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Rescue Package Bolsters Putin's Grip Over Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin does not come across as a politician who would give another sovereign state a chunk of money for free.

Internet Extremism Bill Passes First Duma Reading

A bill enabling state prosecutors to immediately block websites containing illegal information, including summons to unsanctioned protests and "extremist" activity, has passed its first reading in the State Duma despite criticism from opposition politicians.

U.S. Puts 2 Gay Athletes on Official Delegation to Sochi

U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to<span id="bxid_966199"> skip the Sochi Winter Olympics and instead </span>send two prominent gay Americans, drawing praise from gay rights groups.
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Aeroflot Closes in on U.S. Exchange Listing

The Moscow Times
Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot plans to start trading its depositary receipts in London and New York beginning from the first quarter of 2014, news reports said Wednesday.

Shake Shack Bets on Moscow in 'Unusual Expansion Plan'

It's unusual for a company to expand into a foreign country - perhaps especially Russia - before conquering its home market. But with Russians flocking to Shake Shack in New York and Dubai, the owners of the popular U.S. burger chain realized that they had to open in Moscow.

7 Ways to Have a Happy Russian New Year (Photo Essay)

The Moscow Times
The Christmas and New Year holidays in Russia carry on from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8, during which time pretty much nothing happens in the city, and the fun is had at home with close friends and relatives. If you have to spend the holidays elsewhere, here are seven rules to keep in mind if to re-create the Russian experience.

Pussy Riot Yes, Khodorkovsky No

On Wednesday, the State Duma passed a bill that would grant amnesty to some people considered "political prisoners," but critics have dismissed the amnesty as a farce since many of those on political prisoner lists will stay behind bars.

There Were No Bolotnaya Riots, International Experts Say

An international public commission declared Wednesday that there were no "riots" at the May 2012 opposition protest on Bolotnaya Ploshchad in Moscow, which was dispersed after violence broke out with police, resulting in more than 400 detentions.

Exillon Energy Takeover Offer Fizzles as Major Shareholders Pull Back

Exillon Energy said it was no longer actively engaged in offer talks and was unaware of any third party interested in making an offer for the company.

Rusnano Plans to Divide Corporate Structure

The Moscow Times
The new development strategy for state-owned high-tech holding Rusnano approved by the board of directors foresees separating its management and ownership functions, the company announced Wednesday.

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