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Oil-Theft Convict Gets Pardon in Spy Scandal

A man convicted of stealing oil from his own company got a surprise when he won a presidential pardon along with the four prisoners in the U.S. spy swap, his lawyer said Monday. The man was among 20 inmates pardoned by President Dmitry Medvedev late last week, the Kremlin said.

State Aid Pledged as Heat Hits Farmers

The government will support drought-stricken parts of the nation with loans and subsidies, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday, as farmers struggled through a sweltering heat wave that has led 14 regions to declare states of emergency.

Medvedev Tells Ambassadors to Seek Investment

President Dmitry Medvedev told the country's ambassadors Monday that his foreign policy will be guided by economic principles and won't be burdened by ideology.

Madrid Donates Plot for First Russian Church

Construction on Madrid's first Russian Orthodox church may begin soon, after city authorities donated a plot of land to serve as the site for the future house of worship.

Art Curators Fined for 'Blasphemous' Exhibit

A Moscow court convicted two art curators of inciting religious hatred by organizing an exhibit that included paintings depicting Jesus as Mickey Mouse and Lenin, slapping the curators with heavy fines. The ruling angered both anti-censorship supporters and Orthodox fundamentalists.

Orthodox T-Shirt Challenged as Extremist

The Moscow Times
Moscow prosecutors have asked a court to ban a black T-shirt with the slogan "Orthodox Christianity or Death!" as extremist, Interfax reported Monday, citing Moscow's Lyublinsky District Court.

Russia Falling Short of Anti-Corruption Plan

By Natalya Kostenko / Vedomosti
Russia has completed fewer than half of the Council of Europe's recommendations on fighting corruption, a Vedomosti review found. The Prosecutor General's Office contended that some proposals couldn't be fulfilled, while others are still under way.

Couple Accused in $1.25Bln Film Piracy Case

The Moscow Times
Police have opened a criminal investigation into a Russian couple accused of breaching the law on intellectual property rights to the tune of $1.25 billion, Interfax reported.

Pankin: Hike in Domestic Debt Is Planned

The government will step up sales of domestic debt and may offer its first ruble-denominated eurobonds after falling behind its plan for raising almost $39 billion this year, Deputy Finance Minister Dmitry Pankin said.

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