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Tula Leader Linked to Graft Case

The governor of Tula was questioned by the Federal Security Service over an alleged link to a graft case, which may be the latest step in President Dmitry Medvedev's pre-election crackdown on local leaders.

Friendly Oligarch Buys 'Putin' Palace

If you've ever felt like picking up a seaside palace for a song, now might be the time. At least, that's what reclusive oligarch Alexander Ponomarenko, who made his fortune controlling the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, claims to have done.

Half of Yabloko Nominees Banned

The Moscow Times
Local election officials have banned about 45 percent of the candidates nominated by the liberal Yabloko party for the March regional elections, compared with 0.8 percent for the ruling United Russia, Kommersant reported Thursday.

Intelligentsia Finds Refuge on a ‘Nearby’ Island

For some, the paraphernalia of Slavic food shops, cultural organizations promoting anything from Leo Tolstoy to Nikita Mikhalkov, and Russian-language newspapers in London are a comforting indication of a thriving ethnic community. For others it is a mere illusion.

Mine Safety Spending Outlined

Coal mining companies might have to set aside as much as a third of their combined profit from last year to increase safety spending, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said Thursday. The plan comes as 10 coal miners have died in shafts this year.

Mobile Giants to Invest in Yota for 4G

The four biggest telecommunications operators and Scartel, which operates under the Yota brand, signed an agreement to work together to build the next generation of mobile networks, at a meeting Thursday hosted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Skolkovo Told to Support Moscow River Cable Project

Expansion of Moscow's telecommunications network could move underwater as President Dmitry Medvedev's modernization commission has recommended that the Skolkovo Foundation consider financing a technology that would place fiber optic cable on the bed of the Moscow River.

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