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12/02/2012

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Russia Tests Global Internet Rules

Although Russian proposals on Internet regulation ahead of Monday's opening of the International Telecommunication Union conference in Dubai have worried anti-censorship watchdogs around the globe, some local experts aren't expecting any significant changes to the U.S.-centric system that administers the technical aspects of the World Wide Web.

Pussy Riot Clip Classified as Extremist

A city court has declared Pussy Riot's “punk prayer” video extremist, meaning that media outlets can face closure for publishing the all-female band's famous performance in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.

European Court to Question Russia Over Razvozzhayev

The European Court of Human Rights has asked Russia and Ukraine to provide information about the criminal case against opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev, his lawyer Anna Stavitskaya said.

Price Differential Causing Airplane Travel to Overtake Rails

The romantic role of train travel in Russian culture is slowly being unseated by cramped airplanes as flight tickets become more affordable and government subsidies for economy-class rail tickets are trimmed, according to a report from Metropol consultancy.

Chocolate Business Has Sweet Potential

The founders of the Korkunov premium chocolate boutique that opened in Moscow's AFIMALL City on Sunday hope to transform Russians into chocolate gourmands.

Japanese Premier Postpones Visit Due to Putin's Health, Reports Say

Talk about Vladimir Putin's health resurfaced Friday after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reportedly said he had postponed a visit to Moscow because Putin was feeling unwell.

Putin Sets Parliamentary Address for Mid-December

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin told leaders of the four State Duma factions that he would make his state-of-the-nation address in mid-December.

City Criticized as Snow Paralyzes Traffic

Moscow traffic was crippled for a second consecutive day Friday, as freezing rain added to the difficulties caused by Thursday's massive snowfall, feeding growing criticism that City Hall failed to clear roads efficiently.

U.K. Probes Whistle-Blower's Death

Reuters
British police have carried out toxicology tests on the body of a Russian anti-corruption whistle- blower whose mysterious death has put a new spotlight on Russian criminal groups entrenched in Europe.

Napoleon's Secret Coded Kremlin Letter Sold

The Associated Press
The single line of Napoleon's secret code told Paris of his desperate last order against the Russians: "At three o'clock in the morning, on the 22nd I am going to blow up the Kremlin."

Magnitsky, the Accidental Symbol of Global Injustice

Magnitsky’s life reveals a man who was in many ways ordinary and felt compelled to fight a state machine he had trusted his whole career.

New York Exchange Wants Slice of Russian IPO Pie

Reuters
The New York Stock Exchange hopes less stringent rules will help persuade several Russian companies to raise money on its markets next year, taking business from archrival London.

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