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Shmatko Puts Bulgaria on Notice Over Pipeline

Russia may indefinitely delay construction of an oil pipeline across Bulgaria and Greece if the Bulgarian government does not complete its revision of the plan in the next few months, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said.

Lawmakers Flock to Duma — to Chat

Attendance jumped in the State Duma on Wednesday after a television report that exposed absenteeism. But some deputies complained that the hail fellows among long-absent lawmakers drowned out the proceedings.

Sovkomflot Plans $280M Development for Sochi's Port

State-owned shipping company Sovkomflot is getting into real estate, investing as much as $280 million into the construction of a marina, hotels and coastal infrastructure in the port of Sochi, the company said.

Medvedev Seeks War on Afghan Drugs, But U.S. Is Tepid

President Dmitry Medvedev has rolled out a global initiative to stem Afghan drug trafficking to include a comprehensive crackdown on opium poppy growing, but the United States gave a cool reception to the plan.

Higher Tax Would Double Vodka Price

The Moscow Times
The Finance Ministry has proposed increasing the excise tax on hard alcohol, in a rate hike that would double the minimum vodka price to 200 rubles, or roughly $6, per half liter by 2013.

'Russian Rambos' Hunt Cops in Far East

Primorye authorities were on high alert after a gang likened to "Russian Rambos" killed at least one policeman in a campaign of self-described vigilantism. Police suspected that gang members may be ultranationalists.

UN Approves 'Necessary' Sanctions Against Iran

The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on a defiant Iran on Wednesday over a nuclear program the West suspects is aimed at developing the means to build atom bombs.

FSB Captures Ingush Rebel Leader

Combined Reports
The Federal Security Service said Wednesday that it had captured Ali Taziyev, an insurgent ringleader responsible for hundreds of deaths in Ingushetia.

Putin Thinking About 2012 Election

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev are already considering their roles in the 2012 presidential election, Putin told French media on Wednesday.

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