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Defiant Kyrgyz President Refuses to Step Down

Kurmanbek Bakiyev vowed in an interview that any attempts on his life would "drown Kyrgyzstan in blood," but added that he was prepared to enter talks with the interim government.

Medvedev Delivers Putin’s Brainchild

The prime minister's no-show had some participants at the Nord Stream opening ceremony on Friday scratching their heads — analysts said Putin's decision to shun the event looked like a calculated move, building his political persona as a decision maker with no time for pomp and circumstance.

Prosecutors Accused of Stealing Evidence Against U.S. Pastor

The Moscow Times
Hio Sun Pak, a 68-year-old Pentecostal pastor, was convicted last year of offering 300,000 rubles ($10,200) to an immigration official in the capital of Sakhalin Island, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, in 2007 to close an inquiry into whether he had employed illegal migrant workers from China at his church.

Polish Ties Face Test After Plane Crash

Russia's uneasy ties with Poland face a test after Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and dozens of other senior Polish officials died in a weekend plane crash tentatively blamed on fog and pilot error.

Polish President's Coffin Returns to Warsaw

Polish President Lech Kaczynski's coffin returned home to a stunned nation on Sunday, a day after he and much of the country's political and military elite perished in a plane crash in Russia.

Solidarity ‘Godmother’ Walentynowicz Dies in Katyn Plane Crash

Anna Walentynowicz, a Solidarity activist whose firing started the Gdansk shipyard strike in 1980 and helped spread trade-union activism against the communist regime in Poland, died in the Katyn plane crash in Russia.

Avalanche Hits Helicopter, Killing 10

Combined Reports
Ten Germans and Russians were killed when a helicopter carrying snowboarders was hit by an avalanche after landing on a ski slope in the mountainous Kamchatka region, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Facebook to Open Russian Office

By Igor Tsukanov / Vedomosti
Social-networking site Facebook is in talks on cooperation with Russian mobile operators and is opening up an office in Russia.

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