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Putin Allies Climb Up Forbes List

The personal fortunes of businessmen rumored to enjoy close relationships with President Vladimir Putin jumped sharply in a new Forbes ranking Monday as Facebook investor Alisher Usmanov retained the title of Russia's richest man.

Ukraine in Talks on Cooperating With Customs Union

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Monday that his country was holding talks on cooperating with the Russia-led customs union.

Moscow State University's Reputation Back in Top 50

Moscow State University regained a spot among the world's 50 most reputable institutions of higher learning, according to Times Higher Education magazine's annual college ratings, released Monday.

Kadyrov Calls Instagram 'Useful' Work Tool

The Moscow Times
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Monday talked up photo-sharing app Instagram as an effective way of solving pressing social issues in the North Caucasus republic.

Unrest Looms on RusAl Optimization Plans

The world’s largest aluminum-maker, RusAl, announced plans Monday to cut output by 7 percent this year amid oversupply and a drop in metal prices, a move that might provoke a wave of worker unrest in the regions.

St. Petersburg Sculpture Park Seeks Owner

The St. Petersburg miniature sculpture park, which contains small versions of some of the city's architectural marvels, from Alexander's Column and the Hermitage to St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church on the Spilled Blood, is looking for an owner and a bodyguard.

Magnitsky's Posthumous Trial to Begin March 11

A Russian court will start the posthumous trial of dead anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky next week after ignoring calls by his family and lawyers to abandon a case they say is absurd and politically motivated. and Kommersant-FM Chief Editors Quit Posts

The Moscow Times
The editors-in-chief of liberal media outlets and Kommersant-FM radio are leaving their posts, news reports said Monday.

Stalin Lives On, 60 Years After Death

Yury Fidelgoltz, a Stalin-era gulag survivor, has an answer ready when he hears people pine for the “good old days” under Uncle Joe.

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