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Confusion as Customs Union Kicks Off

Confusion surrounds the new rules governing the customs union among Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, set to go into effect on Thursday. Businesses are grappling with the regulations, and Belarus is waffling.

United Russia Claims Independent Irkutsk Mayor

Viktor Kondrashov's election as mayor of Irkutsk was widely seen as a humiliating defeat for United Russia, which had backed another candidate. Today, United Russia says he's theirs.

Drugs Tsar Seeks Tougher Laws

Russia should criminalize drug use, confiscate land used for the cultivation of cannabis and close the Central Asian border in order to combat drug trafficking, the head of the Federal Drug Control Service said.

Foreign Ministry Says Spy Scandal Won't Damage U.S. Ties

Combined Reports
Russia said Wednesday that the U.S. arrests of suspects in an alleged Russian spy ring would not damage relations with Washington, softening its tone after an initial angry response.

Spy Suspects Had Interests in Science, Finance

The Associated Press
The 11 people accused of being members of a Russian spy ring appear to have been part of a plan to generate competitive information — on finance, business and technology.

Play Makes Tribute to ‘Most Talented Poet of Generation’

A new play tries to illustrate the brilliant but short life of the late Boris Ryzhy, who has been declared “the most talented poet of his generation.”

Moldovan Wine Faces Import Restrictions Amid Political Feud

A senior Russian official announced Wednesday that regulations on Moldovan wine imports might be tightened over safety concerns — just days after Moldova angered Russia by introducing a “Day of Soviet Occupation."

No Case Against Magnitsky's Investigators

The Moscow Times
The Investigative Committee on Wednesday refused to file charges against investigators involved in the case of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pretrial detention after being kept there at their request.

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