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Investigative Superagency Unveiled

President Dmitry Medvedev announced on Thursday the creation of an independent investigative superagency that will rip the powerful Investigative Committee out of the Prosecutor General’s Office. The new agency will answer directly to the president.

Car Rules Delayed Amid Outcry

Motorists' groups on Thursday lambasted a host of new car regulations as illogical and biased, just as it emerged that most of them would be delayed for nine months.

Inquiry Sought Into Gryzlov's Income

Yabloko, the liberal opposition party, asked the government to examine the incomes of State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov and two other deputies on the grounds that they had violated a presidential decree on income declarations.

L’Oreal Opens $35M Plant in Kaluga

Kaluga Governor Anatoly Artamonov touted the opening of French cosmetics maker L’Oreal's first plant in Russia on Thursday as the latest step toward boosting his region's fast-growing economy.

Trials Start Over Khimki Forest, Rechnik

Moscow courts began hearings Thursday in two separate high-profile trials related to a campaign in defense of the Khimki forest and a defamation lawsuit over the police's attempts to raze the Rechnik neighborhood.

Putin Vows Bright Arctic Future

The Arctic region has a bright and peaceful future with a growing Russian presence, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday at an international conference on the Arctic. But Russia is planning to assert its influence in the area through steady talks, Putin said.

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