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11/03/2010

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Khodorkovsky Ready to Die in Jail

Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, delivering his final statement at his second trial, spoke of hope, trials for the country and a willingness to give up his life in a speech that moved some spectators to tears in the packed courtroom.

Study: Online Spending to Soar

Russians will spend $19.5 billion online this year mostly to pay for plane and train tickets, mobile services and music, according to the first major research of the market's value.

Sobyanin Buffs Up New Team

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin honed his new City Hall team by appointing a 10th deputy mayor and announcing that prefects and some department heads would no longer be municipal ministers.

Nurgaliyev Seeks to Entrap Corrupt Cops

Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has called for amendments to current law that would allow police officers to entrap fellow officers in bribery stings.

Viktor Chernomyrdin Dies at 72

Reuters
Viktor Chernomyrdin, who founded the world's biggest gas company and helped steer Russia through the chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, died at age 72.

Lebedev Bank Raided By Police

Moscow police investigators raided the headquarters of Alexander Lebedev's National Reserve Bank in what they said was a probe into one of the bank's clients.

Lavrov Pledges 'Expanded' Help for NATO in Afghanistan

Associated Press
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised to do more to help NATO in Afghanistan but stopped short of making any specific commitments.

Medvedev Will Visit Kuril Islands Again

Combined Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev is planning more trips to a group of islands seized by the Soviet Union from Japan at the end of World War II, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday, deepening a serious rift with Tokyo.

Renault May Get Control of AvtoVAZ

The Moscow Times
French automaker Renault and its Japanese partner, Nissan, are in talks with the government on raising their stake in AvtoVAZ to a controlling 50 percent, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday after talks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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