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03/01/2010

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Russia Suffers Its Worst-Ever Olympics

President Dmitry Medvedev has canceled a scheduled trip to Vancouver as Russia's worst-ever Winter Olympic performance comes to an end. The biggest setbacks were in ice hockey and skating, which the Soviet Union and Russia had dominated since the 1960s.

Watchdog Puts Limits on Dutch Milk

The Moscow Times
Milk imports to Russia from 10 dairies in the Netherlands will be temporarily limited, while another three suppliers will be prohibited from importing milk.

After Vancouver, Now It's Sochi's Turn

The Associated Press

Sochi's first big moment in the global spotlight came during Sunday's closing ceremony, with the Olympic flag handed from the mayor of Vancouver to the mayor of Sochi.

Here's the Dope: No Drug Scandals

The Associated Press

Not a single athlete has been disqualified for positive drug tests, testament perhaps to the deterrent effect of the most stringent anti-doping program in Winter Games history.

Pro-Government Party Sweeps Tajik Vote

AP
The results of Sunday's elections — if confirmed by the final count in 10 days — would reinforce President Emomali Rakhmon's two-decade hold over the country.

Sochi Sponsorships Top $1Bln

Reuters

The sponsorship funding could be particularly important because the government said last year that it was slashing its state budget for the 2014 Games by more than $600 million because of the global economic crisis.

Voting Brisk as Tajiks Pick Parliament

Combined Reports
More than half of the country's 3.5 million eligible voters cast their ballots by midday in elections that have the potential to increase the influence of the only legally registered Islamic party in Central Asia.

Red-Faced Europeans Bottom Out

Reuters
Largely thanks to Russia and the Soviet Union, the European continent had dominated Olympic ice rinks from Innsbruck to Calgary and Albertville to Salt Lake City to bag 37 of 46 golds handed out since 1964.

Islam Seeks a Perch in Tajikistan's Political Life

AP
More than a decade after a devastating five-year civil war, Tajikistan is still mired in poverty, prompting many to turn to their faith for a solution.

'Fantastic' Plan to Save Rechnik

By Filipp Sterkin / Vedomosti

A legal method has already been found to save the houses in Rechnik that are on federally owned land, Vedomosti has learned.


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