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Russian Conservative Lawmaker Offers Ukrainian Consulate Sex Toy

By The Moscow Times A protest rally at the Ukrainian consulate in St. Petersburg on Sunday saw conservative lawmaker Vitaly Milonov offer its employees "presents" and throw a Ukrainian flag in a trash can, a news report said. ...read more

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Russian NGO Director Detained by FSB

By The Moscow Times The director of a St. Petersburg organization geared toward the development of independent media in Russia has been detained by the Federal Security Service ahead of a trip to the U.S., Pavel Chikov of the human rights group Agora announced via Twitter Thursday. ...read more

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Ukraine Candidate Poroshenko Backs Putin's Call to Delay Referendum

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukraine's presidential front-runner Petro Poroshenko said he supported President Vladimir Putin's call to postpone a referendum in eastern Ukraine as pro-Moscow separatists in the region reported a ceasefire on Wednesday. ...read more

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Ukrainian President Calls for Rebel Crackdown After Politician Killed

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Ukrainian acting president has called for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country after the body of a local politician from his own party was found showing signs of torture. ...read more

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Media Reports Say John Tefft Will Be Next U.S. Ambassador to Russia

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> While the U.S. is yet to officially nominate its next ambassador to Moscow, the Russian media have widely reported that the likely candidate for the job, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft, would take up the position. ...read more

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President Putin Hosts Marathon Call-In on Russian Television

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukraine and high housing bills are expected to be among the top issues on President Vladimir Putin's live call-in show Thursday when he answers questions from across Russia and perhaps as far afield as Alaska. ...read more

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Lawmakers Want Gorbachev Investigated Over Collapse of Soviet Union

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev could face an investigation after several State Duma lawmakers asked for a review of his role in the 1991 collapse of the U.S.S.R. ...read more

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Gorbachev Says Outcome of Crimea Referendum Corrected Historical 'Mistake'

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has defended Russia's takeover of Crimea, saying that the referendum among the peninsula's voters corrected a historical "mistake." ...read more

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Putin Recognizes Crimea as a 'Sovereign and Independent' State

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin has formally recognized Crimea as as independent state, after the overwhelming majority of the peninsula's voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. ...read more

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EU Delegation and AEB Dispute MT Characterization of Meeting

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The European Union delegation to Russia and the Association of European Businesses said Monday that they disagreed with The Moscow Times' characterization of a meeting between European business leaders and the EU's top envoy to Russia. ...read more

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Mayor Sobyanin Opens Entrepreneur Congress

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Monday kicked off the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, an annual meeting where businesspeople and officials discuss ways to encourage new investment and advertise Moscow as a city of great opportunities. ...read more

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Olympic Contractor Due to Cost Disputes

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Olympics construction firm Inzhtransstroi will begin liquidation because of "serious disagreements with customers about the cost of facilities that have been built in Sochi," director Yefim Basin told employees last week, the company said in a statement. ...read more

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Residential Complex Planned for Beer Factory

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Moscow's urban planning and land use commission has decided to build a 150,000-square-meter multi-purpose residential complex on the territory of the Badayevsky brewery, a spokesman for investment group Absolute told Vedomosti. An unidentified official confirmed that use of the central-western Moscow property had been decided. ...read more

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Ukrainian Nationalist Threatens to Blow Up Russian-Gas Pipelines

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukrainian security services have tightened control over gas pipelines, officials said, after far-right leader Dmytro Yarosh threatened to blow up the structures to prevent Russia from profiting from natural gas exports to Europe via Ukrainian territory. ...read more

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Olympic Contractor to Fold Over Sochi Construction Cost Disputes

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A top building contractor for the Sochi Olympics will fold after several lawsuits were brought against it by clients who accuse the company of inflating construction costs, the contractor has said. ...read more

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Moscow Metro to Fine Manufacturers for Delays

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Moscow metro will start fining train manufacturers for serious wagon malfunctions in an effort to improve the quality of service offered to the city's commuters, who have had to put up with increasingly frequent delays in recent times. ...read more

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Company Tries to Register Defective Olympic Logo as Trademark

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A Russian businessman has applied to secure trademark rights for a likeness of the defective Olympic rings, made famous after a technical mishap at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games. ...read more

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Ukraine Hopes to Sign EU Political Association Deal Next Week, President Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said he hopes to sign the political chapters of an EU association agreement next week, after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington. ...read more

