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08/05/2009

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Putin’s Popularity Not Oil Dependent

Vladimir Putin has been accused of undemocratic behavior, of staging unfair elections and of holding on to power like a dictator. But he can point to a strong basis for his legitimacy: He is unbeatably popular among his electorate.

Chechen Wunderkind Faces Next Big Trial

The defense lawyer who got the suspects in Politkovskaya’s murder acquitted is preparing for his next case: the retrial.

Deals Planned for Putin’s Turkey Trip

Combined Reports
Inter RAO and Gazprom will sign agreements on energy projects with Turkish companies, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said at a news conference Tuesday.

Clothing Retailers Closing Shop

Bloomberg
German suppliers have removed up to 30 percent of Russia’s clothing retailers from their customer records as spending dries up.

State Will Aid Victims Of Drought

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the regions that have suffered from the droughts this year could get up to 100 billion rubles ($3.2 billion) to cope with the consequences of the disaster, Interfax reported.

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