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Chavez Clinches Nuclear Power Deal

Rosatom committed to build Venezuela's first nuclear power plant, while the South American country agreed to allow Rosneft and TNK-BP to purchase oil assets as part of a package of 10 agreements signed during a visit by President Hugo Chavez.

Magnitsky Backers Hit for Defamation

U.S. lawyer Jamison Firestone, Hermitage Capital head William Browder and Russian opposition activists face possible charges after police opened a defamation investigation at the request of the senior investigator implicated in the death of Sergei Magnitsky.

British to Leverage Reputation

Trade relations between Britain and Russia are slowly improving because of inherent commonalities and high level exchanges, said Chris Gilbert, director of the Russian-British Chamber of Commerce.

First Couples Pose for Census Photos

The first nationwide census in eight years picked up steam over the weekend, with both the president and the prime minister attempting to lead the populace by example, meeting with census takers before cameras Saturday.

Visa Woes Stop U.S. Actor at Airport

The Moscow Times
A visa mishap almost ruined a weekend trip to Moscow for two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, but airport officials managed to solve the issue on the spot — a luxury seldom available to noncelebrity travelers.

Mayor Sobyanin to Court Investors

President Dmitry Medvedev told Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Sobyanin that his priorities as Moscow's next mayor would be to battle traffic jams and corruption in order to attract more investment.

Kosachev Says START Pact at Risk

The New START nuclear arms treaty between Russia and the United States could collapse unless Washington ratifies it before next month's elections change the Senate's composition, a senior State Duma deputy said.

Medvedev, Sarkozy and Merkel to Meet

Combined Reports
The leaders of France and Germany will press President Dmitry Medvedev at talks in Deauville, France, this week to consider NATO's call for Russia to cooperate in missile defense, officials said.

Study Calls for EU Talks With Russia and Turkey

The European Union should establish a three-way dialogue on security with Russia and Turkey to tackle frozen conflicts and promote stability on its eastern flank, a leading think tank says.

3 Doctors Held in Kidney Case

Three Ukrainian doctors have been charged with removing kidneys from victims of human trafficking for sale to wealthy foreigners for up to $200,000 per kidney, Ukraine's Interior Ministry said Friday.

Georgia Approves Power Shift

Combined Reports
Georgia's parliament approved a system strengthening its own and the prime minister's powers in a third and final reading Friday as part of reforms that the president's critics say will allow him to rule after his term ends in 2013.

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