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Social Studies Most Popular Option For Russian High-School Seniors

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The majority of high-school seniors have opted to take a social studies paper in the unified state exams this year, with physics and history also popular choices, government figures have shown. ...read more

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Gasoline Prices Could Increase by 12%

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The retail price of gasoline in the European part of Russia grew faster than the inflation rate last week, with analysts predicting an annual increase of from 10 to 12 percent by the end of the year, Vedomosti reported Wednesday. ...read more

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Ukraine Won't Get Dragged Into Crimean Military Intervention, Acting President Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukraine will not launch a military intervention in Crimea as it would draw defenses away from the country's eastern border, where a significant buildup of Russian tank units has taken place, Ukraine's acting president has said ...read more

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Railways Chief Proposes Linking Pacific to Atlantic with Infrastructure Corridor

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed building a multi-trillion ruble transport corridor extending from the country's Pacific east coast to Europe's Atlantic coast, a news report said. ...read more

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Russian Court Sanctions Arrest of Ukrainian Nationalist Leader

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A Moscow city court has sanctioned the arrest of a Ukrainian nationalist leader whom Moscow has accused of publicly encouraging acts of terrorism, while a Communist lawmaker urged Russian security services to send agents to Ukraine to "eliminate" the man. ...read more

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Kerry-Lavrov Meeting Ahead of Crimea Referendum in the Balance

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> U.S. State Secretary John Kerry will only meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ahead of a planned referendum in Crimea this Sunday if Russia demonstrates a willingness to work toward a diplomatic solution. ...read more

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NATO To Deploy Reconnaissance Aircraft in Poland and Baltics

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> NATO will deploy reconnaissance planes in Poland and Romania to monitor the Ukrainian crisis, an official said, shortly after the U.S. announced that it was sending fighter jets to the same region in a show of support for its allies. ...read more

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Kiev Protesters Direct Anger Toward Moscow

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> For months, Kiev's central Independence Square was the center of a struggle between protesters and the Ukrainian government, with Russian authorities watching the events unfold in their neighbor to the west with unease. ...read more

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U.S. Will Respond if Russian Actions Trigger NATO Obligations, General Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia's dispatch of troops to Crimea is a threat to ethnic enclaves across Eastern Europe, and the U.S. military will be forced to intervene if its NATO obligations are triggered, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said. ...read more

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Sochi Paralympic Games Open Against Backdrop of Ukraine Crisis

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The 11th Winter Paralympics officially started in Sochi on Friday night with Russia keen to repeat its successful performance in last month's Winter Olympics, in which it topped the medal table, and showcase the transformation in Russian attitudes to people with disabilities. ...read more

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Regional Governors Receive Join-Ukraine-or-Die Ultimatum

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Investigative Committee has opened an inquiry into a mysterious group calling themselves the "Holy Brotherhood of the Black Cross," which has threatened to kill several regional governors if their localities do not leave Russia and join Ukraine. ...read more

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These Maps Will Help You Better Understand the Ukraine Conflict

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> If there's one thing the current situation in Ukraine is lacking, it's clarity, and though maps can't answer all of the burning questions, we have compiled a collection to highlight some underlying truths about the conflict that the world is watching. ...read more

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Putin Hopes for Russian Victory at Paralympics

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin has called on Russians to show their support for the Russian national team at the Sochi Paralympic Games that kick off on Friday, and said that he hopes they will match their performances at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics and also the 2006 Paralympics in Turin. ...read more

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Russia Scuttles Old Ship to Block Ukrainian Vessels Accessing The Black Sea, Report Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian Black Sea fleet has scuttled one of its old ships at the mouth of a Crimean bay used by a Ukrainian navy base, effectively blocking vessels from accessing the Black Sea, a news report said. ...read more

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Bill Criminalizing 'False Anti-Russian Information' in the Works, Report Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A State Duma deputy is preparing to submit a bill that would allow editors and media executives to be prosecuted for the "publication of false anti-Russian information," Izvestia reported Thursday. ...read more

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Duma Deputy Prepares Bill Criminalizing "False Anti-Russian Information," Report Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A State Duma deputy is preparing to submit a bill that would allow editors and media executives to be prosecuted for the "publication of false anti-Russian information," Izvestia reported Thursday. ...read more

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University Rector Denies Firing Professor Because of Ukraine Intervention Criticism

