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04/16/2009

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Strict Cap Sought on Executive Salaries

A bill submitted to the State Duma on Wednesday would cap annual executive compensation at 4 million rubles ($120,000) for all state companies and at private companies that receive government aid.

Abduction Highlights Child Custody Travails

A fight between a Russian mother and her French ex-husband over their 3-year-old girl underscores a lack of rules on custody.

Russia Urges NATO to Call Off Georgia Exercises Reuters Russia on Thursday urged NATO to call off military exercises in Georgia planned for next month and which it said ran counter to efforts to rebuild ties. Posted 1:29 p.m.

RusHydro Presells Key Plant

The Moscow Times
RusHydro said Wednesday that it has presold all the electricity for 2010 from a key hydropower plant that it is building with United Company RusAl, although financing problems have cast a cloud over the project.

Gazprom Neft Posts $543M Q4 Net Loss

Bloomberg
Gazprom Neft posted a fourth-quarter loss on plunging crude prices and said proved oil reserves fell 23 percent last year the company said Wednesday in a statement.

Medvedev Defends Russian Democracy, Civil Society

Combined Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev used an interview published Wednesday in the opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta to chide the trade-off between prosperity and freedom, which critics say was the hallmark of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Moldova Starts Recount as OSCE Sees Abuses

The Associated Press
Moldovan authorities began a recount Wednesday of votes cast in the country's disputed April 5 parliamentary elections, an official said.

Dodin Plays It Light With 'Love's Labours Lost'

The Maly Drama Theater takes a romp through Shakespeare's comedy of love in the Golden Mask Festival.

Security Regime in Chechnya Lifted

Combined Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the cancellation of the tight security regime that has been in force in Chechnya for the past decade, security officials said Thursday.

Shmatko Says 3 Firms Not Investing

Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko on Wednesday accused three private companies, including Norilsk Nickel, of failing to fulfill their commitments to invest in electricity assets.

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