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03/16/2012

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Newsmaker: Vekselberg's Career Is Filled With Energy

As a young engineer in the late 1980s, Viktor Vekselberg showed initiative and was well-liked by co-workers at the Moscow-based company where he helped develop equipment for oil exploration.

Putin Asks for May Holiday Extension

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a change in the May national holiday schedule that could shatter plans to hold a large opposition rally around the day of his inauguration as president.

S&P Sees Conflicted Approach to Banking

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor's said Thursday that the government's approach to banks under its control was "conflicted" as state-owned Sberbank appeared likely to go ahead with a flagship $5.5 billion privatization in April.

Media Thaw's Staying Power Hotly Debated

National television viewers have been exposed to some disquieting coverage recently.

Reforms Promised After Sodomy Death

Days after a Kazan man died of injuries allegedly suffered during a shocking sodomy attack by local police, a senior Interior Ministry official vowed to renovate police stations and change how officers are evaluated.

Q&A: Mike Tyson's 'Mom' Peers Into the Russian Mind

There is only one person in the world who boxing legend Mike Tyson calls "Mom" — and she's not his biological mother, who died when he was 16. The title goes to Marilyn Murray, a U.S.-born descendant of Russian immigrants who is also a scholar of the Russian mind.

Kozlov Loses Latest Court Challenge

The judge presiding over the retrial of former businessman Alexei Kozlov issued a ruling Thursday upholding Kozlov's 2008 conviction on fraud and money-laundering charges and handing him a five-year prison sentence.

Ryzhkov's Republican Party to Regain Official Status

The Moscow Times
The Republican Party of Russia, formerly led by opposition politician Vladimir Ryzhkov, will again be registered by the Justice Ministry after being stripped of its official status in 2007, party co-chair Valentina Melnikova said Friday.

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