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Kiev Softening Stance on Pipelines

Ukraine's new government is close to completing work on a bill that would let Gazprom and European Union companies join the country in operating its vast gas pipeline network, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Kluyev said Friday.

State Awards $68.2M to Film Studios

Eight major film studios will get 250 million rubles ($8.5 million) each from the state this year, with bonuses for movies that attract more than a million viewers.

Rallies Calling for Putin's Ouster Fizzle

About 20,000 protesters called for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign at dozens of rallies over the weekend. Opposition groups had hoped for a larger turnout that would increase pressure on the government.

Church Suggests Ukraine Gas Deal

The Moscow Times
The Russian Orthodox Church made a request to the government that it lower gas prices for Ukrainian chemical companies, saying it was a "sensible initiative" to assist the companies, which help the Ukrainian church.

Policeman Shoots After Metro Passenger Refuses to Give Up Seat

The Moscow Times
A Moscow police colonel was detained after he fired two shots from an air gun, injuring two people, amid an argument with a male passenger who refused to give up his seat on the metro to an elderly woman.

Customs to Boost Staff to Tackle Mail

The Moscow Times
A regional branch of the Federal Customs Service will increase the number of officials who process international express mail next week to deal with a mounting backlog.

U.S. Institute Awards $1M to Reclusive Mathematician

The Moscow Times
A private U.S. institute has awarded $1 million to a low-profile Russian mathematician who rejected the world's highest honor in the field in 2006.

Spanish Arrests Expose a New Kind of Mafia

When Spanish police announced the arrest of about 80 reputed mobsters across Europe last week, many media reports trumpeted the development as the latest crackdown on the Russian mafia.

Wage Arrears 'Paid' to Sochi Olympic Workers

The Moscow Times
All salary arrears have been paid to workers building an Olympic site for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Prosecutor General's Office said Friday, but workers denied that they had been paid in full.

Gryzlov Says Putin-Medvedev Tandem to Rule After 2012

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will continue ruling Russia in a tandem after 2012, when Medvedev's first presidential term expires, State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said Friday.

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