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Criminal Charges Dropped for Former Neftyanoi Bank Owner

Businessman Igor Linshits, who has been in exile since 2006, is now free to return to Russia as his criminal case has been dropped, his lawyer said. But it is unclear if Linshits has any business to return to.

$15Bln Plan to Build 5 Ski Resorts in Caucasus

President Dmitry Medvedev hopes to strike gold by building five ski resorts in the North Caucasus that rival the best Austrian resorts by 2020, an official said Monday.

Chess Masters Ditch Kalmyk President

The Russian Chess Federation has rebelled against a Kremlin aide and thrown its support behind an alternative to incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a politician infamous for his stories of aliens.

Director of Arctic Film Tells of Bears, Isolation

Alexei Popogrebsky, director of “How I Ended This Summer,” told The Moscow Times how the real Arctic compared to his ideal and how a polar bear ran the wrong way.

Putin Tightens Screws on Mining Sector

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The government will tighten oversight of the coal mining industry after the deadly Raspadskaya mine accident, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday. But Russia's mines already are becoming safer, analysts said.

Medvedev Says Rain 'Washed Away' Tensions With Kiev

President Dmitry Medvedev signed a raft of agreements with President Viktor Yanukovych at the start of a two-day visit to Ukraine, including those on border demarcation, aerospace, interbank cooperation and cooperation between intelligence services.

Medvedev Warns Iran Deal May Not Be Enough

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President Dmitry Medvedev cautiously welcomed a uranium swap deal between Iran and Turkey that came just as the UN Security Council readied tougher sanctions. But he warned that the deal might not satisfy the international community.

Rights Court Rules Against War Partisan

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Vasily Kononov, an 87-year-old Latvian who was granted Russian citizenship in 2000, was convicted in April 2004 of murdering Latvian civilians during the war and was sentenced to a year and eight months in jail.

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