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02/17/2011

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Medvedev in Italy for Deals, Culture

President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia would seek to strengthen its partnership with Italy in the energy sector by signing a number of agreements, as Italian businessmen see this year to be crucial for growing bilateral ties.

4 Suspected Rebels Nabbed at Kievsky

In a show of vigilance after a presidential panning, police at Moscow's Kievsky Station detained four alleged rebels Tuesday, though the suspects apparently only planned to take a train to Chisinau, Moldova, not stage a terrorist attack.

Government Plans Target Mortality Rate

The government said Wednesday that 14,000 people died because of a record heat wave last summer, prompting "the country's leading scientists" to look for ways to mitigate the effect of extreme climatic conditions on the mortality rate.

Glonass Smartphones Coming in April

Mobile TeleSystems will begin selling its new Glonass-compatible smartphones in April, a month later than initially announced, and though it is technically less advanced than the iPhone, experts say, the new handset could easily outsell it in Russia.

No Yachts or Airplanes in Abramovich's Income Declaration

Billionaire Roman Abramovich owns nine mansions in four countries, seven apartments and shares in seven companies, but no yachts and no airplanes, according to an official income declaration.

Muslim Headdresses Test Faith, Tolerance

After twin attacks by female suicide bombers killed 40 people in the Moscow metro last March, media reports warned that women sporting a Muslim headdress in public may face verbal or even physical attacks.

Gamblers Linked to Prosecutor

The Moscow Times
Newly unearthed paperwork confirms that an illegal gambling group sponsored overseas vacations of Moscow region's top prosecutors and their families, the Investigative Committee said Wednesday.

Party Expels Vladimir Mayor

The Moscow Times
Alexander Rybakov, mayor of the city of Vladimir, was purged from the ranks of United Russia for "disciplinary violations" and "discrediting the party," RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday.

Putin Names Mayor as United Russia's Moscow Chief

Reuters
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tapped loyal Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Tuesday to head his dominant United Russia party's branch in the capital ahead of December parliamentary elections.

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