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Half of Governors Fail to Declare Incomes

Governors were supposed to file income declarations with the Federal Tax Service and publish them on their official regional web sites by Friday. The declarations are part of a campaign by President Dmitry Medvedev to crack down on corruption.

Thriving E-Money Industry Puzzles Regulators

The electronic money industry is gaining popularity, but legal regulations remain a matter of concern for many operators as the presidential administration considers two versions of a bill to create a new National Payment System aimed at uniting players of the electronic payment market.

Energy Rift Widens Between Moscow, Minsk

Transneft said Tuesday that it was steaming ahead on a pipeline circumventing Belarus, days after Minsk received a shipment of Venezuelan crude, widening the rift in energy trade between the countries.

Investigator in Hot Water Over Prison Death

The Moscow Times
A Moscow region investigator faces negligence charges after businesswoman Vera Trifonova, 53, died in pretrial detention, the Investigative Committee said.

Luzhkov Fights Clouds on Victory Day

The Moscow Times
Eleven jets will spread 30 tons of dry ice and 1,600 tons of liquid nitrogen and fire 3,000 cartridges of silver iodide above the city in an attempt to prevent rain on Sunday.

U.S. Oil Spill Sets Off Alarm Bells in Russia

A growing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico from a huge oil spill is raising red flags among Russian environmentalists, who warned that local oil companies must act to avoid a similar occurrence at home.

Son of U-2 Pilot Gary Powers Has Own Mission in Russia

A half-century after U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, his son has come to Moscow on a mission of his own. By telling his late father's story, he hopes to preserve Cold War history and prevent future generations from facing the threat of nuclear war.

Dealers Flush Heroin Down Toilet

The Moscow Times
The toilet was filled to the brim with heroin, and several plastic bags of the drug were whirling in a washing machine, the Sverdlovsk region branch of the Federal Drug Control Service said.

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