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06/15/2009

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Lukashenko Skips Moscow Summit

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko skipped a key security summit Sunday, raising the stakes in an escalating trade conflict with Moscow.

Bureaucracy Puts Kyoto Cash Out of Reach

The Arkhangelsk paper mill, one of the biggest in the country, raised about 1.5 million euros ($2.1 million) over six years by voluntarily cutting its carbon dioxide emissions.

Region Paves Way for State Control of Firm

The Primorye region on Sunday brokered the handover of miner Russian Tungsten to new owners following a year of protests over wage arrears at the company and a Kremlin warning that Far East political leaders should resolve the dispute.

Chernomyrdin Fired as Envoy to Kiev

President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed Russia’s long-serving ambassador to Ukraine, Viktor Chernomyrdin, months before the presidential elections in a country that handles most of the Russian gas transit to the European Union.

Medvedev Says Democracy Growing

The Associated Press
The president tells the leaders of three small parties that his reforms offer them hope of winning seats in the State Duma someday.

Moscow Rejects U.S. Missile Shield Offer

Reuters
The Foreign Ministry has spurned an offer from the United States to participate closely in its planned European anti-missile system, instead urging Washington to drop its proposals and start afresh.

Diverse Russian Art on Show at Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale, which marked its 53rd installment this year, is something of an art-world cross between the Grammys, the Cannes Film Festival and the Davos economic summit.

40 of Russia's 700 Penal Institutions Recall Soviet Concentration Camps, Rights Activists Say

Forty of Russia's 700 penal institutions have features which resemble those of Soviet-era concentration camps, according to a leading Moscow human rights activist, who warns that "as long as concentration camps and torture exist, the specter of totalitarianism will continue to hang over the country."

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