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Putin Throws Down Gauntlet for Protesters

President Vladimir Putin signed into law Friday a controversial bill that dramatically raises fines on illegal protests.

Fight Against TB Plagued by Shortfalls

Natasha takes a whole handful of pills every day — about 25 in total — as part of her treatment course at a tuberculosis clinic in St. Petersburg.

The Top 10 Russian Internet Brands Out to Conquer the World

Russian versions of global brands are outstripping the market leaders. From dating and social networks to race cars and digital tanks, here are the top 10 new Russian Internet players.

Standards Developed for Vitamins, Supplements

Manufacturers of vitamins and dietary supplements will be regulated in an effort to ensure quality in an industry where up to 50 percent of products are falsified.

Pussy Riot Icon Artist Fined

The Moscow Times
Three months after icon-like posters portraying members of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot appeared on Novosibirsk streets, a local artist has been fined for “desecrating venerated symbols.”

Putin Raises Judges' Salaries, Orders Hearings to Be Broadcast Live

President Vladimir Putin on Friday conducted a small reform of the nation's judicial system, raising judges' salaries, easing requirements for appointing justices and ordering court hearings to be broadcast live.

Sberbank Acquires Turkey's DenizBank for $3.5Bln

State-owned Sberbank continued its expansion on the back of Europe's banking woes Friday with the signing of a $3.5 billion deal to purchase Turkey's DenizBank.

Tourism Struggles With Russia's Identity Crisis

The heavy gates of the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower were swung open more than 50 times to film a 30-second promotional clip for the Sochi Olympics.

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