News Dima Litvinov became the first member of the so-called 'Arctic 30' to leave Russia; boarding a train at a railway station in St. Petersburg

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.

Is it really so miserable in Russia?' The chosen one speaks out

Putin's anointed successor tells Jason Bush why the West underestimates his country's economic and democratic development

Huddersfield 12 St Helens 42: Long puts stamp on St Helens' triumph

It would be too easy at first glance to assume from this scoreline that Huddersfield failed to keep their side of the bargain in the Powergen Challenge Cup final here on Saturday.

An Oak Tree, Pavilion Theatre<br/> Souterrain, Stanmer Park, Brighton Festival

In An Oak Tree, a two-hander by the dramatist and performer Tim Crouch, he is a provincial stage hypnotist whose act has hit the rocks since he killed a girl in a car accident. At times, Crouch also plays the writer and director of the play and the girl's grieving mother. In each performance, a different actor, who has never seen the script, plays the father of the dead girl.

The end of newspapers? Never on a Sunday

On The Press: With the growth of the iPod, the internet and Saturday papers, the quality Sunday market is said to be waning. The figures tell a different tale

Mystery bidder snaps up main Yukos oil business for &Acirc;&pound;4.8bn

The main production unit and jewel in the crown of Yukos, the beleaguered Russian oil group, was bought by a mystery shell company yesterday for a fraction of its real value, in a Kremlin-orchestrated move that in effect kills off what was once the country's biggest oil producer.

Gazprom scrambles for Yukos funds

Russia's Gazprom, the company hand-picked by the Kremlin to deliver the knockout blow to the oil giant Yukos by buying its largest production unit in a forced sale, was scrabbling to raise the necessary funds last night after a consortium of Western banks took fright and froze a $10bn (£5.1bn) credit line.

Russia's 'Spitting Image' is silenced

Another anti-Kremlin voice has been silenced after Russia's last semi-independent television station axed its equivalent to Spitting Image. Krasnaya Strela, or Red Arrow, was hosted by two puppets called Stepan Capusta and Khrun Morjov who poked fun at the powers that be, including President Vladimir Putin.

`People will burn Russia down' says rejected PM

BORIS YELTSIN faces one of the most difficult decisions of his turbulent career today - whether to end the two-week political limbo in his unstable and suffering country by producing another candidate for prime minister or to carry on battling with parliament.

Football: Savage sent packing

ROBBIE SAVAGE, the Leicester City midfielder, was ordered to leave Wales' team hotel yesterday morning and dropped for last night's Euro 2000 qualifying match with Italy after displaying "disrespectful behaviour".

Street life: Samotechny Lane - How Ivan the Typical survives

RUSSIANS WHO have been elbowing each other in queues to buy dollars or consumer durables are the second-class passengers on the ship that has hit the economic iceberg. (First-class ticket holders long ago monopolised the lifeboats and sailed away.)
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