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08/21/2009

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Kremlin Focuses on a New Ship Saga

President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday ordered the government to look into the seizure in China of two Russian cargo ships, a move triggering suggestions that he was seeking to deflect attention from the mysterious piracy case involving another Russian vessel, the Arctic Sea.

Winnie the Pooh Debuts on Extremism List

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Winnie the Pooh share a dubious honor: Anyone who depicts either of them with a swastika can be punished under the law.

Chechen Group Claims It Attacked Dam

A Chechen rebel group notorious for its high-profile terrorist attacks, including hostage-takings at a Moscow theater and a school in Beslan, said Friday that its members blew up Russia's biggest hydroelectricity plant and a police station in Nazran this week.

Putin Pledges $1Bln in Support for Alrosa

Reuters
The state support, which will include more state purchases of gems, is likely to help state-controlled diamond miner Alrosa service about $3.6 billion in outstanding debt.

Ukraine to Import Less Gas in ’10

Reuters
Ukraine plans to cut Russian gas imports by a quarter next year, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was quoted as saying Thursday.

State Plans To Restore Export Tax On Nickel

Reuters
Returning to a base rate of 5 percent could bring in $140 million for the state each year for the next three years.

200 Million SIM Cards, and Growing

By Igor Tsukanov / Vedomosti
The country’s cell phone operators are now servicing nearly 200 million active SIM cards, and while the actual number of customers is half that, companies are giving away free numbers and looking for other ways to win new clients.

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