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Payment Terminals Heading for U.S.

Moscow's ubiquitous payment terminals are set to sprout in the United States this year as one of their Russian operators, Qiwi, announced Tuesday an alliance with Japan's business empire Mitsui to enter new markets.

Just Russia Eyes Tiger Power

A Just Russia is considering adopting the endangered Siberian tiger as its symbol as it steps up its fight to dislodge United Russia — which uses the bear — from its pedestal as the party of power in upcoming State Duma elections.

WTO Sights Set on April

Russia may complete talks on joining the World Trade Organization as early as in April, with just a couple of issues remaining unsolved, the Economic Development Ministry said.

Microsoft Bets Long Term on Stable Ruble

Microsoft Russia demonstrated its confidence in the ruble on Tuesday when it announced that it will begin conducting business in the currency with local partners starting March 1.

Latvian Police Impose Travel Ban on Luzhkov

Latvia has dealt a blow to Yury Luzhkov's hopes to move freely throughout Europe by declaring the former mayor persona non grata. Luzhkov was banned for representing "a threat to the country," the Latvian Interior Ministry's statement said.

High School Revamp Stirs Fears

The draft of the new education reform, released to a blast of patriotic fanfare last month, is stirring up sharp criticism from opponents, who fear that the new program will be used to brainwash them into becoming docile servants of the authorities.

Poles Blame Russians for Plane Crash

The Associated Press
Russian air traffic controllers failed to warn the crew of Polish President Lech Kaczynski's plane that it was off course shortly before it crashed last year in Smolensk, Polish investigators said Tuesday.

Rare Whale Making Good Time on Trek Toward Alaska

The Associated Press
A highly endangered whale is making good time as it continues its journey east from Russian waters toward Alaska.

City Hall Resets Online Poll After 'Fraud' Flap

The Moscow Times
City Hall on Tuesday reset an online poll on whether to replace historical buildings with modern replicas, going back to square one after bloggers complained that the poll was rigged in favor of tearing down old Moscow.

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