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01/22/2010

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Fallen Oil Magnate's Fortunes on the Rise

After regaining control of his Russneft oil company earlier this month, Mikhail Gutseriyev is expected to return to Russia from an exile in London that was brought on in mid-2007 when the Prosecutor General's Office piled up charges of tax evasion, fraud and license violations against him.

Bulldozers Raze Mansions After Night Raid

City authorities on Thursday began tearing down riverside mansions that they claim were illegally built, while commandos in black helmets and bulletproof vests kept protesters, onlookers and journalists at bay.

Burger King Opens in Metropolis Mall

The Moscow Times
The fast-food chain on Thursday opened its first Russian restaurant in the Metropolis shopping mall in northwest Moscow and at least two more are to open soon.

Constitutional Court Moves Toward Precedent-Based System of Law

The Constitutional Court has found that the Supreme Arbitration Court's right to review a decision that has already come into force poses no contradictions to the fundamental law.

Lavrov Gives Strongest Signal Yet of New START Treaty

Reuters
The Russian foreign minister's confident words indicate that an agreement is imminent between the two Cold War foes on a successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I).

Cargo Ship Stuck in Sea of Okhotsk

AP
An emergency spokesman on Sakhalin Island in the Far East says the captain of the Smolninsky refrigerated cargo vessel sent a distress signal early Friday after the ship iced over.

Police Urged to Hand Over Drunk Tanks to Doctors

The Moscow Times
The proposal to hand over sobriety cells to medical professionals was given added impetus after a Tomsk journalist, Konstantin Popov, 47, died from injuries sustained when a policeman brutally attacked him in a holding cell.

Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines Discuss Joint Venture

Reuters
Government officials from both countries discussed closer cooperation in transportation, including establishing a joint airline, when Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Moscow this month, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Kadyrov Plans Ski Resort After Rebels Are Dealt With

Reuters
Chechnya, nestled in the North Caucasus where an Islamist insurgency is raging, will first eliminate rebel leader Doku Umarov from his mountainous hiding place before putting up the ski slopes, said President Ramzan Kadyrov's spokesman.

Exxon Caught in Deja Vu Dispute

An ExxonMobil proposal to invest $3.5 billion in the Sakhalin oil and gas fields in the Far East has been rejected by the government as too large an amount, but work on the project is expected to continue uninterrupted in 2010.

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