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Putin Leaves Sofia With Pipeline Deal, Puppy

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin returned from a trip to Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday with an agreement on starting construction of the South Stream gas pipeline and a puppy from his Bulgarian counterpart.

Mayor Blames Malls for MKAD Mess

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin compared a market near the Moscow Ring Road to an Indian slum and ordered the destruction of dozens of illegally constructed roads leading from the highway to shopping centers Saturday.

Hundreds Beat Drums, Whistle for Kashin

Hundreds of people beat drums, blew whistles and sounded other instruments Sunday at a central Moscow rally to protest the brutal beatings of journalist Oleg Kashin and Khimki forest defender Konstantin Fetisov this month.

Rooms in Moscow and in Murmansk

Finding a hotel room built to international standards and priced at Western rates is a challenge in the nation's high-cost capital. That begs the question: Why are Western hotel chains hesitant to fill the gap in Moscow — and why are some rushing to open in Russia's smaller cities?

United Russia Kicks Out Tula's Mayor

Tula's mayor has rebelled against United Russia after being kicked out of the party's faction in the local legislature during an emergency session Saturday.

500 Kiosks Closed, More to Follow

Finding a juicy hotdog lathered in ketchup has gotten a bit harder since Mayor Sergei Sobyanin took office. Forty of the 150 Stardog!s hotdog stands dotting Moscow have been shut down over the past week, and another 20 are expected to be closed shortly.

Activist Questioned in Magnitsky Case

The Moscow Times
Veteran human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva has been questioned by investigators in connection with the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, apparently because she had complained that the case was not properly investigated.

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