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03/04/2010

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Adopted Boy's Death in U.S. Stirs Russian Anger

The case promises to reignite Russian anger over U.S. adoptions, a delicate issue in U.S.-Russian relations in recent years, and could tangle efforts by U.S. President Barack Obama to "reset" ties that deteriorated under the previous administration.

Confusion Swirls Over Olympic Chief’s Tenure

Russian Olympic Committee head Leonid Tyagachyov is facing heavy pressure to step down after the country's poor showing in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. His spokeswoman has denied as “premature” reports that he has resigned.

Ukraine's Government Falls in No-Confidence Vote

Reuters
Ukraine's parliament dismissed the government of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Wednesday, giving President Viktor Yanukovych the difficult task of stitching together a new ruling coalition.

Ex-Saakashvili Ally Seeks to Rebuild Georgian Ties With Russia

Bloomberg
Georgian opposition leader Nino Burjanadze, a former speaker of the parliament, traveled to Russia on Wednesday in a bid to rebuild relations destroyed by the two countries’ five-day war in August 2008.

Sarkozy Urges Medvedev to Battle Corruption

Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev must follow through with his reform program and root out corruption, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, urging closer ties between Paris and Moscow.

Russia to Press UN Over Drugs

The Moscow Times
Federal Drug Control head Viktor Ivanov said the flow of heroin from Afghanistan has been intensifying in recent years, especially in the North Caucasus, and new policies from the UN and United States were going to make the situation worse.

Report Shows Services Sector Under Strain

The Moscow Times
The expansion of the economy's services sector slowed nearly to a standstill in February, as the number of new orders declined sharply from the month earlier, VTB Capital said in a report released Wednesday.

Dutch Citizen Faces $66M Embezzlement Charges

The Moscow Times
A Dutch citizen of Russian descent faces trial in Kazan on charges of attempting to embezzle more than $66 million from a Russian shipbuilding plant in April last year.

Putin Spearheads Innovation Effort

The Cabinet's high-tech commission is to take on broad new powers to enforce its modernization agenda, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday, significantly raising the body's profile on his first day as its chairman.

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