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After 11 Years, the Clout of Kremlin Envoys Wanes

When Vladimir Putin carved the country into seven districts just after becoming president in May 2000, most commentators saw this as a necessary move to tighten the Kremlin's control over the regions.

After Magnitsky, Prison Doctors Ordered to Check Inmates' Health

Chastened by the Kremlin and the international community after the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, the Justice Ministry has ordered prison doctors to check the health of prisoners being punished with solitary confinement.

Sberbank Share Sale Ready Soon

Sberbank will be technically ready for a 7.6 percent stake sale by the end of the week, but the final decision depends on market conditions, three banking sources said.

Kommersant's Kashin Gets German Press Prize

The Moscow Times
Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin has been awarded the same German press award that Anna Politkovskaya won in 2005, a year before her murder, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Danish Queen Reviews Pumps and Circumstances During 5-Day Tour

Elaborate orchestration marked the visit of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, clad in a bright pink suit and matching pillbox hat, to a new facility at Danish pump-making giant Grundfos' factory in the Moscow region on Wednesday.  

With Crash, Russia Has Deadliest Airspace

In the worst sports-related disaster in decades, one of Russia's best ice hockey teams, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, was decimated Wednesday in a plane crash that killed at least 43 people. 

Space Audit Finds Major Violations

The Moscow Times
The string of failed spacecraft launches in recent months may be due to misuse of funds at the Federal Space Agency, a check by the Audit Chamber showed.

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