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Petroleum Exports Banned as Fuel Crisis Deepens

The government banned exports of refined petroleum products Thursday, as the country grapples with fuel shortages in several regions. Officials have reported scenes of "panic" at filling stations in the Tomsk, Belgorod and Voronezh regions in western Russia.

Trial Over for 'Patriotic Bonnie and Clyde'

An ultranationalist couple was convicted Thursday of gunning down a rights lawyer and a journalist, the verdict ending a process fraught with accusations of publicity manipulations. The final verdict added that the pair could have had “unidentified accomplices.”

Hearings Start in Defamation Lawsuit Against Kashin

The Moscow Times
Moscow's Khamovnichesky District Court opened hearings into a defamation case against Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin, who claimed that the assault that left him in a coma in November was masterminded by the Kremlin's youth policy chief.

Rock Critic to 'Protect the People'

Life has not been easy for legendary rock critic Artemy Troitsky since he moved into public activism: He has already lost a libel suit and now faces another, this time for calling a pro-Kremlin rock star a "poodle."

Foreigners Cautioned About May Day Violence

Politicians urged supporters on Thursday to attend May Day rallies over the weekend, but at least one foreign embassy cautioned its citizens to avoid all gatherings for fear of violence.

Banks Set Sights on Islamic Bond Market

VTB Group and Gazprombank are vying to become the first Russian borrowers to sell Islamic debt in a bid to attract Middle Eastern investment. Russian banks are diversifying sources of funding as they expand overseas.

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