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10/01/2009

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EU Says Georgia Started 2008 War

The report also charges that Russia's military action on Georgian territory went "far beyond the needs of a proportionate defense of Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali," who had come under fire in the Georgian attack.

Expat Wedding No Longer a Russian Dream

Women interviewed in a recent survey gave a number of reasons for their reluctance to marry a foreigner, including a different mentality, culture, language, laws and concerns about the future of common children in case of a divorce.

Death Threats Against Kadyrov Spark Inquiry

The threats to kill the Chechen president appeared on the home page of Chechnyatoday.com for several hours June 29 after an attack by hackers.

City Police Shut Down Poker Club

The Golden River poker club near the Bratislavskaya metro station was disguised as a restaurant called Golden River.

Paper: Medvedev May Fire Putin-Era Speechwriter

Medvedev has rejected speeches written by Dzhakhan Pollyeva, who served in the Kremlin during Putin's presidency, Nezavisimaya Gazeta said, citing an unidentified Kremlin official.

Opposition Claims Georgia Distorting UN Report

Reuters
The Georgian government and the country's main television broadcasters said the independent report, commissioned by the European Union and released on Wednesday, pinned the blame for the five-day war on Russia.

Central Bank Slows Ruble’s Record Rise

Reuters
The ruble closed in regular trading at 36.29 versus the dual currency basket, taking its gains for September to 5.3 percent for its best month since the current composition of 55 cents and 45 euro cents was set in 2007.

French Foreign Minister Talks Down Iran Sanctions

The Associated Press
Bernard Kouchner's remarks ahead of meetings with Russian officials were in line with suggestions that global powers — who fear the military implications of Iran's nuclear program — want to focus on talks and give Iran a chance to end years of defiance.

Returning to Form, Sharapova Enters Tokyo Semis

Reuters
Sharapova, 25th in the world after shoulder surgery last October, kept the nervous event organizers happy after a glut of early exits by top-seeded players.

Norilsk Predicts Profitable H2

Combined Reports
The miner said full-year results will probably beat forecasts and plans to post a full-year net income of $1.2 billion, according to the median of three analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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