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Putin's Bid for Kremlin Sealed

In a show of unity amid sagging ratings and growing public dissatisfaction, United Russia on Sunday nominated its leader Vladimir Putin as its presidential candidate Soviet-style — with 614 of 614 ballots cast in his favor.

Minsk Gets $2Bln Gas Discount

Gazprom on Friday agreed to slash its gas price for Belarus as the two neighbors prepare tomove their economies closer next year. Gazprom will charge Belarus $165.60 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas next year, down from $244 this quarter.

Antonov Out on Bail, Might Seek Asylum

Vladimir Antonov, the businessman accused of an asset-stripping operation that is the alleged cause of the collapse of two major Baltic banks, was released on bail by a London court Friday.

Mayor: Low Turnout To Help Ruling Party

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin vowed that United Russia will get 50 percent of the vote in Moscow in the State Duma elections this Sunday. Polls have suggested that less than 30 percent of Muscovites support the ruling party.

Yabloko 'Veggies' Ad Banned by Metro

The Moscow Times
The head of the Moscow metro ordered election ads for the opposition party Yabloko to be removed from stations and then threatened to cancel a long-term contract with the advertising company involved, the political group claimed.

Teen Dies After Ramming Kremlin BMW

The Moscow Times
A teenager driving a Zhiguli was killed after losing control of his car on a slippery road and crashing into a Kremlin-owned BMW in southern Moscow.

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