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Kremlin Fights Corruption With Fashion Tips

In a two-pronged crackdown against corruption, the Kremlin has presented a new ethics code for officials, but analysts dismissed it as an empty bureaucratic stunt that would do little to encourage officials and citizens to start fighting corruption.

Saratov Governor Mum on Italian Yacht Raid

When Italian police raided a luxury yacht earlier this month, they were searching for Russian criminals. But instead they found several senior Russian officials, including a man who in leaked video footage closely resembles Saratov Governor Pavel Ipatov.

5 Detained in Bid to Give Khimki Timber to Putin

Police broke up a White House rally and briefly detained at least five environmentalists trying to present Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with chunks of trees felled by loggers attempting to clear a Khimki forest north of Moscow for an $8 billion highway to St. Petersburg.

Medvedev Warns of Firings if Attacks Recur

President Dmitry Medvedev threatened a wave of dismissals Thursday if attackers managed to carry out a repeat attack on strategic infrastructure in the North Caucasus after the bombing of a power station killed two and caused $50 million in damage.

Rosneft Chief Fails to Show Up at Khodorkovsky Trial

The Moscow Times
Rosneft chief Sergei Bogdanchikov snubbed a court on Thursday by failing to respond to a subpoena as a defense witness in the politically tinged case of fallen oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Parasailing Donkey Found

Police have found the man who sent his donkey parasailing over the Sea of Azov last week, as well as the animal, which is in good health, RIA-Novosti reported.

Orthodox Church to Train Own Youth to Guard Faith and Country

A new type of youth group envisioned by Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will be responsible for promoting a blend of religion, anti-Western philosophy, politics and patriotism, values that will be passed on by youth leaders.

VTB Finds Lessee for Scandalous Oil Rigs

By Nailya Asker-Zade / Vedomosti
VTB-Leasing on Thursday signed an agreement with Orenburgskaya Burovaya Kompania, or OBK, to deliver six of its oil-drilling rigs for lease, a VTB spokesperson said.

Robbers Loot Unguarded Space Facility

The Moscow Times
Five assailants broke into the Moscow premises of a major space enterprise overnight and made off with money and jewelry worth $10,000 belonging to employees, officials said Thursday.

Government Computers to Get Linux-Based Operating System

The Moscow Times
The government is hoping to launch the first version of a "national operating system" for its computers as early as next year, a senior Communications and Press Ministry official said Thursday.

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