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VIDEO: Russia's giant jam 'getting bigger'

Monday, December 3rd 2012, 20:26

A traffic jam which trapped thousands of Russian motorists amid bad weather is reported to be "getting bigger again".
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Putin in Turkey for Syria talks

Monday, December 3rd 2012, 16:18
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Turkey for talks with PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which are expected to include the Syrian conflict.
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Russia hit by giant traffic jam

Sunday, December 2nd 2012, 23:57

Heavy snowfall creates a huge traffic jam on a major motorway in Russia, trapping thousands of vehicles for days.
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VIDEO: Huge traffic jam traps Russian drivers

Sunday, December 2nd 2012, 22:36

Heavy snowfall has created a huge traffic jam on a major motorway in Russia, trapping thousands of vehicles.
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'New evidence in anti-Putin plot'

Friday, November 30th 2012, 21:19

Russia's top investigative agency says it has proof that opposition supporters were trained overseas to help prepare an alleged coup in Russia.
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VIDEO: Russian inmates 'assaulted by officers'

Friday, November 30th 2012, 19:24

A video appearing to show Russian prison officers punching and kicking one of their inmates has been unearthed by human rights campaigners
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Putin back trouble played down

Friday, November 30th 2012, 11:59
related countries: Japan Japan

The Kremlin plays down a decision by Japan's prime minister to put off a visit to Russia amid speculation about President Vladimir Putin's health.
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Court bans Pussy Riot video clips

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 13:19
related places: Moscow

A Moscow court rules that websites must remove video clips of the Pussy Riot female punk band, two of whose members are in jail.
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Russia reports 12% rise in HIV

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 17:45

The number of HIV cases in Russia was 12% higher in the first six months of 2012 than in the same period last year, government health experts say.
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Mystery over Russian man's death

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 14:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A Russian businessman linked as a witness to a high-profile corruption scandal has been found dead near his home in Surrey, south-east England.
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Russia's Megafon raises $1.7bn

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 13:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Moscow

Megafon, the mobile phone operator controlled by Russia's richest man, raises $1.7bn from a share sale in Moscow and London.
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VIDEO: Is the man of action out of action?

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 9:49

Russian President Vladimir Putin has injured his back during a judo contest, according to the Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko
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BP eyes UK extension to gas route

Monday, November 26th 2012, 11:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

BP holds talks with the Russian government and stakeholders in the Nordstream pipeline about extending the line to deliver gas to the UK.
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Lebedev 'faces jail' over punch

Sunday, November 25th 2012, 12:32

Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev faces jail in Russia - and his life could be in danger - over a punch-up on TV, his son tells the BBC.
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Freed Russian spy avows innocence

Saturday, November 24th 2012, 15:34
related countries: China China

Russian physicist Valentin Danilov, convicted of spying for China, is freed on parole after nearly a decade in prison.
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Mystery dog deaths anger Russians

Saturday, November 24th 2012, 0:46

A spate of dog killings alarms Russian animal lovers
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Pussy Riot woman in solitary cell

Friday, November 23rd 2012, 15:37
related places: Moscow

Jailed member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, is transferred to solitary confinement because of tensions with other inmates.
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Russia lifts ban on British beef

Thursday, November 22nd 2012, 19:12
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Russia agrees to lift a 16-year ban on importing British beef and lamb put in place after the BSE outbreak.
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VIDEO: Riad Hijab: Iran is running Syria

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 11:26
related countries: Iran Iran, Syria Syria

The former Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab who defected from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad earlier this year says Russia - and particularly Iran - are now deciding policy in Syria.
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VIDEO: Slaves 'held' in Moscow mini market

Friday, November 16th 2012, 15:07
related places: Moscow

A group of people who were held captive as slaves in horrific conditions at a mini market in Moscow have spoken of their ordeal.
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The ordeal of a Moscow 'shop slave'

Friday, November 16th 2012, 2:56
related places: Moscow

Woman recounts ordeal of her captivity in Moscow
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Megafon details share float plans

