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Anna Chapman 'Contacts' Arrested

Russian intelligence has come under a new barrage of criticism following the arrest of two suspected deep-cover spies in Germany. The suspects appear to have much in common with the agents uncovered in the United States last year.

Fairmont to Renovate the Hotel Pekin

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, known for iconic accommodations such as The Plaza in New York, said it will restore Moscow's historic Hotel Pekin. It has signed a deal with Hals-Development for the project.

Expert Doubted in Child Abuse Case

Bloggers have challenged the credentials of a child psychologist who testified in a high-profile pedophile case after photographs surfaced that suggested she might have participated in erotic shows.

Police Cameras Bring Fines and Trust

Motorists groups and police have welcomed the planned installation of video recording equipment in traffic police vehicles as a means of protecting themselves from each other. The Moscow traffic police announced a plan earlier this month to install cameras in every patrol vehicle by the end of the year.

Couple Charged in $1Bln Pirated Movie Case

Combined Reports
A Moscow couple has been charged with distributing pirated movies worth more than $1 billion over the Internet. The charges mark Russia's first major Internet anti-piracy case focused on films.

Socialite Chews Out Kremlin Youth Leader

In a new sign of the upper class's mounting oppositional slant, Kremlin-linked socialite Ksenia Sobchak cornered the Kremlin's youth policy chief, Vasily Yakemenko, in a posh Moscow restaurant and scolded him for frequenting such establishments.

Forbes Gives 50 Reasons to Stay in Russia

The Moscow Times
There are at least 50 reasons not to leave Russia — starting with a tycoon who controls 80 percent of the global market for optical fiber lasers and ending with an opera singer nicknamed "La Bellissima," Forbes said Monday.

No Overflight Fee Decision Before 2013

The Moscow Times
Charges to European airlines for flying over Siberia on their way to Asia could be reformed but not abolished, a government official said Monday. 

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