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Kremlin Backs Youth Politics With Reformed Nashi

Nashi, the controversial pro-Kremlin youth group known for fierce campaigns against government critics at home and abroad, will be split into several projects under a new name, the All-Russian Youth Society, the Izvestia daily newspaper reported on Monday.

Greek Privatization a Test Case for Russian Popularity

Natural gas assets being sold by crisis-ridden Greece are at the center of an escalating battle between Russian companies with ready cash and European officials reluctant to facilitate the growth of Moscow's influence in their backyard.

Death Penalty Debate Reignited by Killings of Young Girls

The recent brutal killings of two adolescent girls in Irkutsk and Tatarstan has reignited a debate over whether the country should reinstate the death penalty, a moratorium on which has been in place for more than a decade.

At Least 17 Killed in Komi Mine Explosion

A pocket of methane gas exploded in a coal mine in the far northern Komi republic Monday morning, killing at least 17 miners.

Gudkov Appeals to Supreme Court Over Lost Duma Seat

The Moscow Times
Opposition politician Gennady Gudkov told a Supreme Court hearing on Monday that the decision to take away his seat in the State Duma last September was politically motivated and represented a settling of political scores.

Pipeline Boss Signals Battle with Traders, Summa

The head of oil pipeline monopoly Transneft signaled on Monday that it was lining up for battle against private magnates who built their fortunes around the company’s export infrastructure.

State Fund to Invest $100M in Moscow Exchange

The Moscow Times
The state-controlled Russian Direct Investment Fund is applying to invest in up to $100 million in Moscow Exchange shares, a news report said Monday.

NGOs Slam Volunteer Bill

Prominent nongovernmental organizations said Monday that a new bill on volunteerism would stifle their work through increased bureaucracy and unnecessary regulation.

Probe Opened Over Yves Rocher Disclosure in Navalny Case

The Investigative Committee opened a probe against Novaya Gazeta reporter Irek Murtazin, claiming that he might have revealed secret details of the investigation against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg, the committee’s spokesman, Vladimir Markin, said Monday.

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