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In Snub to the West, Putin Will Skip G8 Forum

Forty-eight hours into his third term, President Vladimir Putin has backed out of a high-profile meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and other G8 leaders in a snub that raises questions about whether he is re-establishing the chilly relationship with the West that characterized his first two terms as president.

City Hall Will Clamp Down on Rallies

City Hall on Thursday announced vague plans to clamp down on protests, while jailed opposition leaders urged some 200 people rallying for a fifth day in a row not to give up.

Putin Keeps Election Promise to Nizhny Tagil

Following through on his election promise, President Vladimir Putin visited Uralvagonzavod on Thursday, having announced a bundle of state orders worth up to 25 billion rubles ($833 million) for the Siberian manufacturer of battle tanks and railway cars.

Pravda Hits 100, Still Urging Workers to Unite

One hundred years after its first edition appeared, the once-mighty Pravda newspaper has gone back to its origins as a struggling opposition newspaper but is still defiantly urging the workers of the world to unite.

FSB 'Foils' Terrorist Plot in Sochi

The Associated Press
FSB agents have foiled a terrorist plot on Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, authorities said Thursday, accusing Chechen separatists and Georgia of jointly masterminding the plans.

Putin Orders Sechin Back to Rosneftegaz Board

On his last day in the job, then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered Igor Sechin to be included on a list of candidates for the chairmanship of state-owned Rosneftegaz.

Bodies, No Survivors Spotted at Superjet Crash

Search and rescue helicopters and volunteers struggling through thick forest and mountainous terrain spotted bodies but no survivors on the Indonesian mountainside where a Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed by the time darkness forced an end to the search Thursday night.

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