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Vedomosti Sues Gryzlov Over 'Terrorist' Comments

Vedomosti on Tuesday sued State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov for accusing it of siding with Chechen rebels, marking the first time in at least a decade that a Russian newspaper has filed a defamation suit against such a high-ranking official.

Church Set to Regain Museum Treasures

The government is pushing to transfer buildings and artworks from museums to the Russian Orthodox Church, a move that art experts and museum workers fear will lead to the ruin of artifacts now preserved in Russia's museums.

New Bill Would Tighten Restrictions on Traumatic Weapons

In February, President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the Interior Ministry to look for ways to tighten control over gun ownership after a number of high-profile accidents and deaths involving traumatic guns, which shoot either rubber bullets or gas-fired pellets.

Norway, Russia Strike Deal to Divide Arctic Undersea Territory

The agreement will regulate both fishing and drilling on 173,000 square kilometers of the Arctic shelf, which will be divided between Russia and Norway into two roughly equal sections.

John Deere Opens Factory in $500M Russian Initiative

John Deere is betting that Russia, with a rapidly growing supply of cultivated land, will become a key market for its agricultural equipment.

Investigators Crack Down on Carousel Ride

Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin has complained to his Krasnodar region colleagues about a carousel ride in Sochi that denied rides to his young son and daughter, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

Eggs, Smoke Dominate Ukrainian Parliament Session

Ukraine's parliament ratified the deal to extend the lease on Russia's Sevastopol naval base in a riotous session, in which the opponents of the measure engaged in fistfights, hurled smoke bombs and tossed eggs at the speaker.

Yanukovych: 1930s Famine Was Not Ukrainian Genocide

The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told the Council of Europe that he considered the famine "a shared tragedy" of all people in the Soviet Union, then led by Josef Stalin.

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