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01/27/2009

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City Backtracks on New Expat Rule

Moscow authorities backtracked Monday on a new rule requiring expatriates to register their apartment rental contracts as part of a drive to collect taxes, saying the rule was only a recommendation that would not be enforced.

Millionaire's Crisis Plan: Return to Bartering

German Sterligov is preparing to open a worldwide barter system from a top floor in a Moskva-City skyscraper.

Sberbank Sees 6% Rise in Q3 Profit

Sberbank said Monday that its third-quarter profit rose a modest 6 percent to 23.2 billion rubles ($704 million) after losses on trading.

Kudrin Wants World Financial Watchdog

Reuters
The world needs a new financial watchdog to cope with the consequences of the global crisis, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin wrote in an article published ahead of a G20 financial sherpas' meeting.

Putin Blames Bush for Gas Dispute With Ukraine

Bloomberg
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blamed George W. Bush for a dispute with Ukraine that left much of Europe without gas this month, saying the former U.S. president fostered political chaos in the region.

NATO Will Resume Top-Level Contacts

Reuters
NATO said Monday that it would resume within weeks top-level contacts with Russia frozen because of last year's Russia-Georgia war, while Russia said it saw no obstacle to restoring full ties as early as next month.

Cruise Promotes Film in Moscow

The Moscow Times
Hollywood star Tom Cruise met with fans Monday on Pushkin Square ahead of the Russian premiere of his new film ""Valkyrie,"" about a 1944 plot by German officers to assassinate Hitler.

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