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01/12/2012

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Soviet Spy Who Saved Stalin, Roosevelt Dead

Gevork Vartanyan, the legendary Soviet spy who foiled Nazi Germany's assassination attempt on the leaders of the Allied powers in Tehran in 1943, died in a Moscow hospital Tuesday. He was 88.

Tycoon's Graft Bill Fails to Impress

Billionaire United Russia Duma Deputy Andrei Skotch has drafted a bill that would require officials to declare their expenses, although critics have dismissed it as effectively toothless unless Russia ratifies Article 20 of the UN Convention against Corruption.

Sberbank Drives Personnel Expansion at Troika Dialog

The Moscow brokerage Troika Dialog that was bought by state-owned financial giant Sberbank last year continued its recent hiring spree Wednesday with the appointment of former Renaissance Capital equity strategist Ovanes Oganisian.

Work Begins at Anti-Vote Fraud Measures

Authorities began installing webcams at ballot stations and purchasing see-through ballot boxes Wednesday, following vows by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and elections chief Vladimir Churov to fight fraud in the upcoming presidential vote.

As Business Becomes More Civil, So Do Its State Relations

"Roofs" with criminal connections or extravagant lifestyles, common in the 1990s, are being replaced by worldly technocrats and former government officials.

Officers Seen Misrepresenting Income

Officers of the armed and security forces widely flout the law by doing business or cheating in their mandatory income statements, and the number of violations is growing.

Belykh Fights Back After Putin Scolding

Kirov Governor and former liberal heavyweight Nikita Belykh fought back Wednesday against insinuations of negligence from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, saying the Cabinet head was misinformed in his criticism and refusing to apologize for taking a long-overdue vacation.

Russia’s Tallest Man Dead At Age 52

Alexander Sizonenko, Russia's tallest man, who once appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest basketball player in history, died on Jan. 5. He was 52.

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