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12/03/2007

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U.S. Sweeps Russia in Davis Cup Final

The Associated Press
The United States won its first Davis Cup since 1995 with a doubles victory over defending champion Russia on Saturday.

The Vote Was Not Free or Transparent

Vladimir Churov, head of the Central Elections Commission, gave a small group of foreign reporters a personal guarantee five days before the State Duma elections took place.

Dubai on the Moscow River

Writing in the Nov. 22 issue of The New York Review of Books, former Soviet dissident Sergei Kovalyov analyzed the reasons for President Vladimir Putin's remarkable popularity.

U.S. Focus of Climate Discussions

The Associated Press
Any agreement hammered out by a massive United Nations climate change conference starting in Indonesia this week would not make sense without the participation of the United States, the world's top emitter of greenhouse gases, the UN's climate chief said Sunday.

Venezuela Votes on Chavez's Changes

Reuters
Venezuelans voted in a tightly contested referendum Sunday on whether to allow left-wing President Hugo Chavez to stay in power for as long as he keeps winning elections or hand him his first defeat at the polls.

British Muslim Delegation Pushes for Teacher's Release

The Associated Press
The British government and a Muslim delegation from the House of Lords are together pushing hard to obtain a pardon from Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for a teacher imprisoned when she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Opera With a Twist of Beet

From the Trans-Siberian to opera, Neil McGowan has embraced a wide swath of Russian culture.

First Person

Igor Moskovin, doughnut kiosk owner/operator.

Hot Choc to Warm Up

Moka D'oro describes itself as a ""city cafe,"" which seems quite an apt description given that it follows the city cafe formula closely.

Restaurant News

Those looking for a cozy countryside retreat for a couple of pints now have a new pub to unwind in, the Chester Ferry Pub and Restaurant.

Alfa Says MegaFon Dispute Resolved

Combined Reports
Altimo, the telecoms investment vehicle of billionaire Mikhail Fridman, said Friday that it had resolved a long-running dispute over its stake in the country's third-largest mobile operator, MegaFon.

Venture Fund Boss Touts Ties to Siloviki

The Kremlin and an Israeli investment fund on Sunday sought to distance themselves from Oleg Shvartsman, an unknown Russian fund manager who claimed in an interview that he was a key money manager for the siloviki clan.

Gazprom May Choose Total for Astrakhan

Reuters
Gazprom may bring in Total to help it tap a large gas field in Astrakhan, it said Friday, only a few months after teaming up with the French oil major on the giant Arctic Shtokman deposit.

UES to Sell 21% of Mosenergo to City

Reuters
The board of state utility Unified Energy System on Friday approved the sale of 21.2 percent of Moscow utility Mosenergo to the city government for 6.5 rubles per share, valuing the stake at $2.25 billion.

Putin Says Science Funding to Double

The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin pledged on Friday to double the government's spending on science in the next two years, saying it was crucial to ensuring the country's development.

Business in Brief

Kovytka Deal DelayedGazprom Mulls Ruble SalesProkhorov Sells Media StakeRZD Bank to Borrow $2BlnPolyus Wins Gold LicenseGAZ Eyes Michigan PartsNovolipetsk Net Falls 20%UES Plans China VentureMechel Mulls Coal SpinoffTGK-7 Manager KilledEni to Buy Burren Energy

Investors Hoping for Clarity After Election

Investors await President Vladimir Putin's plans for the next administration.

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