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Somali Pirates Seize State-Owned Tanker

A Russian warship was headed late Wednesday toward a Novoship-operated oil tanker hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Yemen earlier in the day. The hijacking was the first-ever of a Russian ship with a Russian crew.

City Duma Approves Disputed Genplan

The Moscow City Duma approved a 15-year plan for the city's development Wednesday, despite a public outcry and criticism that Genplan was designed to serve big-business interests.

Kremlin Asked to Probe Kalmyk Leader's Visit With Aliens

A State Duma deputy has called on President Dmitry Medvedev to check whether Kalmyk leader Kirsan Ilyumzhinov might have divulged state secrets to aliens whom he claimed to have met in 1997.

Suspended Sentence in Alexeyeva Assault

The Moscow Times
A court convicted Konstantin Pereverzev of hooliganism. Pereverzev had hit human rights campaigner Lyudmila Alexeyeva at the Park Kultury metro station during commemorations for victims of the March 29 suicide bombings.

Judge's Ouster Sought in Trifonova's Prison Death

The Moscow Times
The judge who sanctioned the arrest of Vera Trifonova, a seriously ill businesswoman who died in pretrial detention, should be fired, said Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer and member of the Public Chamber.

With Bishkek Calm, Kyrgyz Leaders Draft New Constitution

Special report from Bishkek: Deep skepticism remains as members of the interim government work on a new constitution, which they say will bring radical political reform that is unprecedented in the region.

Lukashenko Says West Rejected Better Ties

In a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday, Lukashenko said the West "cast me aside" and accused Russia of tightening the screws on Belarus.

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