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03/16/2009

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Customs Overhaul Snarls Shipments

Chaos breaks out at customs stations after the reorganization of the customs department serving Moscow.

Harassed Debtors Turn to Anti-Debt Collectors

Anti-debt collectors — teams of lawyers and other legal experts — are seeing business take off as an increasing number of people default on loans amid the crisis.

Kremlin to Pitch New Currency at G20

The Kremlin published its priorities Monday for an upcoming meeting of the G20, calling for the creation of a supranational reserve currency to be issued by international institutions as part of a reform of the global financial system.

U.S.-Russia Battle Heats Up Over Alleged Arms Dealer

Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush's last meeting with the prime minister of Thailand was in August, a swan-song moment before his departure. Yet he made time to bring up the issue of one man: Viktor Bout, also known as the Merchant of Death.

Industrial Output Fell 13 Percent in February

Reuters
Russian industrial output posted the second-fastest contraction in the series' seven-year history in February, but the pace of the slowdown eased a little from January, State Statistics Service data showed on Monday. Posted 5:37 p.m.

Investors See Big Implications in Telenor Case

A lawyer for Farimex Products said Friday that it did not want Telenor to sell its stake in VimpelCom, a perhaps surprising admission given that Farimex has spent the past few months fighting in court to make Telenor pay close to the very value of that stake.

Medvedev Welcomes Criticism On Crisis

President Dmitry Medvedev urged regional lawmakers to debate the government’s anti-crisis policies and said he would welcome criticism.

Dovgy to Go on Trial Amid Power Struggle

A former senior Investigative Committee official will go on trial Monday in a case that refocuses the spotlight on infighting between powerful clans that has rocked Russian politics for the past two years.

Saakashvili Says Georgia Open to Russian Firms

Combined Reports
President Mikheil Saakashvili said he would not prevent Russian companies, including power trader Inter RAO and gas producer Itera, from investing in Georgia, rejecting criticism that their control of utilities was a threat to security.

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