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Russia Gives U.S. Warning on Magnitsky Case

The Foreign Ministry issued a stern warning to Washington on Wednesday that U.S. entry bans for officials implicated in the prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky posed a serious irritant for efforts to improve ties.

Lebedev Loses Parole Plea Over Missing Pair of Pants

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An Arkhangelsk regional court late Wednesday rejected a parole plea by former Yukos co-owner Platon Lebedev, saying he was not eligible because of two breaches of prison rules, including the loss of a pair of trousers.

Eatery Chain Raided Over Taxes

The Moscow Times
Restaurant holding Lite Life, which includes the popular Asian restaurant chain Tanuki and Yorsh beer halls, is under investigation for tax evasion, police spokeswoman Irina Volk said Wednesday.

U.S. Report Sees Big Role for Shale Gas

A study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy has found that the widespread commercial exploitation of shale gas will weaken Russia's "energy weapon" and lessen its political influence in Europe.

Cohons: From Big Macs and Cola to the Circus

The father and son who boosted Russian consumer freedom with global brands McDonald's and Coca-Cola are on a mission to do the same for cultural choice with Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana show.

15 Months Later, Boy Rejected by U.S. Mother Lives in Orphanage

Seven-year-old Artyom Savelyev will find a new family in Russia in no time, children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said last year after his adoptive U.S. mother shipped him home unaccompanied on a plane. But the boy, now 9, remains in an orphanage.

Cop's Arm Is Broken After He Halted Boss

The Moscow Times
A traffic police officer denied Wednesday that he had stopped a car driven by a higher-ranking officer for speeding and then broke his arm in a thrashing after demanding a bribe from him, Interfax reported.

Hacker Attacks Paralyze LiveJournal

The Moscow Times
Blog service, which has been down for much of this week, admitted Wednesday that the problems were caused by hacker attacks, not technical malfunction.

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