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01/29/2009

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Austrian Court Rules For Extradition of Ex-Stavropol Mayor

By Nikolaus von Twickel
An Austrian court has ruled in favor of the extradition of former Stavropol Mayor Dmitry Kuzmin, who fled Russia in 2007 amid corruption charges and has requested political asylum in Austria.

Putin Warns Against State Excesses

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has overseen the creation of government-backed national industry champions, surprised participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday by warning against excessive state intervention in the economy.

Cyprus Sees Russia as a Lifeline During Crisis

Long a haven for Russian business, the island is now pushing hard to attract Russian cash through tourism.

Chichvarkin's Arrest Authorized by Court

The Basmanny District Court on Wednesday sanctioned the arrest of former Yevroset chairman Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who left the country last month and has not returned, in connection with allegations of smuggling, kidnapping and extortion.

Pope Pleased With New Patriarch

Pope Benedict XVI expressed “joy” on Wednesday with the election of Metropolitan Kirill as the Russian Orthodox patriarch, while church critics complained that public debate about the vote had been suppressed.

Laggard Moldova Has 'Most Stable' Economy

Reuters
Moldova, Europe's poorest country, is basking in its new status as one of the world's most stable economies, even if it did take a global slump to earn it the accolade.

Soldier Seeking Asylum Denies Political Motive

A Russian soldier who deserted and is seeking political asylum in Georgia said Wednesday that his decision was not politically motivated and that he does not consider himself a traitor.

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