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Duma Kicks Out Kremlin Critic

The State Duma voted Friday to strip prominent opposition figure Gennady Gudkov of his seat for engaging in unlawful entrepreneurship, marking the first time that a deputy has been kicked out of the lower house without first being convicted of a crime.

Putin Backs Recycling Fee on Farm Machinery

Yielding to protracted pressure, President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed an additional fee on imported farm equipment in a move that could further irk the European Union.

Top Challenger Quits Ryazan Governor Race

The top challenger in Ryazan's gubernatorial race has pulled out and endorsed the ruling party's candidate in an apparent backroom deal that casts further doubt on the Kremlin's willingness to hold free and fair gubernatorial elections this autumn.

Business School Loans Lift Off in Russia

By Lyudmila Koval / Vedomosti
You need to raise your qualifications for further career growth or you just have a hunger for knowledge, but you don't have enough income to study at a prestigious business school or foreign university.

Opposition Calls for More Rage in Fight With Kremlin

Sending a signal of defiance to President Vladimir Putin, an eclectic crowd of tens of thousands marched peacefully through central Moscow over the weekend, although their numbers appeared smaller than at previous protests.

MICEX Head to Become Otkritie CEO

The Moscow Times
MICEX-RTS president Ruben Aganbegyan will take the post of chief executive at Otkritie Financial Corporation on Monday.

Psychiatric Patient Pours Ink Over Cathedral Icon

The Moscow Times
A 62-year-old psychiatric patient poured ink over an icon in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday, saying he was motivated by the harsh treatment of three female punk rockers jailed for a profanity-laced performance in the cathedral.

Worldwide Pussy Riot Rally Set for Oct. 1

The Moscow Times
Thousands will rally in support of the female punk band Pussy Riot in more than 100 cities around the world on Oct. 1 when a Moscow court is scheduled to hear the appeal of three members' two-year prison sentence for performing a "punk prayer" at a church.

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