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Chemist Caught Up in Poppy-Seed-Trafficking Case

A Moscow court on Tuesday freed a chemist from pretrial detention who is accused of assisting importers of allegedly drug-containing poppy seeds.

Kazan Cop Torture Scandal Yields Its First Convictions

Two former police officers in Kazan became the first punished in connection with the brutal death of a 52-year-old detainee in March.

Public, Private Baby Business Booming

The hallways of privately owned Perinatal Medical Center in south Moscow are brightly colored and filled with cheerful pieces of artwork. Expecting women sit on couches, while others stand by the walls, all waiting for their checkups.

Watchdog Weighs In on VimpelCom Stake Purchase

The Moscow Times
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service asked VimpelCom not to record Telenor's planned purchase of a stake in the company in its shareholder register, Interfax reported Tuesday, citing a letter sent by Igor Artemyev, head of the watchdog, to VimpelCom's headquarters in Amsterdam.

$785Bln Soviet Debt Might Spoil Rating

If all the outstanding debts of the Soviet Union were treated on par with the government’s other debts, that would significantly weaken the country’s balance sheet and trigger a sovereign credit rating review.

Environment Ministry Steps In on Murmansk Road Dispute

The Moscow Times
The government will draw up an "environmentally friendly" solution for a controversial road planned to traverse the Khibiny Mountains in the Arctic region of Murmansk.

Yandex Introduces Clothes Shopping Service

The Moscow Times
Internet giant Yandex has launched a clothes shopping "aggregator," or Internet portal that gathers clothing goods information from multiple online stores and displays the items with photographs on a single website.

Moscow's Crazy Roads: Car Erupts in Flames After Collision

The Moscow Times
Motorists out on the roads early Sunday morning witnessed a horrific collision between a sedan and a minivan, which took place on Ryazansky Prospekt on the city's outskirts.

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