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08/02/2013

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10 Tips for a Free Snowden (Photo Essay)

Now that U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is a genuine expat, free to roam Russia's capital while he figures out his next move, here is a list of 10 do's and don'ts that he should keep in mind.

Investigators Launch Check Into Corruption at Markets

Investigators have launched nationwide inspections of markets for corrupt ties to law enforcement after President Vladimir Putin criticized Moscow police officers for standing idle while their colleague was severely beaten at a market on Saturday.

Q&A: Frenchman von Polier Betting on Russian Pride

An avid traveler who once took a wild trip to the civil war-ravaged Afghanistan talks about his life.

Sochi Athletes Not Exempt From Gay Law

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Thursday that Russia's legislation against "gay propaganda" would apply to athletes and visitors of the Olympic Games in Sochi this winter, despite earlier reassurances by the International Olympic Committee that it would not.  

Consumers Feel No Benefit From WTO, Producers Suffer

Russians were promised lower prices when the country joined the World Trade Organization, but one year on prices continue to rise — at least for consumers.

Tajik Military to Get Support

RIA Novosti
President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian military to assess the risks of the withdrawal of U.S. and international coalition troops from Afghanistan and help Tajikistan face potential threats after the pullout, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday

Societe General Doubles Earnings in Second Quarter

Reuters
Societe Generale, France's No. 2 listed bank, said second-quarter earnings more than doubled after a surge in securities trading and a swing to profit at its foreign retail operations defied Europe's economic slump.

Surgutneftegas Earns $5Bln Half-year Profit

Reuters
Surgutneftegas, the country's third largest oil company, posted 154.2 billion rubles ($4.7 billion) in first-half net profit, an increase of 52 percent year on year, the company said Thursday.

Magnit Doubles Dividends

Reuters
Fast-growing food retailer Magnit said Thursday that it plans to more than double its first-half dividend payment following strong financial results.

Sberbank Hires Walmart Executive

Reuters
Sberbank will appoint Lev Khasis, a senior executive of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, as its first deputy chairman, Kommersant reported Thursday.

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