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Medvedev Talks Up Travel, Tax Rates for Innovation

President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday proposed tax breaks for individuals who invest in innovation companies and asked for improvements to immigration rules to ease mobility for foreigners.

Saratov District Boss Held for Murder

The head of the Saratov region's most prosperous district was detained ahead of local elections on suspicion of ordering a murder, though a local lawmaker said the move may be an attempt to oust him from the race.

Yakemenko Is Linked to Gang

Vasily Yakemenko, founder of pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi who now oversees the state's youth policy, may have had links to a vicious Tatarstan mafia ring in the 1990s, Vedomosti has reported.

Far East Mayor Faces Abuse Case

The Moscow Times
Vladislav Skvortsov, mayor of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, is suspected of defrauding the local budget by authorizing the illegal privatization of an apartment, according to the regional branch of the Investigative Committee.

Alleged Kashin Attacker Posts to YouTube

The Moscow Times
Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin, who spent about a week in a drug-induced coma after a severe beating Nov. 6, published on Monday his first column since the incident — just as an alleged attacker released a video on YouTube.

Argentine Trade Minister Talks Corn

The Moscow Times
Argentine international trade and economic relations secretary Luis Maria Kreckler has headed a delegation to Moscow for talks on corn exports and cooperation in nuclear energy.

Government Brushes Off U.S. Leaks

The government on Monday shrugged off embarrassing details about how U.S. officials described Russia's leaders in secret diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks and select media outlets.

Arrests Sought in Bribes Case

Arrest warrants have been issued for a group of government officials on suspicion of extorting bribes from companies seeking state contracts, a spokeswoman for the Moscow City Court said Monday.

Ambassador Says Iran Doesn’t Need North Korean Missiles

Iran doesn't need to buy North Korean missiles to defend itself, the country's ambassador to Russia said, following allegations in U.S. diplomatic cables released by and provided to various newspapers.

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