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01/11/2014

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FBI Sending Dozens of Agents to Russia to Strengthen Security at Winter Olympics

The Moscow Times
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is dispatching several dozen agents to Russia to help with security during the Sochi Winter Olympics, the FBI's head has announced.

Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2013

Here, chronologically, are the top stories that you, The Moscow Times' readers, clicked on throughout the year.

IOC Member Says One-Third of Olympic Funds Lost to Corruption

The Moscow Times
A member of the International Olympic Committee has criticized Russia's handling of the Sochi Winter Olympics, saying they have been marred by rampant corruption and about one-third of the funds allocated to prepare for the event have been lost to embezzlement.

Khodorkovsky Meets With Former Business Partners in Israel

The Moscow Times
Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was freed by a presidential pardon in December after 10 years in prison, arrived in Israel to meet with his former business colleagues, a news report said.

Investigators Find 6th Victim of Stavropol Killings

The Moscow Times
Investigators have found a sixth victim linked to a series of killings in the southern region of Stavropol earlier this week.

Russian Barter Deal With Iran in the Works

Reuters
Iran and Russia are negotiating an oil-for-goods swap that would let Iran lift oil exports substantially, in defiance of the Western sanctions that helped force Tehran in November to agree a preliminary deal to end its nuclear program.

Déjà Vu for Hunger Striking Activist Charged With Attacking Police Officer

The Moscow Times
An opposition activist charged with using violence against a police officer has declared a hunger strike in the Moscow prison where he is being held, in what seems like a case of history repeating itself.

Two Siberians Lacerate Ears Over Drunken Bet

RIA Novosti
A bet is a bet, according to the outcome of an arm wrestling match between two drinking buddies in the southwestern Siberian region of Kuzbass in which the loser was to cut off his ear, regional police said.

Russia Could Relax Ban on Liquids on Flights

RIA Novosti
The Transportation Ministry has said that items proven to be safe would be exempt from new rules banning liquids in carry-on bags on flights from the country's airports.

St. Petersburg 'Doghunter' Websites Banned

RIA Novosti
Russian Internet censorship was broadened this week to include animal protection as two "doghunter" websites were banned in St. Petersburg.

Sochi's New Power Grid Still Unfinished

RIA Novosti
Workers in Sochi are still building the city's new power grid less than a month before the Winter Olympics get under way, the energy minister has said.

Azeri Official Accused of Fraud Detained at Domodedovo Airport

RIA Novosti
A former Azeri defense ministry official who is on an Interpol wanted list for embezzlement has been detained at a Moscow airport as he tried to flee the country, police said.

Gifts to Officials Worth More Than $90 to Be Handed Over to State

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order requiring government officials to hand over to the state any gifts they receive that are worth more than 3,000 rubles ($90), but gives them an option of buying the presents back.

Police Officer Injured in Shooting Incident at Belorussky Station

The Moscow Times
A police officer has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds following a conflict at Belorussky train station involving the use of firearms, transportation police said.

What the Papers Say, Jan. 10, 2013

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.

Investigators Open Fraud Case Against Eviterra Travel Employees

The Moscow Times
Investigators have opened a criminal case against unidentified employees of online travel booking agency Eviterra Travel on fraud charges, the Investigative Committee said Thursday.

Parents in Sochi Name Baby Daughter Olympiada

The Moscow Times
Two parents in Sochi have embraced the Olympic spirit by naming their newborn girl Olympiada in honor of the Winter Games that are set to begin in the city on Feb. 7.

Senator Proposes 15-Year Prison Term for Officials Who Fail to Thwart Terrorist Attacks

The Moscow Times
A proposed amendment to the Criminal Code would allow law enforcement officials to be jailed for up to 15 years for negligence in failing to prevent a terrorist attack, a news report said Thursday.

Police Open Inquiry Into Quran Burning Video

RIA Novosti
Police in Moscow are investigating a video that shows supposed football fans burning a Quran and attacking Muslims in retribution for recent suicide bombings in Volgograd.

Rural Schoolteacher Farber to Be Released on Parole, Son Says

The Moscow Times
Rural schoolteacher Ilya Farber, who was convicted of bribery in a case that observers say was flawed, will be released on parole, his son Pyotr said Thursday.

Burning Debris Forces Evacuation at Kievsky Station

About 60 people were evacuated from Moscow's Kievsky Station Thursday morning because of burning construction debris, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Football Club to Be Kicked Out of League Over Debts

RIA Novosti
Spartak Nalchik Football Club will cease to exist as a professional team amid financial and political problems, an official announced Thursday in another blow to sport in the troubled North Caucasus.

Lawmaker Wants to Put State Emblem on School Uniforms

The Moscow Times
A lawmaker from the Liberal Democratic Party, or LDPR, has proposed putting the two-headed eagle of the Russian state emblem on school uniforms to instill a sense of "patriotism" in children, a news report said.

Russia Derails UN Motion to Condemn Syrian Regime Air Strikes

RIA Novosti
Russia has blocked an effort at the United Nations to condemn air strikes carried out by the Syrian government on cities inside the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

U.S. Private Security Firm On Standby in Case of Emergency During Olympics

The Moscow Times
A U.S. crisis-response firm will have five aircraft on standby during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in the event that an emergency requires an evacuation.

Environment Officials Suspected of Killing Rare Siberian Deer

RIA Novosti
Police have opened a criminal case against four environmental officials over the killing of a rare Siberian deer.

French Court Orders Kazakh Billionaire Extradited to Russia

The Moscow Times
A French court decided to extradite a Kazakh opposition leader and former banker, who is wanted in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan on embezzlement charges, to Russia.

French to Supply Detained Russian Trawler With Water

The Moscow Times
Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency has come to an agreement with the French authorities to have drinking water delivered to the Russian trawler detained in Senegal.

Stavropol Region on Combat Alert After Suspicious Deaths

The Moscow Times
Security services in the southern Stavropol region were put on combat alert on Thursday, after police found several cars with dead bodies inside and explosives planted nearby, security officials said.

What the Papers Say, Jan. 9, 2014

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.

U.S. Lawmakers Say Violence Against Ukraine Protesters Could Be Met By Sanctions

RIA Novosti
The U.S .Senate has called for possible sanctions against those officials responsible for the crackdown on Ukrainian demonstrators protesting their government's decision to bail out of an association agreement with the European Union.

20,000 Line Up to See Gifts of the Magi

The Moscow Times
The number of people lining up to see the Gifts of the Magi at Christ the Savior Cathedral has reached 20,000, the organizing committee for the relic's display said Wednesday.

List of 1,000 Scientific Institutions to Be Managed by New Agency Confirmed

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday confirmed the list of 1,007 institutions that will be run by the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations, which was created last year by a law on academic reforms.

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