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Dec 3, 2012

Russian opposition celebrity warns against revolution

LONDON (Reuters) – Socialite-turned-Kremlin-critic Ksenia Sobchak told Russian dissidents in London on Monday that growing repression at home would prompt more and more people to fight for change but warned that a full-blown revolution could destroy her country.

Once an apolitical tabloid celebrity and a Playboy cover girl, Sobchak has emerged as an unlikely but fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin in the past year, taking on a man who was once a close political ally and friend of her late father.

Dec 3, 2012

Concerns grow over mystery death of Russian in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – A British serious crime unit has taken over an investigation into the mysterious death of a Russian anti-corruption whistleblower, police said on Monday, in a move local media said suggested it might have been a murder.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, moved to Britain three years ago and had been helping Swiss prosecutors investigate a Russian criminal group suspected of being involved in major tax fraud.

Nov 30, 2012

UK police order toxicology tests on dead Russian whistleblower

LONDON (Reuters) – British police have carried out toxicology tests on the body of a Russian anti-corruption whistleblower whose mysterious death in England has put a new spotlight on Russian criminal groups entrenched in Europe.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, moved to Britain three years ago and had been helping Swiss prosecutors uncover a shady Russian criminal group suspected of being involved in large-scale, cross-border tax fraud violations.

Nov 28, 2012

Russian mafia whistleblower, 44, found dead in UK

WEYBRIDGE, England/LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A Russian
businessman helping Swiss prosecutors uncover a powerful fraud
syndicate has died in unexplained circumstances near his mansion
in Britain, in a chilling twist to a Russian mafia scandal that
has strained Moscow’s ties with the West.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, sought refuge in Britain three
years ago and had been helping a Swiss investigation into a
Russian money-laundering scheme by providing evidence against
corrupt officials, his colleagues and media reports said.

Nov 28, 2012

Russian mafia whistleblower found dead outside UK mansion

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A Russian businessman helping
Swiss prosecutors uncover a powerful fraud syndicate has died in
mysterious circumstances outside his mansion in Britain, in a
chilling twist to a Russian mafia scandal that has strained
Moscow’s ties with the West.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, sought refuge in Britain three
years ago and had been helping a Swiss investigation into a
Russian money-laundering scheme by providing evidence against
corrupt officials, his colleagues and media reports said.

Nov 11, 2012

Cameron under pressure over crowded runways

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is coming under intense pressure from business leaders and airlines to end years of deadlock and decide whether to expand London’s overstretched Heathrow airport – something that will infuriate local voters and some members of his own party.

The decision will affect 750,000 people living under Heathrow’s busy west-London flight path who are worried about aircraft noise, pollution and safety.

Nov 11, 2012

Cameron under pressure over Britain’s crowded runways

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is
coming under intense pressure from business leaders and airlines
to end years of deadlock and decide whether to expand London’s
overstretched Heathrow airport – something that will infuriate
local voters and some members of his own party.

The decision will affect 750,000 people living under
Heathrow’s busy west-London flight path who are worried about
aircraft noise, pollution and safety.

Nov 9, 2012

UK campaigners call for Nobel Prize for shot Pakistani girl

LONDON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Britons called on the government on Friday to nominate Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 15-year-old is receiving specialist treatment in the English city of Birmingham after gunmen shot her on October 9 for standing up against the Taliban and openly advocating education for women.

Nov 2, 2012

London mayor slams “inertia” over calls for airport growth

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s mayor accused the British government on Friday of “utter inertia” on airport expansion policy with pressure growing for a launch of major infrastructure projects to help shore up the floundering economy.

Airport capacity is a divisive issue in Britain, pitting popular London Mayor Boris Johnson against Prime Minister David Cameron at a time when the British leader is facing a damaging rebellion from inside his own ruling Conservative party.

Nov 1, 2012

Dissident says reforming Lukashenko’s Belarus impossible

LONDON (Reuters) – Belarussian dissident Andrei Sannikov, granted political asylum in Britain, is worried about the safety of his family he left behind but believes the autocratic government of President Alexander Lukashenko could eventually fall, he said on Thursday.

A former deputy foreign minister, Sannikov, 58, moved to Britain in August after being released from prison where he said officials tried to push him to kill himself.