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Police Resist Change Despite Growing Public Distrust

As the clock ticks for Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, who has to present the legal framework for a police force overhaul by year's end, public trust in the officers charged with enforcing the law has reached a new low.

Putin Cuts Licensing as Economy Rebounds

The government on Monday endorsed a bill that would dramatically ease licensing restrictions for companies, reducing by more than half the kinds of businesses that would need to seek bureaucrats' permission before opening up shop.

Sheremetyevo Terminal Loses Power as Moscow Sizzles

After computers shut down and baggage carousels ground to a halt at Sheremetyevo Airport's Terminal F on Friday, Moscow's power company said it wasn't to blame. But no matter what the cause, it was clear that sky-high temperatures have put a strain on the city's power grid.

Reputed Georgian Mafia Boss Jailed for 10 Years

A reputed Georgian mafia boss linked to last year's slaying of Russian mafia boss Vyacheslav Ivankov was sentenced Monday to 10 years in a maximum-security prison on charges of kidnapping and extortion.

Pletnev Says He's a Man of Honor

Combined Reports
Acclaimed Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev made a brief appearance in a Thai court on Monday to maintain his innocence on charges of raping a teenage boy. He said his return to the country showed he was a man of honor.

Uzbek Women Accuse State of Mass Sterilizations

Associated Press
According to rights groups, victims and health officials, hundreds of Uzbek women who have been surgically sterilized without their knowledge or consent in a program designed to prevent overpopulation from fueling unrest.

Russia Defends UN Drug Tsar Appointment

The Foreign Ministry defended the appointment of a Russian diplomat as the United Nations' top drug fighter, after 23 European NGOs spoke against Yury Fedotov's nomination in a letter.

Aeroflot to Buy 11 Airbus Jets

Aeroflot reached a deal with European plane maker Airbus on Monday to purchase 11 A330-300 airplanes. With a catalog price of $200 million for the commercial jet, the deal is valued at as much as $2.2 billion.

Mining Magnate Behind 2 Building Projects

By Natalya Kostenko / Vedomosti
An unexpected investor turned out to be behind the demolished Hotel Rossiya next to the Kremlin, as well as the unfinished Russia Tower in Moskva-City — Viktor Rashnikov, owner of Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works.

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