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Ethics Commission to Assess Gudkov's U.S. Visit

Four State Duma deputies asked the assembly's ethics commission on Friday to evaluate former Just Russia Deputy Dmitry Gudkov's speech that he gave at a Freedom House forum in the United States this month.

US Scraps Missile Defense Opposed by Kremlin

Newly appointed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. would scrap part of its European missile defense shield, which has faced the biggest opposition from Russia.

Bolshoi Acid Attack Suspects Deny They Conspired

Bolshoi Theater dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko called on his friends and colleagues "not to believe anyone" about his alleged role as the mastermind of an acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet chief Sergei Filin, in what investigators say could be an attempt to soften his potential sentence.

3 Swimmers Banned for Doping in 2 Days

Natalia Lovtsova became the third Russian swimmer to be banned for doping in two days on Saturday when she was found guilty of breaching anti-doping regulations by the country's anti-doping agency, RUSADA.

Deputy's Threats Against Newspaper Trigger Internet Dispute

State Duma Deputy Andrei Isayev on Friday appeared to threaten Moskovsky Komsomolets staff, coming under fire from journalists and activists and triggering a scandal in the blogosphere.

Shuvalov Dampens Regions' Expectations for World Cup Financing

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said that the 540 billion rubles ($18 billion) the regions have asked for preparation for the football World Cup in Russia in 2018 is more than the government considers reasonable, a news report said.

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