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02/10/2011

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Contract Labor Bill Could Be Revised, Ministry Says

The much-contested bill to outlaw contract labor needs to be amended to accommodate market concerns before the State Duma can consider it, Health and Social Development Deputy Minister Alexander Safonov said Wednesday.

Officials Say Airport Blast Family Effort

Authorities confirmed Wednesday that the suicide bomber responsible for the deadly blast at Domodedovo Airport has been identified, and they said they suspected his siblings and fellow villagers of aiding him in staging the attack.

Car Market Could See $40Bln in Sales in 2011

The Trade and Industry Ministry on Wednesday joined businesses in forecasting a rapid recovery of the country's auto market in 2011, as confidence builds that Russia is back on the path to becoming the largest car market in Europe.

25% in Channel One Sold

Roman Abramovich has sold a 25 percent stake in Channel One television to Yury Kovalchuk, majority shareholder in Bank Rossiya, making the latter a new major player on the Russian media market.

Ministry Maintains Journalist Can Return

Deported British reporter Luke Harding could apply for a new visa, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday — just one day after the ministry's head claimed the journalist's visa was never annulled at all.

U.S. Crab Mogul Fears Magnitsky's Fate

Arkady Gontmakher, a U.S. seafood mogul under investigation in Russia for money laundering, doubts he will last long enough to see the end of his case, and his lawyer now expresses fears that Gontmakher may go the way of Sergei Magnitsky.

Russia Urges UN Security Council to Visit Mideast

Reuters
Russia proposed on Tuesday that the UN Security Council make its first visit to the Middle East in more than three decades to help restart stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Russia Poised to Breach Mysterious Antarctic Lake

Reuters
For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica's frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets.

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