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Belarus Bailout Hinges On Russia

For the second time in two years, Belarus is facing bankruptcy. And for the first time, it seems that Russia will be mainly alone in picking up the tab. But this time the political situation is much more volatile.

HIV Patient Reports Major Police Database Leak

An HIV-positive Muscovite whose life was turned upside down after his friends learned about his condition from an illegally sold police database has lodged a complaint with authorities, rights activists said Thursday.

Expat Cooking Class Fills Niche

Understanding traditions of Russian cuisine is becoming a popular form of entertainment for expats at Taste of Russia, the first English-language culinary school, as they try to learn to cook local dishes themselves to surprise relatives and friends.

Putin's Cabinet Plans to Up State Spending

The Cabinet agreed Thursday to boost spending by 4 percent this year as soaring oil prices push revenues up. Federal expenditures would grow by 420 billion rubles, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, bringing the total to about 11.1 trillion rubles.

Plushenko, Volchkova Speak On the Worlds

The 2011 World Figure Skating Championships are arriving in Moscow with the sweet taste of the successful bid to host — and the bitter aftertaste of the tragic events that made it possible.

The Day a Soviet Paradise Stood Still

Once built as the model of a perfect Soviet town, Pripyat is now the perfect model of undisturbed silence. Twenty-five years after Chernobyl, former Pripyat resident Natalya Oleinichenko can recall in detail how the anxiety first started to waft through the air.

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