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Governor Defends Crusader Navalny

Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh said on his blog Friday that he has no complaints against lawyer and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, despite the fact that the latter is now being probed by the Investigative Committee.

U.K. to Scrutinize Firms With Russia Ties

International companies doing business in Russia will be subject to greater scrutiny by the United Kingdom beginning in April, when a draconian anti-corruption law enters into force, lawyers warn.

Terrorist Suspect Was a Love-Struck Woman

The Moscow Times
A two-day police hunt for an Ingush woman believed to have arrived in Moscow to carry out a terrorist attack ended in farce Friday when it was revealed that she had fled to the capital to meet her Internet lover.

Rioting Erupts Near Kremlin Walls

President Dmitry Medvedev praised Moscow police for a violent crackdown on shocking downtown rioting near the Kremlin's walls Saturday, even as police sought information on who had led the mob of some 5,500 football fans in shouting racist phrases and attacking North Caucasus natives.

Audit Finds Ministry Misspent $26M

The Audit Chamber has found that Emergency Situations Ministry officials improperly spent millions of dollars of federal money in the past three years, Interfax reported Friday, citing the chamber's recent report.

Judge Warns of Desire for Dictatorship

Russians may seek a “dictatorship” to protect themselves from rampant crime if ties between criminals and officials continue to deepen, Constitutional Court chief justice Valery Zorkin said.

Khimki Court Clears Beketov of Slander

Combined Reports
The Khimki City Court on Friday overturned a defamation conviction against journalist Mikhail Beketov, who had accused Khimki's mayor of being involved in blowing up his car in 2008.

Minor Rally Curbs Signed Into Law

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday signed into law a bill that would put minor restrictions on rallies involving cars and oblige rally organizers to apply for permission, the Kremlin said.

Litvinenko’s Killers Were Tracked by Russians

A Kremlin official told a U.S. diplomat that Russian authorities had been tracking the suspected killers of former spy Alexander Litvinenko before his poisoning death in London four years ago, but had been warned off by Britain, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks on Saturday.

Russian Sales to Caracas Worried U.S.

The United States tried to stop delivery of Russian anti-aircraft missiles to Venezuela in 2009 amid concerns that it could pass them on to Marxist guerrillas in Colombia or Mexican drug gangs, The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing diplomatic cables from WikiLeaks.

U.S. Considered Military Action on Pirated Ship

The Associated Press
The United States considered taking military action against a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks and anti-aircraft guns after it was hijacked by Somali pirates two years ago, according to a confidential cable.

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