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07/29/2013

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Pussy Riot Convict Defiant After Losing Parole Battle

Reuters
A jailed member of female punk group Pussy Riot lost a court battle to be released but remained unrepentant over last year's protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.

Navalny Appeals Conviction Before Vote

Reuters
Russia's most prominent opposition leader and anti-graft blogger, Alexei Navalny, has filed an appeal against his conviction and sentencing to five years in prison for embezzling funds from a state timber company.

No Death Penalty for Snowden if Convicted, U.S. Says

The Associated Press
Striving to get Edward Snowden back to America, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has assured the Russian government the U.S. has no plans to seek the death penalty for the former National Security Agency systems analyst.

UN Unveils Gay Rights Drive

The Associated Press
Amid a surge of anti-gay violence and repression in Russia and several other countries, the United Nations' human rights office has launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals.

Yandex Co-Founder Ilya Segalovich Dead at 48

Ilya Segalovich, co-founder of the Russian Internet search engine Yandex, lost his fight with cancer on Saturday in a London hospital, after the doctors turned off the life support machine that had kept his heart beating for three days.

Gazprom Takes Over Kyrgyz National Gas Network for $1

Reuters
Gazprom has paid $1 to take over Kyrgyzstan's natural gas network and pledged to invest billions of rubles to upgrade its gas infrastructure and ensure stable supply, Russian and Kyrgyz government officials said.

Putin Uses Historical Ties to Woo Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill visited Ukraine over the weekend and unleashed a range of arguments in favor of Ukraine's closer integration with Russia, from common spiritual and historical ties to economic expediency.

Putin's Latest PR Stunt Comes Under Fire

State television on Friday showed President Vladimir Putin catching a 21-kilogram pike in a  Siberian lake and kissing it, in what analysts say was a publicity stunt meant to portray Putin as a strong leader capable of re-election in 2018 and bloggers say was pure fiction.

Defense Ministry Signs $100M Deal to Upgrade Bombers

RIA Novosti
The Defense Ministry has signed a 3.4 billion ruble ($103 million) contract with the Tupolev design bureau and Kazan Aircraft Plant to upgrade three Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers, Tupolev said Friday.

Russia Increases Gold Reserves

Reuters
Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan are among eight countries that increased their gold holdings in June, data from the International Monetary Fund shows, reflecting strong interest on the part of emerging economies to own gold as part of their reserves.

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