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RusAl Pays Down Debt With IPO Funds

The world's biggest aluminum producer said it had paid $1.46 billion to foreign lenders; $253 million to its Russian creditors, with the exception of Vneshekonombank; and $278 million to Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Group.

Furor Over Mironov Taking Spotlight From Kaliningrad Rally

Just as the Kremlin’s envoys were scrambling to find a strategy to offset the fallout from the protest last weekend, a squabble between A Just Russia and United Russia — both of which were conceived by Kremlin spin doctors — erupted in the national media.

Medvedev Intervenes in Rechnik Dispute

President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Prosecutor General's Office to check whether the rights of Rechnik residents were violated when court marshals began demolishing the settlement two weeks ago, the Kremlin said Thursday.

New Trade Law May Give Advantage to Bigger Chains

The law, which occasioned a rare split between the Cabinet and the presidential administration, introduced strict regulations on retailers, including a shortened period of payment for delivered goods, limits on certain prices and a cap on stores’ profit margins.

As Unemployment Rises, State Takes New Approach to Unions

Local authorities have no longer sought to thwart union rallies, gatherings or pickets since spring 2009, and government officials have invited independent unions to join in on talks about the future of corporations.

Lavrov to Push New Security Pact

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will make yet another attempt to sell the Kremlin's idea of a new European security treaty at the Munich Security Conference, which kicks off Friday.

Tensions Increase as Ukraine Election Looms

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko vowed Thursday to call her supporters to the streets if Sunday’s voting appears fraudulent, but her rival, former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, alleged that Tymoshenko was already preparing to contest her defeat.

Jewish Agency Barred From Meeting in St. Petersburg

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Russia has barred the Jewish Agency, which deals with the Jewish Diaspora and immigration issues, from meeting in St. Petersburg because former Yukos executive Leonid Nevzlin is a member, the Haaretz newspaper reported Thursday.

Romania to Host U.S. Missiles

Romania's top defense body approved a plan by Washington on Thursday to deploy interceptor missiles there as part of a missile shield to protect Europe, President Traian Basescu said.

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