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Russians Put Visas on EU Summit Agenda

Moscow is pushing for a breakthrough on visa-free travel at the upcoming EU-Russia summit. It is linking the visa issue with bringing European know-how to Russia via a modernization partnership.

EuroChem: Fertilizer Incident Was Test

Residents of Tuapse, a Black Sea coastal town, had rallied against the local EuroChem shipping terminal over the weekend, protesting what they called a fertilizer spill. But the fertilizer giant said Thursday that the only fertilizer released into the air at its Tuapse terminal was part of a regulation-required test.

Olympic Chief Zhukov Vows New Era (and Chess)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov promised a new era of sports for Russia as he was elected president of the Russian Olympic Committee – and he said he wants to make chess an Olympic event.

Court Rejects Suit Over Gryzlov's Terrorism Remarks

A Moscow court on Thursday threw out a defamation lawsuit against State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov over his accusations that a Moskovsky Komsomolets columnist had sided with terrorists. The columnist said he will appeal.

Nokia, Cisco Line Up as 'Silicon Valley' Partners

Russia may partner with foreign high-tech companies, including Nokia and Cisco Systems, in the development of its "innovation city," presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich has said.

Running Out of Cash, Cabinet Gets Creative

The Cabinet has backed a plan to put all federal spending into long-term programs, an effort to drastically cut the costs of running the country after it exhausts cash reserves from its oil boom.

Prosecutors Get U.S. Documents on Daimler

The U.S. Justice Department has given the Prosecutor General's Office material about the bribes given by carmaker Daimler. The Justice Department has said that kickbacks were accepted by the Interior Ministry, the Defense Ministry and Moscow city authorities, among others.

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