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07/29/2010

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Conoco to Unload Full LUKoil Stake

ConocoPhillips said Wednesday that it would unload its full 20 percent stake in LUKoil by 2011, ending a nearly six-year strategic partnership with Russia's second-biggest company. LUKoil agreed to buy back 7.6 percent of its shares.

YouTube Banned by a Far East Court

A Far East court has banned YouTube and four other web sites for “extremist” content in a ruling that promises to raise new worries about free speech, as the Internet is widely recognized as the last uncensored form of media in Russia.

Court Declares Poet a Militant Leader

A Moscow region court ruled that Yulia Privedennaya turned a youth commune into an illegal militant group and was abusive to some members. She said the commune's goal was only to educate the young through poetry.

Krasnodar Camp Brawl Fuels Ethnic Tensions

A brawl at a youth camp near the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics has turned into an ethnically charged battle, pitting the Chechen Republic president against the Krasnodar region's governor.

Two Jailed for Kidnapping Homeless People

The Moscow Times
Two men from the Perm region were sentenced Wednesday to jail terms for holding 11 homeless people captive for up to five years at a scrap metal processing plant and plying them with alcohol in lieu of salaries.

91 Evacuated in Downtown Moscow Fire

The Moscow Times
A fire in an old five-story office building on Ploshchad Tverskoi Zastavy, adjacent to the Belorusskaya metro station in downtown Moscow, sickened two people and trapped 43 others on the roof Wednesday.

Medvedev Orders Investigation Into Kremlin Corruption

President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a handwritten order to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to investigate possible Kremlin corruption linked to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Moscow Fires Raise Smog 10 Times Over Safe Level

Reuters
The worst smog to hit Moscow in almost a decade has sent pollution soaring 10 times above safe levels, an air monitoring service said Wednesday.

Kerimov Eyeing the Creation of Potash Empire

By Nailya Asker-Zade / Vedomosti
Suleiman Kerimov, co-owner of potash producer Uralkali, recently met with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and offered to buy a controlling stake in Belaruskali from the state, said a source close to one of Uralkali's shareholders.

Texan Charged With Smuggling Night-Vision Scopes

The Associated Press
U.S. authorities have charged a Texan woman with trying to smuggle three night-vision rifle sights to Russia.

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