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Putin Promises a Cleaner Baltic Sea

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reassured Baltic statesmen on Wednesday that the Nord Stream pipeline would not damage the Baltic Sea, and promised that Russia would curtail its sewage dumping.

Bill Would Prevent Arrest of Execs for Economic Crimes

By Dmitry Kazmin / Vedomosti
The presidential administration has drafted a bill that would prevent executives from being arrested for the majority of economic crimes, and while the business community is welcoming the changes, it says the reforms don't go far enough.

Russians Nabbed in Swiss Jewel Heist

The Moscow Times
Russian robbers snatched valuables from a jewelry store in a Swiss luxury resort, only to be arrested by police minutes later, Swiss police said.

Suspect in Spinelli Murder Thought to Be in Uzbekistan

The Moscow Times
Thierry Spinelli, his Russian wife and their 2-year-old daughter were found dead in April 2009 after a fire broke out in their central Moscow apartment, where there were signs of a burglary.

Fiat and Sollers to Open Car Plant

The Moscow Times
The Naberezhnye Chelny-based joint venture will make nine different models, with at least 50 percent of the parts, including engines and transmission, being produced domestically.

Leading Indicator Predicts Q1 GDP Growth of 3.5%

The Moscow Times
The revision was driven by strong performance in retail service, which the researchers said jumped 7.3 percent in seasonally adjusted terms in December, and some "sharply increased" Russian Economic Barometer indexes.

Court Convictions Down 4.2 Percent On 2008

The Moscow Times
More than 920,000 people were convicted in Russian courts last year, with 290,000 of them getting prison terms and 64,000 sentenced to correctional labor.

Court Orders Gozman to Pay Luzhkov $1,600 in Libel Suit

The Moscow Times
Mayor Yury Luzhkov won another libel case against a critic Wednesday, when Moscow's Gagarinsky District Court ordered opposition politician Leonid Gozman to pay $1,600 in damages.

Chemezov's Wife Could Join MFK Bank

By Yulia Fedorinova / Vedomosti
Yekaterina Ignatova, wife of Russian Technologies chief Sergei Chemezov, could become a partner of billionaires Mikhail Prokhorov, Alexander Abramov, Viktor Vekselberg and Suleiman Kerimov in MFK Bank, Vedomosti has learned.

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