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09/29/2009

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German Vote Raises Hopes in Russia

Russian opposition activists cheered the lower vote tally for the Social Democrats, who are led by an ally of former Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, although analysts cautioned that a shift in policy toward the Kremlin is unlikely as long as Angela Merkel remains at the helm.

Moscow Urges Calm Ahead of Key Iran Talks

The Foreign Ministry warned against jumping to conclusions about Iran’s nuclear program Monday, even as Iran dismayed many in the international community further by test firing a long-range missile.

State Wants Info on Web Users

Combined Reports
According to a new bill, Internet providers operating in the Russian segment of the web will be forced to give information about their users to law enforcement agencies and may be fined if they do not comply with the requests.

Dagestani Official Killed in Moscow

The head of a district in the North Caucasus republic was shot dead in Moscow on Sunday, while a senior Dagestani police officer was killed hours before the second shooting, in crimes investigators say could be linked.

Poll: Russians Still Believe Putin in Charge

Reuters
According to results of Tuesday's Levada Center poll, Russians do not believe that Medvedev has managed to establish his own center of power 18 months after his March 2008 election.

Lavrov Concerned Over Iran Missile Tests

Reuters
Iran test-fired a new round of missiles on Monday just days after disclosing that it was building a second uranium enrichment plant — a move that raised fresh suspicions that Tehran's nuclear program was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

Mothers of Slain Girls Go to Court In Strasburg

Reuters
The suits against Russia stem from the brutal rape and murder of a 17-year-old beauty queen and a 15-year-old girl, whose deaths the mothers blame on police officers and the relative of a senior official.

Sberbank Expected to Cover RusAl's Alfa Debt

Reuters
The world's largest aluminum company has outraged members of a 70-member creditors' club, working on a deal to restructure $7.3 billion of RusAl's foreign debt, by repaying Alfa ahead of other lenders, sources close to the talks said.

New Outlines for 'Monocities' Established

By Yulia Fedorinova / Vedomosti
The Regional Development Ministry has prepared a document, a copy of which was obtained by Vedomosti, spelling out how the state will support cities that are overreliant on one industry.

First Witness Takes Stand At Khodorkovsky’s Trial

The witness, a former business partner of co-defendent Platon Lebedev and the first of an expected 250 prosecution witnesses, was himself charged in the first trial but freed with a suspended sentence after partially admitting his guilt.

Sharapova Crushes Opponent, Talks Gratitude

Reuters
After battering Australian Samantha Stosur at the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-1 win, Sharapova said she was grateful for her "second career" after a nightmare injury layoff and insisted that she had the tools to return to the top of the women's game.

KOGAS Eyes Siberian LNG Investment

Reuters
KOGAS and Gazprom last year agreed upon a $90 billion deal to import up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year for 30 years after 2015 through a $3 billion pipeline that would run from Vladivistok across North Korea.
Guido Westerwelle, right, who is expected to be named Germany’s foreign minister, celebrating the elections with his partner, Michael Mronz, in Berlin.

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Guido Westerwelle, right, who is expected to be named Germany’s foreign minister, celebrating the elections with his partner, Michael Mronz, in Berlin.

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