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09/07/2009

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FIFA Makes Example Out of Abramovich's Chelsea

The Associated Press
In punishing Chelsea for allegedly luring a young player out of his contract with a French club, football's guardians at governing body FIFA are sending a powerful warning to giants of the game that their wealth and clout don't give them license to do whatever they please.

Kudrin Says G20 in ‘Calmer Mood’

An April G20 meeting saw heated battles over the extent of stimulus spending, but a more measured tone over the weekend suggests that their next meeting later this month in Pittsburgh will be less of a spectacle.

New Law Gets Test Run With Chichvarkin

Investigators used the law, which was passed in June and designed to fight organized crime, to bolster their case against the former Yevroset chief, who is wanted by both the Russian police and Interpol on charges of kidnapping and extortion.

Budget Spending ‘Inefficient’

Not a kopek was spent on some federal projects, including those fighting smoking and alcoholism, the Audit Chamber said Friday.

Economic Data Look Rosy but Debt May Bite

While overdue loans inched up to 5.5 percent of the total banking sector, the Central Bank firmly rebutted expectations of a second wave of the crisis.

A Special Farm For Special Needs

Set in the countryside some 150 kilometers east of St. Petersburg, the community of Svetlana is a part of the worldwide Camphill movement, which stresses that all people — regardless of physical or mental conditions — be treated as equals.

Prosecutors: Smugglers Not Punished

The prosecutor’s office said police had suspended 1,118 investigations into smuggling, but prosecutors overruled 484 of the suspensions.

Khodorkovsky Expects to Spend Life in Prison

The Moscow Times
Khodorkovsky said he expected to remain in prison because he believed his fate was in the hands of the siloviki, a group of defense and security officials close to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Georgia, Turkey Strike Deal on Jailed Captain

Reuters
Georgia's foreign minister said Monday that he had agreed with his Turkish counterpart on the fate of a tanker captain jailed for violating a Georgian embargo on breakaway Abkhazia, hinting at his imminent release.

Shevardnadze Warns 20 Years After Fall of Berlin Wall

Reuters
Twenty years after the wall came down, former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze says the world is a safer place but warns against complacency.

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