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United Russia Says Prokhorov Blocks Progress

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who heads the labor committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, said last week that existing labor legislation holds back innovation, prompting an angry response from United Russia.

Ash Cancels 345 Flights in Moscow

Cancellations at a dozen airports across Russia have left 38,700 passengers in the lurch, primarily those headed east, according to data as of 6 p.m. Monday on the Federal Air Transportation Agency's web site.

Risk of 'Dutch Disease' Worsening by 2020, Says UN

At current rates of extraction, Russian oil and gas will run out in 21.9 years and 9.4 years, respectively, making the need for a diversified economy urgent, a UN report said Monday.

Gas Exporters Look to Oil-Price Link

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum, which accounts for two-thirds of global gas exports, will work independently to reach price parity between gas and oil in their sales contracts, said Chakib Khelil, Algeria's energy minister, on Monday.

Burger King Worker Robs Boss

The Moscow Times
A Burger King worker locked his manager in an industrial-sized refrigerator and robbed the fast-food restaurant of 407,000 rubles ($14,000), police said Monday.

Uzbek President Flies to Moscow After Kyrgyz Uprising

Uzbek President Islam Karimov met with President Dmitry Medvedev late Monday for informal talks outside Moscow, becoming the first Central Asian leader to visit Russia since a violent uprising in Kyrgyzstan ousted its leader two weeks ago.

U.S. Adoptions Freeze to Last for Weeks

Talks on a new adoption agreement were supposed to have begun Monday but were postponed until next week after Icelandic volcanic ash prevented the U.S. delegation from flying to Moscow, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.

Lithuania Denies Moscow Metro Link in Arrest

The Moscow Times
Prosecutors in Lithuania said Monday that they were investigating possible preparations for a terrorist attack, but they denied reports that a suspect was detained in connection with March suicide bombings in the Moscow metro.

Court Upholds Ban on Jury Trials for Terror Suspects

The Constitutional Court's decision said defendants only needed to be granted the right to a jury trial in cases involving capital punishment, but a moratorium in Russia on the death penalty means that federal lawmakers can  decide which crimes should not be considered by juries.

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