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The first of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group said on Thursday, with all expected to get clearance to leave Russia by Friday.

Goodwin runs into money trouble (again)

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former RBS chief executive who was pilloried for his role in the financial crisis, ran into trouble again yesterday when the international architects he advises admitted cash flow problems.

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Viktor Chernomyrdin played a vital role in Russia's first tumultuous post-Soviet decade, as a solid and pragmatic counterpart to the erratic President Boris Yeltsin and as a bridge between the Communist old guard and the inexperienced young reformers who were shaping the country's future.

Russia mourns former prime minister

Former Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin has died, state media reported.

The £250m millstone that could cost City their European future

Club admit they face a ‘huge challenge’ to pass financial test after Uefa makes a tough new stand

CHTO DELAT? What Is to Be Done?, ICA, London

The question above – Lenin's famous question, you may remember – refers to the name of a loose collective of leftist Russian poets, artists, philosophers, singers, set designers, critics, writers, etc. who are currently colonising various spaces at the ICA. They call themselves "a self-organising platform of cultural workers". They are all angry. They are all dissidents. They are all fiercely didactic.

Total to sell 500 UK petrol stations

The French oil giant Total has put its estate of almost 500 forecourts up for sale as part of its proposals to pull out of the petrol pump market in Britain.

Market Report: Rightmove spikes as the bulls build on bid hopes

Bid hopes drove the mood around Rightmove, the online property website, whose shares spiked as the bulls charged in on signs of deal activity in the wider sector.

Sibir Energy boss is fined £350,000 for market abuse

The former boss of Sibir Energy was fined £350,000 yesterday for failing to disclose substantial cash payments to its biggest shareholder.

Russia deepens Belarus gas cuts

Russia deepened cuts of natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbour Belarus even further today over what it claims is a debt of nearly 200 million US dollars (£135 million).

Abramovich loses legal battle over £2bn claim

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich lost a bid to dismiss a £2 billion claim against him by fellow Russian oligarch and former business partner Boris Berezovsky today.

Shipwrecks found during pipeline work in Baltic Sea

A dozen centuries-old shipwrecks - some of them unusually well-preserved - were found in the Baltic Sea by a gas company building an underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany.

800-year-old shipwreck found in Baltic Sea

A dozen shipwrecks that date back centuries – some of them unusually well preserved – have been found in the Baltic Sea by a gas company building an underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany.

Ukraine seeks urgent $2bn loan from IMF

Ukraine has asked the International Monetary Fund for an emergency loan of $2bn (£1.2bn).

Business Diary: Compass get its money's worth

Full marks to Compass, the catering services company, which has been entertaining friends and business partners this Wimbledon fortnight. Other companies are not ashamed to admit the day out is an unabashed jolly for guests, but not Compass. Once lunch is finished, its guests are whisked off on a two-hour tour of the catering facilities Compass provides to the tournament – whatever matches that means them missing.

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