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Amid Intense Pressure, Rights Defender Quits Kremlin

Ella Pamfilova, the outspoken veteran head of the Kremlin's human rights council, has quit after months of pressure from United Russia and pro-Kremlin youth groups for her resignation.

Drug Plot Showman Linked to Stars

The Federal Drug Control Service said a man arrested in a cocaine smuggling ring was a show business producer who organized Russian concerts for music stars. But Igor Logachyov's clout in Russian show business appears to be limited.

Nemtsov Detained as Police Disperse Rallies

Combined Reports
Police arrested opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and at least 95 others on Saturday during an occasionally violent crackdown on demonstrations across Russia against freedom of assembly restrictions.

RusAl, Partners Offer to Buy Potanin Out of Norilsk Nickel

Combined Reports
United Company RusAl is ready to buy out the stake in Norilsk Nickel held by Vladimir Potanin's Interros Holding to end a shareholder dispute and boost Norilsk's market value, RusAl CEO Oleg Deripaska said.

Wildfires Spread in Western Russia

Raging wildfires spread across parts of western Russia on Saturday, engulfing 30 percent more land in just 24 hours, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin described the situation as difficult.

Khimki Suspects Held as Logging Resumes

The Moscow Times
Moscow region police said they detained two anti-fascist activists involved in an attack on Khimki's administration building, Interfax reported. Meanwhile, the cutting of Khimki's forest, which was supposed to be halted because of legal issues, reportedly continued.

Spy's Husband May Face Fraud Charges

The Associated Press
A Peruvian journalist whom the United States deported to Russia last month in a spy swap is free to return home, but her Russian husband could be charged with lying on his citizenship application, Peru's foreign minister said.

A Mississippi Yankee in BP's Battered Court

Approachable. Down to earth. Well-liked, even by those who should be his enemies. He is also no stranger to hostile environments, having butted heads with an angry Russian government while running the TNK-BP joint venture. And, crucially, BP's incoming CEO Bob Dudley is American.

Boy Returned to Russia Sent to Orphanage

Combined Reports
A boy who was sent back to Russia by his American adoptive mother has been placed back in an orphanage, a Tennessee newspaper reported. The return of the 8-year-old, Artyom Savelyev, caused Russia to suspend adoptions to the United States.

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