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Dagestani Journalist Gunned Down

A prominent Dagestani journalist was gunned down Tuesday morning near the capital of Makhachkala, likely because of his critical writing on a range of political topics, investigators said.

Rising Financial Literacy among Russians is a State Priority

The name Lyonya Golubkov is well-known to many Russians from the 1990s television advertising campaign that encouraged millions of people to put their money into MMM, a vast financial pyramid whose subsequent collapse caused devastating losses.

British Embassy Responds to Report of U.K. Magnitsky List

The Moscow Times
The British Embassy in Moscow responded Tuesday to a report saying that the U.K. had banned entry to 60 Russian officials implicated in the Sergei Magnitsky case.

Russians Lose Hope That State Can Tackle Corruption, Transparency Says

Russians believe that the level of corruption in the country has gone up over the last two years despite government efforts to fight it and that graft has become one of society's worst afflictions, Transparency International's Russia office said.

Venezuela Confirms Snowden Asylum Request

The Associated Press
Venezuela's president says his country has received an asylum request from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had already offered asylum to Snowden, who apparently is holed up in the transit lounge of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

Iran starts 5-day naval exercise in Caspian Sea

The Associated Press
An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that the country's navy has started an exercise in the Caspian Sea.

Russia Says Syrian Rebels Likely Behind Chemical Attack

Russian scientific analysis indicates a deadly projectile that hit near the Syrian city of Aleppo on March 19 contained the nerve agent sarin and was most likely fired by rebels, Russia's U.N. envoy said Tuesday.

Pushkov Tweet on Snowden Asylum Decision Deleted

A tweet in which a senior Russian lawmaker said former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of asylum was deleted from his Twitter feed shortly after it was posted Tuesday.

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