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FSB Backs Away From Gmail Ban

The Federal Security Service called for a ban on Skype, Gmail and Hotmail as a major threat to national security — but quickly backtracked after a squabble erupted between the camps of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

U.S. Slams Russia on Rights

The Moscow Times
Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are the three European countries with the worst record on human rights in 2010, the U.S. State Department said in an annual survey released Friday.

Divided Poles Mark Crash Anniversary, Rap Russia

Poles mourned on Sunday their former president and 95 others killed in a plane crash one year ago, but their commemoration was tarnished by political divisions and anger with Russia over the removal of a memorial plaque.

Arbat Prestige Ex-Owner Wins Court Ruling

Raising the specter that criminal charges might be dropped against the former owner of Arbat Prestige, an arbitration court has upheld a lower court's ruling that unpaid tax claims against the now-bankrupt chain of cosmetics stories were illegal.

5 Russian Journalists Detained and Fed Cookies in Libya

The Moscow Times
Libyan rebels detained five journalists from Komsomolskaya Pravda and NTV television for 11 hours — but released them after a snack of cookies. The Russians were questioned by rebels who apparently suspected them of being Belarussian mercenaries.

Brick Factory Funds an Obscure Sport

Taking a quirky Central Asian sport to the Olympics is no easy task.  But the newly elected president of the remade International Belt Wrestling Association plans to honor her late husband's legacy and do just that.

Anonymous Letter Prompts New Investigation of Nuclear Plant

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Yury Zolotov on Friday ordered a re-examination of a case of criminal negligence at the Mayak nuclear processing facility after local media received an anonymous letter warning of a "nuclear Armageddon" at the facility.

Cyber Attack Paralyzes Novaya Gazeta Site

The Associated Press
A cyber attack paralyzed the web site of Novaya Gazeta on Friday, days after similar attacks knocked out LiveJournal, Russia's most popular blogging site.

FSB Says 2 Georgian Spies Killed in Abkhazia

The Federal Security Service said one of its officers and two Georgians who it believes were security agents were killed in clashes near the de-facto administrative border between Georgia and its breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Nuclear Fuel Reloaded at Iran Plant

The Associated Press
Atomstroiexport, the state company that built Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, said Friday that it has started reloading fuel into the reactor, more than a month after the fuel was ordered removed because of contamination concerns.

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