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12/27/2010

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Passengers Ready to Riot Over Airport Blackout

Tensions were high late Monday in Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, where thousands of passengers spent hours with no food or drink except what they had with them and no information on when their flights might depart.

Khodorkovsky Found Guilty

Reuters
Jailed Russian ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of money laundering and theft of billions of dollars on Monday at a trial that has renewed doubts about the Kremlin's commitment to the rule of law.

Ice Storm Disrupts Power, Transport

An ice storm cut off power to hundreds of towns around Moscow and interrupted travel, causing dozens of injuries by Monday in the country's latest weather-related cataclysm after devastating fires this summer.

Khodorkovsky Faces Verdict

Reuters
A judge will start reading the verdict on Monday in jailed former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's second trial, which has shaped up as a test of the Kremlin's will for reform.

Putin Calls for Fewer Jury Trials

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday called for further restrictions on the use of jury trials in Russia, saying that only federal courts should consider them.

Migration Rules Eased For Highly Paid Expats

Foreign specialists may apply for residency permits and no longer need to deregister every time they go away for more than three working days, according to amendments signed Monday by President Dmitry Medvedev.

Khodorkovsky Guilty, Plans Appeal

A Moscow district court judge dashed hopes for a liberalization of the country's judicial climate Monday as he found former Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky and business partner Platon Lebedev guilty of embezzlement and money laundering in a second trial.

Medvedev Confirms Mistral Purchase

President Dmitry Medvedev informed French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Russia has decided to go ahead with a purchase of two French Mistral-class helicopter carriers, its biggest foreign arms purchase since the end of the Cold War.

Thousands Rally Against Ethnic Violence

AP
Several thousand people rallied Sunday in Moscow to protest the ethnic clashes that have rocked Russia, holding posters reading "Fascists disgrace Russia" and chanting "No to Fascism!"

Ulyanovsk Hires Minister After Online Search

The Moscow Times
A regional government showcased its devotion to modernization last week by completing the search for a new minister online, sifting through 2,563 applications from 305 localities nationwide and even abroad.

Senator: New START Ratification 'Likely'

The Moscow Times
The chairman of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee said the Russian legislature was likely to ratify the New START treaty but that lawmakers may yet reconsider.

Medvedev Says Reforms Need More Time

Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that his drive to modernize Russia and shed crippling Soviet traditions needs more time to yield results, but left unclear whether he would seek a second term in 2012.

FAS Wants Cap On Potash Price

Reuters
Potash companies Uralkali and Silvinit should keep prices for domestic agriculture producers steady for at least 10 years after their merger, the head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said Friday.

Inflation Pushes Central Bank to Up Deposit Rates

Reuters
The Central Bank raised interest rates on its deposit operations Friday to contain surging inflation, its first step away from the loose policy implemented after the financial crisis hammered the economy.
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