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03/29/2010

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Minsk Faces Uphill Court Fight

Russia's court dispute with Belarus over the export duty for oil products will be so complex that a ruling may come well after 2012, when Moscow plans to drop the duty voluntarily, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Friday.

2 Bombs Explode in Moscow Metro

Combined Reports
At least 38 people were killed and 70 wounded on Monday when suicide bombers detonated explosives filled with bolts and iron rods on two packed Moscow metro trains during the morning rush hour; Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cut short a visit to Krasnoyarsk and has vowed that those responsible will be "destroyed."

New Communist Mayor Attacked

The Moscow Times
A newly elected Communist mayor was attacked by two assailants outside his home in a beating that might have been politically motivated, investigators said.

Putin Offers Abkhazia $24M Loan

The Moscow Times
Russia will lend 700 million rubles ($24 million) to Abkhazia's central bank, extending its policy of bankrolling the breakaway region of Georgia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Obama Condemns 'Heinous' Metro Bombings

Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned the suicide bombings in Moscow that killed at least 37 people and injured 65 on packed metro trains.

FSB Steps Toward Extraditing Reputed Mobster

A reputed mobster with a U.S. criminal record has been illegally residing in the country, the Federal Security Service said Friday, thus removing a main obstacle to extradition to Spain.

Settlement on Napoleon's Battlefield to Be Razed

The federal government wants to demolish a tiny settlement of 75 people in the Moscow region because it sits on the land where Napoleon fought the pivotal Battle of Borodino in 1812.

Putin Shows Little Interest In Azarov’s Gas Price Pitch

Russia's interest in operating Ukraine's gas transit pipelines has declined after it took pains to promote other export routes, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, signaling that Kiev may have a hard time convincing Moscow to lower its gas import bill.

Vilnius Offers Price Advice to Gazprom

Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius suggested on Friday that Gazprom update its pricing policies in view of the global gas glut, the latest barb fired at the world's biggest gas producer over its steep bills.

Medvedev Seethes as Flag Rises In Sochi

As the Olympics flag was hoisted in Sochi, President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that he was considering an investigation into how sports officials spent millions of dollars to prepare athletes for the Vancouver Games and warned them to secure more gold medals in 2014.

4 Killed in Moscow Region Blast

Combined Reports
An apartment block west of Moscow partially collapsed following a suspected gas explosion over the weekend, killing at least four people, emergency officials said Sunday.
Russian Orthodox believers taking a break from working at a construction site near the Sokol metro station on Sunday to carry pussy willows to the Church of All Saints at Vsekhsvyatskoye as part of Palm Sunday celebrations.

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Russian Orthodox believers taking a break from working at a construction site near the Sokol metro station on Sunday to carry pussy willows to the Church of All Saints at Vsekhsvyatskoye as part of Palm Sunday celebrations.

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