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05/27/2013

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Russia Fights Addiction to Afghan Heroin

The United Nations says 75 tons of heroin reaches Russia annually, with most of it originating in Afghanistan and being trafficked along the so-called Northern Route, which spans the Central Asian republics of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan.

Russians to Get Access to FBI Data

After the Boston bombings last month and ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February, U.S. authorities are expanding their work with the Interior Ministry by granting the Russians access to some FBI information.

Medvedev Cites Putin Relationship as Reason He'll Keep His Job

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that his personal relationship with President Vladimir Putin is an indication that he will not be dismissed.

Foreigners Helping to Secure Olympics

A senior Border Guards Service official on Monday moved to calm fears about security at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, telling reporters that his agency was studying best practices from foreign governments.

What the Papers Say, May 27, 2013

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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Forum Helps Hackers to Obey Law

A Moscow-based security firm demonstrated how to hack an ATM without any additional tools to a large crowd of hackers, security experts and software vendors, gathered for the annual Positive Hack Days forum in Moscow.

Father of Chechen Shot by FBI Thinks Son Was Tortured

Reuters
The father of a Chechen immigrant killed during questioning over his links with one of the Boston Marathon bombings suspects said he plans to travel to the U.S., where he thinks his son was tortured and killed.

No More Easy Pickings in Russia's Banking Market

Reuters
Foreign banks that once treated Russia as virgin land where easy money could be made are now finding it a cutthroat market tougher than some bargained for.

Astronauts Confirmed for This Week's ISS Expedition

RIA Novosti
Russian officials on Monday confirmed which astronauts would blast off for the International Space Station on May 29 aboard the Soyuz TMA-09M. The launch is scheduled for 12:31 Moscow time.

Woman's Body Found in Fridge in Moscow

RIA Novosti
A woman's body has been found in an abandoned refrigerator in eastern Moscow, the Investigative Committee said on Monday.

Top Judge Proposes Jury Trials for Arbitration Courts

Supreme Arbitration Court head Anton Ivanov on Monday proposed introducing jury trials in arbitration court hearings, a move that could make the court system more transparent.

Traffic Jam Ends Happily in Ufa (Video)

The Moscow Times
A rather unusual traffic jam in Ufa on Monday morning ended with smiles instead of road rage when drivers united efforts to help a family of ducks cross the road, readers of Ufa1.ru reported.

State Guarantees for Military Industrial Complex

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree supplying guarantees worth 265 billion rubles (8.6 billion dollars) to Russia's military-industrial complex.

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