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Gasunie Chief Will Spearhead South Stream

Gasunie’s outgoing chief, Marcel Kramer, will lead Gazprom’s efforts to build the South Stream undersea pipeline to Europe, giving the world’s biggest gas producer another international business leader to lobby a controversial project.

Boy's Murder Won't Derail Adoption Treaty

The stabbing death of an 8-year-old adopted Russian boy in the United States will "add determination" to efforts to quickly reach a U.S.-Russian agreement on adoptions, the Foreign Ministry said.

Rosneft Investors Told Tax Breaks Will End

The tax discount on Rosneft’s crude exports from East Siberia will likely end at the start of next year, chopping off a thick slice of the state oil producer's would-be profit, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said Friday.

European Firm Reopens Insulin Plant

Sanofi-Aventis, Europe's biggest drug maker, reopened an insulin plant in southwestern Russia under its own banner on Saturday, in a move hailed by the government as a step toward increasing the country's pharmaceuticals self-sufficiency.

Gazprom Starts Cutting Gas to Belarus

Russia cut gas supplies to Belarus by 15 percent on Monday, pressing its neighbor to pay a $192 million debt and raising fears of disruptions in deliveries to Europe.

Kyrgyz Forces Remove Barricades, Uzbeks Wary

Kyrgyz forces started removing barriers dividing the burned-out city of Osh on Sunday as the government extended a state of emergency in some regions where up to 2,000 people have died in ethnic clashes.

Medvedev Offers Promise of Change

President Dmitry Medvedev raced between panels and podiums this weekend to make the case that change in Russia is afoot, promising to reduce taxes and barriers to foreign capital to attract an urgently needed "investment boom."

Arms Expert Found Dead in Malta

The Moscow Times
Alexander Pikayev, 48, a leading Russian expert on nuclear nonproliferation, was found dead in his apartment in the Maltese town of Bugibba with a blunt head wound, local media reported.

Kudrin Predicts Retirement Age Increase, Costly Gasoline

Russians face higher gasoline prices and a longer slog until retirement, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Friday, signaling potentially unpopular changes as the country heads towards elections.

Poles Vote After Smolensk Plane Crash

Sunday's voting was billed as the strangest election in Poland's 21-year post-communist history, called after the death of President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people, including senior political and military officials, in a plane crash in Smolensk on April 10.

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