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09/06/2012

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New Beginnings Bode Well for Theater Season

If uncertainty breeds excitement I would suggest that the coming 2012-2013 theater season in Moscow will be one of the most exciting in years.

Putin Gives First Interview Since Inauguration

The Moscow Times
In his first interview since his May inauguration, President Vladimir Putin spoke to the state-run RT television channel Wednesday about international relations and Pussy Riot.

Gazprom Strikes Back at EU Panel

Gazprom hit back at the European Commission on Wednesday, a day after Europe's executive body formally opened antitrust proceedings against the gas giant, with a reminder that picking a fight with it means picking a fight with Russia.

Russia's Competitiveness Ranking Down

Russia was ranked 67th in terms of competitiveness in the world, down one place from 2011, he World Economic Forum said in its annual survey Wednesday.

Star Psychic Detained for 'Selling' Top State Jobs

The Moscow Times
A well-known television psychic, her fitness trainer, an FSB agent and a former City Hall official have been detained on suspicion of selling a State Duma seat and a top cop position to power-hungry businessmen.

Kadyrov Steps Up Battle Over Ingush Border

A public spat between Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his Ingush neighbor Yunus-Bek Yevkurov over their regions’ borders simmered Wednesday, leaving observers guessing how the troubled North Caucasus would weather another territorial dispute.

Pussy Riot Festival to Go Ahead

A concert in support of Pussy Riot looks set to go ahead at a St. Petersburg club despite allegations of police pressure.

U.S. Flight Attendant Faces Smuggling Trial

The Moscow Times
A U.S. flight attendant accused of attempting to smuggle more than 8 million rubles ($250,000) in jewelry through Sheremetyevo Airport in March will go before a Moscow region court to face charges of tax evasion.

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