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Revised Oil Prices Drive Up GDP Forecast

The economy is likely to grow by 2.5 percent next year, says Economic Development Minister Andrei Klepach.

EU Insists Lisbon Treaty Will Make Life Easier

Critics have said the reform actually makes the EU more complicated because it creates a new permanent president of the European Council while leaving in place the commission president and — for now — the EU’s rotating presidency.

2nd Train Blast Injured Bastrykin

The Investigative Committee chief is in “satisfactory” condition after being wounded while visiting the site of the train bombing.

Russians Google ‘Why Is Putin a Crab?’

The Moscow Times
When users enter the Russian word for “why” into Google, they are prompted with the question, which stems from a series of images circulating online that showed the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s smiling face grafted onto a crustacean shell.

2 Researchers Barred at Tbilisi Airport, Prompting a Protest

The Moscow Times
Sergei Mironenko, head of the Russian State Archive and a well-known historian, and Nikolai Silayev, head of the Center of Caucasus Studies at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs, were turned back by Georgian border guards at the Tbilisi International Airport.

Sochi Logo Gets Off to Rough Start

The logo — which combines 2014 with the Olympic rings — reflects the goals of the Olympic Games for Russia and was decided upon after vast amounts of research in large cities in Russia and abroad.

Chechen Rebels Claim Nevsky Express Bombing

The attack, which derailed the luxury Nevsky Express train Friday night, was part of a broader strategy announced earlier this year by rebel leader Doku Umarov, the Kavkaz Center web site said in a statement attributed to the rebels’ headquarters.

Kazakh Rights Record Blasted at OSCE Talks

Officials at a meeting in Athens of the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Kazakhstan had made some progress but urged it to use its turn at the helm to improve its democratic institutions.

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