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Know-Who More Important Than Know-How

The plea was clear and out of the ordinary. “I'd like to initiate dialogue with the mayor of Moscow as he's connected at the top,” Canadian businessman John Walmsley wrote in a recent e-mail to The Moscow Times.

In a First, Mayor Closes Moscow School

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin put public schools on alert that he would not tolerate substandard educational standards Friday by announcing that a school had lost its accreditation after more than half its high school students failed a series of tests.

$46M Fraud Case Linked to Yukos Collapse

The arrest of police General Alexander Bokov in a $46 million corruption case has been linked to the bankruptcy of Volgotanker, the shipping giant once linked to Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Yukos oil conglomerate.

At Davos, Kremlin to Test Investor Interest

President Dmitry Medvedev will gauge foreign interest in the companies that are slated for privatization during his two-day trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week, his economic aide Arkady Dvorkovich said.

'Mafia Boss,' 7 Others Butchered in Stavropol

A second mass slaughter in less than three months in southern Russia left eight people in the household of a reputed mafia don dead, although the killers missed an 8-year-old boy and a newborn, news reports said.

Blacklisted, Mavrodi Is Defiant

Convicted swindler Sergei Mavrodi is not worried after the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service determined his new financial pyramid scheme is a fraud.

Rage Over Kremlin Envoy's Car Crash

Blue Buckets, a bellicose public group campaigning against abuse of road privileges by officials, confirmed on Sunday that it would stage a rally this week in support of a driver hospitalized after her car collided with that of a Kremlin official.

Moscow's New Top Traffic Cop From Yaroslavl

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed a “responsible professional” not connected to Moscow's elite to head its traffic police, replacing General Sergei Kazantsev, who asked to resign last year after a decade in the post.

Skeleton in Crossing

The Moscow Times
A human skeleton was found in the storage room of a pedestrian crossing on the northeastern side of the Moscow Ring Road, Interfax reported Friday.

2 Cosmonauts Breeze Through Spacewalk

The Associated Press
A pair of Russian spacewalkers breezed through a series of chores outside the International Space Station on Friday, installing a camera and an experimental radio system.

Spy Anna Chapman 'Reveals All Secrets' on TV

Combined Reports
Redheaded spy Anna Chapman stares seductively into the camera lens and declares, "I will reveal all secrets." It's the top of a new television show that takes her post-espionage career as a media persona to a new level.

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