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Adoption freeze urged after boy returned to Russia

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's foreign minister urged Friday that child adoptions to the U.S. be frozen after an American woman put an 8-year-old Russian boy she had adopted on a one-way flight back to his homeland unaccompanied. Artyom Savelyev, who carried the adoptive name Justin Hansen, got off a...

Russia furious over adopted boy sent back from US

MOSCOW - (APINTL) Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a woman from Tennessee was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems. The boy, Artyom Savelyev, was put...

Petition drive urges Russia not to halt adoptions

NEW YORK - (AP) Worried over a threatened freeze of adoptions from Russia, thousands of American adoption advocates are petitioning leaders of the two nations to prevent such a step even as they decry a Tennessee woman returning her adopted son to Russia. Poignant pleas from would-be adoptive parents...

Russia suspends all adoptions to US families

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia has suspended all adoptions to U.S. families until the two countries can agree on procedures, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday a week after an American woman sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Russia on a plane by himself. The boy's return without supervision or explanation...

Telenor lawsuit in Russia withdrawn

OSLO - (APINTL) Telenor says a fellow shareholder in Russia's No. 2 mobile operator, Vimpelcom, has withdrawn a lawsuit in Russia that threatened to deprive the Norwegian telecommunications group of its 30-percent share in the company. Friday's move is a key step in Telenor and Russian conglomerate...

Russia: US adoptions freeze to last for weeks

MOSCOW - (APINTL) All Russian adoptions to the United States will remain suspended until a new agreement is negotiated, which could take up to two months, the Kremlin's children's rights ombudsman said Monday. Russia froze U.S. adoptions last week after a boy was put on a plane back to Russia...

Ukraine, Russia to extend Black Sea Fleet lease

KIEV, Ukraine - (AP) The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed on Wednesday to extend the stay of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol after the existing lease expires in 2017, news agencies reported. The move is among the strongest concrete signs since President Viktor...

Russia says pirates who held tanker are freed

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's Defense Ministry said Friday the pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast of Somalia have been released because of "imperfections" in international law. Authorities initially said the pirates would be brought to Russia to face criminal charges after hijacking...

Russian president boosts ties on visit to Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine - (AP) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Ukraine on Monday, where he oversaw the signing of several cooperation deals with the new Moscow-friendly leadership. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has advocated stronger ties with Russia, reversing his predecessor's attempts...

Russia, US officials near adoption accord

MOSCOW - (AP) Russian and U.S. negotiators have agreed to set up licensed adoption agencies and allow monitors to visit the homes of adopted children as part of a new accord, Russia's children's rights ombudsman said Thursday. Adoptions in Russia became a highly emotional issue after an instance...

Russia cuts gas supplies to Belarus over debt

MOSCOW - (APINTL) Russia on Monday started cutting most natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbor Belarus over what it claims is a debt of nearly $200 million, threatening to rekindle political disputes in the region over energy policy. President Dmitry Medvedev met early Monday with Alexei Miller...

Russia reopens Belarus gas tap but dispute goes on

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's gas monopoly said Thursday it has resumed supplies to Belarus after a payment dispute, but Belarus still threatened to stop sending gas on to other European countries unless Moscow settles its own debts. The dispute, which briefly caused a 40 percent drop in Russian gas...

The Patent Court in Russia: The Missing Link

by Vladimir Biriulin Excerpt: Russian law now has the trappings of adequate protection for intellectual property (IP), from registration to protection of rights. IP rights are protected by the police, the customs authorities at the borders, and by IP owners bringing civil actions. The Chamber...

Doing Business in Russia

I was recently browsing through discussions and postings on LinkedIn groups and found an interesting article that I would like to share with you. It was posted on FizzLaw group's bulletin, a group dedicated to providing small businesses with access to small business lawyers. Originally being...

Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) Laws Toolbox

B razil R ussia I ndia C hina Laws Toolbox Welcome to LexisNexis B.R.I.C.Laws toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for the new emerging economic bloc composed of the nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the People’s Republic of China.) The BRIC nations...

Deciding Russian Law after Trial, Court Recognizes Corruption and Bribery in Russia as “Ordinary Course of Business and/or Customary Practice in Russia”

By Louis M. Solomon Creditanstalt Investment Bank AG, et al. v. Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, et al. , Case No. 01-CV-1677 (Denver Colo. District Court June 2011), is an example of international litigation in a U.S. court making its way through trial and decision. The decision should be read in...

Russia creates force to investigate police crimes

MOSCOW (AP) - The head of Russia's top investigation agency has announced the creation of a task force that will investigate crimes committed by police officers. The move follows a perennial public outcry over cases of killings, beatings, torture and Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

House panel passes bill on Russian human rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to penalize Russian human rights violators in a measure that could complicate efforts to normalize trade relations between the two countries. The legislation, approved by voice vote, imposes visa bans and freezes the assets of...

Putin signs law regulating Russian NGOs

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law a new measure that requires non-governmental groups receiving funding from abroad and engaging in political activity to register as foreign agents. Some NGOs have vowed to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Russia’s Ejection of USAID and the Protection of Human Rights

In the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, human rights NGOs interfere with his ongoing rule that paints a thin veneer of democracy over a regime that has never trusted the ballot box. Having risen to power as a KGB operative, it's not surprising that President Putin has been the driving...

Moscow rally held to remember reporter's murder

MOSCOW (AP) - Around 200 people held a rally Sunday in Moscow to mark the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of crusading reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Participants held up candles and pictures of the journalist and Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Russia charges opposition leader with riot plot

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian investigators on Friday filed charges against a left-wing activist, making him the most prominent opposition figure to face prison under an increasingly severe Kremlin crackdown against the anti-Putin protest movement. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Friday...

Russia expands treason law, critics fear crackdown

MOSCOW (AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor. The law took effect Wednesday, just two days after Full version...

UN criticizes Russia over torture allegations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Committee Against Torture strongly criticized Russia in a report for failing to investigate widespread allegations of torture and stepping up intimidation and reprisals against human rights advocates and journalists. The panel of 10 independent experts expressed concern...

Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: An Analysis under the Principles of Jus ad Bellum

Introduction The Legality of the Use of Force under the UN Charter In the devastating aftermath of World War II, the international community came together to prohibit the use of force in international relations. The Charter of the United Nations ( Charter or CUN ) became the formal codification...