July 17, 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he did not know why Russia had refused a visa to Bill Browder, head of Hermitage Capital Management.
Browder, a British citizen and major investor in the Russian economy since the fall of the Soviet Union, was deported from Russia in November without explanation.
Hermitage Capital Management is a fund with about $4 billion invested in Russia.
G8 Summit: St. Petersburg, July 15-17
A worker hangs G8 banners outside the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg (epa)
SITTING DOWN AT THE TABLE: On July 15-17, Russia hosts the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized countries in its northern capital, St. Petersburg. The event is a landmark in Russia's reemergence on the international stage after more than a decade of painful transition. In many ways, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the strongest and most confident of the leaders at the meeting, despite international concerns about the state of Russia's democratic development. Below are links to some of RFE/RL's reporting on the run-up to this major international event.