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Ukrainians Riot Over Russian-Language Bill

Ukrainians clashed with police Wednesday, a day after a bill that would place Russian on par with Ukrainian as the official language of 13 of the nation's 27 regions was quickly pushed through parliament.

Energy Efficiency Struggles Against the Paradox of Abundance

The business plan for energy efficiency in Russia seems compelling: Invest $300 billion over eight years and save the energy equivalent of 300 million tons of crude oil a year. But there's a catch.

Pochinok to Host Tax History Show

The Moscow Times
The often outspoken Alexander Pochinok, who got kicked out of the Federation Council on July 2, will host a show on Ekho Moskvy radio about the history of taxation, "from ancient Egypt to the present day."

Polonium Found on Arafat's Belongings

Combined Reports
Yasser Arafat's body may be exhumed to allow for more testing of the causes of his death, the Palestinian president said Wednesday, after a Swiss lab said it found elevated levels of a radioactive isotope in belongings the Palestinian leader is said to have used in his final days.

Ex-Security Official Convicted of Treason

The Associated Press
A former security official in Estonia has been convicted of treason and will spend 16 years in prison, while his wife received a suspended six-year sentence for helping her husband carry out the crime.

Khodorkovsky Gives European Court Money to Charity

The Moscow Times
Jailed businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky has given to humanitarian organizations compensation money the Russian state was ordered to pay him as a result of a case heard at the European Court of Human Rights, prominent journalist Olga Romanova said Wednesday.

Toxic Chemical Leaks at St. Petersburg Factory

The Moscow Times
A highly toxic chemical spilled from a factory in the town of Levashovo in the Vyborg district of St. Petersburg on Wednesday, resulting in the poisoning of three people.

Food Industry Aims to Get Tough on Cheaters

A candidate who applied for work at Ivan Bukharov's restaurant at first seemed to be a good fit for the job.

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