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OSCE Accepts Cap on Vote Monitors

The top European elections watchdog has grudgingly accepted an invitation to send just 200 observers for the State Duma elections this December — 60 less than it had demanded.

Echoes of Magnitsky In Principal’s Death

Investigators announced Tuesday that a criminal inquiry has been opened into the death of a Moscow school principal awaiting trial on corruption charges, in a case that has drawn comparisons to that of Sergei Magnitsky.

WHO Challenges Russia on TB

The World Health Organization has challenged Russia to compete with neighboring countries for the best national plan to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis — and offered money to boot.

Sberbank Studying Turkish Bank Details

Sberbank head German Gref said Tuesday that the country's biggest lender was not in talks to buy Denizbank, the Turkish arm of troubled European bank Dexia.

Limited Visa-Free Travel Sought

The Moscow Times
A group of State Duma deputies have appealed to the European Parliament, asking them to scrap visa rules for some Russians who fly into European Union member states.

Putin Warns on Tymoshenko Verdict

The guilty verdict handed to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Tuesday over a gas trade deal she brokered with Russia irked Moscow, as it appeared to increase pressure on energy relations between the two countries.

Tymoshenko Gets 7 Years

A Ukrainian court on Tuesday sentenced former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office in relation to a 2009 gas deal with Russia which she brokered.

Kudrin Will Lose All Official Posts

Ousted former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin will quit all other financial posts after being forced out for objecting to the job swap between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, news agencies said Tuesday.

Patriarch Kirill Has No Friends

The Moscow Times
Patriarch Kirill told television journalists on Monday that he has no friends and never gets a day off, Interfax reported.

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