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05/31/2011

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Signaling Thaw, Khodorkovsky Pops Up on State TV

State-owned NTV television broadcast a prime-time report in which jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky announced that he would seek parole, fueling speculation that the Kremlin might be edging toward a decision to free him.

Domodedovo Ditches IPO

Just a week after Yandex’s triumphant debut in New York, Domodedovo Airport abruptly pulled out of a similar initial public offering over possible concerns that investors were spooked by its squabble with the government.

Prosecutors Support Magnitsky’s Accuser

The Prosecutor General's Office has ruled that a senior police official who kept Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in pretrial detention until he died has done nothing wrong.

Kerimov Invited to Join Forces With Right Cause, Prokhorov

The Moscow Times
The pro-business Right Cause party, which billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov offered to lead this month, hopes to further strengthen its ranks with the addition of billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, Vedomosti reported Monday.

Caucasus Natives Blamed in Fatal Fight

The Moscow Times
Investigators said a deadly brawl in December that triggered nationalist rioting near the Kremlin days later was instigated by North Caucasus natives, Kommersant reported Monday.

A Third of Top Police Chiefs Fired

Over a third of the country's police chiefs have been fired after they failed mandatory re-evaluations as part of an ongoing police reform. The dismissals signal that even corrupt senior police officials will not be immune to looming job cuts in the police force.

Mikhalkov Caught on Video Driving Illegally

The Moscow Times
Oscar-winning film director Nikita Mikhalkov on Monday unleashed a barrage of insults at people who had filmed him cruising in the opposite lane in front of a traffic police officer, just days after he was stripped of his road privileges.

Putin Is Saint and Savior for a Small Cult

Reuters
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cultivates the image of a bare-chested macho man, but a nun-like sect in the Nizhny Novgorod region thinks that he's actually the reincarnation of the apostle Paul.

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