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10/20/2009

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Tower Causes Rare Government Split

In a sign of the division, two state-controlled television channels aired competing reports on Sunday night about Okhta Center, which is to serve as the headquarters for Gazprom Neft but has met with fierce public opposition.

Corruption Seeps Into Online State Tenders

When Vologda State Pedagogical University wanted a new car, it did what all state organizations do: published a notice on the federal government’s web site for state purchases. But the university didn’t want just any car.

RusAl IPO Planned for Paris and Hong Kong

By Maxim Tovkailo / Vedomosti
RusAl plans to sell a 10 percent stake simultaneously in Hong Kong and Paris, but it is not yet clear how the stake will be divided, a source close to RusAl's shareholders told Vedomosti.

Buryatia Police Chief Linked to Gem Probe

Viktor Syusyura, 55, was detained late Saturday in the southern Siberian republic and flown to Moscow’s Lefortovo detention center under heavy guard.

Strasbourg Judge Replaced Ahead of Yukos Hearing

The court was to hold its first hearing on Yukos on Nov. 19, but it might now postpone it because of the switch in judges, and Russia's right to ask for a delay when a new judge is appointed could also change the case's schedule.

Pop Star, Chechen Businessman Settle Custody Dispute

The agreement, announced during a hearing of the Chechen Supreme Court, calls for the boy to stay with his father when his mother is on tour or otherwise traveling, Interfax reported.

Ruble Strength Suggests Fading Recession

Reuters
The ruble has notched up seven consecutive weeks of gains versus the euro-dollar basket, propelled by strong oil prices, growing investor appetite for high-yielding emerging markets and signs that the domestic economy is on its way out of recession.

AvtoVAZ Says It May File for Bankruptcy

Combined Reports
The government has given AvtoVAZ 25 billion rubles ($853 million) in emergency loans, while the carmaker has slashed salaries and announced plans to eliminate thousands of jobs.

Communist Group Sues OSCE for $40 Trillion

The group, called Generation of Victory, filed a suit against the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for passing a resolution that equated the roles of Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union in starting World War II.

Japanese Figure Skater to Compete for Russia

Reuters
Since Japan does not allow dual citizenship, figure skater Yuko Kawaguchi was forced to give up her Japanese passport in exchange for a Russian one, enabling her and partner Alexander Smirnov to represent her adopted country at next year's Winter Games in Vancouver.

Central Bank Seeks Foreign Loan Caps

Reuters
Recent improvements in global liquidity, combined with rising crude prices, have disquieted Russian officials concerned that the country’s cash-starved enterprises will turn to foreign money again to finance their activities — just as they did prior to the recession.
U.S. actor Andy Garcia, second right, playing the part of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili during filming in the presidential office in Tbilisi on Monday. Renny Harlin, the director of “Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” is making a movie based on the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008.

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U.S. actor Andy Garcia, second right, playing the part of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili during filming in the presidential office in Tbilisi on Monday. Renny Harlin, the director of “Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” is making a movie based on the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008.

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