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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

The Ambassador's Undiplomatic Maneuver

There's a new catchphrase in London: Are you a skier? And it has nothing to do with winter sports. It's a quasi-acronym for: Are you Spending the Kids' Inheritance?

Have a Happy, er, You Know What I Mean

Holiday greetings and congratulations are much simpler in Russian than in English.

Iraq Contractor Charged With Graft

In what is expected to be the first of a series of criminal charges against officials and contractors overseeing the rebuilding of Iraq, an American has been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to U.S. occupation authorities and their spouses to obtain construction contracts, according to a complaint unsealed late Wednesday.

Cheney: War Critics Dishonest

In the sharpest White House attack yet on critics of the Iraq war, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that accusations the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to justify the war were a ""dishonest and reprehensible"" political ploy.

Business in Brief

Putin Travels to APEC BUSAN, South Korea -- Pacific Rim leaders will take serious decisions on trade and bird flu during this week's summit and probably back Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization, a Russian official said on Thursday. Vasily Dobrovolsky, Russia's senior official for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, forum, also told reporters the leaders were likely to discuss ways to pool resources to tackle natural and other disasters. President Vladimir Putin joins U.S. President George W. Bush and leaders from 19 other APEC economies on Friday for two days of talks in the South Korean port city of Busan. (Reuters) Currency Reserves Decline The country's foreign currency and gold reserves declined to $163.2 billion as of Nov. 11 from a record $164.7 billion a week before, the Central Bank said in a statement, without citing any reason for the decline. The Central Bank added $400 million to the reserves from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4.

UES Holds Course in Transdnestr

Russia's power monopoly is ready to invest up to $180 million in a hydro plant in Moldova's separatist Transdnestr region despite a row with the country's authorities and business partners, its director said.

Ustinov Tells SMEs He's on Their Side

Small and medium-sized businesses found an unlikely supporter Thursday in the form of the country's top prosecutor, who said doing business in Russia was hard but that his office was there to help.

Putin Backs Turkey as Energy Hub

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Italy pledged on Thursday to boost oil and gas cooperation and bring Europe greater energy security after inaugurating a natural gas pipeline under the Black Sea.

Transneft Rebuffs Green Fears

Crude oil pipeline monopoly Transneft wants to bolster its planned pipeline to the Pacific coast with an oil refinery, despite objections from green groups and a Russian minister.

Nazarbayev Talks Gas Transit in Kiev

Kazakhstan's president held talks in Kiev on Thursday to discuss using a Ukrainian pipeline to ship his country's oil into Europe's hungry markets.

Starbucks Gets Back Its Brand

Starbucks has regained the right to use its brand on coffee houses in Russia after a protracted legal battle with a trademark squatter who was asking $600,000 for the logo, the intellectual property agency said Thursday.

Duma Committee Talks Privacy Laws

Before the government can improve protection of personal data, it must determine what information should be private, Vladimir Vasilyev, chairman of the State Duma Security Committee, said on Thursday.

Voronezh Faces Students' Concerns

A representative of the Voronezh city administration, speaking Thursday at a forum dedicated to International Students' Day, said the city was powerless to protect foreign students -- just over a month after the latest murder of a foreign student in the city.

News in Brief

Rights Activists Sign Letter Nearly two dozen Russian rights activists, politicians and journalists warned on Wednesday that human rights were being suppressed and that dissent was being quashed. In a letter on the web site of the Moscow Helsinki Group, the watchdog pointed to the prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky as an indication of growing authoritarianism under President Vladimir Putin. Among the 23 people signing were Moscow Helsinki Group head Lyudmila Alexeyeva, former chess champion Garry Kasparov and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Vitaly Ginzburg. (AP) New Year's Holiday Schedule The State Duma will not amend the schedule for the New Year and Orthodox Christmas holidays, meaning that Russia will have a 10-day break as it did after the law was introduced last year, a senior legislator said Thursday. ""There will be no changes,"" Andrei Isayev, chairman of the Duma's Labor and Social Policy Committee, was quoted by Interfax as saying.

State Duma Adds Teeth to Bill on Investigations

A State Duma committee on Thursday beefed up a bill on parliamentary investigations to allow lawmakers to carry out their own probes into terrorist attacks independently of the security services.

Russia Frustrated With Iran

Russia is increasingly frustrated with Iran's reluctance to reduce international fears about its nuclear agenda and that anger is helping the United States and other nations seeking to refer Iran to the UN Security Council, diplomats said Thursday.

Medvedev Takes His Cabinet Seat

He may have been chosen to sit at the right hand of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, but during his first, four-hour Cabinet meeting on Thursday Dmitry Medvedev did not say a word.

Orange Believers Losing Faith

Since Kiev began its Orange Revolution one year ago, the mood has switched from euphoria to deep disappointment.

2 Brothers and a Grim Tale of Cannibalism

Two teenage brothers in the Rostov region have been arrested and charged with killing an acquaintance and, together with their mother, eating his heart and liver following a drunken brawl over a stolen stereo.
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