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Gazprom Grabs Old TNK-BP Field

Gazprom outbid another government-controlled contender for the right to develop the Kovykta field near China's border, ending years of uncertainty about the asset formerly co-owned by BP and boosting Gazprom's chances for a deal with China.

Poet Fears Jail Over Manezh Riot Rhyme

A Moscow poet said he could face fines and even jail over charges of inciting ethnic hatred after being summoned to police headquarters Tuesday "for a chat" about a poem describing December rioting near the Kremlin.

Police Reform Brings Big Purges, Hope

The Kremlin's much-touted police reform will kick off with a massive purge, with more than 100,000 officers set to be laid off by May — some by President Dmitry Medvedev personally. According to him, not even the top brass are safe.

Top Senator Links Georgia to Airport Bombing

A senior senator has accused Georgia, and particularly Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, of involvement in the Domodedovo Airport suicide bombing that killed 37 people, provoking angry denials and condemnation from Tbilisi.

Navalny Favors Swap of Skolkovo Creditor

Sberbank has shed a significant debtor and the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo has refinanced its construction debt in a deal that received immediate support from blogger and activist Alexei Navalny.

Airport Attack Highlights Loopholes in Security Rules

After two female suicide bombers brought down two planes in 2004, killing 88 people, the authorities spoke of stricter security measures at airports including Domodedevo Airport, where the bombers had boarded the aircraft.

$6.8M Stolen From Bank of Moscow in Vladikavkaz

The Moscow Times
Bank robbers made off with $6.8 million in cash weighing a staggering 70 kilograms during a daring Vladikavkaz heist, police said Tuesday.

Russian Visas May Be Ditched

The Moscow Times
Russia may cancel visas for foreigners, a senior Federal Border Service official said Tuesday, adding that the move would not harm security and might attract more European tourists.

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