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04/05/2011

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Putin's Old Teacher Mines a Fortune

Vladimir Litvinenko, who has headed the state mining institute since 1994, was not previously known as a businessman. His rapid rise to riches speaks volumes in a country where who you know can be as important as what you know — if not more so.

Jailed Komi Whistleblower Fears for Life

A jailed whistleblower said he feared for his life after coming under pressure from prison officials to backtrack on accusations that investigators jailed the wrong suspects in an arson case. He voiced his accusations in an open letter over the weekend.

Cabinet Promotes Populist Measures

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin forecast an increase in the salaries of  teachers and encouraged opening deputies' and officials' tax returns to public scrutiny at the Cabinet session Monday. He also promised additional finances to support the labor market.

Policeman Fired After Media Uproar

A senior Moscow region police official was fired Monday for assaulting a journalist — but only after his superiors started receiving phone calls from reporters and television crews arrived at the scene of the attack.

Milner Shells Out $100M for Silicon Valley House

The Associated Press
The U.S. housing market may be struggling to regain its footing, but the $100 million sale of a single-family home in the heart of Silicon Valley shows that luxury properties are still in demand.

Talented Specialists Fleeing in '3rd Wave'

Scared, fed up and feeling disenfranchised, many successful Russians are investing in citizenship in Western countries, according to consultants who have made a business of facilitating such emigration – and are seeing tangible results out of this subtle panic.

Kashin Sued for $3,500 for Beating Claim

The Moscow Times
The head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs filed on Monday a defamation lawsuit worth 100,000 rubles ($3,500) against a beaten journalist who said the official was behind the attack.

Duma Deputy Demoted After Criticizing Medvedev

The Moscow Times
A United Russia lawmaker will be fired from his job at a State Duma committee for slamming Russia's stance on NATO's military operation in Libya.

Greenpeace Says Chernobyl Food Radiation Persists

The Associated Press
Greenpeace said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still eating food contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion a quarter-century after the blast.

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