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Big Names Running in United Russia Primaries

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and tennis star Marat Safin are among the hopefuls running in United Russia's primary elections, a novelty for Russian politics meant to give an aura of competition to the elections.

FSB Foiled Sapsan Train Attack

A group of North Caucasus insurgents attempted to bomb a Sapsan bullet train last month, but their plot was foiled by the Federal Security Service, a news report said Monday.

How Democracy Stacks Up on Former Soviet Soil

The Associated Press
First came Mikhail Gorbachev, who moved a monolithic Soviet Union toward reform. Then in August 1991, an ill-conceived coup attempt by clumsy and occasionally drunken men opened a crack that could not be closed. A few pieces of the empire fell off and floated away. Soon the rest of the mass collapsed.

Belarus Gas Price a Lesson for Ukraine

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday unanimously promised Belarus cheaper gas next year as a reward for its accession to a customs union with Russia.

Smoke Clears as Laws and Marketing Shift

Smoke breaks in stairwells, between cars on commuter trains and just about everywhere else are a common sight all over Russia, which has more smokers per capita than any other country on the planet. But this sight is becoming rarer, as laws get tougher and cigarette advertisements and places to smoke become scarcer.

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