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12/09/2009

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Rail Safety Under Review After Blast

In the wake of the Nevsky Express bombing, Federal Security Service chief Alexander Bortnikov said Tuesday that passengers and trains are at risk because government measures aimed at protecting them have not been implemented properly.

Perm Administration Quits Over Fire

Perm Governor Oleg Chirkunov will form a new administration after investigators wrap up their inquiry into Saturday's fire started by a pyrotechnics show at the Khromaya Loshad (Lame Horse) nightclub in downtown Perm, according to a statement on the region's web site, Perm.ru.

Bill to Let State Use Foreign Standards

A bill due to go to the State Duma before the end of the year would give Russian authorities the ability to enforce foreign industrial standards, which the Kremlin hopes will boost the use of modern technologies in industry.

Medvedev Hints at Firings Over Blaze

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu has suspended the Perm region’s top fire official, Vladimir Mukhutdinov, and six of his subordinates, and the Russian president has hinted at further dismissals to come.

Kudrin: Privatizations Will Use IPO

Stakes in 14 strategic companies, as well as 435 other state-owned enterprises, are to be sold by means of an initial public offering next year, said Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin.

Putin Brings Money to Tank Maker

Indebted arms maker Uralvagonzavod, also Russia's largest manufacturer of train wagons, was promised an additional 10 billion rubles ($330 million) of government support in 2010.

Airbus Sees Russia Doubling Fleet, Becoming 6th Largest

The aircraft maker estimates that Russia will need more than 1,000 planes over 20 years, as its annual growth in passenger volumes outstrips the global average.

Luzhkov Blames Meteorologists for Snowfall

Moscow's mayor lashed out at meteorologists who he says failed to predict Monday's heavy snowfall, which choked the city's traffic flows for much of the evening and infuriated commuters.

Anti-Krishna Leaflet Removed From Banned List

A Hare Krishna leaflet is the first to be removed from the government's list of banned extremist literature since its 2007 drafting.

New Arms Treaty 'To Be Signed Soon,' Says Lavrov

Reuters
Both countries have imposed a blackout on details of the talks, but sources on both sides have signaled that only a few elements of the new treaty, which would further cut the nuclear arsenals of Russia and the United States, were outstanding.

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