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Sobyanin’s Star Rises at Mayor Talks

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fueled speculation about the identity of Moscow's next mayor by holding a United Russia meeting Friday with only one of the potential candidates, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Sobyanin, in attendance.

Reports: Baturina Rents Austrian House

Inteko billionaire Yelena Baturina mysteriously rented a humble residence in a village some 50 kilometers south of Vienna together with Inteko vice president Oleg Soloshchansky, Austrian media reported.

OSCE Monitors Eye Polls

European election monitors, who backed out of observer missions for Russia's 2007 and 2008 elections because of Russian restrictions, want to be invited for 2011 and 2012 elections without limitations.

U.S. Warned Against Magnitsky Sanctions

Combined Reports
The Foreign Ministry has warned U.S. legislators against passing a law that would punish Russians linked to the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in November 2009 after a year in Moscow jails.

Kudrin Sees WTO Deal in 2-4 Months

Russia has resolved all outstanding issues with the United States over its 17-year-old World Trade Organization entry bid and could well join the WTO next year, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.

21 Injured in Thailand Bus Crash

The Moscow Times
About 20 Russian tourists and one Ukrainian citizen were injured after their bus flipped over 15 kilometers from the Thai resort of Pattaya early Sunday, Interfax reported.

Sutyagin Recounts Prison Life and Spy Swap

Igor Sutyagin, the only convicted spy from this summer’s swap to profess his innocence, is an unlikely figure to have participated in high-stakes international intrigue. He discussed his ordeal with The Moscow Times in London.

Pro-Russia Party Fails to Topple Latvian Government

Combined Reports
Despite polls predicting that a pro-Russia party would win Latvia's weekend elections, the ruling government won a mandate to keep Latvia on the path of IMF-led austerity instead of renewed ties with Russia.

Gays Hold First Legal City Rally

Combined Reports
Gay rights activists on Friday held the first street protest sanctioned by City Hall, picketing the local office of a Swiss airline that they accused of mistreating their leader.

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