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Map Enthusiast Jailed on U.S. Spy Charges

A Moscow court sentenced a map enthusiast to four years in prison on Thursday for passing classified information to the United States that one report said could help the U.S. military in a missile strike against Russia.

Kremlin Tightens Screws on Corporate Raiders

Kremlin-drafted legislation aimed against Russian-style corporate raiders — unscrupulous businesspeople who seize property through dubious registrations and share emissions — will come up for a first reading in the State Duma on Friday.

Metro Station's Opening Canceled Over Violent Murals

The opening of a Moscow metro station dedicated to 19th-century writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, notorious for the gloomy atmosphere of his novels, has been postponed indefinitely amid a flap over its violent murals.

Ill Latvian Fears Dying in Pretrial Detention

A 62-year-old Latvian businessman, jailed on economic crime charges despite poor health, is afraid that he will die in pretrial detention like other ill inmates at Matrosskaya Tishina, his lawyer has said.

Briton Ran Illegal Casino in $60,000-a-Month Apartment

The casino, which operated for several months, raked in tens of millions of rubles, easily recouping the cost of the luxury apartment in a building on Mosfilmovskaya Ulitsa, a police spokesman said.

After Olympics, Russia Goes for Football's World Cup

Hosting the football World Cup finals in 2018 or 2022 will boost the development of Russia's sport and tourist infrastructure, a first deputy prime minister has said.

Gazprom Gets Closer to Landing China as Customer

Gazprom said Thursday that it had moved closer to selling gas to China, one of the world's biggest energy markets. Such talks appear to indicate that the countries haven't lost hope of agreeing on gas trade terms.

IKEA Masters Rules of Russian Business

By Anastasia Popova / Vedomosti
Whether the numerous accusations of corruption against IKEA prove true is uncertain, but what is clear is that the Swedish company has adapted to the rules of Russian business better than Russians themselves.

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