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Pipeline Gets New Lease on Life

Transneft said Tuesday that it would make another effort to convince Bulgaria to allow part of an oil pipeline to transit its territory Ч giving a new lease on life to a project that Sofia all but rejected earlier this year.

Mother Haunted by Conscript Son's Missing Organs

Marat Burtubayev was eight months into his border guard service when the young recruit supposedly hanged himself. But his mother doesn't believe the official explanation, and other families also are challenging authorities over suspicious deaths and mutilated bodies.

Prices Skyrocket as Buckwheat Vanishes From Shelves

Moscow stores reported a deficit of buckwheat Ч a regular side dish in Russian cooking Ч this week as suppliers planned to hike prices by 60 percent after the two-month drought that ravaged crops.

Family Says Chechen Strongman Laid to Rest

The Moscow Times
Sulim Yamadayev, former head of the Chechen special battalion Vostok, was buried Tuesday in Dubai, where he had fled during a just-concluded feud with Chechnya's president, his family said.

Customs Rule for Expats to Be Scrapped

Facing an uproar from foreign businesses, the government has promised to scrap a new customs duty on the personal belongings of foreigners moving to Russia. The duties have resulted in foreign households receiving customs bills running into the thousands of dollars.

Gymnast Survives 6-Story Fall

The Moscow Times
An Italian gymnast regained consciousness Tuesday after barely surviving a fall out of a sixth-floor window in northern Moscow Ч just as another apparent foreigner lost her life in a similar incident.

Report: Bout to Be Extradited to U.S. on Wednesday

Combined Reports
Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout will be extradited from Thailand to the United States on Wednesday, a Thai newspaper reported. Bout was arrested in March 2008 in Bangkok as part of an elaborate sting operation led by U.S. agents.

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