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12/19/2011

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Wait for WTO Membership Is Over

The World Trade Organization officially welcomed Russia as a member Friday, bringing the curtain down on the country's 18-year accession process.

Siluanov Confirmed As Finance Minister

President Dmitry Medvedev has confirmed Anton Siluanov as finance minister — a sign, some analysts say, that the career economist will remain in the Cabinet after presidential elections and that the former minister, Alexei Kudrin, will not return.

Presidential Race Lacks Independents

The Communist and Yabloko parties held anti-Kremlin rallies over the weekend and, disappointing some supporters, nominated their old-guard leaders to run in a presidential election where they are unlikely to pose a threat to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

4 Dead, 49 Missing After Far East Oil Rig Sinks

At least four people died when the floating Kolskaya oil rig overturned and sank with 67 people on board in the stormy Sea of Okhotsk as it was being towed to shore, 200 kilometers off Sakhalin Island.

As Approval Rating Falls, Putin Faces Runoff

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's job approval ratings have slid to an all-time low of 51 percent, and he will not win the presidential election without a runoff, according to the first nationwide survey taken since disputed State Duma elections.

Medvedev May Use Fund to Build Roads

President Dmitry Medvedev may raid a "rainy day" fund set aside for pensions in a bid to meet commitments to build new rail and road links, including the Moscow-to-St. Petersburg highway.

Navalny, Sobchak Are 'Russians to Watch'

The Moscow Times
Anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, Yandex founder Arkady Volozh, socialite Ksenia Sobchak and two former judo partners of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — Gennady Timchenko and Arkady Rotenberg — are "the Russians to watch."

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