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VTB's Kostin Ranked Top Earner

Head of state-controlled lender VTB, Andrei Kostin, was ranked the highest paid executive in the country, having earned about $30 million last year, according to a list published by Forbes magazine Monday.

Senior Deputy Compares Bout to Magnitsky

The government needs to do more to protect the rights of Russians abroad, including convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, the head of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee said Monday.

U.S. Surveillance Plane to Fly Over Russia

The Moscow Times
A U.S. surveillance plane carrying Russian and American experts is scheduled to fly over Russia this week as part of the international Treaty on Open Skies, the Defense Ministry said.

Russia Calls for End to Israel-Palestinian Strikes

Russia on Monday urged an end to Palestinian rocket attacks and what it called the disproportionate Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip, saying both were unacceptable.

Activists Scoff at NGO Law

Although much-debated amendments for nongovernmental organizations go into force this Wednesday, do not expect foreign-funded NGOs to rush to re-register as "foreign agents" with the Justice Ministry.

Officials Consider St. Pete's Merger With Suburbs

The authorities of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, which spreads out from its city limits, are playing up a newfound level of cooperation and talking about blurring the lines between them.

Russian Energy Giants Making African Inroads

Russian companies appear eager to gain new ground in Africa and plan to build two pipelines on the continent.

Pussy Riot Lawyers Quit Rockers' Case

The lawyers for two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot announced Monday that they would no longer be representing the women, saying they believed that their continued participation in the case could have negative consequences for their former defendants.

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