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08/01/2011

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Jailed British Businessman Likened to Sergei Magnitsky

A British businessman who is being held in a Moscow detention center has fallen so severely ill that his lawyer says he could die at any moment. He is accused of letting the company's casinos operate in the city after gambling was banned in July 2009.

Supermarket Tycoon Takes Charge in Tula

Tula Governor Vyacheslav Dudka, a former army officer who got mired in a corruption scandal this year, was tentatively replaced Friday by the co-founder of the Sedmoi Kontinent supermarket chain who himself has a background in intelligence services.

New State Body Stirs Crackdown Fears

Stirring new fears of an election season crackdown on the political opposition, the Kremlin announced that President Medvedev has created an intergovernmental commission tasked with "coordinating the activities" of federal and regional agencies in fighting extremism.

Sham Banks Open Years Undetected

The Moscow Times
Russia has come a long way from the wild capitalism of the 1990s, yet shady financial machinations are still very much alive.

St. Pete Governor in 2 Races

The Moscow Times
Opposition parties have missed a chance to field rivals to St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko in municipal elections intended to pave her way to the Federation Council, Interfax reported.

Moscow River Boat Collision Kills 9

An overloaded motorboat, apparently carrying a group of partyers, rammed into a moored barge near Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium early Sunday, sinking on the spot and killing nine people.

Court Refuses to Free Blogger

The Moscow Times
The Moscow City Court implicitly defied the Supreme Court, refusing to set free a businessman-turned-prison blogger despite the higher court ruling that "there's every reason to cancel the verdict" in his case.

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