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Police Win Right to Close Internet Sites

A new police law coming into force Tuesday will give officers the right to take down web sites without a court order, media reported — although industry representatives said police can already do that under existing legislation.

Justice Ministry Pledges Clearer NGO Rules

The Justice Ministry, notorious for refusing registration to anti-Kremlin groups, has promised clearer registration rules for nongovernmental organizations and called for increased public control over prisons.

New Tax Hampers Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs worry that small business faces a dismal future after an increase in taxes and utilities at the start of this year. The increased tax seems to go against the government's rhetoric to develop small business.

Price Pressure Expected to Fuel Oil Exports

Oil companies, knowing better than to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a pre-election year, have knuckled under his crusade to restrain pump prices and stop speculative pricing in a move that is likely to stimulate exports.

Former Senior FSB Officer Fighting Anti-Americanism

Yevgeny Savostyanov's photo of himself with Tom Cruise reminds the former senior Federal Security Service officer how he consulted on the latest installment of Mission Impossible, filmed partially in Moscow and in theaters in December.

Kremlin Rolls Out Card That Does All

Imagine a piece of plastic that gets you a doctor's appointment, pays your bills, allows you to rent a car or buy a plane ticket and even get Moscow registration faster than the sham ads in the Moscow metro.

Belarus Candidate Tells of Torture

The Associated Press
A former Belarussian presidential candidate said Monday that he was beaten, stripped naked and hung by his hands while in the custody of secret police.

Dismissed Radio Journalist Likens Governor to Hitler

A talk show host who lost his job on state radio after likening St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler stood by his on-air comments Monday, telling The Moscow Times that a groundswell of support for him showed the public was "fed up" with the authorities.

50 Claims to Be Settled by Aeroflot

Aeroflot is ready to settle out of court 50 compensation claims from passengers left stranded by the transport collapse at Sheremetyevo Airport in December, a lawyer for claimants said Monday.

UN Accuses Belarus of Breaking Arms Embargo

Combined Reports
Belarus has violated an international arms embargo by sending three attack helicopters to military forces supporting Ivory Coast's longtime ruler who refuses to cede power, the UN chief said, in a dramatic escalation of the nation's political conflict.

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