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START Pact Expires as Negotiators Press On

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expired Saturday without an agreement on a replacement, despite past promises by President Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama that the deadline would be met.

Proposal Would Cut Governors Salaries

Governors earn up to 352,000 rubles ($11,900) per month, a figure that surpasses the salaries of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and is more than double the salary of other ministers.

Belarus Plays Down Customs Union Fears

The most difficult stage of customs union negotiations concerned automotive tariffs, with Belarus agreeing to increase tariffs for dealers to match Russian levels meaning a large hike in the price of foreign-made cars for Belarussians.

MK Loses Web Site In Mystery Attack

A virus coming from a server based in South Korea erased the contents of the Moskovsky Komsomolets web site in 10 minutes, MK web editor Albert Shchegrov, said by telephone Friday.

Dagestani Court Overturns Disputed Oct. 11 Poll

The ruling, made late last week by the Derbent City Court, also sends a strong message to the Kremlin, which must soon decide whether to reappoint Mukhu Aliyev as the president of the volatile North Caucasus republic.

Fireworks Restricted After Fire Kills 112

A Perm court on Sunday night also sanctioned the arrest of four people on charges of causing multiple deaths by negligence and breaking fire safety rules in Friday nights blaze at the Khromaya Loshad (Lame Horse) nightclub in central Perm.

Indias Singh to Visit, Sign Economic Deals

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Russia and India, partners in the so-called BRIC nations, which also include China and Brazil, are looking to boost trade to $10 billion by 2010 and to restore a relationship that has cooled since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Tikhonov, Shtirlitz Actor, Dead

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Vyacheslav Tikhonov, who died at the age of 81 on Friday, was known in the West largely for his role as a Russian prince in the 1967 Oscar-winning film version of War and Peace.

U.S. Backs Bulgarian Energy Review

The United States encouraged Bulgarias new government on Friday to press ahead with a review of major Russian-backed energy projects agreed on by the previous Socialist-led cabinet.

Economy Contracts at Slowest Pace

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russias economy will shrink 8.5 percent to 8.7 percent this year, marking the countrys worst contraction on record.

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