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Navalny Announces Presidential Ambitions

The Moscow Times
Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger, said he would run for president and, if victorious, would use Russia's natural resources to significantly improve the population's standard of living.

Putin Slams Allegations of NGO Crackdown

The Moscow Times
On the eve to his visit to Germany and the Netherlands, President Vladimir Putin angrily denied that the Kremlin is waging a crackdown against NGOs and the country's civil society.

North Korea Advises Russian Embassy to Evacuate Employees

The Moscow Times
North Korea has advised the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang to evacuate its employees in light of aggravated tensions on the Korean peninsula, a spokesperson from the embassy told RIA-Novosti on Friday.

Defense Ministry Considering Blacklisting Draft Dodgers

The Moscow Times
The Defense Ministry is considering amending current legislation to issue draft dodgers with a certificate at the age of 27 stating that they did not fulfill their duty to the motherland, a news report said Friday.

U.S. Scientists Cited 17 Times More Often Than Russian Counterparts

The Moscow Times
The Russian Academy of Sciences said Friday that unless its funding is significantly increased, it will never catch up with U.S. research centers, whose work is cited 17 times more often, according to recent studies.

Central Bank Defends Ruble for First Time in 2013

The Moscow Times
The Central Bank has intervened to defend Russia's currency for the first time this year, buying 30 million rubles of hard currency to prevent the ruble from dipping below its target exchange rate corridor.

Russians Doubt Effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Drive, Poll Says

The Moscow Times
A small fraction of the population believes that the government's efforts to reduce corruption are successful, according to a poll released Friday.

NGO That Was Refused 'Foreign Agent' Label Seeks Answers

The Moscow Times
The Chuvashia-based human rights organization Shchit i Mech, or Shield and Sword, has submitted a request to the regional prosecutor to check the lawfulness of the Justice Ministry's refusal to register the organization as a "foreign agent."

Outflows From Russia-Focused Funds at $68M for Week

The Moscow Times
Investors withdrew $68 million from Russia-focused funds between March 28 and April 3, the seventh week in a row that such funds have suffered outflows.

Smolensk Denies Plans for Lavish Memorial at 2010 Plane Crash Site

The Moscow Times
The Smolensk regional administration has denied reports that Poland requested 100,000 square meters of land for the construction of a memorial on the site of the 2010 plane crash that killed then-Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

Texas Mom Was Frantic as She Tried to Revive Russian Boy

The Associated Press
The mother of a dying 3-year-old adopted Russian boy was frantic and crying as she tried to revive her son while emergency personnel raced to her rural Texas home, a newly released recording revealed.

Billionaire Lebedev Sells Red Wings for 1 Ruble

The Moscow Times
Tycoon Alexander Lebedev has sold the troubled Red Wings Airlines for 1 ruble (3 cents) to an unspecified group of investors and exchanged his 25 percent stake in the Ilyushin Finance Company for cargo planes.

British Musician Cancels Russian Concerts in Protest of NGOs 'Crackdown'

The Moscow Times
A famous British musician has canceled his upcoming concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg due to what he sees as a crackdown on human rights organizations.

At Least 15 Horses Killed in Sergiev Posad Stable Fire

The Moscow Times
At least 15 horses were killed in a stable fire in Sergiev Possad in the Moscow region early Friday morning.

Authorities Hampering Civil Society, Report Says

The Moscow Times
Authorities are hampering the development of civil society, and elites will demand that President Vladimir Putin hand over power after his third presidential term, according to a report commissioned by a group of experts headed by former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin.

Sberbank Places $1Bln Boeing Order for Transaero

The Moscow Times
Sberbank Leasing, a unit of the state-owned bank, has announced a $1 billion order for Boeing jets as it looks to start financing and leasing foreign aircraft in Russia.
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