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Notebook Sparks Fury Over Stalin’s Legacy

It has been nearly 60 years since Stalin's death, but interpreting his deeply complex legacy remains anything but academic.

Q&A: How a French Sugar Seller Became a Jeweler of Roses

Florence Gervais d'Aldin got hooked on Russia at an early age when the Soviet Navy dropped anchor in Cherbourg, a port in northern France.

'Merchant of Death' Sentenced to 25 Years Imprisonment

The Associated Press
The notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, dubbed the Merchant of Death, has been sentenced in New York to 25 years in prison following his conviction on terrorism charges that grew from a U.S. sting operation.

Domodedovo Tames Passport Lines

The Moscow Times
When U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul called Russia a wild country, he may well have been thinking of the lines at passport control.

'Gay is Normal' Signs Get Demonstrators Arrested in St. Petersburg

The Moscow Times
Two gay rights demonstrators were detained by police in St. Petersburg on Thursday in what could be the first case resulting from the recently passed city law banning so-called gay propaganda.

Cabinet Approves Bill on Foreign Investment in Insurance Sector

The share of foreign capital in domestic insurance companies might double in the near future, as the government approved a bill Thursday aimed at attracting more investment into the sector.

Central Bank Pulls Licenses

The Central Bank announced Thursday that it had revoked the licenses for Siberian Energy Bank and International Investment Bank.

Kudrin's Group to Offer Unsolicited Advice

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin on Thursday announced that he and his allies created a group that is willing to challenge the government in defining the country's political and economic development.

Bloggers Spot Patriarch's Pricey Watch

The Moscow Patriarchate apologized Thursday for a photo editor's "absurd mistake," an image of Patriarch Kirill badly photoshopped to disguise his expensive Breguet wristwatch.

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