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01/21/2011

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Russia's Own WikiLeaks Takes Off

A new web site striving to be Russia's answer to WikiLeaks has become a hit with the publication of photographs of a luxury mansion linked to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The site's team promised that the photos were only the beginning.

Deputies 'Cheated' On Police Reform

The State Duma has slashed from a police reform bill a number of crucial amendments proposed by minority parties, infuriating the parties after they had made legislative compromises in exchange for the add-ons.

Putin Dangles $4Bln Carrot Before Belarus

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took a step toward restarting oil supplies to Belarus by reiterating that Minsk would have a chance to earn an additional $4 billion.

Luzhkov Denied Residency in Austria

Austria will not grant former Mayor Yury Luzhkov a residency permit because the country's government does not want to jeopardize relations with the Kremlin by favoring a fallen official, a news report has said.

Inter RAO Power Vertical Emerging

An apolitical power vertical is emerging, as state-controlled electricity company Inter RAO unveiled details of an aggressive expansion plan that will include consolidation of disparate assets under a single umbrella firm.

Days of One-Man Taxi Firms Are Numbered

Ivan Belko has driven to the sun and back. He says he’s covered 300 million kilometers, presumably in the battered silver Volga that is the only car in the fleet of his one-man taxi company.

U.S. Lawmaker Seeks Prompt Review of BP-Rosneft Deal

Reuters
U.S. Representative Edward Markey on Thursday asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to open an immediate investigation into a multibillion-dollar share-swap plan between BP and state-owned Rosneft.

21 Detained at Rally for Slain Lawyer

Combined Reports
Moscow police briefly detained 21 people at a memorial rally for human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, who was shot in a brazen, broad-daylight killing two years ago.

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