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01/10/2012

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Russia Abroad: Banya Finds an Appreciative New Audience

Well muscled and menacing at first glance, former Soviet soldier Pavel Dukhin might be the last person you'd want to have beat you with tree branches, although that is exactly what his job is.

'Pilot Case' Ends in Tit-for-Tat Release

The son of a high-ranking Tajik official, whose conviction in Russia on drug-smuggling charges in 2010 sparked a spat between the two countries that is believed to have led to politically motivated arrests on both sides, has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Russian Warships Pay Visit to Syrian Port

Combined Reports
Two Russian warships arrived in Syria on Sunday, news agencies reported, a visit that will likely be seen as a show of force and a display of support for President Bashar Assad's government.

New Rules May Mean Easier Car Certificate

It is traditional to give up bad habits at the beginning of the year, and in seasonal spirit, the Interior Ministry has promised that the traffic police will stop asking motorists to produce technical inspection certificates.

Prokhorov Taps GQ Boss Ahead of Elections

With less than two months remaining before the presidential election, contender Mikhail Prokhorov has strengthened his campaign team by tapping editor-in-chief of the Russian GQ to lead his own media empire.

Church Chimes In on Political Crisis

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church weighed in on the ongoing political crisis, urging the Kremlin in a Christmas sermon to cooperate with anti-government protesters who rallied in Moscow in tens of thousands last month.

Metro Pickets Planned for Ill Activist Osipova

Activists will on Tuesday stage protests across Moscow in support of a severely ill opposition activist-turned-housewife who was jailed in Smolensk on questionable drug charges.

Fraud Charge in Signature Drive

The Moscow Times
Opposition activists on Sunday posted a video they say shows fraudulent signatures being collected at a Moscow university to get Irkutsk Governor Dmitry Mezentsev on the presidential ballot.

Court Upholds Udaltsov Sentence

The Moscow Times
A Moscow court on Saturday upheld a 10-day jail sentence for opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, which sparked a public outcry — ruling only after he had already served the full term.

Rebel Kazakh Town Denied Right to Vote

Reuters
Residents of a mutinous Kazakh oil town will be excluded from parliamentary elections this month due to a state of emergency imposed after the deadliest riots in the Central Asian state for decades.

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