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03/09/2010

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Kiev Invited to Join Customs Union

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday won pledges for revitalized ties and tighter economic cooperation, including an invitation to join a Russian-led customs union, during his first official visit to Moscow.

City to Consider New Plans for Rossiya Site

The Moscow Times
Moscow authorities may consider a plan for developing the Hotel Rossiya complex as early as this month, Deputy Mayor Vladimir Silkin said Friday.

Medvedev Disbands 2 Federal Agencies

The Moscow Times

President Dmitry Medvedev has dissolved two federal agencies and handed over their functions to the Education and Science Ministry in an attempt to streamline the ministry's work.

Somali Pirates Free 23 Russian Sailors

The Moscow Times

Somali pirates have freed 23 Kaliningrad sailors and their Thai-flagged fishing trawler after four months in exchange for a "very significant" ransom.

Iran Asks Russian Pilots to Leave

Reuters
Iran has given Russian commercial pilots working in the Islamic Republic two months to leave the country because it has no need for them, Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani said.

Despite Price Drop, Real Estate Still Preferred Form of Collateral

By Alexei Rozhkov / Vedomosti

More than 70 percent of the property used as collateral in the 20 largest Russian banks falls within the category of real estate, said Svetlana Sagaidak, director of Sberbank's problem assets department.

Liberals Rap Kremlin as Stalin Is Worshipped

Reuters
Communist Party chiefs led a procession of mostly elderly people across Red Square on the 57th anniversary of Stalin's death Friday, laying flowers at his grave by the Kremlin wall.

Gazprom Seeks $135M From Lithuania

Reuters
Regional power plant Kauno Termofikacine Elektrine, owned by Gazprom, said on its web site that the firm wanted the compensation for losses allegedly incurred from 2003 through 2008.

Polonsky Offers $100 Tours of His Tower

Combined Reports
More than 50 people took a tour of the Federation Tower on Friday after developer Mirax Group announced a promotion to try to sell empty space in what was slated to become the country's largest skyscraper.

Baturina Tops Finans List of Influential Businesswomen

Yelena Baturina, married to Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, topped the list for the second year running, followed closely by newcomer Natalya Kasperskaya, wife of computer guru Yevgeny Kaspersky, and Olga Pleshakova, the Transaero chief who moved up from 16th place last year.

Central Bank May Expand Watch List

Bloomberg
Central Bank may start monitoring the practice of bank lending to related parties in an effort to reduce the concentration of risk around a small number of bank assets, according to a draft law.

Oil Fuels Stock Rally For 7th Day

Bloomberg
Stocks gained for a seventh day, posting the longest winning streak in almost four years, as oil rose, brokerages upgraded estimates for coking-coal producers and a stronger ruble buoyed banks.
People carrying gifts of flowers on Ulitsa Marshala Biryuzova near the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station on Monday as the country took a day off work to honor women on International Women’s Day. Inteko CEO Yelena Baturina tops a new list of Russia’s most influential businesswomen.

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People carrying gifts of flowers on Ulitsa Marshala Biryuzova near the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station on Monday as the country took a day off work to honor women on International Women’s Day. Inteko CEO Yelena Baturina tops a new list of Russia’s most influential businesswomen.

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