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Journalist's Expulsion Reveals Visa Quagmire

As pundits speculated about possible political repercussions of Russia's decision to bar U.S. journalist David Satter, the country's often cumbersome and conflicting visa application process came into the spotlight on Wednesday.

Court Finds Seizure of Navalny Brothers' Assets Legal

The Moscow Times
The Moscow City Court on Wednesday ruled that the seizure of assets belonging to opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg, in connection with an embezzlement case was legal.

Chelyabinsk Governor Quits Post

The Moscow Times
Chelyabinsk region Governor Mikhail Yurevich quit his post on Wednesday, a statement on the Kremlin website said.

Foreigners Optimistic at Gaidar Forum

It became apparent that foreign economists and captains of industry view Russia's economy more positively than the country's officials, as they mingled and orated during the opening day of the Gaidar Forum in Moscow on Wednesday.

OECD Report on Russia Specifies Ills and Antidotes

Russia needs to address its poor business climate and improve education to reverse an economic slowdown that is being compounded by its structural problems, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, said on Wednesday.

Turkmen Schools to Teach President's Works

The Moscow Times
Some classrooms around the world have a picture of the country's leader hanging on the wall. The education of children in Turkmenistan will have a particularly presidential focus, however, as schools will be required to teach the works of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

Rosneft Faces Fines, Asset Freezes Over Yukos Claims

Rosneft is losing legal battles with foreign former Yukos-affiliated companies over debt claims worth at least $1.12 billion and faces fines and asset freezes if it does not comply with foreign court rulings.

How to Free a Modern-Day Slave in Dagestan

Days after twin suicide bombings in Volgograd claimed 34 lives just ahead of the New Year, Vadim Pushkin found himself pulled off a bus travelling from Makhachkala to Moscow and interrogated by police. The officers were alarmed that Pushkin had no form of identification and was traveling out of a city known for producing suicide bombers.

'Holy Spirit' Infects Russian Computers

RIA Novosti
Adding a spiritual dimension to the world of hacking, a new Trojan virus has emerged in Russia that locks computers and demands money for church repairs.

3 Security Officers and 4 Militants Killed in Dagestan Shootout

Three members of the Russian security forces and four militants were killed in a shootout in southern Russia less than a month before the Sochi Winter Olympics, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Uralkali Shares Rise on Rumored Potash Price Increase

Shares in Uralkali, the world's biggest potash producer, went up more than 6 percent on Wednesday — their largest rise in four months — on speculation that it may increase its prices.

Kyrgyz Ambassador Recalled Over Border Clash With Tajikistan

RIA Novosti
Kyrgyzstan has recalled its ambassador to Tajikistan following a border skirmish on Saturday, Kyrgyz media reported Tuesday.

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