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Critical Speech Raises Media Hopes

A daring speech by one of the country's most acclaimed journalists, who publicly blasted federal television stations for their servile attitude and penchant for propaganda, set the media abuzz and even prompted talk of a new perestroika.

Duma Blames Stalin for Katyn Massacre

The State Duma on Friday issued a declaration condemning the Katyn massacre and for the first time directly blamed Soviet leader Josef Stalin for the 1940 execution of more than 20,000 Polish military officers.

Cable and Kudrin Talk Transparency

Vince Cable, the British Business Secretary, concluded a trade mission to Russia on Friday by co-chairing a meeting with Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, talks that the minister hailed as a “real breakthrough in our relations.”

Sechin Lauds Modern, Foreign-Built Facility

German power company E.On, majority owner of Russian energy company OGK-4, has launched a 400-megawatt, advanced-efficiency, gas-fired electricity plant in a town east of Moscow.

Russian Railways Signs $2Bln Italian Venture

Russian Railways and Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica said they had signed a memorandum of understanding on the creation of a joint venture to develop systems for Russian rails.

Duma Gets Bill on Penalties for Attacking Journalists

A bill toughening punishment for attacks on journalists was submitted to the State Duma, just as police said they had a "real chance" of solving this month's brutal beating of Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin.

WikiLeaks Publishes U.S. Diplomatic Cables

Associated Press
Hundreds of thousands of State Department documents released by WikiLeaks on Sunday revealed a world of backstage international diplomacy and provided unflattering assessments of foreign leaders, including those of Germany and Italy.

Putin Harangues Europe on Businesses

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin likened ill-considered economic policy to terrorism and religious intolerance on Friday, telling a business forum in Berlin that Russian companies seeking to invest in Europe were facing numerous barriers.

Metro Construction Will Open to Foreigners

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has proposed attracting big international firms to participate in construction of new metro lines in the capital, which may be worth up to $48 billion.

Customs Union Stalling on Expat Moving Duty

Almost five months after customs duties were slapped on household goods of foreigners moving into the country, the government has yet to fulfill its promise to lift the regulations, which made relocating to Russia significantly more expensive.

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