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 14:27
related places: May

Megafon, the mobile phone operator controlled by Russia's richest man, is planning the biggest share flotation since Facebook listed in New York in May.
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Gazprom to build new gas pipeline

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 9:44

Russian gas company Gazprom commits to building an expensive pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to southern Europe.
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Russia adopts new law on treason

Wednesday, November 14th 2012, 10:08

President Vladimir Putin signs a law redefining the crime of treason in Russia amid fears it may be used to stifle political dissent.
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VIDEO: 'Neglected' victims of Russia's floods

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 18:34
related places: Krymsk

Some of the victims of July's devastating floods in the southern Russia city of Krymsk say authorities have not done enough to help them repair their homes in time for winter.
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VIDEO: Russian pensioner repels wolf attack

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 10:26

An axe-wielding pensioner from a town in the south of Russia kills a wolf that attacked her in a field while she was mending a fence.
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Iraq cancels Russian arms deal

Saturday, November 10th 2012, 12:28
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Iraq has cancelled a $4.2bn deal to buy arms from Russia because of concerns about "corruption", an Iraqi government advisor says.
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Gazprom pressed to quit Kurdistan

Friday, November 9th 2012, 15:44

Iraq warns the Russian energy giant Gazprom to give up oil deals in the Kurdistan region or pull out of a contract for the Badra oilfield.
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Russia sacks armed forces chief

Friday, November 9th 2012, 11:08

Russia's President Putin appoints a new general as armed forces chief, amid a shake-up of the military high command following a corruption scandal.
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Moscow 'jilted lover' kills five

Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 16:21
related places: Moscow

A Russian lawyer reportedly suffering from unrequited love shoots dead five colleagues in his Moscow office, officials say.
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Putin dismisses defence minister

Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 13:49

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismisses the defence minister after his ministry is caught up in a corruption scandal.
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Litvinenko inquest details emerge

Friday, November 2nd 2012, 17:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

An inquest could examine the possible role of British spies in the death of murdered Russian former agent Alexander Litvinenko, it emerges.
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No escape from history in Moscow

Friday, November 2nd 2012, 0:34
related places: Moscow

The brothers taken from my flat in Moscow and shot
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Foreign hostages freed in Nigeria

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 13:07
related countries: Estonia Estonia, France France, Nigeria Nigeria

Russian and Estonian sailors kidnapped from a French-owned ship off the Nigerian coast last month have been freed, a military spokesman says.
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Kremlin plays down Putin injury

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 9:01

Vladimir Putin's spokesman admits that Russia's president is suffering from an injury, but denies media reports that it is affecting his work.
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Russia blacklist law takes effect

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 0:06

Russia brings into force a law that aims to protect children from harmful internet content, but critics say it may increase censorship.
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VIDEO: Penal colony hardship for Pussy Riot

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 7:25
related places: Moscow

Two jailed members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot are starting their new life in penal colonies hundreds of miles from their homes in Moscow.
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'No traces' on Polish crash jet

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 17:40
related countries: Poland Poland

Military prosecutors in Poland deny explosive traces were found on the jet which crashed in Russia two years ago, killing President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
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Imam shot dead in southern Russia

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 9:22

Attackers shoot dead an imam and two of his male relations as they drive to a mosque in the troubled Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
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VIDEO: No room for Moscow Muslims during Eid

Saturday, October 27th 2012, 8:19
related places: Moscow

Most of Moscow's two million strong Muslim population have found they have got nowhere to pray.
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Iranian dissidents win Sakharov

Friday, October 26th 2012, 11:30
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Sakharov

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and jailed opposition lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh win this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, beating Russian and Belarussian finalists.
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Leftist leader charged in Russia

Friday, October 26th 2012, 9:23
related places: Moscow

Sergei Udaltsov, one of the best-known Russian opposition leaders, is charged with plotting mass disorder in Russia and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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Greece gets investment from Russia with love

