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08/23/2011

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Mayor Slain in '90s-Style Killing

A gunman killed the mayor of Sergiyev Posad, a popular tourist destination just north of Moscow, outside his private house Monday in a gangland-style killing reminiscent of the 1990s.

Putin Ally Takes Over as Governor as Matviyenko Quits

Georgy Poltavchenko, a former KGB officer and staunch ally of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, emerged Monday as the prime pick for the St. Petersburg governor's seat, which was vacated by the Federation Council-bound Valentina Matviyenko.

LUKoil Gets Permit for Norwegian Shelf

LUKoil said Monday that its request to extract oil off Norway's coast stemmed partly from the pact the two countries signed to settle their maritime border in the Barents Sea, where rich reserves could come to light.

Property Defies Market Woes

Russians have turned to real estate as a safe haven for investment over the last two months, amid high financial market volatility caused by Standard & Poor's downgrading of the U.S. credit rating and the debt crisis in Europe.

Abkhaz Presidential Campaign Turns Ugly

Abkhazia's presidential campaign has turned ugly amid allegations that vice president Alexander Ankvab, one of three candidates for the top post in the breakaway Georgian republic, collaborated with Georgia's leadership during an early 1990s secessionist war.

Golden Ring Mayor Gunned Down

The Moscow Times
The mayor of the Moscow region town of Sergiyev Posad, Yevgeny Dushko, was shot dead Monday morning in a possible contract killing, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Ukrainians Foil Holiday Bombing

Reuters
Ukraine's state security service said Monday that it had detained three people who had planned to explode a bomb in Kiev on Aug. 24, the country's Independence Day.

BBC Reporter 'Tortured'

The Associated Press
The lawyer for a BBC reporter on trial in Tajikistan for allegedly belonging to a banned radical Islamist group said Monday that her client was tortured shortly after his detention in June.

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