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Medvedev Refuses to Change Political System at Rare Talks

The president defended the results of disputed regional elections in October and asked party leaders to refrain from sweeping criticism of the election system.

Shaimiyev Quits as Kremlin Shuffles Regions

Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev asked Dmitry Medvedev not to reappoint him as president after his fourth term expires in March, and recommended the republic's prime minister as his successor.

Lavrov Calls Security Pact a Litmus Test

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov argued that the president's proposal for a new security pact is a litmus test for the honesty of the West towards Moscow.

Court Orders Confiscation of Berezovsky's New York Apartment

The Moscow Times
A Moscow court has ordered the seizure of an apartment in New York which it claims belongs to London-resident businessman Boris Berezovsky.

Chinese Cues Push Down the Market

Last week's downturn in the Russian bourses the ruble-denominated MICEX Index was down 2.9 percent and the dollar-denominated RTS Index was down 4.5 percent was largely driven by China and the United States, and some analysts said they thought that following developments in China was even more important for accurate stock watching than keeping an eye on American markets.

Chechnya to Hold Jury Trials

The Moscow Times
The North Caucasus republic is the only region where trials by jury have not been held since the practice began in the Russian Federation in 1993.

Spyker Set to Announce Purchase of Saab Swedish TV

A report on Swedish television said Spyker had successfully bid for the struggling carmaker.

Rating Outlook Rosy, Spending Spat Ahead

Combined Reports
Fitch is the second rating agency in a month to raise Russias sovereign rating outlook to stable from negative.

RusAls Paris Move May Prompt Peers to List

If RusAl's planned secondary listing on Euronext is successful, the firm would be the first Russian company to list in Paris since the early 1900s, when French investors lost out on Russian railway stocks and government bonds.

Saakashvili Praises Movie on 2008 War

Combined Reports
Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, speaking in Estonia, insisted that the upcoming Hollywood film was "not Georgian propaganda."

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