Friday, October 26th 2012, 0:41

Northern Greece draws Russian investors despite crisis
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A Moscow theatre siege survivor's story

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 15:22
related places: Moscow

Moscow theatre siege survivor recalls double horror
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US concern over Kiev detention

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 12:20
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moscow

The US embassy in Moscow expresses concern over the detention of a Russian opposition activist in Kiev and his transfer to Moscow in mysterious circumstances.
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VIDEO: Putin reverses Medvedev reforms

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 9:23
related places: Medvedev

Since Dimitry Medvedev left the Kremlin to become Russia's Prime Minister he has seen his power and influence significantly reduced
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Three dead in Russia gun battle

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 15:36
related places: Kazan'

At least three people were killed as security forces raided a suspected Islamic militant hideout in the Russian city of Kazan, local officials say.
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Russia strengthens treason laws

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 11:39

Russia's lower house votes to widen the definition of high treason, in a move the opposition and rights activists say is another attempt to stifle dissent.
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Syrian rebels 'have US weapons'

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 9:36
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

Anti-government rebels in Syria have acquired portable surface-to-air missiles, including US-made Stingers, a top Russian general says.
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Nigeria stops Russia 'arms' boat

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 16:29
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Nigeria’s navy says it has seized a foreign-flagged ship carrying arms and ammunition and arrested its mainly Russian crew members.
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Russia leaflet deemed 'insulting'

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 15:50

Authorities in the Russian city of St Petersburg say they will investigate an advice leaflet for migrants branded "insulting".
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Russia opposition elected online

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 9:00

Online voters in Russia choose 45 opposition figures tasked with leading the loose alliance of anti-Vladimir Putin forces.
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BP sells TNK-BP stake to Rosneft

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 12:32

BP sells its 50% stake in TNK-BP to Russian state-controlled energy giant Rosneft in return for cash and shares.
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Russian activist 'admits plot'

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 12:00
related countries: Georgia Georgia

Russian investigators say a detained anti-Kremlin activist admitted trying to foment riots with financial support from a Georgian MP.
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Pussy Riot women sent to camps

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 9:11
related places: Moscow

Two convicted women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot head for prison camps far to the east of Moscow, their lawyers and supporters say.
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Russian opposition picks leaders

Sunday, October 21st 2012, 13:50

Opposition forces in Russia are holding a three-day national ballot to elect a leadership tasked with focusing the fight for fair elections.
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Russia's other elections

Friday, October 19th 2012, 8:38

How the Russian opposition are holding their own poll
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VIDEO: Virtual election online in Russia

Friday, October 19th 2012, 5:36
related places: Moscow

Keen to show they have support across the country, not just in Moscow, Russia's new opposition movement are putting on a virtual election which will take place at the weekend.
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Putin vows to cut motorcade jams

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 11:01
related places: Moscow

Russia's president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev pledge to work from home more to cut the disruption caused by their motorcades on Moscow's streets.
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BP expected to get Rosneft offer

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 10:37

BP is expected to receive an offer from Russian oil giant Rosneft worth $28bn (£17bn) for its half stake in the TNK-BP joint venture.
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House arrest for Russian activist

Wednesday, October 17th 2012, 15:36

Investigators in Russia place one of the best-known figures in the anti-Putin protest movement, Sergei Udaltsov, under house arrest over an alleged plot to seize power.
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Russian Church teaches teenagers Parkour

Tuesday, October 16th 2012, 23:56

The youths being trained to jump off buildings by Russian church
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VIDEO: Global impact of food price rises

Tuesday, October 16th 2012, 11:52
related countries: India India, United States United States

There has been drought in the US, poor rainfall in Russia and South America and a dry monsoon in India, all of these have a major impact on the world's most important food crops and consequently food prices.
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VIDEO: Tajik women face rise in divorce

Monday, October 15th 2012, 7:02

Growing numbers of Tajik women are being divorced by husbands working away in Russia, leading to serious social issues.
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The other Cuban missile crisis

