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02/21/2011

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Elections Test Economic and Political Stability

"Fair and honest elections" must lay the groundwork for progress, learning from the financial crisis and reducing the country's dependency on fuel exports, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Friday.

United Russia Taps Kadyrov, 2 Others

The United Russia party nominated incumbent Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for a second four-year term at the helm of the once war-ravaged North Caucasus republic — along with two other candidates.

Medvedev Reassures Duma Party Bosses

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev discussed threats of possible electioneering during the upcoming regional and federal elections at a meeting with leaders of the four State Duma factions in Sochi on Saturday.

Ford and Sollers Joint Venture to Make 300,000 Vehicles

Sollers and Ford Motor said Friday that they tentatively agreed to combine their Russian plants into a joint venture to produce Ford cars, vans and pickup trucks in a plan that could boost sales to at least 300,000 by 2015.

Class-Action Petition Sent to Aeroflot

Lawyer Sergei Litvintsev took extra time off from work to celebrate the New Year's holiday in Egypt with his family, but the vacation got off to an unfortunate start because an ice storm delayed his flight from Sheremetyevo Airport by 28 hours.

Investigators, Prosecutors in Conflict

A turf war between law enforcement agencies, the likes of which has not been seen for many years, flared up last week after the newly independent Investigative Committee launched an attack on its former patron, the Prosecutor General's Office.

Bank of Moscow Resists VTB Gambit

Reuters
Bank of Moscow mounted a takeover defense against VTB by seeking to reverse a decision to propose a VTB executive as the bank's new chief executive and canceling an extraordinary shareholders meeting on March 4.

Medvedev Warns on Olympics

Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev pointed a finger at Georgia on Friday as he spoke about security threats to the Russian 2014 Winter Olympics, in remarks likely to anger the nation with which it fought a brief war in 2008.

U.S. Advised Not to Keep Afghan Bases

Reuters
Russia urged the United States on Friday not to establish "long-term" military bases in Afghanistan, suggesting that even discussing such deployments could undermine peacemaking efforts and anger neighbors.

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