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State Lays Claim to Academic Society

A shakeup at the St. Petersburg-based Russian Geographic Society, which bills itself as Russia’s oldest organization, has ruffled feathers in the group.

United Russia Tripped Up in Tax Bill Debacle

A public outcry and rebuke from the Kremlin force the ruling party to call back a bill that it unanimously passed just days earlier.

Kremlin Media Adviser Sacked

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The Kremlin announced the departure of Mikhail Lesin —who founded Russia's main TV advertising company in 1990 and held senior posts in news, television and the government — on Tuesday in a terse statement saying Lesin left "at his own request."

Inmates Abuse Suspect in $17M Theft

Yevgeny Skoblikov was arrested last month, soon after he told police that about $6 million and 7 million euros ($10.5 million) in cash were stolen from his rented Moscow apartment.

2010 Budget Passes In Key 2nd Reading

The approved amendments, overwhelmingly sponsored by the Cabinet, largely shuffled around amounts earmarked for various budget items — without changing the overall spending of 9.89 trillion rubles ($345 billion).

Central Bank Withdraws Kuban License

By Gyuzel Gubeidullina / Vedomosti
The order to withdraw the license was signed Wednesday after the Central Bank's supervisory officials cut short a seminar in Anapa to return to Moscow.

Russia Leads the World in Economic Crime, Report Says

Of 86 companies surveyed in Russia, 71 of them — 82.5 percent — said they had been subjected to at least one major economic crime in the past 12 months, according to a report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Central Bank Averts $44M Pension Fund Heist

By Vasily Kudinov / Vedomosti
The Pension Fund discovered the theft Monday when it received a notice from the Central Bank that 1.25 billion rubles had been transferred from its account.

Barsky Confirmed as TNK-BP Head

BP and AAR, a consortium representing the billionaire co-owners, said on Thursday that Maxim Barsky, currently TNK-BP's executive vice president for strategy and business development, would become CEO effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Activist's Murder Leads to Violence

The violence stems from deep animosity between two aggressive camps with starkly different visions of Russia's future: neo-Nazi skinheads who rank in the tens of thousands and militant anti-racist groups that call themselves Antifa, short for anti-fascist.

Penalties Give Slovenia Advantage, World Cup Bid

In the 1-0 defeat, Russia had substitute Alexander Kerzhakov sent off in the 66th minute following a violent clash with Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and Yury Zhirkov was also dismissed when he was shown a second yellow card for dissent.
Putin sitting beside Russian Academy of Sciences head Yury Osipov at a geographical society meeting Wednesday.

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Putin sitting beside Russian Academy of Sciences head Yury Osipov at a geographical society meeting Wednesday.

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