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Medvedev Expands Corruption Fight

President Dmitry Medvedev opened a new front in the war against corruption Thursday, ordering a thorough check of government officials' income declarations and tough penalties against those who provided false information.

Lavrov Raises Reset Stakes

A key ingredient to improving relations with the West will be the creation of a common European missile shield with NATO, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, further raising the stakes in the reset of Russian-U.S. relations.

Investors Sought for Rail Links

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that he wants to see private investors in the railway sector in order to make transportation more effective, safe and affordable. He also said new high-speed rail links should be created to connect the cities hosting the World Cup matches in 2018.

Khodorkovsky Lawyers Soldier On

Lawyers for jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky vowed to press ahead on multiple fronts to contest charges against their client on Thursday, while Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the case would not deter foreign investors.

Economic Freedom Falls Short

Despite moving up three spots from last year's rating because of minor improvements in fiscal policy, monetary freedom, corruption and labor practices, Russia placed 143rd among the 183 countries on the Heritage Foundation’s annual economic freedom rating.

Why Traffic Stopped: Car Sales Rose 30%

The auto market grew by 30 percent last year to 1.91 million units, rebounding after an initial slump and leaving it poised to reach pre-crisis sales levels by 2012. Russia could soon overtake Germany as Europe’s largest auto market.

Chechnya Struggles to End Bride Kidnapping

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, facing increased pressure from Moscow to curb local traditions that violate federal laws after spiritual leaders in August ordered armed men to harass women who did not wear headscarves, has acknowledge that he is struggling to end the practice of bride kidnapping.

6-Year-Old Boy Is Killed by Falling Ice in St. Petersburg

The Associated Press
Falling ice killed a 6-year-old St. Petersburg boy on Thursday, days after three children were injured in similar incidents, city investigators said. Investigators are examining if the building's owner was negligent in failing to clear the roof.

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