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HP Execs Suspected of Illegal Payments

Executives from U.S. computer giant Hewlett-Packard are suspected of paying million-dollar kickbacks to win a contract with the Prosecutor General's Office, German investigators said Thursday.

Russia to Join WTO Alone

The government had earlier indicated a willingness to apply for accession to the WTO as part of a customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus, but First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said that model may be changed "due to tactical considerations."

Aeroflot, MegaFon to Offer In-Flight SMS Service

Passengers on four selected planes will be able to send and receive SMS and MMS messages and to use up to 1 megabit per second of GPRS Internet.

Nashi Celebrates Fifth Year With Kremlin Support

Kremlin first deputy chief of staff Vladislav Surkov — who is widely believed to have organized the group while an adviser to then-President Vladimir Putin in 2005 — spoke to the raucous crowd of 2,000 delegates, as did Nashi's founding father, Vasily Yakemenko.

Bakiyev Leaves for Kazakhstan

Combined Reports
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, chaired by Kazakhstan, welcomed Kurmanbek Bakiyev's departure and said it was the result of joint efforts by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Prefect's Son Hospitalized After Traffic Fight

The Moscow Times
The son of the prefect of Moscow's Central Administrative District was severely beaten by a cyclist in a brawl involving a road accident.

Russia Suspends U.S. Adoptions After 7-Year-Old Boy Returned

Russia suspended all adoptions to U.S. families on Thursday until the two countries can agree on procedures, the Foreign Ministry said, a week after an American woman sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Russia on a plane by himself.

Jeweler Tells Orthodox Diocese Not to Steal

A Edem-Yekaterinburg jeweler has appealed to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill for help after the diocese failed to pay $29,000 for more than a kilogram of crosses, icons and gold chains delivered in 2007.

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