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Kurils Deal Linked to Economic Ties

Medvedev also calls for a grain conference and a new Energy Charter during a G8 summit.

Regional Raiders Ignore Medvedev's Message

Tax and sanitary inspectors have never found anything irregular during their visits to Agrofirma Engels, but that hasn’t stopped them from dropping hints to director Nikolai Motsny that the authorities of the Saratov region city of Engels would like a chunk of the firm.

Price for Central Asian Gas to Double

From next year, Gazprom will buy its gas from Central Asia at double today's rates, following the trend of high prices in Europe, CEO Alexei Miller said in a televised meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

Kremlin Fingered in Litvinenko's Murder

A British security services agent has said the Russian government likely played a part in the 2006 poisoning in London of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko.

Repsol Seeks A Stake in Sakhalin-3

Spanish oil company Repsol is in talks with Rosneft about taking a 24 percent stake in the Sakhalin-3 oil and gas fields, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

RusAl Fires Complaints At Potanin

United Company RusAl, the aluminum maker controlled by Oleg Deripaska, may call for a meeting of Norilsk Nickel shareholders after rival investor Vladimir Potanin extended his control of the board.

Painting All Muslims With a Broad Brush

On behalf of all Muslims living in Russia, Geidar Dzhemal, head of the Islamic Committee of Russia, has called for an end to the persecution of Muslims in the country.

In Search of Georgia's Culture of Democracy

Speaking to a television journalist late last month in Tbilisi, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili -- leader of the Rose Revolution and darling of the administration of President George W. Bush -- defended the crackdown on free media in Georgia, saying the country lacked a ""culture of democracy.""

Business in Brief

Foreign Investment BodyVimpelCom's Vietnam DealEU Pipeline ConcernsNaftogaz Contests DebtFinland Taking Its TollRuble's Rise Through JuneFor the Record

Swiss Banks Seek Role With Oil Funds

The government is in talks with UBS and other Swiss banks on the management of its two oil wealth funds, which total $163 billion, Deputy Finance Minister Dmitry Pankin said Tuesday.

Risks Seen In Global Warming

The Moscow Times
While global warming may bring Russia short-term savings on fuel costs and increased crop capacity, a temperature increase of more than 3 degrees Celsius would eventually lead to food and water shortages in some regions, a spread of diseases and a collapse of vital infrastructure, a new report said.

4 Georgian Soldiers Held in S. Ossetia

Combined Reports
Moscow-backed separatists in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region detained four Georgian soldiers Tuesday, raising tension a day before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Tbilisi.

U.S. and Czechs Sign Shield Pact

Combined Reports
The United States and the Czech Republic on Tuesday signed an initial agreement to begin basing part of a U.S. missile shield in the former Soviet satellite.

Amid City Construction Boom, Thieves Heist Heavy Machinery

As Moscow’s construction boom continues unabated, thieves and robbers continue to heist heavy machinery such as cranes and cement mixers from local construction sites.

Heads Roll in Belarus Over Weekend Blast

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko sacked his chief of staff and the head of the Security Council Tuesday, his office said, after last week's blast at an open-air concert that he attended.

Migrants Cling to EU Dream

""Who paid money to be a prisoner?"" reads the graffiti on the wall of an illegal migrant detention camp, where hundreds of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Somalis and Vietnamese are being held.

News in Brief

3 Police Shot in N. CaucasusSuspected Militant KilledCops Detained for ExtortionDefense Bill Tops 1 Trillion

New Demands Sent to TNK-BP

The Moscow Times
TNK-BP faced more bureaucratic hurdles Tuesday when labor authorities announced an investigation into purported employment violations and fined the company 41,000 rubles ($1,750) and the Federal Tax Service demanded detailed information on BP secondees.

Arshavin in Limbo After Zenit Rejects Barca's Bid

Zenit St. Petersburg has rejected a 15 million euro ($23.5 million) offer from Barcelona for playmaker Andrei Arshavin, the Russian club said Monday.
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