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U.S. Jet Skiers to Be Freed Soon in Chukotka

Six Americans detained on a Chukotka beach by armed men in a tank after crossing the Bering Strait on jet skis will be released shortly.

Putin Tells Diplomats to Improve Russia's Image

President Vladimir Putin has called on diplomats to use more soft-power tactics to improve Russia's "distorted" image abroad.

Americans Held After Crossing Bering Strait on Jet Skis

Six Americans who crossed the Bering Strait on jet skis as part of a reality show are being held by Chukotka authorities for purportedly lacking valid travel documents.

Zhirinovsky Says Officials Shouldn't Vacation in Disaster-Heavy Summer Months

The Moscow Times
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Liberal Democratic Party leader known for his provocative pronouncements, has called for legislation forbidding government officials from vacationing in summer, a time of major disasters in the country historically.

Duma Ratifies U.S. Adoptions Pact

Russian and U.S. officials hailed the State Duma's ratification Tuesday of a long-awaited treaty designed to protect children involved in international adoptions.

State to Sponsor Students Abroad, With a Catch

In the manner of Peter the Great, who sent court nobility to study abroad to modernize the country, the government will pay for a foreign education of university graduates who promise to return home to work for three years.

Gazprom Flops in Transparency Ranking

Gazprom fared poorly in a corporate anti-corruption report published Tuesday by global watchdog Transparency International, though it did tie for the top spot among companies with Russian operations.

WTO Ratification Squeaks Through Duma

The State Duma on Tuesday voted by a slim margin to back the country's entry into the WTO, appealing to the government for lower lending rates to make local industry more competitive.

Investment in Kaluga Pharmaceutical Hub Could Hit $1Bln

The Kaluga government plans to establish a pharmaceutical manufacturing hub in the region that could net $1 billion of investment by local and international companies, Governor Anatoly Artamonov said Tuesday.

Bowing to Protests, Government Mulls Delaying Internet Bill

The Moscow Times

After an outcry from Wikipedia, opposition leaders and even state-controlled NTV television, the government on Tuesday mulled delaying a vote on a bill that would restrict access to information on the Internet.

Muscovites Donate 20 Tons of Flood Aid, Including Vodka

Hundreds of Muscovites from all walks of life have brought food, medicine and other necessities to a drop-off point for people who lost everything in last weekend's devastating flood in the Krasnodar region.

Ridiculed Star of Internet Meme to Join NTV

The Moscow Times

A woman who unwittingly became a ridiculed Internet sensation after praising the ruling United Russia party because she can now "dress better" has been hired by NTV to interview celebrities and politicians on her very own talk show.

General Motors Counting on Russia's Growth to Reach China's Volumes

China is no longer the eye-popping growth story for General Motors, but robust sales in Russia and other emerging markets quickly filled the gap during the first half of this year.

Foreign Ministry Offers to Host New Talks on Syria

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Russia would be ready to host a new meeting of world powers on ending the conflict in Syria, and the ministry proposed broadening the talks to invite other countries, including Iran.

Flood-Struck Krasnodar Needs More Volunteers, Officials Say

The Moscow Times
Authorities said Tuesday that there is a desperate lack of volunteers in the region after flash flooding swept through the region over the weekend, killing more than 170 people and wrecking local infrastructure.

Russia Could Lose $13Bln From WTO Entry, Economy Minister Says

The Moscow Times
Joining the World Trade Organization could cost Russia as much as 445 billion rubles ($13.49 billion) in direct losses in 2013 and 2014, the country's top economic official said Tuesday.
Bags of donated clothes, medicine and other necessities being stacked Monday at a collection point for Krasnodar flood victims at 70a Prospekt Mira.

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Bags of donated clothes, medicine and other necessities being stacked Monday at a collection point for Krasnodar flood victims at 70a Prospekt Mira.

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