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05/31/2010

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Visa-Free Travel Off EU Summit Agenda

The European Union's new leadership will make its maiden visit to the country for an EU-Russia summit Monday, but the two-day talks appear unlikely to yield substantial results.

Solidarity Activist Arrested for Jumping Official's Car

An activist with the Solidarity opposition group known as Crazy Lyonya is to appear in court Monday for donning a blue bucket and leaping onto the roof of a bureaucrat's car.

Cash-Strapped Belarus Snubs Custom Union

Russia and Kazakhstan said Friday that they planned to join the WTO together, but without Belarus, which passed up a meeting on their trilateral customs union.

Government May Switch To Excise Tax for Drivers

The government is considering replacing the transportation tax, an unpopular levy set by regional governments, with a larger excise tax on fuel such as gasoline starting next year, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said.

Moscow Vigilantes Torch 5 Police Buildings

Moscow police are baffled by a series of torchings of police buildings claimed by an unknown blogger group that says it is meting out punishment on corrupt investigators.

Putin Is Challenged at Charity Event

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fielded sensitive questions about freedom of speech and Gazprom's skyscraper plans during an unusual weekend meeting in St. Petersburg. Analysts said it bore the hallmarks of campaigning.

Gazprom, Naftogaz Ukrainy May Seek Joint Venture

Gazprom and its second-largest foreign customer, state-run energy company Naftogaz Ukrainy, agreed Friday that they could move toward a complete merger after they create a joint venture, Gazprom said in a statement.

Gay Activists Avoid Police to Hold Protest

Combined Reports
Gay and lesbian activists eluded riot police in a five-hour game of cat and mouse on Saturday to hold the first gay protest in Moscow not to be broken up by the police.

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