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Moscow State Institute of International Relations rector Anatoly Torkunov denied that professor Andrei Zubov was dismissed for writing a controversial editorial criticizing Russia's incursion in Crimea, and said that he continues to work at the institute. ...read more

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Investigative Committee Wants Tough Punishment for Foreign Meddling in Strategic Firms

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin has proposed amendments to the criminal code that would equate foreign control of Russian strategic enterprises with espionage, Vedemosti reported Tuesday. ...read more

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Negotiations On Crimea Subject to Conditions, Russian Official Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia is willing to negotiate an exit from the Crimean crisis with Western countries, subject to the enactment of an agreement signed before former President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power, a Foreign Ministry official has said. ...read more

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Putin Orders Russian Troops Back to Bases After Exercises

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Vladimir Putin has ordered his forces in the Western and Central military districts to return to their usual posts, ending exercises that sparked concerns over Russia's intentions in Ukraine, though Russians still occupy Crimea. ...read more

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Tinkoff Credit Systems Boosts Profits by 48% in 2013

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov's online consumer credit firm Tinkoff Credit Systems earned net profit of $181 million in 2013, up 48 percent year-on-year, while revenue rose 69 percent to $843 million, the company said in a press release Monday. ...read more

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Links Between Ukrainian Radicals and North Caucasus Rebels Being Checked, Kadyrov Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Chechen officials are investigating the possible existence of links between rebels in the restive North Caucasus and the Right Sector, a radical Ukrainian nationalist group, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said. ...read more

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Moscow Financial Markets Plummet on Ukraine Conflict

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian stocks retreated 9 percent in the first couple of hours of trading on the Moscow Exchange on Monday, following this weekend's conflict with Ukraine, during which the Federation Council gave President Vladimir Putin permission to land troops on Ukraine soil. ...read more

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$27.5 Million in Donations Facilitate 18 New Orthodox Churches

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> More than 1 billion rubles (about $27.5 million) in donations have been collected over the past three years for the construction of 18 new Orthodox churches across Moscow, Duma Deputy Vladimir Resin said. ...read more

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Iranian Ambassador Tells Russia Sanctions Significance 'Overrated'

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Iranian ambassador in Moscow expressed support for Russia as it faces threats of sanctions from Western countries for using its military in Ukraine, and called for increased economic ties between the two nations if sanctions are passed. ...read more

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Central Bank Hikes Interest Rates by 1.5% to Stem Ukraine Fallout

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Central Bank unexpectedly raised its key interest rates on Monday in a bid to prop up the sliding ruble in the wake of a government decision to authorize sending troops to Ukraine. ...read more

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Minister Blames Prohibition Mindset for Capital Outflow

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Deputy Economic Development Minister Sergei Belyakov on Friday said that capital outflow from Russia is in part fueled by the prohibitive model of economic management employed by the government. ...read more

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Dvorkovich Sees 4% Economic Growth Next Year

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich on Friday said the country's economy could accelerate to a growth rate of 4 percent next year, in stark contrast to the dour expectations of the Economic Development Ministry. ...read more

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Investigators Detain Billionaire Opposition Politician Gleb Fetisov

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Investigative Committee has detained billionaire political leader Gleb Fetisov, weeks after he ramped up his political ambitions by partnering up with prominent opposition figures and launching a new political party. ...read more

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Russia Criticized in U.S. Human Rights Report

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia's anti-gay laws and attempts by the ousted Ukrainian president to quash opposition protests were among the world's most grievous human rights violations to emerge over the past year, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report. ...read more

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Today in History, Feb. 28

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189 years ago today, on Feb. 28, 1825, the Treaty of St. Petersburg fixed the boundaries between Russian America and British possessions in North America. Forty-two years later, Russia's part was sold to the U.S. for $7.2 ...read more

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Crimean Parliament Dismisses Cabinet and Sets Date for Autonomy Referendum

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Crimean parliament on Thursday voted in favor of holding a referendum on whether to expand its autonomy and passed a no-confidence motion dismissing the region's government. ...read more

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Yanukovych to Hold News Conference in Rostov on Friday, Official Says

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will speak at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Friday at 5 p.m., an unidentified official close to him told RIA Novosti. ...read more

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Antitrust Watchdog to Reduce Air Fares By 'Destroying' Foreign Booking System

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service intends to "destroy" an airline ticket reservation system foisted on the country by foreign carriers and force carriers to lower ticket prices in the day or two leading up to a flight's departure. ...read more

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Charges Dropped Against Officers Suspected of Covering Up Gambling Ring

