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10/02/2009

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Tel Aviv Court Charges Gaidamak

Arkady Gaidamak, who left Israel for Moscow late last year and received Russian citizenship in early 2009, said he would return to Israel to fight the charges.

Moscow Scores a Small Victory in Strasbourg

The failed challenge was submitted by 72 deputies who had accused Moscow of noncompliance in the peace process following last year's war with Georgia.

Former Izvestia Editor Dies

Known for his liberal views, Golembiovsky was widely credited with turning the newspaper into one of Russia's most respected in the tumultuous 1990s, when its circulation reached 12 million copies.

No Charges In Stowaway Death on Jet

Filipp Yurchenko, 19, curled up in the wheel well of an A320 plane operated by Vladivostok Avia and is believed to have died from lack of oxygen and the cold at high altitudes.

Sberbank Eases Criteria for Loans

The Moscow Times
The bank has decreased the required down payment for consumer loans to 15 percent to 20 percent from 30 percent, increased the maximum loan amount and decreased requirements for cosigning on a certain number of loans.

State to Create New Geology Holding

The Moscow Times
Rosgeologia will unite scientific institutes, industrial firms and geological information resources, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said in a statement on its web site.

Train Station Kiosks Declared Illegal

Russian Railways wants to replace kiosks and peddlers around Moscow train stations with flowerbeds and vending machines in an effort to follow an April order by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to "decriminalize" the country's train stations.

DST Seeks Further Facebook Share Expansion

Reuters
According to an anonymous Facebook shareholder, DST is offering $14.77 a share, the same price paid in July when it bought $100 million in Facebook shares from the social networking site's employees and ex-employees, at a $6.5 billion valuation.

Kadyrov-Led Raid Kills 8 Militants in Chechnya

Combined Reports
Chechen police spokesman Magomed Yevloyev said the operation, located near the boundary with Dagestan, targeted about 20 insurgents in the Nozhai-Yurt district.

Prosecutors Move to Ban Liquor in Airports

By Rinat Sagdiyev / Vedomosti
Since early September, prosecutors have been making frequent visits to restaurants and bars in the city's airports, officials from a major alcohol producer and an international vodka company said.

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