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09/14/2009

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Medvedev Puts Limits on Alcohol

The president on Friday gave teeth to his calls for a crackdown on alcoholism, ordering larger warning labels and restrictions on can sizes and giving the cabinet until the end of the year to come up with a national strategy to fight the problem.

Putin Weighs War, U.S. And 2012

The prime minister on Friday discussed U.S. President Barack Obama and the 2012 presidential election as well as gave a passionate lecture on World War II during an extended meeting with Western experts on Russia.

Putin Praises Choice Of Sberbank-Magna

The prime minister called the Opel deal a step toward integrating the economies of Russia and Western Europe.

Prosecutors, Citing CIA Hoax, Attack NGO

A Novorossiisk human rights group faces closure after linguistic experts linked a slogan it used at a rally to a fictitious CIA document.

Canada Denies Visa To Senator Margelov

The senior Federation Council senator complained Friday that Canada had refused to issue him a normal visa to participate in a parliamentary conference, while the Canadian side refused to comment on the matter.

Central Bank Cuts Rates, Warns of Risks to Ruble

Reuters
The central bank on Monday cut its key interest rates by another 25 basis points to stimulate lending, although it also warned that the ruble was at risk of increased volatility due to unpredictable oil prices.

Prosecutors Launch Probe Into Bolshoi Renovation

The Associated Press
Prosecutors have launched a criminal probe over the spiraling cost of renovations at the historic Bolshoi Theater, which began in 2005 and are now not expected to be finished until 2011.

No Gas Deal Reached With Turkmens

Combined Reports
Sunday’s meeting between the Russian and Turkmen leaders had been expected to generate a breakthrough on the countries' gas trade, after relations soured earlier this year when Turkmenistan accused Russia of suspending imports because of reduced demand from Europe.

Norway's StatoilHydro Eyes Russian Arctic

Reuters
The company's country head said on Monday that it is looking for new business opportunities in the Russian Arctic, including in the Yamal peninsula, expected to become the next major gas export project after Shtokman.

AvtoVAZ to Lay Off 36,000 by December

The Moscow Times
AvtoVAZ notified the Health and Social Development Ministry last week that it would lay off 36,000 people by Dec. 1, RIA-Novosti cited sources at the ministry as saying.

Patriarch Touts Exercise but Won't Say If He Works Out

The Moscow Times
"Load your muscles, otherwise you will have low capacity for work," the patriarch said at a meeting with Nizhny Novgorod teens on Friday.

Chechnya Wins Right to Open Offices in Europe

The Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday that Chechnya may set up representative offices abroad, which Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov says he wants to help convince the sizeable Chechen migrant communities living in Europe to return to their homeland.

Kudrin Sees Stability for Ruble in Next 3 Years

Reuters
The ruble's exchange rate is not expected to change significantly over the next three years, even as the central bank moves toward a free float, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Monday.

RusHydro Officials Face Blame in Dam Disaster

The Moscow Times
A federal agency investigating last month's dam disaster that killed 75 people has determined that several senior RusHydro officials are at fault.

Bank of NY Offers $4Bln to End Lawsuit

Reuters
Bank of New York Mellon may lend $4 billion to Russia as part of an out-of-court settlement of a $22.5 billion lawsuit against the bank, Kommersant reported Monday.
Presidents Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, left, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Dmitry Medvedev going for a ride Sunday in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan. Medvedev failed to reach a new Turkmen gas deal.

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Presidents Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, left, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Dmitry Medvedev going for a ride Sunday in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan. Medvedev failed to reach a new Turkmen gas deal.

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