Advocates of Bitcoin gained support from OAO Sberbank chief Herman Gref, who’s urging the Kremlin to stop Russian lawmakers from curbing the use of virtual currencies in a bill designed to cut funding for terrorists.
Yekaterinburg, the Siberian city where drug users used to be handcuffed to their beds to help them quit, exemplifies Russia’s efforts to stamp out the habit in a nation that has the most HIV-infected addicts.
Premier Vladimir Putin’s party failed to win a majority in parliamentary elections, according to exit polls and early results, dealing the Russian leader his first electoral setback since he came to power a decade ago.
President Dmitry Medvedev may back Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party this weekend to bolster its flagging support before a parliamentary vote as speculation mounts about which of them will run for the Kremlin next year.
Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company, was found by a federal jury not to infringe the patent of a 70-year-old electrical engineer who claims he came up with the idea for the smartphone.