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03/09/2011

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Money Raised by Putin 'Missing'

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin played the piano and sang to help ill children at a charity concert attended by celebrities like Sharon Stone and Kevin Costner. But nearly three months later, no money has reached the children, a frustrated mother said.

No Jail Possible for Thieves, Managers

Thieves, hooligans and shady businessmen now have a chance to legally avoid jail after President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law banning minimal prison sentences for 68 criminal offenses. The move may slash the prison population by one-third.

Chichvarkin Finds Hope in London and Tbilisi

Yevgeny Chichvarkin, one of London's big-name Russian exiles, sees no prospect for a return to his homeland, despite the Investigative Committee's closure of its case against him in January and the annulment of the warrant for his extradition.

Mikhalkov Building to Continue

Neighbors of film director Nikita Mikhalkov have vowed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after a Moscow court threw out their challenge to the legality of a hotel being built on the site of his film studio.

Hermitage Capital Sues in Constitutional Court

Hermitage Capital, William Browder's $1.2 billion hedge fund, has filed a suit with the Constitutional Court against the Interior Ministry over a criminal tax investigation opened against the company in 2007.

Biden Visit to Focus on Business

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden starts two days of Moscow talks Wednesday with a focus on building stronger business ties amid a political thaw. Commercial cooperation will come in addition to routine bilateral topics of U.S. missile defense plans and Russia's bid to join the WTO.

Tougher Extremism Law Sought

United Russia has proposed to tighten the screws on the country's anti-extremism laws, already often lambasted by critics as ultra-tough.

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