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Ex-Spy's Son to Run State Agro Bank

The government on Monday unexpectedly removed most board members at Rosselkhozbank, its key lender to the farming industry, and replaced its long-serving chief with Dmitry Patrushev, son of the country's former top security official.

Kasyanov Testifies Yukos Case Is Political

Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov testified Monday that then-President Vladimir Putin indicated that the crackdown on oil giant Yukos occurred because its owner, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, had bankrolled the Communist Party.

Muscovites Stop Razing of Historical Site

Dozens of Muscovites resumed a protest Monday to prevent work to raze historical buildings on a protected plot of land where developers plan to build elite apartments.

Kremlin and Church Unite on Alphabet Day

An unprecedented throng of 40,000 people — including students yanked out of schools and colleges — descended on central Moscow on Monday for a holiday backed by the church and the Kremlin.

Last Romanov Born in Russian Empire Dead at 95

Grand Duchess Leonida Georgiyevna Romanov, the last member of the Russian royal family born before the 1917 Revolution, died late Sunday in Madrid, Spain, RIA-Novosti reported. She was 95.

FAS Opens Investigation Into Evraz

Combined Reports
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service opened an investigation into steelmaker Evraz Group's prices last week, watchdog chief Igor Artemyev said Monday.

Migration Policy Raises Sights, Questions

The latest migration policy changes are supposed to give the country one of the world's most welcoming immigration systems, but not all are convinced that the new rules will work smoothly when they come into force July 1.

Miner's Widow Claims Mafia Extortion

The Moscow Times
A widow of a miner killed in the Raspadskaya mine blasts said the local mafia has tried to extort half of the 1 million rubles ($32,000) that she was compensated for her husband's death, Interfax reported.

Russian Technologies To Increase AvtoVAZ Stake

The Moscow Times
Russian Technologies will increase its stake in AvtoVAZ to more than 40 percent, but French partner Renault will maintain its blocking stake, the state corporation's chief, Sergei Chemezov, said Monday.

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