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05/04/2009

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NATO Tensions Flare Over Spy Flap

Moscow is expected to retaliate this week after NATO expels two Russian diplomats from Brussels on spy charges.

Anti-Graft Measure Fails to Impress the Public

When senior officials declared their incomes and those of their wives and children last month, some claimed that they owned tiny apartments and ancient cars -- while others said they earned as much as $11 million and owned snazzy Porsches and Lexuses.

Sechin Says EU Faces Ukraine Supply Risk

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin warned the European Union's top energy official on Thursday that gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine could still break down because of limitations in the country's pipeline system.

MMK Sees 'Stable' '09 After Profit Fall

Reuters
Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, or MMK, said Thursday that it expected a ""stable"" 2009 after last year's net profit fell by 17 percent because of a weak fourth quarter and $617 million in write-downs.

Integra Posts 2008 Loss of $272M

Reuters
Oil services company Integra posted a 2008 net loss of $272 million, more than five times its 2007 loss, and expects to be in technical breach this June of a $250 million loan agreement, it said.

Over Half Of Russians Slam State's Direction

The Moscow Times
Less than half of all Russians believe that the country is headed in the right direction just a year after Dmitry Medvedev was elected president on promises to follow Vladimir Putin's course, according to a new poll.

Creating Art With Oil, Blood

Reuters
Russian artist Andrei Molodkin will take his oil art to the Venice Biennale.

People Vent on May Day

Tens of thousands of people took part in May Day demonstrations across the country, with many using the traditional labor holiday to criticize the government.

Honey, I Killed a Cop. I'm Sorry :(

Driving drunk, a Novosibirsk woman kills a traffic cop and sends a text message to her boyfriend using an emoticon to convey her dismay.

Teething Problems as Eurovision Rehearsals Start

Rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest kicked off at the Olimpiisky Sports Complex on Sunday, the first official day in the run-up to the competition, which begins May 12.
People walking outside the Olimpiisky Sports Complex, which is covered with posters for the Eurovision Song Contest. Rehearsals kicked off Sunday with a few teething problems, but performers seemed impressed with the stage, which is being touted as the most expensive ever for the contest.

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People walking outside the Olimpiisky Sports Complex, which is covered with posters for the Eurovision Song Contest. Rehearsals kicked off Sunday with a few teething problems, but performers seemed impressed with the stage, which is being touted as the most expensive ever for the contest.

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