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01/25/2011

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Norway Expels Migrant Celebrity

She managed to get a university degree, land a job and become citizen of the year in Norway. But this did not save 25-year-old Maria Amelie — born as Madina Salamova — from being expelled to Russia as an illegal immigrant.

Cold Baths, Tabasco Spark Adoption Flap

Russian authorities are considering canceling the adoption of a 7-year-old boy from Magadan whose U.S. parents said they punished him by dousing him with cold water and forcing him to drink spicy Tabasco sauce.

Capital Thresholds Increasing for Banks

The government wants the country’s smallest banks to raise their capital to at least 300 million rubles, or $10 million, by 2015 and is looking to increase competition among lenders, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Monday.

Moscow Traffic Police Chief Has Holy Streak

Moscow's new traffic police chief may offer a dose of piety to the force after maintaining strong ties with the Russian Orthodox Church and even inviting priests to go on police patrols at his previous job.

Moscow Seeks to Overcome Mistrust With Pakistan

Reuters
Pakistan and Russia were looking for ways to tackle Islamist militancy and nuclear proliferation at talks on Monday aimed at overcoming decades of distrust.

United Russia Gets Right to Use Putin's Face

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have given United Russia the exclusive right to use their portraits in the run-up to the State Duma and presidential elections, drawing scorn from other parties Monday.

UN Accused of 'Greenwashing' Sochi

Environmentalists have accused the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee of obstructing access to representatives of the United Nations Environment Program during their annual inspection of Sochi Olympic construction projects this past weekend.

Alfa Wants Tender for City Asset

By Vasily Kudinov / Vedomosti
Bank of Moscow should be privatized via an open tender, rather than through a direct sale to state-controlled VTB, Alfa Bank has announced, declaring its intention to compete for the asset.

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