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05/17/2010

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Medvedev: Lula May Be 'Last Chance' for Iran Before Sanctions

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit to Iran is "the last chance" to persuade Tehran to cooperate on its nuclear program, President Dmitry Medvedev said. He said sanctions might have to be imposed on Iran if its president didn't agree on a proposed “swap” deal.

Khloponin Will Support Tax Breaks for Oil Drillers in Caspian

Kremlin envoy Alexander Khloponin told The Moscow Times that he would support oil companies if they sought tax breaks for drilling in the Caspian Sea.

Ingush Opposition Blogger Accused of Drug Trafficking

A blogger who worked with slain Ingush opposition journalist Magomed Yevloyev has been detained in Moscow on suspicion of drug trafficking and possession of explosives and extremist materials. His supporters called the charges political persecution.

Graft Case Reopened Into Luzhkov's Deputy

The Investigative Committee has reopened a corruption investigation into Alexander Ryabinin, an influential deputy of Mayor Yury Luzhkov, after the city prosecutor's office had closed it for lack of evidence in March.

Putin Calls for Budget Reforms Over 3 Years

The government has prioritized spending during the crisis, but drastic budget cuts and systemic reforms will be required over the next three years, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

Senators Declare Incomes for First Time

More than 500 State Duma Deputies and Federation Council Senators published their income declarations, giving the first comprehensive overview of the wealth of Russian lawmakers.

Riot Police Break Up Miners' Protest

Combined Reports
OMON riot police were called in to disperse coal miners and their families who had blocked a Siberian railway line to protest the Raspadskaya mine explosions that killed at least 66 people.

Kyrgyz Government Claims Control in Restive South

Reuters
Kyrgyzstan's interim government said it regained control across the volatile south after clashes with supporters of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. The showdown has underscored worries about stability in the ethnically divided nation.

Market Retreats on Fund Outflows, European Debt Worries

Bloomberg
Russian stocks and the ruble fell the most in a week, as commodities declined on concerns over Europe’s debts and a report showed that Russian-focused funds posted outflows.

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