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Banana Mogul Bankrolls Opera in St. Petersburg

Want to support Russian ballet and opera? Have a banana. The Joint Fruit Company imports one-third of Russia's bananas, and its principal owner doubles as director — and major benefactor — of St. Petersburg's Mikhailovsky Theater.

Memorial Chief Charged After Kadyrov Breaks Vow

Moscow police charged the head of the Memorial rights group with defamation for linking Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to kidnappings and killings in Chechnya — even though Kadyrov publicly dropped his claims in February.

Bulgaria Agrees to Host South Stream Pipeline

The announcement came days after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Bulgarian counterpart spoke by telephone, and weeks after Gazprom said it was looking at Romania as an alternative partner for the undersea pipeline.

Price for Ingush Brides Triples

Men in Ingushetia wishing to marry now will need far more cash for a bride, as a council of Muslim scholars and elders has upped the minimum bride price to $1,300 from $400. The change comes amid a culture of marriage by abduction.

Provincial Women to Get Guide to Moscow

The guide, overseen by the prefect for Moscow's Southeastern District, is expected to describe "the most popular mistakes" made by naive young women upon their arrival in Moscow.

Putin Promises Oil and Ski Jobs to North Caucasus

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin unveiled ambitious development goals for the volatile North Caucasus on Tuesday, promising 400,000 new jobs, an oil center and ski resorts. But he said little about how the government would fight the region's corruption and nepotism.

Duma Drops New Powers for FSB

A proposal to allow the FSB to summon people who “create the conditions” for committing a crime and to punish those who disobey was dropped from a controversial bill Tuesday. Analysts said the changes showed that the authorities were willing to put public opinion ahead of the FSB's demands.

Thai Police Interview Acclaimed Pianist in Sex Inquiry

Mikhail Pletnev, one of the most acclaimed Russian pianists and conductors, was questioned by Thai police as part of a child sex investigation and released on bail without any charges being filed, the Russian Embassy in Bangkok said Tuesday.

Rusnano to Help Develop New Medicines

The Moscow Times
A joint venture created by Rusnano and research center Chemrar will develop five new medicines that will be brought to market from 2013 to 2016, including drugs for AIDS, pancreatic cancer and hepatitis C, Rusnano said.

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