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44 Killed in Russian Plane Crash

The Associated Press
A Russian airliner crashed in heavy fog and burst into flames just short of a runway in northwestern Russia, killing 44 people, officials said. Eight people survived, dragged from the burning wreckage by locals.

RDIF Means Local Presence for New Investors

Heads of the biggest international equity funds and foreign companies investing locally greeted the details of President Dmitry Medvedev's new sovereign investment fund with enthusiasm, seeing it as a vehicle to reduce risks and attract investors who don't have a local presence.

Substitute Pilot at Controls in Crash

A plane and flight crew that crashed while trying to land in thick fog at Karelia's capital, killing 44 of the 52 people on board, were provided by a U.S.-affiliated charter airline as a last-minute replacement for a smaller jet.

A Personal Assistant Is Only a Click Away

She can order you a table in a restaurant, put together a  spreadsheet and meet your grandmother at the airport with a bouquet of flowers. She is anonymous, won't take up any space — and best of all, she has stopped asking for commitment.

Federal Inquiry Opened After Trees Die by Volgograd Bridge

The Moscow Times
Prosecutors are looking into the possible misuse of state funds after hundreds of pine trees planted around an infamous "dancing bridge" in Volgograd died soon after planting because they had no roots.

Petroleum Conference Talks Business, Image

While the ninth Russian Petroleum & Gas Congress opened Tuesday with political representatives from places as far apart as Ghana and the European Union hailing their energy ties with Russia, a panel was grappling with how to improve the country's image as a global exporter of fossil fuels.

St. Pete Metro Turns Away Wheelchairs

Yevgenia Gurova, a 21-year-old student, is seething after St. Petersburg authorities banned her from entering or exiting metro stations with escalators.

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