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Russian Court Says Refusal to Register Same-Sex Marriage Was Unlawful
A Russian court on Friday said a registry office’s refusal to register a gay couple as married was unlawful, but the court declined to order the registration to be made, the RAPSI legal news agency reported.
Exhibit Examines African-American Soviet Émigré’s Legacy
An exhibition set to open this month at the University of Virginia will examine the family history of Lloyd Patterson, an African-American who emigrated to the Soviet Union in the 1930s and whose son became a child film star and a well-known Soviet poet.
Sweatshop With 200 ‘Illegal Migrants’ Found Near Moscow
Police have discovered a counterfeit-clothing factory with more than 200 "illegal migrants" in the Moscow Region town of Podolsk, the Interior Ministry said Friday.
Putin Questions Jail Term for Opposition Leader Navalny
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that a recent real jail term for his vehement opponent Alexei Navalny was “strange,” given that another defendant in the case got away with a suspended sentence.
‘Hanged’ Paratroopers Puzzle Moscow
Hipster culture clashed with military style in Moscow on Friday, when the city marked Airborne Troops Day with a surrealist installation that, critics said, resembled a mass hanging.
Over 1,700 Migrants Detained in Moscow Police Raid
Moscow police detained over 1,675 migrants at a construction site on suspicion of involvement in criminal activity, law enforcement officials said Friday, as the authorities continued a sweeping series of raids targeting migrant workers across the city.
Premier Slams Russian Space Chief Over Poor Performance
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev officially reprimanded the head of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) for incompetence Friday, the government press service said.
Putin Hopes for More Private Investment in Roads, Railways
President Vladimir Putin on Friday expressed hope for a rise in private investment in the development of Russian infrastructure, especially highways and railroads.
Edward Snowden ‘In Safe Place With Friends’ – Russian Lawyer
Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for leaking classified information on US surveillance programs and who was granted temporary asylum Thursday by Russia, has decided where he is going to live and is in a safe place with friends, a Russian lawyer who helped him with his asylum bid said Friday.
Top Russian Physics Centers Face Kremlin-Backed Merger – Report
The Russian government is considering a plan to hand over control of the country’s leading physics research centers to an institute headed by a man linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a newspaper reported Friday.
US Ambassador Meets With Kremlin Aide Over Snowden
Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov and US Ambassador Michael McFaul have discussed the asylum status that Russia granted to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as well as a number of other issues, the US Embassy in Moscow said Friday.
Russian Reserve Army Officer Jailed for Organizing Terror Cell
A court-martial on Russia’s far east Sakhalin Island sentenced a reserve army captain to 1 ½ years in jail for setting up a cell of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, investigators said on Friday.
Top Economist Switches University After Guriev's Flight
Prominent economist Konstantin Sonin, who left one of Russia’s top universities two months after its influential rector, Sergei Guriev, fled the country fearing he could be jailed, was appointed to a senior position Friday at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.
Baikal Paper Mill to Shut Down by November – Reports
The much-lambasted paper mill accused of polluting the unique Lake Baikal in Siberia will close down by November, media reported, citing the board of creditors of the flagging enterprise.
Russian Village Reformer Jailed on Retrial
A bohemian Muscovite who tried to revamp a backwater provincial school was jailed for bribery upon retrial in a controversial case that his supporters blame on a clash of cultures within Russia.
Russian Women Caught Smuggling 210 kg of Silver
Two Russian women have been amnestied after they were caught attempting to smuggle 210 kilograms (460 pounds) of silver jewelry from Italy using forged documents, investigators said on Friday.
Extremist Slogan Removed From Russian Church – Prosecutors
A slogan reading “Orthodoxy or Death” was removed from the gates of a rural Russian Orthodox church outside St. Petersburg because it promoted religious hatred and Christian supremacy, prosecutors said Friday.
Government Backs Skolkovo High-Tech Hub With Funding Pledge
The Russian government appeared to renew its support for the Skolkovo innovation hub Thursday as Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told the Cabinet that the embattled project would be included in a state program and receive 502 billion rubles ($15.2 billion) of funding through 2020.
Boeing 767 Makes Emergency Landing in Russia’s Far East
A Boeing 767 with over 240 people on board made an emergency landing in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk, a local prosecutors office responsible for transport issues reported.
Prosecutors Probe Russian State Official over Foreign Villa
Prosecutors in central Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Region launched a probe in regard to a regional deputy governor on allegations that the state official owns an undeclared property abroad, Kommersant daily reported on Friday.
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