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Angered by Parody Prize, Lukashenko Bars Sobchak From Belarus

Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko was less than pleased by his nomination for "Plagiarism of the Year" in last week's Silver Galosh parody award show in Moscow — although perhaps it was the loss to U.S. President Barack Obama that really ruffled his feathers.

Food Price Inflation Reaches Double Digits

Potatoes, eggs and caviar are among the food products that have seen double digit price growth in 2013, according to information released by the State Statistics Service on Wednesday.

Moscow Expands Paid Parking Zone

Declaring its experiment successful, City Hall is expanding paid parking areas in Moscow out to the Garden Ring, while raising hourly fees, Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov said Wednesday.

Tajikistan to Face Tougher Challenges After Vote

Despite what appeared to be an easy victory in Tajikistan's presidential election, Emomali Rakhmon faces the challenge of placating divergent interests of major players in the region after NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan next year.

Gay Activist Rejects Idea of Dutch Asylum

Russia's top gay rights activist has rejected the Dutch offer to grant asylum to harassed Russian gays, saying there is no mass discrimination against them in the country.

Russia's Bolshoi Acid Attack Victim Unable to Forgive Attackers

The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, appearing in court in dark glasses, said Wednesday he did not forgive the assailants who almost blinded him in an acid attack and demanded more than $100,000 in damages.

14% of Moscow Marriages Involve an Expat

The Moscow Times
Foreigners getting married in Moscow face the taxing experience of waiting around for hours at the city's civilian registry office, known as ZAGS, though the newlyweds think the wait is worth it to prove that their love is not held back by their places of origin.

Kazan High Speed Rail Tender Delayed

The multi-billon dollar tender to design a high-speed rail line between Moscow and Kazan has been delayed, although two international consortiums have already submitted preliminary applications, individuals close to the companies involved said.

Russia Denies Holding Talks with Taliban in Qatar

The Associated Press
Russia's foreign ministry says its presidential envoy for Afghanistan is not holding talks with the Taliban in Qatar, as a senior Taliban official has claimed.

Cosmonauts Will Watch Olympics on International Space Station

The Moscow Times
The astronauts sailing off into space tomorrow for a six month stay on the International Space Station will share at least one experience with the terrestrials left down below.

Travel 'Back to Normal' at Ukrainian Border

The Moscow Times
Russia has begun letting through hundreds of trucks from Ukraine that had been held up at the border by new custom rules, the Federal Customs Service said in a statement Wednesday.

Priest Put on International Wanted List Over Child Sex Charges

RIA Novosti
Investigators said Wednesday that an Orthodox priest is suspected of sexually abusing two children during a holiday trip to a Greek island.

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