffs Service chief Sergei Novikov told reporters Monday.

Suspect Says Slain Reporter Offered Him Money for Sex

The Associated Press
Two Tajik men have admitted to robbing and killing Channel One journalist Ilyas Shurpayev in his Moscow apartment, with one claiming that the victim had earlier offered him money for sex, an official said Monday.

Gazprom Calls for Long-Term Deals

Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev warned Monday that plans to boost gas production at home depended on signing long-term contracts with Europe, as the state-run monopoly said it would increase capital investment to record levels over the next two years.

Bush Coming to Sochi With Hat in Hand

U.S. President George W. Bush will meet President Vladimir Putin for the last time in Sochi this weekend. The agenda is full of contentious issues -- Kosovo, anti-missile defense, NATO expansion and the state of Russian-U.S. relations. As the presidents bid their farewells, it is worth reflecting on the relationship.

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