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02/03/2009

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When Aeroflot Passengers Rejected Their Pilot

When passengers on Aeroflot Flight 315 heard the pilot make his preflight announcement, they knew something was amiss.

Government Pledges to Support GAZ

A government commission chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov singled out Oleg Deripaska's GAZ Group for special treatment in a session on Tuesday.

Medvedev, Lukashenko Discuss New Air Defense Deal

Associated Press
Russia and Belarus will strengthen military cooperation with a deal to form a joint air-defense system, President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.

Ethnic Tensions Keep New Dagestani Tax Chief From Working

The Moscow Times
Hundreds of protesters in Dagestan refused to allow a senior Moscow-appointed tax official to enter his office, demanding that the post be given to a representative of a local ethnic group, national media reported Tuesday.

Agency Says Helicopter Crashed on Illegal Hunt

The Federal Air Transport Agency has said in an internal telegram that a hunting expedition comprised of senior government officials was hunting illegally from a helicopter last month when the aircraft crashed in the Altai region, killing seven.

Crash Probe Finds Alcohol in Pilot's Blood

The Moscow Times
Tests have found alcohol in the blood of the captain of the Aeroflot-Nord jet that crashed in September, killing all 88 people on board, Kommersant reported Monday.

Oil Fund to Cover Budget Shortfalls

Reuters
Russia's oil wealth funds should cover any budget deficits for at least the next three years, and some of the money may also be used to give more support to the financial system, a Finance Ministry official said Tuesday.

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