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RIA Says It's Turning 7.0, Not 70

For Svetlana Mironyuk, a 70th birthday is no reason to look back. This year, RIA-Novosti, the state news agency she heads, is celebrating the 1941 foundation of its earliest predecessor, the Soviet Information Bureau.

Air Guns and Tear Gas on Election Trail

The Moscow Times
In a sign of parties losing their cool during the election year, the ruling United Russia accused the Communists of trying to attack its campaigners with pepper spray and air guns — a story the left dismissed as provocation.

Red Chemical Dust Settles in Ukraine

Waste from a chemical refinery has turned part of a city in southern Ukraine into a Martian landscape. RusAl has admitted that its plant in Nikolayev is the source of the dust.

McDonald's Forgoes Franchising, For Now

McDonald's, one of the biggest franchisers in the world, will continue to directly own all of its Russian restaurants for the near future, according to Khamzat Khasbulatov, the corporation's president in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Army Buys German Field Camp

The Defense Ministry has bought a deployable field camp from a German firm, marking the latest military purchase from a Western country at a time when defense officials, faced with below-par domestic supplies, are rethinking their policies.

New Threat as Caucasus Vigilantes Vow to Fight Back

Raising the specter of a new wave of violence, ordinary people weary of bloodshed in the North Caucasus have threatened to take up arms themselves. The grass-roots vigilantes have formed a group called the Black Hawks in Kabardino-Balkaria.

Orlov Slams Kadyrov on Eve of Trial

The Associated Press
Oleg Orlov, head of the Memorial human rights group, has accused Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov of running a "totalitarian" regime as he prepares to take the stand in a trial that tests Russia's tolerance for criticism of the way Chechnya is run.

Gorbachev Says Putin Should Go

Combined Reports
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, in comments published on his 80th birthday Wednesday, accused Russia's leaders of rolling back democracy and advised Vladimir Putin not to return to the presidency next year.

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