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Kremlin Hosts U.S. Innovation Team

Representatives from technology powerhouses Cisco Systems and eBay along with Twitter enthusiast and actor Ashton Kutcher are among a 13-member U.S. delegation in Moscow this week for a summit with their Russian counterparts to discuss innovation.

Government Raises Foreign Aid Fourfold

The government nearly quadrupled the amount of aid that it gave to poor countries in 2009, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Wednesday, bringing Russia closer to its OECD peers in terms of foreign development assistance.

Yamal Governor To Leave Office

The Moscow Times

Meanwhile, regional parliaments in Krasnoyarsk and the Jewish autonomous region confirmed new governors Wednesday, the regional governments reported on their respective web sites.

Olympic Team Off to Rough Start in Vancouver

Some pundits had suggested that Russian athletes could bring home 30 medals from the 2010 Winter Olympics, but as of Wednesday the team could boast of just one: a bronze from speed skater Ivan Skobrev in the 5,000-meter race Saturday.

Earthquake Rocks Intersection of Russia, China, N. Korea

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked the region where China, Russia and North Korea meet Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Drunk Cop Runs Over Woman

The Moscow Times

A woman was hospitalized with fractured ribs after the incident, while the police officer who hit her is to be fired and possibly charged with a criminal offense.

Medvedev Orders Drastic Cuts in Interior Ministry Staff

Medvedev told a meeting of senior police officials that he had ordered the number of personnel in the ministry's head office halved to about 10,000.

Top Court Marshal Defends Officers in Rechnik Scandal

Artur Parfyonchikov, head of the Federal Court Marshals Service, said his marshals committed no violations in razing 20 cottages in Rechnik and that any complaints should be addressed to the courts that issued the orders.

Sberbank to Fund Cherkizovo Poultry Increase

Cherkizovo said Thursday that Sberbank would fund its project to boost poultry output as Moscow is seeking to show Washington that it can boost its own output and survive without imports from the United States.

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