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Hockey Royalty Heir to Play in Sochi

When Viktor Tikhonov broke the news that he had made the Russian hockey team to his grandfather — the legendary Soviet hockey coach with whom he shares his name — the elder Tikhonov did not blink.

Russia Places 44th on World Food Rating

The Moscow Times
Russia ranked No. 44 in a recent survey of the best — and worst — places to eat among 125 of the world's countries: There is plenty of food to go around, but the quality and prices leave something to be desired.

History Enthusiast Putin Makes His Spokesman 'Blush'

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin's knowledge of history is so good that it makes his own spokesman blush with embarrassment.

Russian Ghost Ship 'Crewed by Cannibal Rats' Bobbing Toward Britain, Reports Say

RIA Novosti
A Russian cruise liner that got lost in the Atlantic and may be loaded with rats could be heading for the British coast, British tabloids said Thursday.

UN Envoy Tries to Salvage Syria Talks, Lavrov Emphasizes Progress

A United Nations envoy met delegations from Syria's government and its foes on Lake Geneva on Thursday, trying to salvage peace talks after an acrimonious start by focusing on local ceasefires and prisoner swaps rather than a political deal.

Elton John Rebukes Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Pop singer Elton John has spoken out against Russia's ban on homosexual "propaganda," saying the law legitimized homophobia and provided legal cover to extremists.

The Moscow News Stops Print Edition

The Moscow Times
The Moscow News, an English-language Moscow weekly that recently became an insert in the Russian-language Moskovskiye Novosti, has been told to shut down its print edition.

Protests in Kiev See Guns and Violence (Video)

As the ultimatum issued by the opposition to the Ukrainian president to call early elections or face chaos expired, the frontline between police and protesters on Vulitsya Hrushevskoho resembled a post-apocalyptic landscape.

Yanukovych Hints at Compromise in Kiev Standoff

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Thursday called for an emergency session of parliament to end a political crisis that has sparked violent protests, in a sign he might be ready to soften his hardline stance and strike a compromise with the opposition.

Perseverance and Presence Key to Bayer in Russia

A resilience gene in German chemical giant Bayer's corporate DNA has not only helped it to become a world leader in its 150 years of existence, but also made it a durable player on Russia's not-always-level field of commerce.

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