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Medvedev Promises to Lift EU Vegetable Ban

Moscow will lift a ban on European vegetables in exchange for extra guarantees from Brussels on the products' origin, thus removing a major trade relations headache just days before the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Gadhafi Plays Chess With Ilyumzhinov

Moscow's efforts to mediate in Libya's civil war took a bizarre turn over the weekend when FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov showed up in Tripoli and challenged Moammar Gadhafi to a game of chess.

No Lack of Suspects in Budanov Killing

It remained a mystery Monday who brazenly killed former tank commander Yury Budanov by pumping four bullets into his head as he left a downtown Moscow building for a smoke. But one thing is clear: Investigators have their work cut out for them.

Governor to Aeroflot: Hold the Jet

The Moscow Times
For regular travelers, running late for a flight means missing it. But in the case of Irkutsk Governor Dmitry Mezentsev, it suggests that the whole plane has to wait.

City to Compensate for Banner Ads

The city has set aside 80 million rubles ($2.85 million) in compensation for advertisers when the ban on street banners in the center is implemented this summer, the director of Moscow's department of mass media and advertising said.

Troitsky Sued, Now by Ex-Kremlin Aide

A former Kremlin aide has sued renowned music critic and public activist Artemy Troitsky for defamation, Troitsky said, as new evidence emerged that seemingly confirmed his supporters' fears that he has made enemies in high places.

Deputy Minister in Magnitsky Case Fired

Combined Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev has fired Alexei Anichin, a deputy interior minister linked to the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Khodorkovsky Transferred From Moscow to Undisclosed Prison

Jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been transferred from Moscow to a prison camp in an undisclosed location, his lawyers said, decrying the move as an attempt to block a parole hearing.

City Police Break Up June 12 Protest

The Associated Press
Police detained 28 opposition activists to prevent them from demonstrating in central Moscow on a national holiday celebrating the country's emergence as an independent state as the Soviet Union crumbled.

NATO at the Crossroads After Pentagon Speech

The Associated Press
Created as a bulwark against Soviet expansion, NATO is facing an identity crisis as its members grapple with just how much its long and often-unpopular mission in Afghanistan and its new air campaign in Libya size up as national interests — or not — when many countries' budgets are under strain.

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