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Medvedev Takes Step Toward Reforming Legal System

President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that he has signed a decree ordering the Justice Ministry to monitor law enforcement and the execution of court decisions and to provide annual progress reports.

Lebedev Casts Lot With Putin's Front

Billionaire Alexander Lebedev announced Friday that he would give up his banking business because of harassment from the Federal Security Service and team up with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's All-Russia People's Front.

Scandal-Hit Charity Goes to Bolshoi

Scandal-tarnished charity Federation, for which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sang and played the piano in December, returned to the spotlight Saturday when it staged a ballet performance for young orphans at the Bolshoi Theater.

Prokhorov Promises 2nd Place in Duma

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov promised on Saturday to turn Right Cause into Russia's second-largest party in the country with a pro-business platform that would change the country's landscape over the next decade.

Transneft Fights Decision on Minutes

Transneft said Friday that it would fight the court ruling mandating it to release minutes from its board meetings, accusing anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny of conspiring against Russia and using the minutes for commercial interests.

$472M Spent on Foreign Aid in 2010

Russia spent more than $80 million in 2010 to improve health care in developing countries, according to a report the Finance Ministry released Friday.

Ombudsman Wants Katyn Classified as Political Purge

Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has called for the government to acknowledge that 22,000 Poles executed in Katyn forest and elsewhere by Josef Stalin's henchmen in 1940 were victims of political purges — if relatives don't sue.

U.S. Senators Seek Magnitsky Sanctions

Fourteen U.S. senators have submitted a bipartisan bill that would sanction Russian officials implicated in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow jail and others guilty of human rights violations.

Yegiazaryan, Based in U.S., Is Placed on Interpol List

The Moscow Times
State Duma Deputy Ashot Yegiazaryan, who is living in California, has been placed on Interpol's wanted list in connection with fraud charges in Moscow.

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