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03/06/2009

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Putin Says Kiev Imperiling Gas Flows

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin harshly accused Ukrainian officials on Thursday of jeopardizing transit of Russian natural gas to Europe by ordering raids on Ukraine's national energy company.

Urals City Sees Small Business as The Cure

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin harshly accused Ukrainian officials on Thursday of jeopardizing transit of Russian natural gas to Europe by ordering raids on Ukraine's national energy company.

U.S. Overestimating Russia's Clout With Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama has said he wants to work with Russia to eliminate a possible nuclear threat from Iran.

Affordable Housing Construction Drops

The government will build at least 54 million square meters of living space this year as part of a state-run affordable housing program, a drop-off of 10 million square meters from last year.

Oil Funds Can't Buy Fannie Bonds

Combined Reports
None of the $220 billion can be invested in debt from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, but Russia has raised its holding of Treasuries.

After Debate, NATO Restores Russia Ties

The Associated Press
NATO found agreement after intense internal debate Thursday to restore normal relations with Russia seven months after it froze ties in response to Moscow's invasion of Georgia.

Anti-Satellite Weapons in the Works

The Associated Press
Russia is working to develop anti-satellite weapons to match efforts by other nations, a deputy defense minister said Thursday.

Famed Mezzo Makes Her Moscow Debut

This season's Moscow Philharmonia subscription series ""Stars of World Opera in Moscow"" devotes itself entirely to the mezzo-soprano voice.

A Little Help From My Friend -- Mr. Dell

Oh, boy: there's a spring thaw in U.S.-Russian relations. Folks are meeting and talking more often. Good thing? Absolutely. Guaranteed to be successful? No way.

In the Spotlight

On Saturday evening, Russians will decide on the country's Eurovision contestant in a live television show -- and what do you mean, you have other plans?

Berezovsky Still a Top Scientist

Self-exiled businessman and fervent Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky has been vilified in almost ever corner of Russian officialdom.

News in Brief

Gas Blast Kills 7

VTB Wants 300% Premium on Shares

Reuters
Russia’s second-biggest lender, VTB, wants the government to pay three times the current market price for the bank’s shares during a planned capital injection this year, chief financial officer Nikolai Tsekhomsky said Thursday.

Inflation Hits 13.9% In February

Bloomberg
Russia's inflation rate rose to a four-month high in February as the weaker ruble drove up the price of imports.

Business in Brief

Troika May Sell Stake / Rosavia Flights Delayed / 10-Day Stoppage at KamAZ / Aeroflot May Skip Dividend / Mironov on Capital Control / Rostelecom Drops Bid

Energy Use Down 4.8% in February

Reuters
Electricity consumption fell 4.8 percent in February, much less than in the previous month, official data showed Thursday, signaling that January’s industrial collapse may have begun to ease.

Oil to Refineries, Ports Cut Off

Reuters
Oil supplies to three refineries and the Black Sea ports of Tuapse and Novorossiisk were cut off by a fire and leak on a central Russian pipeline this week, Transneft said Thursday.

Medvedev Orders Inquiry of Elections

Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday ordered the Central Elections Commission to investigate purported violations in last weekend’s regional elections.

6 Killed by Bomb Blast in Ingushetia

Reuters
Six policemen were killed and two were injured Thursday in a bomb explosion in the volatile North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, a local police source said.
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