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02/28/2011

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Two Regions’ Leaders Dismissed

President Dmitry Medvedev has fired the leaders of Kamchatka and Karachayevo-Cherkessia in a surprise move that hints of a Kremlin housecleaning aimed at ditching underperformers before December's State Duma elections.

Ex-Mayor Purged as Volgograd Rallies

Volgograd's ousted mayor was purged from the ruling United Russia party late last week, as local residents staged rallies in support and against him.

Former Cop Blows Self Up With Grenade

A retired police officer blew himself up with a hand grenade outside a Pyatyorochka supermarket in northeastern Moscow on Saturday.

Polls Track Dissent Rising With Prices

By Mikhail Malykhin / Vedomosti
Prices are rising quickly and, in February, every second person (49 percent) was dissatisfied and ready to participate in a protest, according to a Public Opinion Foundation survey of 3,000 people from 204 towns on Feb. 19-20.

Lukashenko Pushes Currency Controls

Reuters
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko urged the government and Central Bank on Friday to tighten control over flows of foreign currency, saying it would ease pressure on the Belarussian ruble.

TNK-BP Abandons Online Greenery

Reuters
TNK-BP has done away with BP's trademark eco-friendly colors on its web site in favor of a dark, severe Siberian theme, a move branding experts say speaks to the post-Gulf-spill investor.

Putin's Favorite Named Olympic Mascot

A snowboarding leopard backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been selected as one of three official mascots for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, trouncing a popular blue frog that made organizers shudder and a cartoon saw favored by bloggers as a symbol of Olympic corruption.

Boy Stuck 2 Years in Ukraine Arrives in Belgium

The Associated Press
A baby trapped more than two years in Ukraine by bureaucratic hurdles has arrived in Brussels with his parents, a pair of legally married Belgian men, ending the couple's long legal battle to bring their son home.

Expelled Journalist Says Husband Hid Spying

The Associated Press
The Peruvian journalist deported by the United States to Russia in a spy swap last year says she never spied for Moscow — and that her husband hid his espionage from her until the couple's arrest.

Glonass Satellite Launch Successful

Combined Reports
The Space Forces successfully launched on Saturday one of the final satellites needed to complete the space-based Glonass navigation system that Moscow hopes will challenge the dominant U.S. Global Positioning System.

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