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Encyclopedia Entry on Chechnya Declared Extremist

A Grozny court has labeled an encyclopedia entry on Chechnya as extremist and ordered the confiscation of volume 58 of the 62-volume "Big Encyclopedia," the Chechen government said Tuesday.

Zhukov Agrees to Head Olympic Committee

The Moscow Times
Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov agreed on Tuesday to run for the top job at the Russian Olympic Committee after the previous chief quit following Russia's Olympics flop in Vancouver.

Khodorkovsky Takes Center Stage

Former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky, facing another 22 1/2 years in jail on charges that he stole more than $30 billion in oil, took the stand Tuesday for the first time in a year, sparring with prosecutors and playing to the crowd.

'Christian Hater' Faces Trial for Church Bombing

The Moscow Times
A 28-year-old man who dislikes Christians will soon go on trial on charges of bombing a Russian Orthodox church in the city of Vladimir, located 200 kilometers east of Moscow, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Details of National Anti-Corruption Plan Announced

The presidential council to fight corruption has developed a new national strategy for fighting corruption and a revised draft plan on the matter, the council's head, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Naryshkin, told President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Deplores Poor Prison Conditions

The Moscow Times
A top federal prosecutor has lamented poor living conditions in prisons and pretrial detention centers, including high mortality rates and overcrowding.

Supreme Court Judge Offers Advice to Zambia

The Moscow Times
Supreme Court chief justice Vyacheslav Lebedev, who arrived in Lusaka for a four-day official visit on Monday, told reporters that courts should consider lawsuits in a timely manner and make honest decisions in line with international law.

Iran Urges Russia to Resist Arms Sale Pressure

Iran urged Russia on Tuesday not to bow to Western pressure over the sale of a Russian missile defense system to the Islamic republic that could protect its nuclear facilities from air strikes.

17 Killed in Kyrgyz Protests

Combined Reports
More than 180 are wounded in the capital of Bishkek after police open fire on protesters, and the president has declared a state of emergency.

"Balls of Fate" Banned in Tajikistan

The Moscow Times
The film, which was released in Russia in January, is based on the popular sketch comedy show "Nasha Russia" on TNT television.

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