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05/06/2009

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Moscow Expelling Canadian Diplomats

The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it is expelling two Canadian diplomats, including the head of the NATO Information Office in Moscow, in response to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from its representation at the alliance.

Medvedev Puts Foot Down on Gambling

Using uncharacteristically stern language, President Dmitry Medvedev told Federal Tax Service chief Mikhail Mokretsov on Tuesday that he would tolerate no delays in moving all gambling to special regional zones within two months.

Medvedev Slams State Stock Purchase

Direct government support of the country's stock market did not accomplish anything, President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday in a meeting with deputies from the party A Just Russia, where he also urged caution in -making changes to the country's tax code.

Bank Merger Rules to Ease

Vedomosti
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has submitted to the government rule changes that would allow banks outside the top 100 to purchase rivals with assets of up to 6 billion rubles ($182 million) without the watchdog's approval.

Photo Gallery: Eurovision Rehearsals, Day 3

Pictures from the third day of rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, the first semifinal show for which will be held May 12.

Russia Extends Pork Ban to Britain

Reuters
Russia has extended its import ban on live pigs and raw pork to include Britain because of fears about the spread of a deadly flu virus, the country's chief veterinarian said Tuesday, drawing condemnation from the EU.

Prosecutors Investigate Altai Hunt

The Moscow Times
Prosecutors said Tuesday that they have opened an investigation into senior federal and regional officials purportedly hunting illegally from a helicopter in January when the aircraft crashed in the Altai region, killing seven.

Lukashenko Ready for More Reforms

Reuters
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said he could give government jobs to suitably qualified opposition figures and make other political reforms demanded by Europe if they did not hurt the economy.

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