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Bloggers in a provincial Russian town are investigating what happened to hundreds of strips of turf used to spruce up the town centre before a visit from the Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, which disappeared almost as soon as he left.

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A fifth of Russia's state defence spending is stolen every year by corrupt officials, dishonest generals and crooked contractors, Russia's chief military prosecutor said in an interview published yesterday.

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Russian Interior Ministry troops were fed dog food earlier this year to save money, a former officer in the ministry said yesterday.

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The stage was set for Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev to fire the starting gun on a bid for a second term yesterday, but a press conference attended by more than 800 journalists was more of a damp squib than a campaign launch.

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Rosneft, the Russian state oil giant which walked away from an Arctic exploration pact with BP earlier this week, has received new proposals from the UK group. "These proposals make it possible to discuss our co-operation outside the agreements which have already expired," Rosneft said.

Russian critic faces prison for calling 'pro-Kremlin' star a poodle

In his career as Russia's foremost rock music critic, Artemy Troitsky has got used to a turbulent relationship with those in power – grappling with Soviet-era censorship and yet raising funds for Chernobyl victims. But it is unlikely he imagined he would find himself facing a jail term for calling an allegedly pro-Kremlin guitarist a "poodle".

Russia parades military might for Victory Day

Female police cadets marched in lockstep with tens of thousands of soldiers across Red Square yesterday in Russia's annual Victory Day display of military might, while President Dmitry Medvedev said the country is committed to peace and global stability.

'Traitor' indicted in Chapman spy case

The former Russian intelligence officer accused of helping US authorities arrest 10 sleeper agents last summer has been charged in Moscow with high treason and desertion.

Moscow's power couple grows apart

Putin and Medvedev are publicly clashing for the first time as the country's top job hangs in the balance

Putin drops strongest hint yet of bid for presidency

In his strongest hint yet that he wants to return to the presidency next year, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday told Russian MPs that the country needs a "strong and calm" decade to ensure economic growth. He cautioned against "unnecessary liberalism", in what many will see as a swipe against the current President Dmitry Medvedev.

Leaders visit crash site one year on

The presidents of Russia and Poland navigated swirling tensions yesterday as they visited the site of the air crash that killed the Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others a year ago. Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hosted his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, in the western city of Smolensk, not far from where Mr Kaczynski's aircraft crashed in heavy fog on 10 April 2010.

Tribunal blocks BP plan for Rosneft share-swap

British oil giant to seek compromise deal with Russian partners

Cyber attack freezes paper

A cyber attack paralysed the website of a popular Russian independent newspaper yesterday. The Novaya Gazeta's editor, Dmitry Muratov, said he believed attacks on his and other online news and blogging services were linked to Russia's parliamentary election this year and its presidential election in 2012.

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