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09/25/2009

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Timber, Hotels Beckon U.S. Investors

Russian lobbyists will push investment in the timber and small hotel markets during a three-day visit to Washington starting Monday.

Medvedev Hints of Support for Iran Sanctions

The president's mildly stated affirmation of cooperation with the U.S. on the issue does not mark a serious departure from Moscow's previous position.

Putin Courts Foreigners in Yamal

The prime minister told chiefs of 10 Western energy majors Thursday that Russia is ready to broaden cooperation in the gas-rich region, but that its expects "real" access to new foreign technology in any joint projects.

Russia to Play Supporting Role at G20 Summit

Host the United States is expected to unveil a framework agenda calling for net exporters to consume more and net importers to increase savings, a model that would not drastically influence Russia.

Luzhkov Declares War on Plastic Bags

The Moscow mayor joined city officials in unveiling a program Thursday that aims to replace plastic bags with biodegradable ones by 2012.

U.S. Says Diplomat Caught in Sex Smear

The U.S. ambassador to Russia says a video that surfaced last month supposedly showing a diplomat meeting with prostitutes was faked and that the employee would be continue in his capacity at the embassy.

Sberbank Acquires Priority Share in Yandex

By Maxim Glikin / Vedomosti
The so-called “golden share” will give the lender veto power on the sale of more than 25 percent of the company’s stock, a right granted in return for Yandex being taken off the state's list of strategic enterprises.

Saakashvili Says Abkhazia Still Georgian

Reuters
In a written speech to the UN General Assembly released Thursday, the Georgian president compared Russia's presence in the breakaway region with the Berlin Wall.

Moldova Eyes Integration Into Europe

Reuters
Prime Minister Vlad Filat said priorities would include renewed talks with Russia and other powers to settle the issue of breakaway Transdnestr and securing the withdrawal of Russian troops there.

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