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05/15/2009

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As Agencies Argue, Volunteers Swat Out Fires

When the Emergency Situations Ministry declared last week that there were no active wildfires in the greater Moscow region, volunteer firefighters in the village of Kostenevo were surprised.

2 Planes Nearly Collide Near Moscow
By Natalya Krainova / The Moscow TimesTwo passenger jets carrying nearly 300 passengers came within seconds of a midair collision over the Moscow region, but a quick-thinking air traffic controller averted a tragedy, aviation officials said Thursday.

Bidding Begins for Shtokman Contracts

The Gazprom-led international company set up to develop Shtokman, a huge offshore Arctic gas field, has opened up bidding for contracts in a step that will better define the project's costs by the end of the year.

Dairies Want to Rename Ice Cream

Most Russian-made ice cream will no longer be called ice cream if the milk industry gets its way.

Intermediaries Face Ax on Work Permits

Migration authorities are promising to create a new agency to eliminate middlemen who obtain work permits for foreigners in exchange for money.

RusAl Sees 7-8 Year Extension On Loans

Reuters
Aluminum giant United Company RusAl expects to secure an extra seven to eight years to repay its $7.3 billion debt to international banks and will not surrender a stake in the company as payment, a senior company director said.

Museums Open Doors to All This Saturday Night

No plans for Saturday? Then head to the third annual Museum Night, set to encompass well over a hundred museums, exhibition spaces and private galleries across the whole of Moscow.

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