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Sberbank, VTB Shareholders Bemoan Dividends

Minority shareholders of Sberbank and VTB Group said Friday that they were unhappy with scant dividends from a rocky 2009, which saw surging bad loans take a bite out of the state-run banks' profits.

Ethnic Circassians in Caucasus Demand Autonomous Region

Hundreds of ethnic Circassians gathered at a weekend congress in Karachayevo-Cherkessia to call on federal authorities to allow their ethnic group to split off from the republic. The appeal offers a new headache for authorities.

Trespasser Tries to See Medvedev at Presidential Home

President Dmitry Medvedev's bodyguards have been left red-faced after a senior Moscow region prosecutor breached security at the Gorki-9 presidential residence in an attempt to meet Medvedev, news reports said.

OMON Officers 'Stole' Polish Crash Victim's Credit Card

Three police officers have been detained on suspicion of making charges on a credit card belonging to a Polish official killed in last month's plane crash in Smolensk — including a charge on the same day of the crash, a news report said Sunday.

8 Charged in Deadly Perm Nightclub Fire

Eight suspects have been charged in a December fire at a Perm nightclub that killed 156 people, and a ninth suspect has been placed on an international wanted list, the Investigative Committee said.

Germany, Russia Propose New Security Committee

The Associated Press
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Dmitry Medvedev have proposed a joint European Union-Russian security committee aimed at resolving regional crises.

Putin Wants Russians to Move

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered federal agencies to simplify the rules for internal migration in a move that could help laid-off Russians to land jobs elsewhere in a country with extremely low labor mobility.

McDonald's Says No Tainted Cups in Russia

The Moscow Times
McDonald’s said the cadmium-tainted “Shrek” promotional glasses that it was recalling worldwide never made it to Russia, but that did not stop the Federal Consumer Protection Service from issuing warnings.

Hushed-Up Fire Linked to Raspadskaya Mine Blast

The Moscow Times
The twin blasts at the Raspadskaya mine that killed 90 may be linked to a fire that occurred several days before the explosions, Interfax reported Sunday.

GDP Rises Annual 2% in May, VTB Capital Says

The economy expanded last month at the fastest pace since November 2008, according to an indicator based on service and manufacturing surveys.

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