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01/28/2009

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Kirill Named Orthodox Patriarch

The Russian Orthodox Church elected Metropolitan Kirill, a long-standing church diplomat and skillful orator, as its new patriarch on Tuesday night.

Putin to Seek New Economic Order at Davos

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will call for a change in the world economic order and deliver his assessment of what caused the global economic debacle in an opening speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday night.

Court Sanctions Chichvarkin's Arrest In Absentia

By Alexandra Odynova
The Basmanny District Court on Wednesday sanctioned the arrest of former Yevroset chairman Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who left the country last month and has not returned, in connection with allegations of smuggling, kidnapping and extortion.

Soldier Who Defected Says He Is No Traitor

By Anna Malpas
A Russian soldier who deserted and is seeking political asylum in Georgia said Wednesday that his decision was not politically motivated and that he does not consider himself a traitor.

Putin Sees Russian Recovery Toward End of '09

Bloomberg
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he sees ""light at the end of the tunnel"" for the Russian economy by the middle of the year, and he called for global rules to avert a repeat of the current crisis.

Russian Soldier Asks Tbilisi For Asylum

Combined Reports
A Russian soldier said Tuesday that he deserted from his unit in separatist South Ossetia and sought asylum in Georgia because of unbearable living conditions, including poor treatment and scarce food.

Stolen Roses and Crimes of Passion

Valentine's Day is coming up, and International Women's Day, a national holiday in Russia, will follow soon after. Maybe this guy, who was caught stealing 35,000 rubles ($1,040) worth of flowers from a kiosk in southwestern Moscow, was trying to stockpile with these two occasions in mind.

Fatal Coat Check Beating

It's unclear exactly what about the coat-check at a local bar perturbed a man in the Karelian town of Segezha so severely that he beat the coat attendant to death.

Pictures, Words Enchant at Yury Rost Exhibit

There are very few photographers who can get exhibitiongoers staring so intently at the texts accompanying a photo and even fewer journalists whose photos can captivate too. Yury Rost, one of Russia's best-known journalists, is famous for both his prose and his photos.

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