Friday, August 18, 2006

Russian Culture Minister Requests $500 Million to Fit Out Museums after Hermitage Theft

Russia's culture minister asked the Cabinet Thursday for hundreds of millions to improve security and staff salaries at the nation's cash-starved museums in the wake of major thefts including at the famed Hermitage museum. via

Top Yukos Officials Charged with Embezzlement, Money Laundering

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has launched a criminal case against former Yukos President Steven Theede and two other Yukos top-managers - Yukos Financial Director Bruce Misamore and Yukos managing advisor David Godfrey. via

Russian Culture Minister Requests $500 Million to Fit Out Museums after Hermitage Theft

Russia's culture minister asked the Cabinet Thursday for hundreds of millions to improve security and staff salaries at the nation's cash-starved museums in the wake of major thefts including at the famed Hermitage museum. via

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Dementieva Wins Carson Tennis Title

Going deep into a tournament often means three-set matches and a lot of court time for Elena Dementieva. The extra effort was worth it Sunday, when Dementieva outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open championship.

Russian Girl Mocks Million Dollar Homepage Selling Own Naked Body

A Russian girl called Natasha has put up her body for sale on the Internet. Customers may request that she draws or writes anything on the millimeters they pay for.

The blonde, aged 25, casts herself as a “very shy girl” from a common background who has “understood that if she won’t do something in her life, all the good things, her desires and wishes will come past her.”

For just $1 per millimeter anyone can request that Natasha draw any picture or slogan on the chosen part — save for the head, genitals and nipples that remain covered — and wear them for a whole year.
“It’s an amazingly unique way of advertising!” the girl says in her blog.
Besides the advertising, customers are offered a variety of bonuses, such as a five-minute liveshow or holidays with Natasha.
The minimum purchase is $100 for 100 millimeters. A cheaper offer is $10 for 50 pixels that will not be drawn on the girl’s body but will appear on the website.

Photo from www.isellbody.com:

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Russian Diaspora in Latvia

Russian President Vladimir Putin in June gave the nod to a package of incentives aimed at bringing ethnic Russians living abroad back to Russia. Latvia, whose large Russian diaspora has long been complaining of bad treatment, is one country where this program seems likely to generate interest.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Moscow Court Declares Yukos Oil Company Bankrupt

A Moscow judge on Tuesday declared the Yukos oil company bankrupt, paving the way for the liquidation of what was once Russia's biggest oil producer.
 

Russian Volunteer Fighters to Defend Breakaway Abkhazia from Georgia

About 20 Russian volunteer fighters have arrived in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia to lay plans for defending the territory in case of war with Georgian forces. The volunteers arrived in response to an operation by Georgian forces last week aimed at taking control of the Kodori Gorge, which is strategically located between Abkhazia and the rest of the country.
 

Sharapova Advances to Third Round of WTA Tour

Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis on Tuesday bagged easy wins to advance to the third round at the San Diego Classic WTA event. Second-seeded Sharapova bounced back after trailing an early break in the first set before running the table to sweep past fellow teenager Vasilisa Bardina 6-4, 6-1 in one hour, 29 minutes.