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Duma Sets Sights on Antitrust Law, Liquor

The State Duma opened its fall session Tuesday looking to pass economic legislation that clarifies tough anti-monopoly regulations and puts further pressure on the country's rampant alcohol consumption.

Luzhkov's Deputy Comes Under Fire

Russia's top investigator accused a Moscow deputy mayor of fleeing the country to evade corruption allegations, a claim that analysts said put new pressure on Mayor Yury Luzhkov, the last long-serving regional leader.

Kalmykia to Get Pragmatic Leader, Analysts Say

Flamboyant Kalmykia leader Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is stepping down after 17 years, will likely be replaced by a pragmatic-minded business manager, analysts said.

LUKoil Exec to Support Crash Victim's Girl

The Moscow Times
LUKoil vice president Anatoly Barkov, cleared by police in a car crash that killed two women, including the mother of a 2-year-old girl, promised on Tuesday to use his own money to support the girl until she reaches adulthood.

Silvinit Sells Trader Stake, Merger Possible

Combined Reports
Silvinit has sold its 32 percent stake in trading firm International Potash Company, data on its web site showed Tuesday, in another sign that Russia's largest potash producer is headed for a merger with rival Uralkali.

Sochi Has No Legal Dumps, Audit Finds

The Moscow Times
Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, faces an environmental disaster because there are no legal garbage dumps, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing a report by the Audit Chamber.

Foreign Money In, Khodorkovsky Still Out

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin insisted that Russia remained open to foreign investment in strategic sectors, accused jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky of having “blood on his hands” and spoke of Washington and Beijing in uncharacteristically warm terms during a meeting with Russia experts.

Shoigu Blames Regions for Wildfire Crisis

The Associated Press
Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that the damage from this summer's wildfires would have been less severe if authorities had engaged firefighting aircraft more quickly.

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