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01/14/2009

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Chechen Refugee Shot Dead on Vienna Street

Austrian authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested a Chechen suspect in the audacious murder of a Chechen political refugee on a Viennese street and are investigating whether certain "secret services" may have been behind the attack.

Conservationists Target Dead Duma Envoy

Conservationists have asked prosecutors to investigate whether the Kremlin's envoy to the State Duma was participating in an illegal hunt of endangered animals when the helicopter he was riding in crashed last week in the Altai region, killing him and six others.

Georgians Shun Stalin in Great Figures Contest

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's solid third-place finish in a television contest last month aimed at identifying Russia's greatest historical figures sparked much controversy and national soul-searching among the country's chattering classes.

Gas Woes Threaten Economies

Reuters
A weeklong cut in gas supplies has prompted concern that some Balkan countries already hit by the world financial crisis could see dimmer economic prospects and lower job numbers as a result.

Russia Wants Its Brains Back

The government would like to entice the thousands of Russian scientists who have left for better-paying jobs abroad to return to Russia for good. But in a pinch, it appears that officials will settle for a few months a year.

7 Migrants Dead in Construction Blaze

Seven construction workers were killed Tuesday in southeastern Moscow when a fire broke out in an underground parking garage where they were being housed illegally, officials said.

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