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Submission + - Russian Stock Market Mysteriously Halted "Indefinitely" (zerohedge.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: "bears for the bear" dept: It's not the setup for a Yakov Smirnoff joke: "In soviet Russia, stock market halts you." Rather more seriously, all trading appears to have been suspended, and after the third delayed time for re-opening, the closure has been announced ominously: "The technical suspension of trading to be extended. The situation has been recognized as an emergency. Further actions will be announced shortly." There is very little news available about this, and it is unknown if these are technology problems or manged by the Russian state — but Zero Hedge has been tracking the issue. At this time, a site hacking and defacement has now been largely ruled out.

Submission + - Russian City Ever Watchful Against Being Sucked Into Earth (nytimes.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the most expensive apartment ever sold in New York City — the $88 million penthouse at 15 Central Park West — did much for local real estate values. But in Berezniki, the mining city where he made his fortune, properties have literally been plunging. "Imagine putting a sugar cube in a cup of tea," Mikhail A. Permyakov, the chief land surveyor for Uralkali, the company that owns the mine. "That is what happened under Berezniki." Berezniki is afflicted by sinkholes, hundreds of feet deep that can open at a moment's notice. So grave is the danger that the entire city is under 24-hour video surveillance. In 2008 a government commission cleared Mr. Rybolovlev of wrongdoing, blaming past unsafe practices for the sinkholes. A senior official close to Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin says that Mr. Rybolovlev bears some responsibility, even though he sold the mine after the occurrence of the first great openings.

Submission + - U.S. Strategic Command Deletes Russian Spacecraft (gizmodo.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin accused the US of sabotage, regarding the recent falure of the Mars-bound, Phobos-Grunt probe. To add additional intrigue, after the allegation the United States Strategic Command "mysteriously" deleted all Phobos-Grunt data from Space Track. Space Track is an online database that tracks every object in orbit, and is publicly available to more than 39,000 users around the world. Phobos-Grunt tracking information was replaced with the following message:

Information regarding the Phobos-Grunt (SCC# 37872) is being accomplished in a different format. This format is different from standard entries posted to Space Track.

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