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Thousands March to Protest U.S. Adoption Ban

Thousands of people thronged central Moscow on Sunday in a march protesting a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans, in one of the largest opposition protests of the last 13 months.

Top 10 News Stories Over New Year's Holidays

The events that unfolded throughout the long holiday break — from a plane crash to attempts to find clarity for child adoptions by U.S. parents to a new formidable submarine entering service — have possessed a magnitude that would better befit a busy news week.

Depardieu Weighs In on Russian Politics

Actor and newly minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu belittled the country's opposition as disoriented and attacked foreign critics of the prosecution of the punk band Pussy Riot.

Serdyukov Faces 'Suspect' Status in Fraud Case
Former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who at an inquiry Friday into allegedly illicit property sales gave investigators "a few sheets of paper with explanations" then refused further questions, faces being considered a suspect, the Investigative Committee said.

State to Spend $8.9Bln on Moscow Infrastructure

The Moscow Times
The federal government plans to spend about 270 billion rubles ($8.9 billion) on transportation infrastructure in Moscow and the surrounding region over the next three years, Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov said, Vedomosti reported Friday.

Orphan With U.S. 'Parents' Becomes TV Star

The Associated Press
A Russian teenage orphan who uses an American family's name on Facebook has become the unlikely poster boy of a Kremlin campaign to stop U.S. adoptions in Russia and to help Russian children find new homes in their own country.

Consumer Prices Kept In Check by Cheap Meat

Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent between Jan. 1 and Jan. 9, with cheaper meat offsetting a significant price increase for fruit and vegetables, the State Statistics Service said Friday.

Turkmenistan Plans Sell-Offs, but Not in Oil and Gas

Reclusive Turkmenistan will launch a privatization of state-held assets in its tightly regulated economy in coming months but looks set to keep control of the vital oil and gas industry, officials said on Saturday.

Depardieu Might Avoid Paying Taxes in Russia

Gerard Depardieu, a French actor turned Russian citizen, might avoid paying taxes in Russia if he resides in the country only occasionally, tax experts said.

IATA Stops Servicing Debt-Ridden Aerosvit

The Moscow Times
The International Air Transport Association's Billing and Settlement Plan has stopped servicing Ukrainian airline Aerosvit, Interfax reported Friday, citing ticket sales agencies.

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