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Medvedev Promises to Expand Cabinet as Prime Minister

President Dmitry Medvedev has promised to expand the Cabinet and to "seriously reconstruct" United Russia as prime minister next year. Medvedev's comments were an attempt to assure supporters that he is staying in politics and bringing his modernization agenda with him.

Unilever Snaps Up Kalina for $700M

Consumer goods giant Unilever said Friday that it had agreed to buy Russia's largest beauty products manufacturer — Yekaterinburg-based Kalina — for 500 million euros ($700 million), as the Anglo-Dutch company seeks to strengthen its position on the $9 billion Russian cosmetics market.

U.S. Says Human Rights Losing Out in 'Reset'

The U.S.-Russian "reset" has yielded no meaningful progress on human rights, and the United States needs to "redouble" its efforts to press Russia on the issue, a senior American diplomat said Saturday.

Watchdog Could Ban Transdnestr Cognac

On the heels of Kremlin statements against the extended rule of Igor Smirnov — leader of the breakaway Moldovan republic of Transdnestr — Russia's consumer protection chief Gennady Onishchenko has announced a possible ban on imports of cognac from the region.

Businessman Flees to Georgia, Says FSB Extorted $1.3M

A Siberian lawmaker and businessman said he has fled to Georgia after the Federal Security Service extorted 40 million rubles ($1.3 million) from him in exchange for closing a "fabricated" criminal case against him.

Khodorkovsky May Be Investigated for Money Laundering

Jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky may be investigated for money laundering, a German news report said. A money-laundering case against Khodorkovsky was opened in Germany several months ago, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Saturday.

Zhirinovsky Is Nearly Barred From Oryol Race

A stamp in his passport almost cost Vladimir Zhirinovsky the chance to lead his Liberal Democratic Party at the polls in the Oryol region. The local election committee said he was not eligible to run because his passport is voided by an incorrect marriage stamp.

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