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3 Factions Boycott Duma Over Vote

The deputies with the Communist, Liberal Democratic and Just Russia parties demanded a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev, who had endorsed the election results Monday.

Luzhkov Takes Snow Fight to the Sky

Airborne snowfall prevention will save the city about 300 million rubles ($10.2 million) this winter, said Andrei Tsybin, head of City Hall's department for public works and utilities.

Clinton Urges Russia to Open Political System

The Associated Press
Clinton stressed to students at Moscow State University that Russia's prosperity was dependent on its willingness to cultivate core freedoms, including the freedom to participate in the political process.

Sberbank to Help Courts Collect Debt

Under the new program, which bypasses the paperwork that is traditionally required, the debtor simply uses a bank card to pay the loan plus a 3 percent commission to Sberbank.

City Lawyer Who Fought Nepotism Cleared of Fraud

Inna Yermoshkina, who was passed over in several tenders for notary permits, sued the commission that organizes the tenders three times in 2008, accusing it of illegally helping the relatives of senior officials obtain Moscow permits while denying them to lawyers like herself.

Gazprom Neft Eyes Dutch Technology

Salym is 50-50 owned by Royal Dutch Shell and Sibir Energy, the company that Gazprom Neft majority owns after a series of deals earlier this year.

Canadian Senator: Margelov’s Visa Refusal Helped Relations

Canada's refusal last month to issue a Federation Council senator a visa opened a new door on relations between the countries, a Canadian senator says.

Putin Offers Asian Alternative to Eurovision

The contest, to be called Intervision, would serve as a vehicle for “strengthening cultural ties between our peoples,” Putin said at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Wednesday.

Russia, India Settle Military Pacts Worth $5Bln

One of the agreements would include a $1 billion deal for 80 Russian Mi-17 helicopters and contracts for fitting Brahmos missiles onto Russian-made Sukhoi fighter planes.

U.S., Ukraine Missile Talks Worry Russia

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that he was concerned at the prospect of U.S. talks on missile defense with countries that are not part of the NATO military alliance.

TNK-BP Plans $1.3Bln Refinery Upgrades

Didier Baudrand, TNK-BP executive vice-president downstream, told a news conference that the upgrades would be implemented at refineries in the Russian cities of Saratov and Ryazan as well as in Ukraine.

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