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Putin Takes Inputs on Tax Investigation Bill

While the Kremlin considers possible modifications to a bill that will restore investigators' power to open tax fraud cases, lobbyists said small businesses and individual entrepreneurs, whose numbers are decreasing, are the ones most threatened by the legislation in its current form.

Uranium Shipment Signals End of U.S.-Russian Nuclear Deal

A 20-year-old deal that has powered American homes while reducing the risk of Russian nuclear material falling into the wrong hands approached its end Thursday when the final shipment of uranium left St. Petersburg for Baltimore.

Red Square Scrotum Protester Faces Five Years in Prison

The Moscow Times
Police have brought hooliganism charges against artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones on Red Square to protest Russia's descent into a "police state."

Beyond Rosatom, Local Civil Nuclear Industry Struggles

While state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom monopolizes government largesse, other nuclear enterprises are forced to sell technology overseas in order to fund research, nuclear scientists said at the Technoprom technological development forum in Novosibirsk on Friday.

For Some in Sochi, Olympics Is No Game (Photo Essay)

The Moscow Times
Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin, who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world.

Activist Plans Protest Amid Outrage Over Talk Show Host's Homophobic Meteor Comments

The Moscow Times
Leading gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev has applied to City Hall to stage a protest in Moscow later this month against homophobic comments made by a Russian talk show host this week.

Court Upholds Refusal to Register Navalny's Party

The Moscow Times
A Moscow court on Monday ruled that the Justice Ministry's refusal to register opposition leader Alexei Navalny's People's Alliance Party was legitimate, Dmitry Krainev, a lawyer for the party, wrote on Twitter.

50 Killed in Plane Crash in Kazan

RIA Novosti
Fifty people were killed as a passenger jet crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in the republic of Tatarstan, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry said Sunday.

Navalny's Party Holds Founding Congress for Third Time

Opposition politician Alexei Navalny formally joined the People's Alliance party and was elected its leader on Sunday when it held its founding congress.

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