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Putin's Scuba Expedition Was Staged, Aide Says

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov raised eyebrows Wednesday after admitting that his boss's discovery of ancient amphorae in the Black Sea this summer was staged and claiming that fears of an imminent "Brezhnevization" were unfounded because Leonid Brezhnev was a good Soviet leader.

Putin Sees Bountiful Agriculture, Positive Economy

Russia might export a total of 23 million tons of grain by next June, as this year's harvest is sufficient to meet domestic demand, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said Wednesday.

News Analysis: Kremlin Not Hardening Policy With Syria Veto

Russia supported new UN sanctions on Iran. It abstained from a vote on a Libya no-fly zone. And it firmly vetoed a Western-backed condemnation of the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters.

Russia Charges Chinese National With Spying

On the eve of a visit by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to China, the Federal Security Service has pressed spying charges against a Chinese national whom it accuses of trying to purchase sensitive information about the S-300 air defense system.

Court Marshal Who Razed Rechnik Is Killed

The court marshal who oversaw City Hall's controversial demolishment of the Rechnik neighborhood last year has been beaten to death with a metal pipe outside his home in southwestern Moscow.

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