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Ex-Boyfriend Calls Spy Suspect Secretive, Smart and Sweet

When Anna Chapman's high school boyfriend got a phone call about Chapman and her spying charges, he could not believe his ears. He recalls her as somewhat secretive, but also as kind, studious and focused on business.

Charged Pianist Can Leave Thailand

A Thai court on Wednesday charged Grammy-winning Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev with raping a 14-year-old boy but allowed him to leave Thailand in an indication that evidence against him remains questionable.

Snarled Train Traffic Forces Passengers Onto Roofs

Passengers on Moscow's commuter trains have been forced to ride on roofs and between cars after repair works caused the mass cancellation of trains on at least half of the main rail links into the city.

Putin Seeks Private Airport Investors

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the aviation sector needed more public-private partnerships to revamp the nation's airports, which must be able to accommodate Russia's "booming" air traffic.

More Cash for Clunker Program

Although the government has not yet officially approved the second stage of the program, the required sum is already earmarked and 200,000 certificates have already been printed for distribution, an Industry and Trade Ministry official said.

Signs Emerge of Spy Swap with U.S.

The spy scandal between Russia and the United States took an unexpected turn Wednesday when friends and family of Igor Sutyagin, a former military analyst jailed for spying for the CIA, announced that the two countries were gearing up for the biggest spy swap in recent history.

Spy Swaps: Examples From the Past

Spy swaps have precedence in East-West relations, especially during the Cold War. Downed U-2 pilot Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel are just two famous examples.

Conflicting Drafts For Internet Freedom Law

By Anastasia Golitsyna / Vedomosti
The Communications and Press Ministry is taking a much tougher stance on Internet freedom than the State Duma, judging from new legislative proposals.

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