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Belarus Cuts Russian Gas Supplies to Europe

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered a halt to the transit of Russian gas to Europe on Tuesday and warned that Moscow and Minsk faced a full-blown "gas war."

Gazprom Starts to Cut Gas to Belarus

Gazprom on Monday carried out its threat to cut supplies to Belarus, ostensibly in an effort to recover a $192 million debt. The move traced a falling-out between Moscow and Minsk in their customs union talks.

Risks Lurk in $16Bln Caucasus Ski Resorts

Natural beauty and Caucasus hospitality are just two selling points for the Kremlin's $16 billion initiative to build ski resorts in the North Caucasus. But continued violence, plus issues of land use, may discourage potential investors.

Gref's Court Testimony Backs Khodorkovsky

Sberbank CEO German Gref offered support to former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev on Monday, telling a Moscow court that he would have been aware of embezzlement at Yukos if it had been taking place as charged.

Medvedev to Put Business First In U.S. Visit

President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Silicon Valley before the White House, a top economic aide said Monday, suggesting that Medvedev is more keen on doing business than talking politics during his U.S. visit this week.

Senior United Russia Deputy Endorses Critical Report on Caucasus

In a rare show of unanimity, human rights activists and a senior United Russia lawmaker Monday endorsed a critical report on the North Caucasus. The Council of Europe's assembly will debate a resolution and policy recommendations on the report Tuesday.

Government Not Likely to Up Retirement Age Until 2015

The government is unlikely to raise the retirement age until at least 2015, Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova said Monday, weighing in on the debate about ways to ease the country's fiscal burden.

Artist Investigated in Test of Extremism Law

Provocative paintings by Moscow artist Lena Hades may land her in jail on charges of extremism for inciting hatred against Russians. Or they might lead to the repeal of a legal clause making it a crime to incite ethnic hatred — which is exactly what ultranationalists want.

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