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12/17/2012

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Retaliatory Ban of U.S. Adoptions Proposed

State Duma deputies stepped up Russia's retaliatory response to the so-called Magnitsky Act on Monday by introducing a measure that would ban U.S. citizens from adopting Russian orphans.

Minister Seeks Exemption From EU Energy Package for South Stream

Gazprom's $12.7 billion South Stream gas pipeline should be exempted from the European Union's third energy package, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

Investigators Open Criminal Case Against Navalny Brothers

Investigators on Friday opened a criminal case against prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his brother Oleg and a group of unspecified suspects on charges of large-scale fraud and money laundering.

Capital Flight Calculation Open for Debate

The real size of capital outflow last year was actually half as much as reported, and only reached about $40 billion, with the figure having no correlation to the investment climate, according to a survey released Monday.

General: NATO Air Hub Being Tested

A planned air cargo route for NATO countries' military equipment from Afghanistan via Ulyanovsk is being tested and should be operating soon, a top general for the alliance said.

Medvedev Upholds Strict Gun Laws

The prime minister calls a U.S. school shooting a "horrifying tragedy" and says he opposes public ownership of firearms.

Obama Signs Magnitsky Bill

Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill that brings American trade relations with Russia into the 21st century but also ushers in a testy era in which the United States could publicly "name and shame" Russian human rights violators.

Hotels Lag, But Real Estate Boom Expected to Continue

Moscow's real estate market continued its steady recovery to pre-crisis levels in 2012 as developers rushed to start projects beyond the Moscow Ring Road and took advantage of the city's efforts to speed up the process for getting construction permits.

High-Flying Food Is an Art and a Business

As domestic and international airline travel booms in Russia, so does demand for high quality locally supplied on-board food.

Consumer Loan Price Cap Looming

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wants to cap the amount of money that can be charged for consumer loans, but financial authorities have yet to find an acceptable option.

Record-Breaking Olivier Salad Prepared in Orenburg

The Moscow Times
Orenburg residents have prepared a 1,841-kilogram Olivier salad — the heaviest on record — at an event to mark the salad's 150th anniversary.

Taunting and Laughter Fill Opposition Rally

A circus-like atmosphere pervaded a crowd of protesters who joked about the police, Christian believers and even each other as they marked the first anniversary of opposition protests with an unauthorized rally Saturday on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad.

Coping With Cancer: Patients Struggle in Faulty State System

When Maria Gritsai was diagnosed with late-stage cervical cancer, she didn't spend much time grieving. She knew she had to act fast.

Sweden Finds Soviet Submarine Wreck in Baltic Sea

Reuters
The wreck of a Soviet submarine lost during World War II has been found in the Baltic Sea, 71 years after it sank, the Swedish Military said Monday.

Ukrainian Judge and 3 Relatives Found Decapitated in Home

Reuters
The decapitated bodies of a Ukrainian judge, who was an internationally known antiques collector, and his wife, son and son's girlfriend were found in his apartment in the city of Kharkiv over the weekend, police said Monday.

Potanin Becomes Norilsk CEO in Board Peace Deal

Reuters
An ally of Roman Abramovich is tapped to take on the role of board chairman at a meeting.

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