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Lavrov and Kerry Meet Ahead of Syria Talks

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Paris on Monday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the long-awaited Syrian peace conference, which is scheduled for next week in Switzerland but still does not have the confirmed participation of Syrian opposition groups.

Familiar Questions to be Posed at Gaidar Forum This Week

The recurring question "What is to be done?" posed by Chernyshevsky and Lenin, will again be posed this week as government officials and international economists gather at the Gaidar Forum in Moscow on Wednesday to find ways out of the ongoing global crisis.

Sochi to Have 'Enough Snow'

RIA Novosti
The Sochi Winter Olympics will have plenty of snow, Russia's top weatherman predicted Monday.

Delayed Regulation Leaves Door Open to Corrupt Officials

Government delays have pushed back the full institution of controls on state purchases until 2016, leaving officials wishing to extract profit from their positions an extra year to take advantage of lax oversight.

The Price of One Day in Russia's Summer Capital

Standing on Sochi's Kurortny Prospekt, the city's main avenue, Sochi's status as the Nice of Russia is immediately clear; it is not only the site of the upcoming Winter Olympics, but also a place for national celebrities to see and be seen.

Investigators Search Home of Politkovskaya Case Lawyer

RIA Novosti
Investigators said Monday that they have searched the apartment of a prominent lawyer currently representing the suspected killers of crusading reporter Anna Politkovskaya over accusations that he bribed witnesses in an unrelated trial.

'None of the Above' on Its Way Back to the Ballot

The State Duma's Legislation Committee on Monday approved a bill reintroducing the "none of the above" option in all elections except for those choosing a president.

World Powers and Iran to Resume Nuclear Talks in February

World powers and Iran will very likely resume negotiations on the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions in February, shortly after an interim, six-month deal restricting its atomic work goes into effect, a diplomatic source said Monday.

Kyrgyzstan Accuses Tajikistan After Border Clash

RIA Novosti
Kyrgyzstan accused neighboring Tajikistan of threatening regional stability Monday after an armed clash that injured eight border guards.

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