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03/12/2008

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Not Everyone Is Celebrating Forbes List

The ranks of Russia's billionaires keep swelling. This year's list of the world's richest, according to Forbes magazine, features 87 Russian billionaires compared with 53 in 2007. Nineteen of the world's 100 richest people are Russians. Russia also now boasts more billionaires than any other country apart from the United States.

Dmitry Whatever

I saw it coming as soon as Tim Russert cornered Senator Hillary Clinton into naming President Vladimir Putin's heir. She dodged, ducked and plunged into the now famous: ""Um, Med-medvedova, whatever.""

Building High Fences Around Bad Neighbors

At a news conference on Saturday following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia's foreign policy under President-elect Dmitry Medvedev would remain unchanged. ""I do not think that our partners will have it any easier with him,"" Putin declared.

The Calm Before the Global Financial Storm

Russia is the largest country in the world by land area and the seventh largest in terms of population. It may also have the eighth-largest economy, which is rapidly climbing up the rankings. But its size does not insulate it from the financial turbulence that is increasingly seizing up the world economy.

Suspect Says Child Sex Charge False

The Associated Press
Russian businessman Alexander Trofimov denied charges that he sexually abused a young girl at his trial Tuesday in Cambodia.

Thailand Denies Bail for Arms Trafficker

MT, AP
Russia will not seek the extradition of suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is wanted by the United States and was arrested in Thailand last week, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Putin Hands Ryazan Job to Major United Russia Figure

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin has nominated senior United Russia official Oleg Kovalyov as governor of the Ryazan region, the Kremlin said in a statement Tuesday.

Rice and Gates Will Fly In for Talks

The Moscow Times
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit Russia later this month for talks with their Russian counterparts, Interfax reported Tuesday.

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