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04/26/2010

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Austria Signs Deal to Join South Stream

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who presided over the deal, said supplies of Russian gas to Austria would increase by 2 billion cubic meters a year after South Stream's launch, according to a transcript on the government web site.

Gutseriyev Case Is Closed, But His Return Is in Doubt

A decision to drop the remaining charges in a controversial case against Mikhail Gutseriyev clears the final legal hurdle for his return, but it is unlikely that the billionaire will hop on a plane for Moscow any time soon, political analysts said.

Ban Against Zhirinovsky Sought in Duma

United Russia is seeking a one-month speaking ban in the State Duma against Vladimir Zhirinovsky, head of the Liberal Democratic Party, for his "rude" criticism of Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Launch Kaluga Factory

PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi have started a new car assembly plant in Kaluga, with the companies investing 470 million euros ($630 million) in the enterprise.

No Conclusion Seen in Sakhalin Talks

ExxonMobil has held talks of record length with the government over the oil giant's plans to spend $3.5 billion on an offshore project near Sakhalin Island this year, but there are no deadlines in sight.

Chaika Says Traffic Cops Actively Extorting Drivers

Traffic police provoke drivers to break the rules of the road in order to extort bribes, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika is expected to tell lawmakers in a report this week.

Runaway Butyrka Inmate Captured

Police have recaptured a suspected pedophile who broke out of Moscow's notorious Butyrka jail on Friday in the latest embarrassment for the facility's directors, who allowed another escape last month.

Olympic Champion Killed in Car Crash

The Moscow Times
Natalya Lavrova, a two-time Olympic champion and coach for the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics team, was killed Friday in a car crash in her native Penza region.

Officials Hope Smolensk Crash Leads to Better Ties

Combined Reports
Leaders from both nations have said they hope that the crash serves as a catalyst for reconciliation between their countries, divided by historical grievances and present-day disputes over missile defense, NATO enlargement, gas pipelines and other issues.

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Medvedev to Continue Adoptions

AP
A group led by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants Medvedev to intervene with Russian authorities to ensure that adoptions of Russian children by American families, especially those already being processed, not be halted.

RusAl Rejects Guinea's Tax Claims

Reuters
Oleg Deripaska's aluminum giant United Company RusAl on Friday rejected a claim by Guinea's mines minister that it owes at least $860 million in unpaid taxes and said it aims to "protect its rights" in the West African nation.

RenCap Eyes African Resources, Expansion

Reuters
Renaissance Capital is in the midst of a sweeping expansion into the resource sector in Africa, betting on a surge of deals between emerging and frontier markets sidelining traditional Western institutions.
Workers sweeping sand between the cracks in order to set the cobblestones on Red Square on Sunday in preparation for the Victory Day parade on May 9.

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Workers sweeping sand between the cracks in order to set the cobblestones on Red Square on Sunday in preparation for the Victory Day parade on May 9.

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