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Rights Council: Free Khodorkovsky

In a stinging rebuke of the justice system, the Kremlin's human rights council said Wednesday that former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev had been jailed illegally and should be freed.

Probe Finds Violations But Little Vote-Rigging

Investigators declared to the Kremlin on Wednesday that they uncovered more than 2,000 violations tied to the State Duma elections on Dec. 4 — but next to none involved vote-rigging.

Wine Culture Takes Root

Finding good wine at a reasonable price in Russia is like finding a needle in a haystack, while limited growth in demand, new alcohol consumption rules and even the changing winds of international politics have all complicated the import industry.

Sberbank, Others Help Small Business

"Why does a carwash need the Internet?" That was a running joke at a conference on small business and the Internet, as guests questioned how a modest brick-and-mortar business could make use of online services.

New Duma Speaker Allows Debate

With new Speaker Sergei Naryshkin promising to allow debate, the newly elected State Duma opened Wednesday with one of its most quarrelsome sessions in years — but United Russia still managed to dominate the proceedings.

Nemtsov Phone Tap Is Probed

Following official requests from two Duma deputies, investigators on Wednesday opened a check into accusations that Kremlin allies illegally tapped opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's phone and published the recordings online.

Video Mocking Medvedev Goes Viral

The Moscow Times
A comic advertisement mocking President Dmitry Medvedev went viral Wednesday, garnering almost 1 million hits within 24 hours of appearing on the Internet.

Suspect Held in Kuwaiti's Killing

The Moscow Times
An unemployed Muscovite was detained on suspicion of poisoning a Kuwaiti diplomat to rob him of his valuables and his Porsche.

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