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08/08/2012

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Prosecutor, Insisting Case Isn't Political, Seeks 3 Years for Pussy Riot

Arguing that the Pussy Riot case has no political undertones, the state prosecutor said Tuesday that the trial was purely about religious hatred and asked the court to sentence the defendants to three years in prison.

Fake Twitter Account Pumps Up Oil Prices

Twitter might be a great tool for newsmakers and journalists, but the popular microblogging platform can also wreak havoc by spreading disinformation.

Murmansk Poised for Risky Renaissance

With their strangely elegant keel-less black hulls supporting the bulky but streamlined superstructure, there is something ineffably spine-tingling about standing next to a nuclear-powered icebreaker.

Madonna Riding Virginal Russian Fitness Wave

About a hundred admirers greeted Madonna as she opened a branch of her branded gym in downtown Moscow, riding the wave of the country's more than half a billion dollar fitness business.

Chain-Smoking Lavrov Takes Turn as Mr. Nyet

Reuters
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said "No" to the West so many times over Syria that he may come to rival a Cold War predecessor for the title of "Mr. Nyet."

Ukrainian Wives Fleeing Syria

The Associated Press
Hundreds of Eastern European women married to Syrian men have fled the war with their children in recent weeks as fighting intensified, splitting up families and leaving them wondering whether they can ever go back.

Statoil Writes Off $336M Shtokman Investment

Reuters
Statoil has written off around 2 billion crowns ($336.2 million) of investment and handed back shares in the Shtokman gas project after investors failed to meet a deadline for an agreement, but it has remained in talks over the project.

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