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09/09/2009

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Duma Reconvenes Without a Budget

Squabbling over next year's budget will delay its passage this fall, leaving Duma deputies to tackle other bills first, including state regulations on retail prices, the deployment of troops abroad and new restrictions on foreign teachers.

Mystery Hangs Over ‘Black September’ Blasts

Doubts still linger about the official version of the 1999 apartment building bombings that claimed the lives of over 300 people in Moscow and two provincial Russian cities.

Photo Gallery: Russia's 'Black September' of 1999

Young Drug Users Called Major Threat

President Medvedev on Tuesday called drug abuse among young people a threat to national security and called for tougher penalties for drug-related crimes.

Netanyahu Secretly Visited Moscow, Israeli Media Says

Reuters
Israel media reported Wednesday that the Israeli prime minister boarded a chartered plane on Monday and flew to Moscow to discuss Russia selling weapons to Iran.

Aksakov Stripped of Banking Post

Anatoly Aksakov was removed by the Duma from his post as head of the National Banking Council on Tuesday, after the deputy drew widespread criticism for suggesting that the ruble should be devalued.

Journalist Critical of Dam Disaster Attacked

The Moscow Times
Mikhail Afanasyev, editor of the Novy Focus online magazine, told police that the attackers kicked him and pummeled him with sticks until he lost consciousness.

Teacher Wins $8,000 in Pirated Windows Lawsuit

The Moscow Times
Alexander Ponosov, who was the school's principal at the time of his arrest, was convicted in 2007 and fined 5,000 rubles, or half of his monthly salary.

Once Banned, 'Gulag Archipelago' Made Required

The Associated Press
Alexander Solzhenitsyn's once-banned book recounting the brutality and despair of the Soviet Gulag will now be required reading in the country's schools.

Boxer Pleads Not Guilty in Deadly Brawl

The Moscow Times
Roman Romanchuk, 30, who helped the Russian team win the 2005 Boxing World Cup, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in March after being convicted of accidentally shooting a man in Vladivostok last year.

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