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Lavrov Chastises West Over Syria Weapons

Russia has accused Britain and France of throwing a political wrench in the wheels of a proposal to send United Nations inspectors to investigate the use of chemical weapons in war-torn Syria, which President Barack Obama has said would be a "game changer" and hinted could draw intervention.

Sobyanin Says Investment in City Economy Hits Pre-Crisis Level

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Tuesday that investment into the city's economy reached the pre-crisis level, citing commercial real estate as an example.

Cabinet Mulls Subsidizing Car Loans

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a study to determine whether the government should reinstate the program of subsidized car loans, according to the Cabinet's website.

Rosneft Targets Iraq, Squares Up to Gazprom

Rosneft said on Tuesday it may seek an alliance with ExxonMobil or other partners in Iraq and double its Russian gas market share by 2020, boosting its credentials as the world's largest listed crude producer.

Education 3.0 Changes Landscape of Corporate Training

While research companies are busy with compiling university rankings and Russian parliamentarians with looking for a guilty party responsible for the low scores, technology companies on the ground have come up with a way to educate their staff without involving outside educational institutions.

Russia Needs to Protect Intellectual Property, Google Rep Says

Russia needs to build a favorable environment for the protection of intellectual property to make content creation profitable for its owners, Google Russia's Communication Director Marina Zhunich said Tuesday.

Ingush President Against Direct Elections

The Moscow Times
President of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, whose term expires this fall, intends to stay in office without direct elections, the leader told on the eve of a parliamentary vote on the issue.

Afghanistan Says Negotiating Release of Helicopter Hostages

The Taliban may free a group of hostages that includes Turks and a Russian captured when their helicopter made an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan as early as Tuesday night, a provincial official said.

Dutch Diplomat Gets 12 Years for Spying for Russia

The Associated Press
A Dutch court sentenced a diplomat to 12 years in prison Tuesday for delivering confidential NATO and European Union documents to Russian agents.

Boston Bomb Suspect Charged; Religious Motive Seen

The Associated Press
The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by a radical brand of Islam but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said Monday after interrogating and charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with crimes that could bring the death penalty.

Police and 'Masked Men' Triggered May 6 Bolotnaya Violence, Inquiry Says

A public inquiry has vindicated the protesters at an authorized anti-Kremlin rally on Bolotnaya Ploshchad last May and accused police and unidentified men of creating chaos that triggered violent clashes.

Report on Defense Sector Corruption Labeled "Too Harsh"

A Public Chamber report targeting corruption in Russia's defense industry was labeled "too harsh" by defense executives, but they admitted that the sector lacked transparency.

Arbitration Court Rejects Navalny's Request for Disclosure at Rosneft

The Moscow Times
Blogger and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny will not be able to receive the minutes of Rosneft board meetings related to the state-run oil giant's 20-year supply contract with China that was concluded in 2009, after the Supreme Arbitration Court upheld previous rulings denying Navalny's request for the information, Vedomosti reported Tuesday.

Onexim Mulls Buying RusAl Debt

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim group is considering buying the debt of aluminum giant RusAl to increase its influence over strategy, or may sell out completely, Onexim's chief executive was quoted as saying.

Lives of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 2006-2013

Fall 2006, Tamerlan Tsarnaev enrolled as a part-time accounting student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. He took classes for only three semesters - fall 2006, spring 2007 and fall 2008.

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