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Litvinenko case linked to Yukos probe - Russian prosecutors

10:13 AM (MSK) December 28, 2006
Some of the former Yukos executives could be involved in the murder of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, Russia's top prosecutors said Wednesday. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office said Leonid Nevzlin, a core shareholder of the bankrupt oil company, who lives in Israel and is on the international wanted list on fraud charges, could have ordered Litvinenko's poisoning with polonium-210.

"We are checking a version that people, who are on the international wanted list for grave crimes, including [former] Yukos co-chairman Leonid Nevzlin, could be behind these crimes," the office said, referring to Litvinenko's murder and an attempt on his business partner Dmitry Kovtun's life.

Litvinenko reportedly investigated Moscow's handling of the Yukos affair before he died in London November 23.

Nevzlin's lawyer said the statement is a new provocation against his client and an attempt to pin as many crimes as possible on him.

"The Prosecutor General's Office finds it easier to pin all crimes on those [Russians] who live abroad," Dmitry Kharitonov said.

Nevzlin, who has Israeli citizenship, has also been charged in Russia with involvement in a number of contract killings, and was put on the international wanted list in July 2004. The businessman denies the charges, and Israel has refused to extradite him to Russia.

Prosecutors said they will soon resume attempts to have those people extradited.


03:45 PM (MSK) November 7, 2012

01:52 PM (MSK) September 25, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged the government to draft a new defense industry modernization program that includes increased private investment and improved social benefits for employees.

09:44 PM (MSK) September 9, 2012

It's not just the presidential race that makes it seem like there are only two viewpoints—liberal and conservative—in America. Newspaper coverage of issues such as abortion, gun control, gay rights, and economic issues have become increasingly polarized, according to a new analysis by researchers at Ohio State University.


04:44 PM (MSK) September 5, 2012

Thousands of refugees pouring into neighbouring countries with over 100,000 seeking asylum in August


11:55 AM (MSK) August 31, 2012

The US authorities cut the cost of entry visas  for Russian people. "Since 9 September  the amount of $ 100, charged from the Russians for the issuance of tourist and business visas in the United States (visa type B1/B2), will decrease to $ 20. Visas of this type will be issued for a period of three full years», - is spoken in the message of the Embassy of the USA in Russia.


09:49 AM (MSK) August 29, 2012

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was officially nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.


12:50 PM (MSK) August 23, 2012
Russia believes Syria has no intention of using its chemical weapons and is able to safeguard them, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Wednesday, citing a unidentified Foreign Ministry official.

03:22 PM (MSK) August 22, 2012
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others await trial at Guantánamo. Starting Thursday, a military judge is to hear pretrial motions, including a censoring issue.

02:55 PM (MSK) August 22, 2012
Despite being dumped by nearly every major Republican over the last 48 hours, Rep. Todd Akin said Tuesday afternoon he’s made a final decision to continue his bid to unseat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill .

01:49 PM (MSK) August 8, 2012
One of the real surprises of the past several years is just how well Russia has fared in comparison with the European Union. Whereas, at the start of the financial crisis in 2008-09, Russia’s economy came screeching to a halt and suffered a dramatic fall in output, since 2010 Russia’s has been growing at a steady 4% clip and has fully recovered and surpassed its pre-crisis peak. Russia’s growth rate is decidedly lower than before the crisis but, all things considered, it’s respectable. Although their initial declines in output were much less severe than Russia’s almost 8% plunge, Eurozone economies have been essentially stagnant for the past two years, with several countries in outright recession and others flirting with double-dip territory. Considering how abysmally European institutions have performed to this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to when Western Europe will return to solid and sustainable economic growth or if it will turn into a continent-sized version of Japan that is in perpetual deflation and recession.
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Kevin Baron
As the final two presidential debates turn toward foreign policy, starting tonight, one major divergent point between President Obama and Mitt Romney still not fully explored by the candidates is Romney’s claim that Russia is America’s "number one geopolitical foe.”
Kevin Baron
As the final two presidential debates turn toward foreign policy, starting tonight, one major divergent point between President Obama and Mitt Romney still not fully explored by the candidates is Romney’s claim that Russia is America’s "number one geopolitical foe.”
Kevin Begos

Natural gas resurgence in the United States means lower natural gas prices, more potential for Europe to drill its own natural gas, and a rising threat to Russia's gas exports.

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