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Snowden en route from H.K. to Moscow

Former US intelligence technician Edward Snowden is en route from Hong Kong to Moscow heading to a third destination, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday. "US whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, credible sources have confirmed to the South China Morning Post," the newspaper, which has carried exclusive interviews with Snowden in Hong Kong, said in a brief report on its website. "Moscow will not be his final destination," it said, raising the possibility of Iceland or Ecuador as Snowden's final destination.

Snowden en route from H.K. to Moscow

Former US intelligence technician Edward Snowden is en route from Hong Kong to Moscow heading to a third destination, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday. "US whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, credible sources have confirmed to the South China Morning Post," the newspaper, which has carried exclusive interviews with Snowden in Hong Kong, said in a brief report on its website. "Moscow will not be his final destination," it said, raising the possibility of Iceland or Ecuador as Snowden's final destination.

Russia opens criminal investigation into Aeroflot executive

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian officials have opened a criminal investigation into a deputy head of state-controlled airline Aeroflot on suspicion that he abused his position by selling cheap tickets to travel agents linked to his family. President Vladimir Putin, keen to stop foreign investment capital draining out of Russia, has made fighting endemic corruption a priority for his third term, although critics say early efforts fail to address the scale of the problem.

Billionaire Lebedev to sell out of Russia's Aeroflot: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev has been in talks with investors about selling his 4.5 percent stake in flagship carrier Aeroflot OAO <AFLT.MM>, the tycoon was quoted as saying on Thursday by business daily Vedomosti. Lebedev, an outspoken tycoon with media assets in Russia and Britain, told Reuters last year he may sell his Russian assets after coming under Kremlin pressure and being charged over his part in a fracas on a TV talk show.

St. Petersburg-Beijing air route launched

Russian airline Rossiya and Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines have signed a code-sharing agreement on flights between Beijing and the Russian city of St. Petersburg, Russian News Agency ITAR-TASS reported Monday.The move increases travel options to China from Russia's second- largest city, especially following a steady rise in air traffic between the two countries in recent years. Three weekly flights between Beijing and St. Petersburg are currently scheduled under the new agreement.

Berezovsky's girlfriend casts doubt on suicide

The 23-year-old girlfriend of the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky said Monday that she did not believe he had killed himself and that they had been planning to go to Israel on holiday together days after he was found dead. In an interview with liberal weekly New Times, Katerina Sabirova said she did not believe Berezovsky, 67, whom she first met four years ago, would have killed himself, and that in their last conversation a day before his death, his voice "had sounded better than usual."

Berezovsky 'had ligature around neck', inquest hears

Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky was found lying on his bathroom floor with a piece of material around his neck and the same material on a shower rail, an inquest into his death heard on Thursday. The 67-year-old was found in his mansion in Ascot, west of London, on Saturday. A post-mortem examination found his death was consistent with hanging, but toxicology tests are being carried out and it will be several weeks before the results are known.

Foul play not impossible in Berezovsky death - police

By Maria Golovnina WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - Police believe foul play cannot be completely ruled out in the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found at the weekend with a piece of material around his neck, an inquest heard on Thursday. Berezovsky, a sworn enemy of President Vladimir Putin, was found dead on Saturday in a luxury mansion in Ascot.

Britain opens inquest into Berezovsky's unexplained death

By Maria Golovnina LONDON (Reuters) - Britain opens a judicial inquiry into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky on Thursday to establish how he died in the locked bathroom of his vast mansion near London. Berezovsky, who survived years of intrigue, power struggles and assassination attempts in Russia, was found dead on Saturday in his home in Ascot, a town close to Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle.

Daughter pays tribute to Berezovsky

One of Boris Berezovsky's children paid tribute to her father on Wednesday following his death in Britain at the weekend, saying he was not a "typical parent" but she was proud of him. The 67-year-old Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic was found dead on the floor of his bathroom in his mansion in the upmarket town of Ascot, west of London, on Saturday afternoon. A post-mortem found he had been hanged and police have said they do not believe anyone else was involved in his death.
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