News Corp. Probe Turns to Russia

By: Devlin Barrett |

WASHINGTON—A Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into News Corp . has turned to a former Russian subsidiary, seeking to determine whether a billboard company called News Outdoor Russia paid bribes to local officials to approve sign placements in that country, according to people familiar with the case.

The investigation opens another legal front for the New York-based media conglomerate. News Corp. is trying to contain the damage from scandals over newsgathering tactics at its British newspapers unit, including admitted hacking into voice mails of people in the news and allegations of bribes paid to police and other officials.

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