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Ex-Spymaster Convicted of Betraying Anna Chapman

A senior intelligence official was sentenced in absentia Monday to 25 years in prison for betraying Anna Chapman and the nine other sleeper agents in the United States who flew to Moscow in a spy swap last summer.

Talk of Aeroflot in $45Bln Sell-Off

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Monday that the government hoped to raise $45 billion in a second round of privatization that could include stakes in Aeroflot.

Designer Eyes Plant Site in Ingushetia

Prominent fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin is looking at Ingushetia as a possible site for a large sewing factory, which could bring growth opportunities to the region.

Union of Architects Snubs Putin’s Front

The Russian Union of Architects became the first public group to snub Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's All-Russia People's Front on Monday, days after the front listed it among hundreds of federal and regional public entities on its web site.

New Investigators Take Up Browder Case

Under a barrage of pressure from Hermitage Capital, a tax evasion case against the fund's head, William Browder, has been transferred from the Interior Ministry's investigative committee to another branch of the ministry.

15 Years of Annie Leibovitz at the Hermitage

Sitting in the apartments of Tsar Alexander I in the State Hermitage Museum, Annie Leibovitz is a generous presence in an otherwise daunting stateroom. At 62, she is possibly the world's most famous photographer, and during the past four decades has trained her lens on the great and the good — and on a fair share of monsters, too.

Medvedev Says to Cash In on Kyoto

Satellites could monitor where your rubbish ends up under a new initiative. The plan is to tackle the growing problem of illegal landfill sites — the latest initiative in the government's growing interest in trash.

Governor: One Dog, 2 Cats Per Family

Belgorod's governor has infuriated animal lovers by banning all residents from walking dogs outside their homes and limiting them to one dog and two cats per household in what he called an attempt to control rabies.

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