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South Africa to Build Ties in Moscow

South Africa will push for expansion of both trade and direct investment as President Jacob Zuma visits Moscow on Thursday in the latest leg of a worldwide tour to expand ties with BRIC countries, Trade Minister Rob Davies said in an interview.

Police Seize Activist at Khimki Presser

Moscow region police flexed their muscle Wednesday in the conflict over the Khimki forest, detaining anti-deforestation campaign leader Yevgenia Chirikova in downtown Moscow in the presence of dozens of reporters.

Iran Says It Has S-300 Missiles

The Associated Press
An Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday that Iran has obtained four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, despite Russia's refusal to deliver such systems to Tehran. The agency said Iran got the systems from Belarus and from another, unspecified source.

Magnitsky Prosecutor Rejects Graft Probe

The Moscow Times
The prosecutor who authorized the arrest of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pretrial detention last year, has rejected a request for an investigation into lavish spending by the investigator who jailed Magnitsky.

Chechen Rebel Backtracks on Resignation

Chechen rebel Doku Umarov said in an Internet video posting Wednesday that he wouldn't step down as leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, in an apparent U-turn from his earlier resignation.

Medvedev Fires 5 as Moscow Chokes

Moscow residents choked on a thick, gray smog that seeped into apartments, offices and even underground metro stations Wednesday as wildfires burned. Meanwhile, President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed five senior military officials.

Potanin's Interros Wants to Increase Norilsk Stake

Billionaire Vladimir Potanin, locked in a dispute over control of Norilsk Nickel, may respond to an offer to sell his stake to rival Oleg Deripaska with a counter-bid for Deripaska’s 25 percent holding.

'Technical Issues' Keep U.S. Poultry Sidelined

Russia has raised "further issues" with a trade agreement that was supposed to have restarted U.S. poultry exports to that country after a six-month ban, U.S. chicken industry sources said Tuesday.

Russians Hopeful of Diplomatic Success in Iran

The Associated Press
Russia's UN ambassador said efforts to resume negotiations with Iran over its disputed nuclear program and reach a nuclear fuel-swap deal for Tehran's research reactor hold "promise" of success.

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