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09/03/2009

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Yacht Importer Calls Probe 'Misunderstanding'

Leading luxury yacht importer Burevestnik Group denied smuggling charges Thursday, while the Investigative Committee kept a tight lid on details of the case.

Mayor Reveals Passion for Crafts

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov showed his passion for the matryoshka on Wednesday, presenting his new book on rescuing the folk crafts industry at a lavish ceremony with folk singers and kvas.

Chubais Predicts Big Growth in Nano Jobs

Rusnano chief Anatoly Chubais said Wednesday that the country's virtually nonexistent nanotechnology industry will need 150,000 specialists by 2015, adding that last year, only 100 people graduated with degrees in the field.

Court Merges 3 Politkovskaya Murder Cases

The Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Thursday also ordered further investigation into the killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a ruling that could increase the chances that authorities will eventually determine who was behind her murder.

Billionaire Plans First Circus in Space

The Associated Press
From space, Cirque du Soleil owner Guy Laliberte is planning to coordinate a string of shows in Moscow, London, New York and 11 other cities around the world beginning Oct. 9.

4 Solidarity Candidates Don’t Make City Ballot

One of the banned opposition candidates said the Moscow election committee had rejected all 4,555 signatures that he had collected in support of his bid over what it deemed a mistake in how they were documented.

Lavrov Hails Progress on U.S. Arms Treaty

Reuters
Russia and the United States have made progress on reaching a new deal to cut vast Cold War arsenals of nuclear weapons, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, reported local news agencies.

Secret Services Prying More Into People's Lives

The Moscow Times
The secret services are increasingly asking courts for permission to search apartments, eavesdrop on telephone calls and read private mail, according to new statistics from the Supreme Court.

Interfax Reporter Expelled From Dam

RusHydro expelled an Interfax reporter from its Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant, where a flood last month killed 75 people, over what the news agency said Wednesday was the journalist’s refusal to let the company edit his stories.

Canvas: Blood, Sweat and Tears for Art

Going from the bureaucratic hassles of Russia to Norway, where exhibitions are state-funded and people take contemporary art for granted, you begin to appreciate how hard people in the Russian art world work.

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