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Venezuela Recognizes Rebel Regions

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that his country would recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, after which President Medvedev promised that Russia would deliver arms to Venezuela.

Off-Road Racing May Warm Turkmen Ties

A disruption in the gas trade between Russia and Turkmenistan has chilled ties, but when the countries’ presidents meet Sunday they will have a chance to thaw the ice by chatting about an unlikely shared interest: off-road racing.

Bankruptcy Law May Be Little Help to Debtors

It remains unclear whether people would take advantage of a personal bankruptcy law, which could be created by a bill the State Duma is expected to consider this fall.

Moscow Backtracks, Will Join Rosavia

By Anastasia Dagayeva / Vedomosti
Moscow has decided to include its Atlant-Soyuz airline into a new aviation holding being created by Russian Technologies in hopes that the state corporation can help the carrier pay off its debt.

Billboards Removed Ahead of City Vote

Three advertising agencies have refused to place billboards for the Communist Party ahead of Moscow City Duma elections at the request of City Hall.

Top Dagestani Prosecutor Shot Dead

The Associated Press
Dagestan Interior Ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky said Maksud Maksudov was shot as he was getting into his car outside his home in the provincial capital Friday morning.

Moldova's Communist President Steps Down

Voronin, in power since 2001, cannot run for a third four-year term and has handed his government over to pro-Western opponents.

Krasnodar Prosecutors Target Tiny Human Rights Group

Prosecutors in the Krasnodar region are seeking to shut down a tiny nongovernmental human rights group by declaring it extremist, after an participant in a rally by the group held up a banner reading, "Freedom isn't granted, it's taken."

Putin Warns Against Force, Sanctions on Iran

The Associated Press
Prime Minister Putin on Friday warned against the use of force or new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

Chemezov Wants to Boost KamAZ Stake

By Kirill Khripunov / Vedomosti
State corporation Russian Technologies is looking to purchase a 13 percent stake in automaker KamAZ in a move to try to obtain control of the plant.

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