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Ex-U.S. Congressman Falls for Mafia Scam

U.S. mobsters conned a former congressman into paying thousands of dollars for fake letters from dead Russian crime boss Vyacheslav Ivankov that claimed Belarus was holding U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War.

Police Seek Help Finding Rapist

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect wanted in connection with two different incidents: He a white male aged 30 to 40 with dark hair and eyes, a face pockmarked with scars, possibly from chicken pox, and he stands at about 180 centimeters.

U.S. Poultry Producers Agree to Stop Using Chlorine

Gennady Onishchenko, head of the Federal Consumer Protection Service, said Russia would start working with certain producers after they provide official confirmation that they would supply poultry that hasn't been treated with chlorine.

Adoption Flap Not Expected to Last Long

Adoptions, a hot-button issue after several Russian children died at the hands of their U.S. parents in recent years, jumped to the forefront last Thursday when a single Tennessee mother sent her 7-year-old Russian son to Moscow with a note saying she no longer wanted him.

Advertisers Prepare for Market Shakeup

In December, the State Duma passed a bill that will prohibit nationwide television channels from signing contracts with sales houses whose market share exceeds 35 percent — and now advertising agencies are bracing for a new way of doing business.

Kyrgyz President Offers Terms for Resignation

Raising for the first time the possibility of ceding power, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev attached several conditions to stepping down, a sharp shift in tone that could offer a way out of the standoff with the self-proclaimed government that controls Kyrgyzstan.

Sanofi Cleared to Buy Insulin Plant

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the government’s foreign investment commission on Tuesday approved a deal to sell a private insulin plant to Europe’s biggest drug maker, France-based Sanofi-Aventis.

FSB Chief Says 40 Nevsky Express Suspects Killed or Arrested

FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov also said the organization has determined the identities of those who carried out and masterminded the twin suicide bombings in the Moscow metro on March 29, which killed 40 commuters and injured 121 others, and two suicide bombings in the Dagestani town of Kizlyar two days later that killed 10.

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