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07/22/2009

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Retailer Detained In Fraud Probe

Investigators accuse Sunrise owner Sergei Bobylev of siphoning assets from the debt-ridden computer and appliance retailer to other firms.

Bill Extends Copyright Protection to News

The government has drafted legislation that would make it easier for news agencies to contest plagiarism of their reports, but critics say the bill is too vague to be effective.

Lawmakers Recalled After Bill Is Rejected

Combined Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev accused the government and parliament of “lack of coordination” after the Federation Council voted against a bill he backed with the prime minister on Monday.

Medvedev Backs More Religion in Class, Army

The decision to support the study of religion in schools and hiring chaplains from major Russian religions could pose a major challenge to the constitutional separation of religion and state.

Car Sales Plummet by 55% in H1

Reuters
The number of new and used cars sold in Russia plummeted 55 percent in the first half of 2009 and could end up falling 60 percent by year-end if the state does not act fast, PricewaterhouseCoopers said Tuesday.

Biden Supports Ukraine’s NATO Bid

The Associated Press
Washington supports Ukraine’s bid to join NATO and Kiev is free to choose its allies regardless of what other countries want, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told President Viktor Yushchenko on Tuesday.

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