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Alfa, Telenor Asset Merger Approved

A deal between Alfa Group and Norway’s Telenor to merge their telecommunications assets in Russia and Ukraine was approved Wednesday by a commission chaired by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev's Institute Proposes Radical Reforms

A document titled "21st-Century Russia: Reflections on an Attractive Tomorrow," published by the Institute of Contemporary Development, calls for drastic measures of reform and embraces modernization appeals formulated by the president.

Homes in Historic Sokol Neighborhood Could Be Razed Next

City authorities are considering tearing down houses they say may be illegally built in Sokol, mere days after razing homes in Rechnik for the same reason.

United Russia Deputy Calls Mironov 'a Rat'

Sergei Mironov, leader of A Just Russia party, said in an interview Monday that his party "strongly objects" to the 2010 budget compiled by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and several of Putin's anti-crisis measures, provoking a stream of denunciations between two pro-Kremlin parties.

A Mass Mailing of Khodorkovsky Chocolate and Mittens

Chocolate bars and mittens bearing the portrait of jailed businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky were sent to 1,000 celebrities and journalists around the country Wednesday by an painter who said she wanted to highlight the plight of the former Yukos chief.

Proposal to Integrate National Payment System With Cell Phones

By Yelena Khytornykh / Vedomosti
Cell phone companies could share subscriber data with banks to operate mobile-based payment systems if President Dmitry Medvedev is won over by a proposal from Mikhail Fridman of Alfa Group.

Crisis Taught Firms About Consumers

The economic crisis taught companies to understand their customers better, found a panel of executives at Troika Dialog's annual Russia Forum.

Court Upholds Arrest Warrant Against U.S. Businessman

Former Soviet dissident Peter Vins, who fled Russia for Latvia amid charges of tax evasion, claims that his legal troubles are linked to his outspoken complaints about police corruption.

RZD to Move Estonian Oil by Year-End, Yakunin Says

Russian Railways head Vladimir Yakunin hopes to move oil-product shipments from neighboring Estonia to Russian ports by the end of 2010, Estonian daily Eesti Paevaleht reported Wednesday.

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