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02/16/2012

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Sentence Overturned in Osipova Case

A Smolensk court on Wednesday overturned a controversial 10-year prison sentence for the wife of a political activist and has ordered a new trial in a case that had become a hot-button political issue and the focus of protest.

Sberbank Gets VBI With a Discount

Sberbank closed a $660.5 million deal to buy the international arm of Austria's Volksbank on Wednesday as Russia's biggest lender looks to build a base for expansion into Europe's crisis-gripped financial heartland.

Ekho Editor in Labor Inquiry, Host Hacked

Speculation of an orchestrated attack on the country's most high-profile radio station grew stronger Wednesday after Ekho Moskvy editor Alexei Venediktov said prosecutors had summoned him for questioning and a prominent show host said hackers had taken over his e-mail and blog accounts.

Mortgaging to Be Streamlined

The government's mortgage lender is proposing changes to a federal law related to mortgage payments as a way of easing the borrowing process for would-be homeowners.

Bureaucrats Block Protesting Lego Men

Unprecedented protests have been held across Russia in recent months at which tens of thousands of demonstrators have been allowed to verbally lambaste the government.

Former Yukos Official Released From Prison

The Moscow Times
A former senior employee of oil company Yukos was released from prison Wednesday after serving more than seven years on charges of stealing billions of dollars.

HIV Prevention Falls Short as Funding Ends

Katya moved to Moscow seven years ago and three years later — when she was pregnant with her first child — discovered she was HIV-positive.

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