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5-Year Visas Planned

A new visa agreement between Russia and Europe's Schengen zone could significantly reduce red tape and travel restrictions by next year — but only for professionals, not tourists, a European diplomat said Thursday.

Vienna Jails 3 in Killing of Kadyrov Foe

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An Austrian court has convicted three Chechens of accessory to murder and sentenced one of them to life in prison for the 2009 murder of a former bodyguard and critic of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Oil Output Up as Gas Fluctuates

Russia's oil output edged up 0.2 percent to 10.26 million barrels per day in May, matching a post-Soviet record seen in October, as companies ramp up production on the back of high crude prices.

Zubkov in Canada for Trade Talks

Canadian and Russian authorities are open to reviving a 65-year-old trade route between the two countries, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said on the first day of his official visit to Canada.

Submarine Captain in Hot Water Over YouTube Tirade

Military prosecutors recommended the dismissal Thursday of a veteran submarine commander who became an Internet sensation after he was filmed confronting a superior with an eye-watering torrent of obscenities.

EU Vegetables Banned Over E. Coli

The ban on vegetable imports from the European Union, introduced by Russia on Thursday, will not have a lasting impact on the market, but may cause temporary price hikes and shortages of certain vegetables, analysts and industry spokespeople said.

Samurai Sword Used to Slay Poet

The Moscow Times
An Islamist militant has hacked a North Ossetian poet to death with a samurai sword, which was found in the suspect's home after police killed him for resisting arrest, investigators said Thursday.

Chief Military Doctor Held for Graft

The Moscow Times
The head of the Defense Ministry's medical department pleaded guilty to accepting large kickbacks from medical equipment makers, the Investigative Committee said Thursday, Rapsi judicial news agency reported.

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