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Medvedev Urges 'Crueler' Methods to Fight Terrorists

President Dmitry Medvedev made a surprise visit Thursday to the violence-wracked southern province of Dagestan, telling police and security forces to use tougher, "more cruel" measures to fight the "scum" responsible for terrorist attacks.

Putin Arrives in Venezuela with $20Bln Oil Agenda

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived in Caracas on Friday to meet with the two main South American foes of the United States and launch a $20 billion venture to tap the Orinoco heavy oil belt.

China to Buy S-300 Missiles From Russian Plant

China has agreed to buy a large number of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia, Interfax reported on Friday, citing the director of the Russian plant that makes the weapons.

Blast in Dagestan Kills 2

Two people were killed in Dagestan overnight when a blast ripped through their car, which was believed to have been carrying explosives, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

Medvedev Vows 'Brutal' Fight Against Terrorists

President Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for the introduction of "brutal" measures against terrorists during a surprise visit to Dagestan, where a new car bombing killed two people.

Chechen Gets 22 Years for Kondopoga Violence

The Moscow Times
An ethnic Chechen was sentenced to 22 years in prison Thursday for killing two people during a restaurant fight in Kondopoga in 2006 that led to one of the biggest outbreaks of ethnic violence in modern Russian history.

Nurgaliyev Misses Police Reform Deadline

Nurgaliyev missed a self-imposed deadline Thursday to publish draft legislation on the Interior Ministry's web site to replace a 1991 law on the police.

Rocket Successfully Launches From Kazakhstan

The Soyuz craft carrying California native Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko soared from the Baikonur cosmodrome in a carefully regimented operation that has been perfected over the decades.

Lower Drug Prices Go Into Effect

The government began restricting markups for essential drugs Thursday in a change that will reduce profit margins on a large segment of the multibillion-dollar market.

Gazprom to Merge OGK-2, OGK-6

The Moscow Times
Gazprom said Thursday that it would merge its stakes in two generating companies to consolidate its energy assets, pushing both generators' stock up to two-year highs.

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