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07/12/2010

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Putin Tells Aeroflot to Buy Russian Planes

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reprimanded Aeroflot on Saturday for not purchasing enough Russian-made planes, telling the state-run carrier's CEO that growing profits and dividends were not its only concern.

Investment in Special Zones Hits $4.7Bln

Russia's 16 special economic zones have attracted 207 residents and 144.9 billion rubles ($4.7 billion) investment in the more than four years since they were created, the company tasked with developing them said Friday.

Duma Cracks Down on Freedom of Assembly

The State Duma took a step toward severely tightening the screws on public rallies Friday, passing a bill in a first reading that would ban people from organizing them if previously convicted of offenses as minor as speeding or riding a commuter train without a ticket.

Duma Toughens Penalties for Corrupt Cops

The State Duma on Friday gave final approval to a presidential bill increasing prison terms for police officers who commit crimes, seemingly ignoring a request from President Dmitry Medvedev to expand the legislation to include all law enforcement officials.

Duma Passes Watered-Down FSB Bill

The much-assailed initial draft proposed fines and short-term detentions for people who ignore FSB warnings, but the revised version introduces no sanctions for such conduct.

Moscow Relieved That Spy Scandal Is Over

A sense of relief seemed to pervade the halls of government over the weekend that a potentially embarrassing spy scandal with the United States was over and the two sides could get back to work on bolstering ties.

Medvedev Seeks Limits on Air Guns

A new bill introduces a prison sentence of up to two years for the illegal manufacture or repair of the nonlethal guns, which shoot rubber bullets or gas-fired pellets, according to a copy of the draft published on the web site of the Duma's Security Committee.

2nd Spy Mystery: Cyprus Bail Jumper Who Vanished

AP
The United States and Russia swapped 14 spies with precision, but one piece of the puzzle remains: the suspected spy who disappeared after posting bail in Cyprus.

Spy Mystery: Was New York Columnist a Wife Betrayed?

AP
One of the more tantalizing mysteries to emerge from the spy saga that has entranced the world over the past two weeks is whether or not a wife could be in the dark even as to her husband's very name.

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