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07/01/2009

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Russia Fails to Offer Gas Candidate

Members of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum delayed a key vote for its secretary-general Tuesday after Russia didn't even propose a candidate, an indication that interest in the body from the largest producer of the fuel may be waning.

Gamblers Crowd Casinos to Place Last Bets

Workers lugged slot machines and stools out of casinos as throngs of die-hard gamblers skipped work to place their last bets Tuesday afternoon.

Norilsk Board Includes VTB Director

Norilsk Nickel shareholders voted Tuesday to add a state representative to their 13-member board, a move they said was needed to help Russia's largest miner weather the economic crisis.

Yakunin Urges State To Buy Weak Firms

Reuters
Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin urged the government on Tuesday to nationalize struggling industries in order to try to defuse the social tensions stirred by the financial crisis.

Train Bomb Suspects Claim Torture

Two Ingush suspects go on trial in connection with the 2007 explosion.

U.S. Lawyer Pardoned by Lukashenko

The Associated Press
President Alexander Lukashenko pardoned Tuesday an ailing U.S. lawyer who was imprisoned in Belarus last year on charges of using fake documents and attempted commercial espionage, an official said.

Klebnikov Family Asks Obama to Press Kremlin

Reuters
The family of murdered U.S. reporter Paul Klebnikov on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to press Russia to bring his killers to justice after detectives said they had halted the investigation.

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