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Bill Expanding FSB Powers Raises Concern

A bill submitted to the State Duma on Saturday is apparently aimed at lending more legitimacy to the FSB's informal ways of work, but additional documentation suggested that it could also be used by law enforcement to target media reporting unfavorably about the state's actions.

Senator Pugachyov on British Rich List

Federation Council senator and Kremlin-connected banker Sergei Pugachyov has made it onto Britain's top rich list, reflecting speculation that he is planning to live with classy television author and travel writer Countess Alexandra Tolstoy.

France's EDF to Own 20% Stake in South Stream

French power company EDF will take a 20 percent stake in the South Stream gas pipeline, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday, with the deal to be signed in June.

Cheated Homebuyers Create a Social Network is the first social network for so-called "cheated homebuyers," allowing those who have invested into apartment buildings that have not yet materialized to receive advice and discuss ways of solving their problems.

U.S. Senator Implicates Top Brass in Magnitsky's Death

A letter sent to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lists officials from the Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service, Federal Tax Service, Arbitration Courts, Prosecutor General’s Office and Federal Prison Service as being implicated in the Hermitage Capital lawyer's death last year.

Medvedev Discusses Arctic Drilling, Telecoms With Norway

The two countries have been in talks for about 30 years on divvying up the Barents Sea territory, which is located on the oil- and gas-rich Arctic shelf.

Opposition Leader Calls for Inquest into Online Sex Videos

The Moscow Times
Ilya Yashin, a leader of the Solidarity opposition movement, sent requests Monday to three law enforcement agencies, calling on them to investigate the origin of compromising Internet videos targeting opposition politicians and journalists.

Gas Explosion in Northern Moscow Kills One

The Moscow Times
Compressed air in a gas pipe exploded Monday during repair work in northern Moscow, killing one person and injuring at least two others, officials said.

Demolished Rechnik Neighborhood to Be 'Rehabilitated'

The Moscow Times
The "ecological rehabilitation" of the area, where homes had been razed by Moscow authorities in January, would include removing rubbish left by "illegally built real estate," planting new trees and closing off the area from motor transport.

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