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06/28/2010

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Gazprom Sweetens Naftogaz Merger Offer

Gazprom has offered Ukraine specific gas fields with reserves of up to 1 trillion cubic meters if Naftogaz Ukrainy agrees to contribute its gas assets to their joint venture, chief executive Alexei Miller said.

Fleeing Official Flings $320,000 From Car Window

A Federal Fisheries Agency official tossed 10 million rubles, or about $320,000, out his car window on a busy Moscow street in a desperate attempt to avoid bribery charges during a failed car chase, investigators said.

Coca-Cola Starts Selling Kvas in U.S.

Coca-Cola has started selling kvas in New York in hope of winning over the American palate to the mildly fermented Russian drink with a peculiar crisp malt taste.

Pro-Kremlin News Anchor Stabbed to Death

A 26-year-old journalist for the pro-Kremlin Expert cable television channel was found in his Moscow apartment with knife wounds, investigators said. But detectives and friends doubted that the killing was linked to his work.

Nobel Laureate Campaigns for Khodorkovsky

Associated Press
Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel is launching a global campaign to free imprisoned Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whom he calls a "political prisoner."

Kyrgyz Leader Says New Constitution Approved

Reuters
Kyrgyz voters agreed Sunday to create Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy, Kyrgyzstan's interim leader said.

Medvedev Tweets His Way Through G8 Forum

At the G8 summit, President Dmitry Medvedev announced efforts to overhaul global financial rules and an agreement for regular talks with Britain's prime minister, both via his brand-new Twitter account.

Piracy Still Looms Over WTO Bid

Reuters
U.S. business groups said they hoped U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to help Russia join the WTO meant that Moscow would crack down at last on the piracy of American goods.

Night Ban on Alcohol Prepared

The Moscow Times
A Kremlin-backed bill to ban late-night sales of strong beer and hard alcohol has been submitted to the government, Vedomosti reported. But regional authorities will have the right to adjust the ban's hours.

'Gas War' Ends as Lukashenko Pledges Close Ties

Combined Reports
Moscow and Minsk appeared to have made peace after their latest trade dispute, with Gazprom saying the "gas war" had ended and Belarussian leadership pledging the spat would not harm ties.

Clinton Calls for Justice for Magnitsky

Combined Reports
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has demanded that "justice be delivered" in the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow pretrial detention center last November.
President Dmitry Medvedev using his new iPad during a break at the G8/20 summit in Huntsville, Canada. The Kremlin’s press office faces competition after Medvedev used Twitter to announce efforts to overhaul global financial rules and an agreement for regular talks with Britain’s premier.

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President Dmitry Medvedev using his new iPad during a break at the G8/20 summit in Huntsville, Canada. The Kremlin’s press office faces competition after Medvedev used Twitter to announce efforts to overhaul global financial rules and an agreement for regular talks with Britain’s premier.

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