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03/18/2009

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Medvedev Brokers Transdnestr Talks

Reuters
Moldova, its breakaway Transdnestr republic and Russia agreed after talks Wednesday that an international mission might replace Moscow's peacekeepers in the conflict zone once a peace deal is concluded. Posted 7:55 p.m.

Governors May Get To Fire Mayors

On the heels of United Russia losses in two mayoral elections, the State Duma this week will consider in a first reading a bill giving governors extra powers to dismiss mayors, who are still directly elected by constituents.

High Inflation Raises Specter of Social Unrest

Her job is safe and her salary hasn't been cut by a single ruble, yet Svetlana Nikolayeva says she feels the effects of the financial crisis as badly as anyone.

State Mulls Boosting Its Stake in AvtoVAZ

But no decision is made on the form or amount of state support for the carmaker.

PIK Construction Plummets by 50%

PIK Group, one of the country's largest real estate developers, said Tuesday that it finished only 813,000 square meters of housing in 2008, almost 50 percent less than the 1.54 million square meters it completed a year earlier.

Serdyukov Warns of U.S. Buildup

The Associated Press
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Tuesday accused the United States of beefing up its military presence near Russian borders and poaching for mineral wealth there, signaling that Moscow could take a tough position in upcoming talks with Barack Obama’s new administration.

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