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12/05/2007

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How Nemtsov's Arrest Differs From Anya's

Last week I heard the most optimistic news that an inveterate pessimist like me could have possibly imagined. No, I'm not referring to the recent State Duma elections.

No Longer Forbidden Fruit

The obstacles to BlackBerry arriving on the Russian market have finally been overcome.

Ryumochnaya Revival

Ryumochnayas are making a comeback. These drinking dens of old, with their standup-only service, limited selection of strong spirits and lack of any substantial food, were certainly simple affairs.

Ask the Chef

Narek Avagyan is head chef at Cafe Ararat in the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow hotel.

Millhouse in $400M Gold Deal

Reuters
Roman Abramovich will acquire a 40 percent interest in miner Highland Gold for $400 million by subscribing to a new share issue.

Potanin's Hopes Fade for Norilsk Stake

Prokhorov is offering a discount of $3 billion to RusAl, a report says.

25% Gas Price Hike Approved

Reuters
The government on Tuesday approved a planned 25 percent rise in state-capped gas prices for 2008 and a higher-than-planned gas transportation fee, in a move that will create extra inflationary pressures.

Investors Pull Out of Shvartsman Venture

A state fund, an Israeli merchant bank and the EBRD have pulled the plug on a Russian investment venture after a minority shareholder said Kremlin siloviki had given him the go-ahead to conduct ""velvet reprivatization"" in strategic industries.

UES Sets Price for TGK-12

Reuters
Unified Energy System has set the price of new TGK-12 shares at 75 rubles each, an 8.7 percent premium to market, UES spokeswoman Marita Nagoga said Tuesday.

Golos Sees Serious Violations

Golos, the country's only independent election-monitoring body, criticized on Tuesday the State Duma vote as riddled with serious violations that robbed the election process of all legitimacy.

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