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Oct 29, 2010

Confident Italian suit wizard enters Russian market

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) – Italian menswear designer Umberto Angeloni, unveiling his new Uman label in Moscow, sees a renewed thirst for luxury in the world’s fourth-largest market but said it could do with a re-style.

“In Russia, they hunger once again for luxury,” Angeloni told Reuters before opening his first Russian Uman boutique at Moscow’s plush TSUM department store late last week.

Oct 28, 2010

Russia eyes security firms to defend assets abroad

MOSCOW, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Russia is preparing legislation
to set up private security firms using ex-soldiers and police to
protect its oil, gas and mineral holdings in conflict zones
abroad, a lawmaker and ex-KGB officer said in an interview.

Gennady Gudkov said up to 1,000 security personnel would
operate along the lines of U.S. and British private security
firms, said Gennady Gudkov, a deputy in Russia’s lower house of
parliament, known as the Duma.

Oct 21, 2010

Gays win landmark rights case against Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights said on Thursday it had fined Russia for banning homosexual parades in Moscow, marking a victory for the country’s marginalized gay community.

Gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev had lodged three cases with the court arguing that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights, to which it subscribes as a member state of the Council of Europe.

Oct 1, 2010

Moscow gays hold first unimpeded rights protest

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A small group of activists held the first gay rights demonstration in Moscow without hindrance from city authorities on Friday, saying there had been a change of policy since the dismissal of Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

Luzhkov, an opponent of gay rights, was sacked after 18 years in office on Tuesday by President Dmitry Medvedev.

Sep 30, 2010

Watchdog says Russia steps up efforts in media murders

MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russia is stepping up its
efforts to solve the murders of 19 reporters, a leading media
rights watchdog said on Thursday, adding it saw a new attitude
in a country it ranks among the most dangerous for journalists.

The unsolved murders of journalists focusing on corruption
and rights abuses are a black mark on Russia’s leaders in the
eyes of Western governments and Kremlin critics who say failure
to find their killers creates an atmosphere of impunity.

Sep 29, 2010

Russian alien believer re-elected to top chess job

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian regional leader who says he was once abducted by aliens was re-elected on Wednesday as president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in a vote that opponents said was rigged.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the impoverished Buddhist region of Kalmykia, beat former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov with 95 of 167 votes cast, an official at the Athens headquarters of the FIDE federation told Reuters.

Sep 28, 2010

Moscow real estate hopeful after mayor’s exit

MOSCOW, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The sacking of Moscow’s veteran
mayor means the vast construction empire belonging to his
billionaire wife could become decentralised, more transparent
and more affordable, experts said on Tuesday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev early on Tuesday abruptly
sacked Yuri Luzhkov, a powerful political opponent who had ruled
the Russian capital for 18 years and who criticised the Kremlin
and then defied pressure to resign. [ID:nLDE68R012]

Sep 21, 2010

New musical director opens Bolshoi’s 235th season

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) – Russia’s famed Bolshoi Theater opened its 235th season on Tuesday, presenting a new musical director and putting an end to more than a year of infighting that had thrown its future into chaos.

“I have come to the Bolshoi for a seriously long time,” grey-haired conductor Vasily Sinaisky told reporters in a marble-lined hall adjacent to the main building, which is undergoing a grand $1-billion rebuild.

Sep 19, 2010

Moscow mayor leaves Russia amid doubts about fate

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov left the country on Sunday for what his spokesman said was a holiday in Austria, amid growing speculation that he could be dismissed from one of Russia’s most powerful jobs.

Luzhkov, who has run the city of 10.5 million people since 1992, has faced unusually vocal criticism in the media in recent weeks, as well as street protests and a dressing down from President Dmitry Medvedev, fuelling talk he could be ousted.

Aug 26, 2010
via FaithWorld

Sharia law threatens Moscow control in Muslim Chechnya


Aspects of sharia law imposed in Muslim Chechnya in recent months are inching the republic closer to autonomy and posing a renewed threat to Kremlin control, analysts say. The Kremlin relies on its hardline Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, to maintain order in the violent region in the North Caucasus, where separatists were driven from power a decade ago after two wars.

Analysts say Kadyrov’s methods to tame the region include a crackdown on opponents and imposing his radical vision of Islam, which could push Chechnya again towards separatism.

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      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
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