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12/24/2013

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Pussy Riot Members Slam Amnesty That Freed Them

Two Pussy Riot members were released from prison on Monday under President Vladimir Putin's amnesty, but both derided the move as a PR stunt ahead of the Sochi Olympics and one vowed to continue her political fight.

Legendary Designer of Kalashnikov Rifle Dead at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47, the world's most famous assault rifle, died in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, on Monday at the age of 94.

German Role Seen as Pivotal in Khodorkovsky Release

After former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky walked free on Friday after more than 10 years in prison, he spent less than 24 hours in his home country.

Business Today in Fast Facts

Mining and Metals company Mechel posted a net loss of $2.2 billion in the first nine months of 2013, exceeding the loss incurred in the same period of 2012 by more than four times, the company said Monday.

Virtual World Bringing Real Money and Challenges to Russia

The achievements of the information technology and telecommunications sector in 2013 highlight the paradox of the government's efforts to wean the economy from its reliance on natural resources while maximizing control of how the virtual world functions.

Greenpeace Activists May Be Home by New Year

The Moscow Times
The foreigners among a group of 30 people charged over a Greenpeace protest against Gazprom drilling in the Arctic will likely be able to leave Russia before the end of December, a defense lawyer said Monday.

Putin Approves Crackdown on 'Rubber Apartments'

President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a bill that increases criminal liability for fictitious residential registration, part of a crackdown on illegal immigration, one of the country's most sensitive political issues.

Reform Will Lead to Death of Russian Science, Academicians Warn

Requesting money for a project that violates the laws of physics is something you would expect from an institution run by government officials, say critics of the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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