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Court Gives Kremlin Staff Immunity

A Moscow court effectively has said the members of the presidential administration are untouchable, by throwing out a lawsuit against a Kremlin official on the grounds that such suits infringe on the president's immunity from prosecution.

Rurik Dynasty Lays Claim to Kremlin

Descendants of the 1,000-year-old Rurik dynasty, which ruled Russia until the 16th century, have demanded unrestricted access to the Kremlin in the name of “historical justice.”

Kyrgyz City Tense After Ethnic Fighting

Kyrgyz troops patrolled the burned-out streets of Osh on Wednesday, trying to maintain a fragile peace between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks after days of fighting that forced tens of thousands to flee.

Heavy Arms Fire Rings Out in Kyrgyz South

Associated Press
Heavy arms fire rang out over the Kyrgyz city of Osh before dawn Wednesday as authorities struggled to bring order to the Central Asian nation's south after days of deadly ethnic riots.

Government Delays on East Siberian Oil Duties

The Moscow Times
The government on Wednesday delayed a decision on introducing export duties on East Siberian oil that would deprive three leading oil companies of $378 million in revenues this year alone.

Gas Supplies to Belarus May Be Reduced

The Moscow Times
Gazprom said Wednesday that Belarus had until June 21 to pay off its gas debts or face limitations on supplies. The announcement comes after a meeting earlier in the week between President Dmitry Medvedev and Gazprom's CEO, in which Medvedev issued an ultimatum to Belarus.

U.S. Concerned Over ICQ Acquisition by DST

The Moscow Times
U.S. law enforcement officials have raised concerns over DST's acquisition of instant messaging service ICQ, saying they may not be able to use it to track Eastern European criminals, the Financial Times reported.

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