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Investigative Committee has dropped all charges against two former police officers who spent more than a year in pre-trial detention on suspicion of covering up an illegal gambling ring, a news report said. ...read more

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Yanukovych Spent $800 on Fish Medical Treatment, Leaked Documents Show

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Documents recovered from a reservoir outside former President Viktor Yanukovych's luxury home show that nearly $800 was spent by his household on "medical aid for fish" and $14,500 was spent on tablecloths. ...read more

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Navalny Jailed for 7 Days for Disobeying Police at Bolotnaya Protest

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for seven days for disobeying a police officer while protesting against the sentences handed down to those found guilty of participating in riots at a May 2012 rally. ...read more

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Editors Fret as Newspaper Delivery Subsidies End

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The government will end an $85 million annual subsidy to the postal service for newspaper and magazine deliveries, heralding sharp increases in the price of subscriptions and major problems for independent print media - likely reducing their access to Russia's regions. ...read more

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Today in History, Feb. 25

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Fifty-eight years ago, on Feb. 25, 1956, at the 1956 congress of the Communist Party, Nikita Khrushchev gave a secret speech denouncing the dictatorship of Josef Stalin. It perplexed delegates, as propaganda had depicted Stalin as a wise and fair leader. ...read more

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70 Detained in Central Moscow at Unauthorized Bolotnaya Rally

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The police said they have detained about 70 people for participating in an unauthorized rally in central Moscow in support of the defendants in the so-called Bolotnaya case, seven of whom were handed prison sentences earlier Monday. ...read more

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Russian Figure Skater Plushenko Wants His Spine Surgery Broadcast Live

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian figure skater and two-time Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko, who pulled out of the individual competition at the Sochi Games with a back injury, wants his spine surgery to be broadcast live. ...read more

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Ukrainians Claim Grounds of Yanukovych's Lavish Mezhyhirya Residence

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> With Viktor Yanukovych's whereabouts unverified on Saturday, protesters and journalists decided to have a closer look at his home. They found the hallmarks of a life lived in luxury - and signs of a hasty retreat. ...read more

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Ski Federation Appeals for Donations Toward Komissarova's Treatment

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The Russian Freestyle Federation, or RFF, is collecting donations for ski cross racer Maria Komissarova, who is in Germany recuperating from a broken back she suffered during training in Sochi. ...read more

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Sochi Social: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Misha, the Mascot Bear

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Who's even more visible at the Olympics than Vladimir Putin?

Bely Mishka, of course. With his two fellow mascots, the giant white bear is constantly visiting Sochi's venues, greeting fans and congratulating medalists.

Where does he come from? What will ...read more

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Tourism Council Tells Sochi to Shape Up

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Despite the tens of millions of dollars poured into the spectacle of the Sochi Winter Olympics, some in the tourism industry say that problems at the Black Sea resort's hotels may stop Russia from capitalizing on new tourism infrastructure. ...read more

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Sochi Social: 25 Reasons to Love Curling at the Olympics

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> There's a reason why curling finals are held towards the end of the Games.

We've collected 25 arguments to prove that curling is the ultimate winter sport. After all, there's a reason the #lovecurling hashtag is so popular or Twitter. And it's not just the trousers. ...read more

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Today in History, Feb. 19

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Sixty years ago today, in 1954, the Crimean region was transferred from the Russian Soviet Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. It was, in fact, a present to mark the 300th anniversary of the treaty associating Ukraine with Russia. ...read more

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19 Bankruptcy Claims Filed Against Subsidiaries of Debt-Stricken Mechel

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Subsidiaries of Russian mining-to-metals company Mechel have racked up 19 bankruptcy lawsuits for failing to honor contract obligations after the company almost collapsed under its more than $9 billion debt last fall, a news report said Tuesday. ...read more

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Violinist Mae Completes Giant Slalom 50 Seconds Off the Gold

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Slovenia's Tina Maze battled the elements to win her second gold medal of the Sochi Games on Tuesday, holding on for victory in a giant slalom competition that saw violinist Vanessa Mae make her Olympic bow. ...read more

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Billionaire Deripaska's Plans for $740M Redevelopment of Moscow Factory Approved

By The Moscow Times <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Billionaire Oleg Deripaska's company Basic Element has been given the green light by the city's urban planning commission to develop the 12-hectare territory of an aircraft instruments factory in central-west Moscow into a residential area. ...read more

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