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Russia to analyze results of 2014 soccer World Cup

MOSCOW, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Russia will host a conference where the results of the 2014 Soccer World Cup to be studied, Russian Football Union (RFS) said Monday. "We'll conduct technical and tactical analysis of the World Cup games to consider the trends of development in the soccer," head of the RFS Nikolai Tolstykh told reporters. Tolstykh said that the conference will be held either in Moscow or in St. Petersburg in September next year.

Russian chief justice to be flown home after Ghana car crash

The chief justice of Russia's supreme court remained in stable condition on Tuesday after a car accident in Ghana and would soon be flown home, officials said. "He's fine. He's stable," an official at the 37 Military Hospital in the west African country's capital Accra told AFP on condition of anonymity. The Russian supreme court's spokesman told Interfax news agency that Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Lebedev "will be transferred to Moscow as early as today" if a flight can be arranged.

Russia sentences tycoon Lebedev to 150 hours labour for battery

A Moscow court on Tuesday convicted tycoon Alexander Lebedev for battery of another businessman during a televised talk show in 2011, sentencing him to 150 hours of community labour. The court found Lebedev, who owns several major newspapers in Russia and Britain, guilty of assaulting construction magnate Sergei Polonsky in September 2011, Russian agencies reported. ma/zak/jmm

Russia sentences tycoon Lebedev to 150 hours labour for battery

A Moscow court on Tuesday convicted tycoon Alexander Lebedev for battery of another businessman during a televised talk show in 2011, sentencing him to 150 hours of community labour. The Ostankinsky District Court found Lebedev, who owns several major newspapers in Russia and Britain, guilty of assaulting construction magnate Sergei Polonsky in September 2011, Russian news agencies reported. Lebedev, a maverick banker and former intelligence officer who owns Moscow's opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta together with Mikhail Gorbachev, has labelled the case as fabricated.

Russia media tycoon goes on trial for assault

Russian magnate Alexander Lebedev, who owns newspapers in Russia and Britain, went on trial Thursday in a preliminary hearing on charges of assault and hooliganism for punching a fellow tycoon on a television talk show. Lebedev, the co-owner of Britain's The Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers, dismissed the charges as a fabrication as he attended the hearing at a court in Moscow. Lebedev, a 53-year-old former KGB agent, punched Sergei Polonsky, an outspoken real estate tycoon, during an argument on a Russian talk show in September 2011.

Russian tycoon Lebedev likens to trial to political witch-hunt

* Lebedev faces trial over punch-throwing on TV * Media magnate says charges lack substance * Faces up to five years' jail if convicted By Megan Davies MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Russian banker and media magnate Alexander Lebedev on Wednesday likened his trial for throwing a punch during a television chat show to a political witch-hunt and said the charge of hooliganism levelled against him was baseless.

UPDATE 1-Russian former EBRD director charged with bribery

* Kotova, ex-VTB banker, suspected of seeking $1.4 mln kickback * Defence lawyer says case politically motivated * Defendants face up to seven years jail if convicted By Douglas Busvine MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Russia's former executive director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was charged with bribery on Tuesday in a case that has raised wider concerns over possible corruption at the multilateral lender.
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