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United Russia Claims Landslide Win

United Russia on Monday claimed a landslide victory in weekend elections in 77 regions, while rivals complained that the ruling party had eliminated all candidates who posed any threat by staging the dirtiest election campaign in its history.

$1.8M State Offer for Web Site Bewilders

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said Monday that it had not received any complaints over a state tender offering $1.8 million to create a web site in just over two weeks, even after a top blogger asked his readers to complain.

Resin Cancels Golf Blueprint

Acting Mayor Vladimir Resin on Monday canceled a decree signed by former Mayor Yury Luzhkov on developing golf in Moscow, a City Hall source told The Moscow Times.

Kudrin Sees Moscow Sell-Offs

The Moscow Times
The Moscow city government could sell shares that it holds in a series of companies including banks and airlines, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.

Orthodox Church Signs Up to YouTube

The Moscow Times
The Russian Orthodox Church has joined the YouTube family by opening its own channel on the popular video hosting site to “bring God's word closer to lives of modern youth," Patriarch Kirill said.

Schwarzenegger Lauds 'Gold Mine'

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called President Dmitry Medvedev "a great visionary" and compared Russia to a "gold mine" of business opportunities in comments to a room full of entrepreneurs and journalists in Moscow on Monday.

Sochi Games May Not Need State Cash

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics may not need help from state funds because sponsorship plans have exceeded expectations, games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Monday.

State Mulls Tax Breaks to Boost LNG, Shelf Gas

The government is considering giving tax breaks to operators of offshore and liquefied natural gas projects in the Arctic as the country aims to produce 1 trillion cubic meters of the fuel by 2030.

Kudrin Says Oil Tax Breaks May Be Extended

The government may extend tax breaks for Rosneft at the Vankor field, the country’s largest new oil development, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said, possibly saving the company $4 billion a year.

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