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Putin Orders Openness at Transneft

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered state-owned oil pipeline monopoly Transneft to improve transparency and disclose information about pricing policy and investment programs.

China, EU Complicate Gas Talks

Turkmenistan and Russia bolstered their natural gas relationship on Friday during a visit by President Dmitry Medvedev, with both sides hedging their bets as the Chinese market grows and the European one shrinks.

Hundreds Demand Putin's Ouster

A crowd of up to 2,000 gathered on Pushkin Square on Saturday to demand the ouster of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Cabinet — just as the State Duma tightened the screws on protests.

Duma Lifts Yegiazaryan’s Immunity

The State Duma on Friday allowed the Investigative Committee to proceed with a $65 million fraud case against Deputy Ashot Yegiazaryan by lifting his immunity from prosecution.

Poverty Rates Down, Life Expectancy Up

The Moscow Times
The number of impoverished Russians has decreased in recent years and life expectancy has grown, but 14 percent of the populace is still living below the poverty line and gender discrimination remains rampant, a new UN study says.

Gay Activist Alexeyev Sues Rights Activist Alexeyeva

Gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev has sued veteran human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva for calling him a liar.

Medvedev Tweets Birthday Greetings

President Dmitry Medvedev made a rare personal response with his Twitter microblogging account on Friday, answering a young student's request for birthday wishes at about 1 a.m.

6 Extra Years Sought for Khodorkovsky

Combined Reports
Prosecutors on Friday demanded that jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky be imprisoned for an additional six years if convicted in a politically charged second trial, which is seen as a test of President Dmitry Medvedev's commitment to the rule of law.

Yurgens Says Putin Should Quit in 2012

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin should not stand in the 2012 presidential election so President Dmitry Medvedev can fulfill his modernization drive, the head of Medvedev's think tank said.

Ravizza Sees Market for Lighter Furs

Italian fur designer Simonetta Ravizza is hoping to carve a niche in Russia's fashion market by offering lightweight fur in bold colors in a country more accustomed to heavy, old-fashioned fur coats.

Ruble Trading Corridor Just a 'Mirage'

The ruble’s trading corridor is a “mirage” as the Central Bank widens the band and pushes the currency closer to a free float, HSBC said Friday.

Developing Markets Get More Say at IMF

Combined Reports
Emerging economies will get more clout at the International Monetary Fund under a landmark agreement clinched on Saturday at the meeting of finance ministers of the Group of 20 leading economies.

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