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.

The men who matter in Moscow: Big players in the power game

YELTSIN ON THE BRINK

Kleinwort denies Gazprom rumours

Kleinwort denies Gazprom rumours

Hungry Russia feeds on glamour of ads: The Communists promised paradise on earth: advertisers now play the same role, writes Andrew Higgins in Moscow

RARELY since the Soviet film industry turned War and Peace into a movie has there been anything quite so extravagant: location shoots in Kazakhstan, a cast of literally thousands, including scores of horses, a Napoleon look-alike and period costumes from Russia's imperial court. Julius Caesar, Catherine the Great, Tamerlane and Alexander the Great put in appearances, as does a half-naked slave-girl in a micro-mini-coat of mail.

View from City Road: Privatisation prize for Kleinwort

Congratulations to Kleinwort Benson for winning what promises to be the privatisation prize of the decade, Gazprom of Russia. This is is no MMM. Gazprom is by far the largest company in Russia and it makes British Gas, its nearest international equivalent, look like a minnow. Rock-solid though it is by the standards of Eastern Europe investment prospects, valuing it for the purposes of a trade sale or international offering is going to be something else. Still, it is nice to see London still at the forefront of privatisation.

Kleinwort to advise on Russian gas sell-off: Investors to be offered up to 9 per cent of giant with reserves worth dollars 1,500bn

KLEINWORT BENSON has been appointed to advise on the international share sale in the world's largest gas company, Russia's partly privatised monolith RAO Gazprom.

Part payment

Russia's natural gas giant, Gazprom, said yesterday it had received dollars 7m ( pounds 4.7) from Ukraine to cover part of its huge debt owed for past deliveries, AFP reports from Moscow.

Gas row turns the heat on Moscow and Kiev

RUSSIA and Ukraine will try on Thursday to settle an energy dispute that is threatening to send their strained relations to new depths. A Ukrainian delegation will travel to Moscow for talks on how to clear Kiev's debts to Russia in return for guaranteed gas supplies.

Russia cuts off gas to Estonia

TENSIONS between Russia and Estonia escalated dramatically yesterday after Moscow announced that all gas deliveries to the Baltic republic were being halted, writes Adrian Bridge.
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

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