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Pussy Riot Detention Extended to 2013

A court extended into next year the detention of three women suspected of performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow church, prompting condemnation from opposition figures and comparisons to the case of jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Alexeyeva Takes Aim at Putin on Her Birthday

Veteran human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva took aim at President Vladimir Putin as she celebrated her 85th birthday at a Moscow cafe Friday in the company of about 200 guests.

Putin's Economic Council Meets

President Vladimir Putin on Friday encouraged his new advisory council to make accurate predictions about the economic outlook.

Putin Signs Law Regulating NGOs

Combined Reports
President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law a new measure that requires nongovernmental groups receiving funding from abroad and engaging in political activity to register as foreign agents with the Justice Ministry.

Russians Dismiss Criticism of 3rd Syria Veto

Combined Reports
Russia dismissed international criticism of its veto of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria as "absolutely unacceptable" but backed a resolution Friday to renew the 300-member UN observer force in Syria for 30 days.

U.S. Lawmakers Target Rosoboronexport

The Associated Press
Lashing out at Russia for its unwavering support for Syria, U.S. lawmakers have voted to stop the Pentagon from doing business with Rosoboronexport, the state-controlled arms exporter that has armed Bashar Assad's regime.

Rosneft May Hire Former BP Executive

State oil firm Rosneft may hire the former head of mergers and acquisitions at TNK-BP, boosting its capacity to put together a possible bid for the Anglo-Russian oil firm as its feuding co-owners, BP and a group of Soviet-born tycoons, try to dissolve their partnership.

Rosneft Buys 6% Stake in Itera

Rosneft has acquired a stake in natural gas producer Itera in a move that may help it compete with Gazprom.

Skolkovo Resident Readying Stock Offering

The Kremlin's innovation incubator plans to hold the first in a series of share sales by technology companies this year, buoyed by record venture capital investment in the country.

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