Saturday, October 13th 2012, 1:18
related countries: Cuba Cuba

The other Cuban missile crisis - averted by one Russian's ingenuity
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Russia-Syria plane had 'radar'

Friday, October 12th 2012, 22:01
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

Russia says the Syria-bound plane intercepted by Turkey was carrying a legal cargo of radar parts - not weapons for the Syrian war effort.
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Capello's Russia see off Portugal

Friday, October 12th 2012, 21:23
related countries: Portugal Portugal, Sweden Sweden

A round-up of Friday's World Cup qualifying matches as Fabio Capello's Russia beat Portugal and Sweden edge past the Faroes
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Turkey 'lying' over Syria plane

Friday, October 12th 2012, 10:09
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey
related places: Ankara

Syria accuses Turkey of lying over its claim that a Syrian-bound plane forced to land in Ankara was carrying Russian-made defence equipment.
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Syria plane 'carried ammunition'

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 20:40
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

The Syrian plane forced to land in Turkey was carrying Russian-made equipment and ammunition for Syria's defence ministry, says Turkey's PM.
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Plane interception angers Russia

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 14:51
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey
related places: Ankara

Moscow accuses Turkey of endangering Russian lives by using its military to force a Syria-bound passenger plane to land in Ankara.
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Canadian officer guilty of spying

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 5:10
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Moscow

A former Canadian naval intelligence officer pleads guilty to spying for the Russians and sharing classified Nato plans with Moscow.
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VIDEO: Pussy Riot member freed on appeal

Wednesday, October 10th 2012, 22:12

One of the members of the punk group Pussy Riot walked free from prison today after an appeal court in Russia unexpectedly suspended her sentence.
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Pussy Riot: One defendant freed

Wednesday, October 10th 2012, 19:24
related places: Moscow

A Moscow court frees one of the convicted women from the punk band Pussy Riot but upholds two-year jail terms for the other two.
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Russia revives arms sales to Iraq

Tuesday, October 9th 2012, 19:47
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Moscow

Iraq signs contracts to buy Russian arms worth $4.2bn this year, making Moscow its second-biggest supplier, Russian media report.
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Rothko defacement 'not vandalism'

Monday, October 8th 2012, 18:20

A Russian man who claims responsibility for defacing a painting by Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern tells the BBC it was "not criminal damage".
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Russian jet destined for Mexico

Monday, October 8th 2012, 14:33
related countries: Italy Italy, Mexico Mexico

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 arrives in Italy to be customised for service in Mexico, under a contract seen as vital for Russia's new airliner.
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VIDEO: Youth tribute as Putin turns 60

Sunday, October 7th 2012, 17:40

Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 60th birthday, as pro-Kremlin youth activists stage re-enactments of his most famous stunts.
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VIDEO: Doctor made cellar into war hospital

Sunday, October 7th 2012, 13:51
related places: Chechen

Steve Rosenberg meets Dr Khassan Baiev, a Chechen surgeon who turned the cellar of his home into a makeshift war hospital, treating both the Chechen and Russian wounded.
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Russia reaches deal on Tajik base

Friday, October 5th 2012, 16:09
related countries: Tajikistan Tajikistan

Tajikistan allows Russia a 30-year extension on a Soviet-era military base seen as a bulwark against Islamist militancy and drug-trafficking.
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UN condemns Syria's Turkey attack

Friday, October 5th 2012, 10:06
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

The UN condemns a Syrian mortar attack on a Turkish border town, after hours of talks to persuade Russia to agree to the wording.
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US 'cracks Russian hi-tech plot'

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 10:46
related countries: United States United States
related places: Houston, Texas

A company director and seven others are arrested in Houston, Texas, on charges of illegally exporting high-tech components to Russian security agencies.
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Lithuania to sue Gazprom for $2bn

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012, 16:02

Lithuania says it will sue Russian giant Gazprom for 5bn lita ($1.9bn, £1.2bn), alleging that the energy firm overcharged it for gas.
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