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Russia's Medvedev lauds Syria reform plans

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's reform plans during a telephone conversation on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. Full story

Russia's Medvedev hosts his idols Deep Purple

Ardent British rock fan Dmitry Medvedev got his wish on Tuesday night when the Russian president hosted Deep Purple at his luxurious residence near Moscow, the Kremlin said. Full story

Russian Internet game puts Medvedev in firing line

Russian prosecutors requested an inquiry into a telecom website that gives visitors a chance to shoot a cartoon likeness of President Dmitry Medvedev, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. Full story

Kremlin critic Nemtsov and two others jailed

Three Russian opposition leaders received short jail terms on Sunday for "disobedience toward police" after a rally, a party spokesman said, a sign of a new crackdown on critics of the Kremlin. Full story

Kremlin hi-tech hub to partner with Nokia-Siemens

Telecom gear maker Nokia Siemens Networks is set to become the latest foreign company to pledge its support to the Kremlin's new flagship technology hub near Moscow, the head of the hub said on Thursday. Full story

Double agent probably big blow to Kremlin: experts

The head of Russia's deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War. Full story

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