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Probe Greets Duma Vote Monitors

Less than three weeks before State Duma elections, top elections official Vladimir Churov has signaled his disdain for Western elections observers by announcing an investigation into whether preparations for one observer mission had broken the law.

President Scrutinizes Housing

President Dmitry Medvedev pushed for introducing antitrust regulations in housing construction in the regions on Tuesday, and criticized local authorities for patronizing some developers and limiting competition.

Tajiks May Back Down on Pilot

Tajikistan appeared ready to cave in to Kremlin pressure, as prosecutors asked a court to reduce harsh sentences against a Russian pilot jailed on murky charges last week with an Estonian colleague.

Court Rejects Suit On 'Kremlin Sanatorium'

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a plan to carve out a plot of land from a wildlife reserve on the Black Sea for what evidence suggests is a Kremlin-connected luxury resort

Russia Attractive to British Risk-Takers

The sovereign debt crisis engulfing Europe is making Russia increasingly attractive for British companies in the wake of Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Moscow in September.

Qiwi Teams With Visa for Card

Electronic payments using a Qiwi account have gone global now, thanks to a project announced by the local terminal provider and Visa — called Qiwi Visa Plastic, which will provide rechargeable plastic cards to the low-end segment.

Luzhkov Remains Free — For Now

The former mayor on Tuesday underwent 4 1/2 hours of questioning as a witness in a criminal case linked to his wife, but — contrary to speculation — was not detained and left the building on his own. Still, analysts remained split on whether it was possible for Luzhkov to peacefully end his standoff with the Kremlin, which he has accused of fabricating the case against him.

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